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  • Wonder bread?
    Chuck@IRS
    As a product of the now bankrupt Hostess company, can you still purchase Wonder bread? I'd heard there were plans for the board to guild their parachutes with proceeds from patent and trademark sales but didn't know they'd been completed. Or was that anecedote merely a work of fiction?
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  • Flowers Baking bought Wonder bread
    contrarian
    So the bread's not going anywhere. The cakes and pies I don't know yet. As for DC weather, get real, roads with no shoulders mean no where to push snow. As the VA counties have pushed west into the hills, the roads need to be designed for maintenance. Northern VA is not the same as Tidewater, and VDOT should approach differently. But it's probably a money thing too.
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  • Twinkies
    deployed decoy
    No Mike, I think DC is more a factor of how one looks, brain dead or not. I mean ladies fancy strap shoes and men in $500 Italian loafers when it is 20 degrees with blowing and drifting snow out. Kinda supports my position. Just like you referenced with toilet paper taking preference over beer. To tell a story of long ago federal employment; the USDI and State Dept did a Smoke Jumper swap with Russia circa 2000. We paid our jumpers the same as if they had been on a USA fire, as we did the Russians that worked here. My guess those guys went home with 20 years of salary. Six of the US guys came back married to Russian ladies. But the moral of the story is. The Russians jump fires in Siberia with a shovel, cigarettes and vodka. Then can catch a fish and dig wild tubers to eat. Be Prepared. Oh and a person can still purchase Twinkies in Canada, that should tell us something...
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  • Were you one of the six?
    contrarian
    BTW, I think you're a little light on the Italian loafer price. You can get J&M for that though. The guy they pay to stand in line probably wears the J&M. Keep up the war stories, it's good to have you back. When Uncle Sam decides to keep my TSP match (for the good of the country) I may need to know how to dig up tubers.
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  • Humidify
    Linda
    It's the humidity. I live in Montana where it get freaking cold. I go to Seattle to visit and I freeze to death! Doesn't matter the time of year, feels like I am always cold there.
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  • Ducks
    deployed decoy
    Well Linda, it is the Ducks around here. Just two winters and a person starts to grow webbing between the toes... But you know, even hilly and many river crossings Portland with maybe two snowfalls a year. All manage to get to work. I guess the west (some of us anyway) can deal with 100% humidity, condensing (well rain or snow for those folks back east).
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  • Good to see you back
    Linda
    Portland must be hearty. Seattle shuts completely down with 1 inch of snow! Lots of Hills thought. I grew up in Seattle, but my webbed feet have dried up! Ha Ha!
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  • Snow is the least problem in DC
    LS
    DC has snow problems for sure. However, the biggest problem in DC is on Congressional Hill. That's where the real madness can be found. Crashing the economy to make political points is a fools game and there appears to be no end in site. How about an adult send these kids out to have a snowball fight and get it all out of their system and then come back inside, have some hot chocolate, and then talk to each other, play nice, learn to get along and then get some bills passed.
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  • "...people from Boise to Biloxi vote to send away from home, sometimes for decades"
    FERS Fed
    How many of you have experienced the phenomena of the least competent person in your office getting promoted (usually as the only available means of getting rid of them)? After reading the Subject excerpt from Mike's column today, I was struck with the thought that that MUST be what's happening with members of Congress.
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  • Excellent
    Linda
    Excellent idea LS. A good snow ball fight would do Congress a bunch of Good!
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  • Reason
    FrankJr
    Hey Mike, The reason people are weather wimps is because of the awful drivers around here. As soon as the weather turns the slightest bit sour, people start crashing and traffic comes to a stand still. I have no problem driving in packed snow, ice, ect, did that all the time growing up. But I avoid the roads like the plague in these conditions now, due to idiots in SUVs driving 10mph over the limit, combined with Mexicans driving 20mph under. Its insanity out there and it always ends in crashes, pileups and gridlocked traffic. I make too much money, and value time with my kids too much to be sitting in my car for hours.
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  • DC Snow
    Bud
    Retired now under CSRS.This snow article brought back memories of the DC snows.Spent 9 years of my 36 working in DC.Grew up in another part of the country where it snowed when it was forecast.First year in DC for me they forecast 60 inches of snow during the winter months.DC got 2 inches that year.So much for accurate forecasting.When it did snow in DC it was a nightmare.Finally developed a routine when it snowed.Since this was before telecommuting,I'd call in and request 2 hours annual.Would leave for work after the morning rush and usually got to work not much later than people doing the normal commute.Worked every time.Better to use some leave than drive with the crazies who didn't know how to drive on snow/ice.DC is much more congested now so the 2 hour annual routine probably wont work today.Good luck DC FEDS in the snow/ice.Be safe,please.
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