Saturday, December 19, 2009

snow falling

A major snow storm continues to bury Rosslyn.  Early this afternoon, I measured snow depths at various points around the neighborhood. Measurements varied from 9 inches (downhill on Fort Myer Dr.) to 14 inches (top of my car).

I hereby declare the official Ode Street Tribune snow measurement site to be the intersection of Ode St. and Fort Myer Dr., just in front of the Westmoreland sign (see banner above). That spot had 12 inches of snow as of 1:30pm today.

Dealing with extraordinary weather requires creative, ingenuity, and patience (it will melt).  Bold, who lives in the Nalbert Apartments across the street from Westmoreland, built a snow shovel from the materials he had at hand.  Not only that, he demonstrated the effectiveness of his shovel by clearing a path to the door of his apartment building.  I hereby declare Bold to be the Neighbor Hero of the Week.

Bold explained to me that in Mongolia it gets cold, but it doesn't snow like this. If we get snow like this a few more times this winter, I'm going to look into moving to Mongolia.

As of early this afternoon, Café Assorti, Piola, and the Rosslyn Safeway were open.  Santa Fe Café is closed.  Rt. 50 is snow-covered, but some cars are traveling on it (probably Canadians). 

Additional news: I experienced a 5 second power outage at 3:52 today.  Power spikes are tough on computers and other electronic gears.  In this neighborhood, a surge protector or an uninterruptible power supply is a good idea.


Anonymous said...

That snow shovel is marvelous. Just as good as the one I bought at home Depot for $15.00. If there is someway that you can give this invention some additional publicity, I suggest that you do so; however, having a picture in the Ode Street Tribune is certainly a great honor.

Anonymous said...

It is interesting to note that, Bold, the fellow who made that snow shovel is from Mongolia. Americans should learn something from Bold. In Mongolia if you need something, you find a way to build it. If our country is to survive and prosper, we need more people with ingenuity like that demonstrated by Bold. I do not know how Bold came to be living in the US, but I am delighted that he is here. People like Bold can give us hope for the future. Maybe the Ode Street Tribune could perform a public service by proving a more in depth interview with Bold.

Anonymous said...

I am delighted to see that this post has generated almost 200 views on YOUtube. Mr Bold deserves the attention for both his ingenuity and for his spirit of community service.