Last Sunday's thunderstorm had other consequences besides delaying my writing, as news junkies may have figured out. While there wasn't any flooding right by where I live, the flooding in the District created a mess for commuting. Monday morning I had to go all the way to the last car on the metro to find a seat - and I got one of the last few seats. They were running trains only as far as Metro Center. Coupled with part of the Beltway being closed and no VRE service, it was incredibly crowded. Monday afternoon wasn't bad, but Tuesday afternoon was a mess again and I had to wait for about an hour before being able to squeeze onto a train at Rosslyn. My new nominee for annoying rude commute behavior was the guy who spread his briefcase out on the floor, taking up space that two people could have stood in. Come on - just put your bloody bag on your lap when it's crowded.
My week was fairly busy, but not with anything worth writing about. Just a lot of meetings and a futile attempt to be efficient at some administrative matters. On the plus side, I got through pretty much my entire list of things to do. Except for a couple of white papers that are things that nobody has really asked for and which mostly satisfy my need to rant on technical subjects now and then.
The weather alternated between hot and humid and actually raining until Thursday. I was mildly annoyed with myself on Friday. It was gorgeous out and not too hot, so perfect weather for a nice long walk, but I neglected to wear my walking shoes to the office. I did leave early and take a brief walk when I got home, but that isn't quite the same.
I wish I could say I had a more interesting weekend, but I was fairly wiped out yesterday and it was way too hot to do anything today. I went out to do a bit of grocery shopping late this afternoon and got caught in another horrendous thunderstorm. It was a lot briefer than last Sunday's, but I suspect there are more to come. I actually like thunder and lightning, but I wish I could control the timing of them!
Copyright 2006 Miriam H. Nadel