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Marilee J. Layman

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07:57 pm: The Road With the Right Name
This morning, in Bethesda MD, a 61" water main broke and sent a wall of water down River Road. The cars were flooded with ice-cold water and nine people were rescued by helicopter and boat. Everybody is fine, although the cars probably won't be. The road will be closed until they replace/fix the water main.

The bookgroup meeting before this last, a new member gave me a batch of beads she'd found when settling a relative's estate. They were tied up in a flag bandanna and she said she didn't care about the beads, but she wanted the bandanna back. I looked at them soon after that meeting and took a few small wooden beads, but most of the rest are plastic and I'll send the better ones to a friend who runs a home schooling conference once a year and does beading with the kids. I meant to wash the bandanna so I could take it clean on Saturday, but forgot and just put it in my bag. She wasn't there Saturday, so when I did laundry last night, I pulled the bandanna out of the bag to put in the washer. And I also found the book for January, Red Dwarf, that I had forgotten to check out. Oops.

So my day started by going to the library, explaining, and checking it out. Then to the DMV because my handicapped parking tag has delaminated enough that it won't hang on the mirror. The replacement form had no boxes for self-destructed, so I made my own and marked it. I think the clerk actually put in "mutilated." I got a very temporary tag and they'll mail me the new laminated hangtag. It didn't take as long as I expected, but I'd brought an old WashPost with me and headed on to PT in Woodbridge.

When I got there, it turned out they'd called while I was in the DMV (very noisy -- not just lots of people, but two toddlers vying for the loud crying award) to tell me the two appointments before mine were canceled. So I got to go right in. I'm a little weaker on the left today than usual and I wasn't able to do one of the new exercises on the left at all. When I was on the recumbent exercise bike, I joked that I was glad it wasn't showing anything on the heart monitor because I didn't have anything attached to me. She said to put my hands up on the metal part of the forward handles, but nothing resulted. I was halfway home before I realized that it required a minor electrical connection and my hands are too dry for that. I stopped at Olive Garden and had calimari and a bowl of chicken and gnocchi soup.

Just before home, I stopped at the car shop because the van had been showing signs of carburetor problems since Saturday. It would "cough" while accelerating, it would shudder and turn off when I was stopped at lights, and the Service Engine Light had been coming on. They're not sure they can fix it tomorrow, but they can diagnose it. If they can't fix it, they'll give it back to me tomorrow and I can bring it back on Friday. I'm not planning on going anywhere, but I'm more comfortable with the car, even if I have to drive carefully.

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From:the_changeling
Date:December 24th, 2008 01:07 am (UTC)
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From:mjlayman
Date:December 24th, 2008 01:16 am (UTC)
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Here's the news I watched and they do say 66" so I probably misheard 61". So definitely not eight feet!
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From:mjlayman
Date:December 25th, 2008 12:39 am (UTC)
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And guess what? One of the perpendicular roads that crosses River Rd. near the water main break got so much extra traffic that another water main broke under it. A smaller main, and it didn't rush down the road, but those are two main roads in that area and people will be going way out of their way for a week or so.

DC and the close Maryland suburbs get their water from the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission. WSSC has had 1013 breaks or leaks so far this year, and they don't have the money to replace old pipes as soon as they should be, which clearly indicates a rate increase at a bad time for most people.
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From:the_changeling
Date:December 25th, 2008 12:52 am (UTC)
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I did wonder if the people who got trapped, would have grounds to sue for damages. after all, they lost their cars etc.

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From:mjlayman
Date:December 25th, 2008 01:02 am (UTC)
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I haven't heard anything about that, so far they're still talking about the rescues, but WSSC should just get uninvolved values and pay them. Lawyers cost a lot of money. One of the cars was just two years old.
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From:serge_lj
Date:December 25th, 2008 12:15 am (UTC)
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Off topic, but that seldom stops me...

Happy Holidays, Marilee!
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From:mjlayman
Date:December 25th, 2008 12:36 am (UTC)
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Happy Holidays to you, too, and to Sue and your relatives!
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