Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Winter's Last Clutch

Stormy Monday

16th Street Northbound, 9:15 AM, March 2

Barack Obama, 1/28/09

"My children's school was cancelled today -- Because of what? Some ice? As my children pointed out, in Chicago school is never cancelled, in fact my 7-year-old pointed out that you'd go outside for recess. You wouldn't even stay indoors. We're going to have to try to apply some flinty Chicago toughness to this."

Adrian Fenty, 3/2/09

"We don't believe that the condition of the roads should have prevented anyone from getting to school within the two-hour delay that we gave."

"I've often thought that DC needs to not be so knee-jerk in closing--not just the schools, but so many of our government buildings and stores and everything else. I think we're developing that. We're still kind of-- we're not as North[ern] as some other cities but I think as we continue to develop the capacity for responsiveness then I think that business and government will feel more comfortable staying open."

Dee Does The District, 3/2/09:

"The Virginia and Maryland suburbs were closed. The majority of DC-charter schools, if not all, were closed. Baltimore County schools were closed. New Jersey schools were closed. New York City schools were closed. Boston schools were closed. Even my brother's school, which is arguably the best prepared school for snow and ice because they receive 3'+ of snow each year, was closed!


Titania said...

Before getting cocky and make everyone go out business as usual, maybe they should force some classes on how to drive on snow... just saying. I am not quite sure that "learning by doing" ( given the observed "doing") would be the best approach here. Call me crazy.

Jamie said...

It was idiotic to keep the public schools open. Fenty was just trying to act all cool since Obama gave us shit for not dealing with snow.

If anyone had actually gone to work it would have been a disaster. The roads were empty. My office was less than half full.

Titania said...

I have no idea what my office looked like: I stayed at home. Yes, it was idiotic, after watching my neighbors sledding on the road, and not being able to distinguish the steps of the stairs outside of my house (and listening to the traffic report), I decided there was no way I was going to attempt driving downtown. You were very brave, Jamie...