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The Maryland State Fair is ending this weekend. We wandered around taking in all the sights: competitions for livestock and produce, rides filled with screaming kids, fried foods, carnival games, and more. Camera in tow, I tried to snap as many photos as I could. More »

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Honestly, I’m not a big football fan. I still enjoy watching every now and then, and the Superbowl is as good a time as any to watch. More »

Two blizzards hit the east coast, days apart. I’ve only been into work once this week; it was closed on Monday from the weekend snow. On Tuesday, I went in, but they sent out an email saying they’re preemptively closing for Wednesday. And today, Thursday, they’re closed and assessing the aftermath.

Myself? Car shoveled anew, I’ll be trekking down to North Carolina in an hour or two to spend Valentine’s weekend with Linda. Hopefully the roads are in some state of sanity, but I doubt it. A co-worker told me that Maryland’s already over it’s snow-budget, which, according to this article, happened back before the New Year — explaining the terrible conditions the roads were in on Tuesday as I drove into work: three-lane highways were reduced to one, lanes would suddenly disappear, and random patches of uncleared snow would suddenly appear (How’s that for a run-on sentence?).

Speaking of snow, I’d just like to say that people who live in apartments ought to learn some manners. If someone spent a lot of time clearing off a spot for themselves, don’t just take it. That being said, since I’ll be gone, I’m sure someone will take my spot. I just hope it’s not whichever neighbor that’s been smoking in their apartment, wafting carcinogens to my own.

Around this time last year, ice coated Maryland and D.C. shutting down everything and prompting President Obama to make the following statement:

“I’m saying that when it comes to the weather, folks in Washington don’t seem to be able to handle things.”

After two winters here in Maryland and growing up in Illinois, I have to wholeheartedly agree with the President. In Illinois, as soon as the first flake of snow hits the ground, the snow plows are out in full force; fire and ice mingle as the plows leave trails of sparks, salt flies in all directions. Yet here, a full half a foot of snow accumulated on busy roads and there was not a plow to be seen. Moreover, highway ramps seemed to be neglected as seen from the well worn tracks carved into the snow — yet the ramps are probably more dangerous than the actual highway considering the curvature. For some reason I thought that the Presidents words would have been heeded more closely, but nothing seems to have changed. I have this nagging suspicion that if the plows were out sooner many of the hundred of accidents would have been avoided.

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