Things I Will Not Miss

  • Posted on December 17, 2007 at 10:42 pm

I’ve been slacking off a bit on the blog lately, but for a good reason: we’re moving! My free time has been spent sorting and tossing and packing and shopping for furniture and dreaming about my new house. We’re finally moving out of the one bedroom apartment, and into a three-level, four bedroom townhouse in Virginia. I CAN’T WAIT! We need more space for Grumpope/Grumpipa/Little Bethany/Anonymous Unnamed Baby.

It’s been fun living in downtown Bethesda for the last few years. There are so many restaurants within walking distance, and the metro is close by. My apartment isn’t bad, except for the outdated kitchen and bathroom. It’s actually pretty big, and I even have a walk-in closet here.

But there are some things that I’m really not going to miss. Number one is the stupid people that live in my building and park in the garage. Just look at this:

Jutting out

Here’s a closer view:

Check Out This Awesome Parking Job

This person parked their monster 4×4 diesel extra-long quadruple-cab truck so that it stuck out half way into the driving lane of the garage. Sticking out RIDICULOUSLY far. One–who needs to drive a truck so big in the city? Two–if you can’t even park your giant truck properly you should not drive it.

I am clearly not the only person who thought this:

Park Like an Intelligent Person


I’m going to be so glad to have my own assigned parking space right in front of my house, even if I don’t have a garage.

Winter Sucks

  • Posted on December 5, 2007 at 10:07 pm

I live in Bethesda, Maryland and work in Alexandria, Virginia. For those of you outside the DC Metro area, that means I have a long commute–25 miles one way.

I must have some sort of chromosomal abnormality, because I waited until after 6 p.m. to leave work today, during the great blizzard of December 5, 2007. Retard.

In those 25 miles, guess how many snow plows I saw? Zero. How many salt trucks? One. And it was one block from my house. I was already in the home stretch by then, and could have practically slid into my driveway. Come on, VDOT. I watched Fox 5 this morning, and they said that there were 253 plows and salt trucks ready to go. Virg Jacques was broadcasting live in front of a giant dome of salt. Where were you tonight, plowers and salters? Thanks a lot.

Actually, the roads weren’t that bad, but this is coming from a midwestern girl. A little snow has never stopped a Hoosier. Back in Indiana, I had to drive 30 miles uphill to school in blizzards every day, even in the summer. Seriously, the roads weren’t that slick tonight. The biggest problem I had was visibility, and trying to stay within my lane. I know how to drive in snow. It’s the others I’m worried about. Thank science that most of DC had already left work hours before, so the traffic was light. Maybe I’m not a retard after all, because had I left at 3pm, I probably would have gotten home at 6pm.

Don’t even get me started on what happened on the way to work this morning, when it had barely snowed at all. Someone must have fired all the principles and superintendents around here that usually cancel school at the threat of snow. Last year, all it took was a forecast. I think today that most schools were in session, because all the parents were on their way to work at the same time I was this morning. I saw cars in ditches, smashed up cars, cars split in two—and the roads were practically dry.

Ah, DC. How I loathe you when it snows.