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Saturday, February 06, 2010


Greetings and Salutations to All my Kith and Kin and All the Ships in Outer Space:

Here are some photographs of the February 2010 snowstorm in Washington, D.C.

To take the pictures, I used my KODAK Easy Share Z710 zoom lens digital camera.

To see a larger view, please click on the pictures.

Anderson Cottage

Employee Shoveling Snow

F-86 "Sabre" Jet Fighter

Flag Pole

M-60 "Patton" Tank

My Pickup Truck

Post Office Loading Dock

View From Scott Building Rear Entrance

Rose Chapel

Scott Building

View From Sheridan Building Fourth Floor Balcony

Sheridan Building Loading Ramp

Sheridan Building

View of Sherman Building From North Entry Of Sheridan Building

Sherman Building

View From Sheridan Building Main Entry

Street In Front Of Sheridan Building

View From My Room

View From Rear Of Sheridan Building

View From Scott Building Loading Dock

View From Sheridan Building Fourth Floor TV Room

View From Sheridan Building South Entry

Rear Of Scott Building Looking Towards Employee Quarters

As I type this, the snow is STILL falling!

Local news is reporting that numerous airplane hangars at Dulles International Airport have collapsed, due to the weight of the accumulated snow.

I've been using my computer to listen to radio calls of the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, and they are having to use officers with four wheel drive SUVs to transport other officers to and from work.

Also, as you might guess, many streets are now impassable, there are plenty of traffic accidents, some vehicles are stalled, power lines are down, and patrols are reporting roof collapses on buildings.

Surprisingly, the snowstorm has not stopped violent crime.

There continues to be carjackings, armed robberies, and assaults, even in the midst of a record breaking blizzard.

Yesterday afternoon, Friday 05 February 2010, at approximately 1630 Hours, give or take several minutes, I was listening to the police on my computer when an officer reported some sort of truck accident with a fire at the Washington Hospital Center.

Patients had to be evacuated, streets were blocked off, and the arrival of fire department apparatus was delayed.

The Washington Hospital Center is located right behind the Old Soldiers' Home, but the blizzard was so thick, I could not see the fire.

Strangely, I never saw anything reported by any of the local news media.

Today, I searched the Internet and finally located this report on the web site of WTOP-FM 103.5 radio:


WASHINGTON - Hundreds of patients had to leave their rooms at Washington Hospital Center after a snow plow truck caught fire, authorities say.

D.C. fire department spokesman Pete Piringer says crews arrived at the Northwest D.C. hospital about 4:30 p.m. Friday. Piringer says a pickup truck with a plow was ablaze in the maintenance area at the ground floor of an eight-story building, which houses the psychiatric ward and other facilities.

He says the fire extended to a garage door, and smoke and flames reached to the top floor. He says smoke and heat set off alarms inside.

Patients were moved to an auditorium in the building. Piringer says officials are checking each room and plan to send patients back soon.

It's unclear how the truck caught on fire. No one was injured.

Thank you.

John Robert Mallernee
Offical Bard of Clan Henderson
Armed Forces Retirement Home
Washington, D.C. 20011-8400

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1 comment:

Ed said...

WOW ! Thanks for the photo's Mr. Mallernee. Those are awesome. Take care of yourself, I hear theres a couple more blows on the way.

Might even get some snow down in my area of west central Georgia by weeks end. Live about 35 klicks North of Ft. Benning