I considered doing a derecho-focused post a couple weeks back, but what hadn't already been said about the storm by then? Everyone already knows that Pepco sucks. I will say that If we're going to expect multiple long-term power outages every season, perhaps it's time to seriously consider burying the power lines once and for all. I don't care if you put a surcharge on my bill - it probably won't be more than the total I've spent on hotel rooms, meals out, and spoiled food over the past few years, not to mention the non-monetary costs associated with the inconveniences resulting from the outages. (e.g. The shame of wearing wrinkled shirts to work.)
This doesn't even fall in the category of "first world problems" - regular blackouts are a common problem of the third world.
After strolling through down Ellsworth this past weekend, a full two weeks after the storm, I realized that I might have underestimated the full level of destruction in my neighborhood. After surveying the damage, my belief that the large trees surrounding my house were somehow "too big to fail" has been somewhat shaken.
I mean, look at this biggun that got taken down:
And this unfortunate house, now wearing a tarp, appears to have been split down the middle:
This is just a small sampling. There were few houses that appeared untouched. This storm toppled more neighborhood trees in five minutes than EYA's townhouse construction ever could. Maybe we need to print up a batch of anti-derecho lawn signs. ("Weaker breeze, more trees?")
Of the countless fallen trees littering the post-derecho landscape, this one was my personal fave. It managed to somehow perfectly split the uprights of a nearby tree.
This had the effect of making the base of the tree appear from certain angles to be levitating.
And in non-derecho news:
- The Magruder's in Kemp Mill is closing.
- The Piratz Tavern episode of SpikeTV's Bar Rescue, originally scheduled to air this Sunday, has been moved to next Sunday at 9:00 PM.
- KBR, already in the process of erecting the Heritage at Georgia Avenue apartments, has been selected to construct The Premier, "a 14-story complex with 160 housing units with aspirations of LEED corroboration". Not 100% sure where this one is located, but I believe it is to be somewhere on or near Fenton Street. No doubt someone will tell me.
- EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson likes to go to the AFI with Cabinet members.
- When this news item popped up, I was disappointed to learn it was not from our Silver Spring...