Hurricane Irene seems headed this way but DC and Alexandria residents are sitting pretty, thanks to their Depts. of Public Works, which have allotted each household five -- count 'em -- five free sandbags. So bring it on, Irene!
You may wonder, as I have, how much difference five sandbags can make, but residents line up for their free allotment of sand every time floods threaten. Earlier this month, in anticipation of heavy rain, people stood in the sandbag line for hours:
Eric Goldstein, who was waiting for sandbags, told us, "It's a pretty basic commodity. To not have it like this is pretty frustrating."And if the five sandbags fail to hold back the flood, maybe this will be the moment when Barack Obama will choose to use his magic to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet and all that. Or perhaps he's planning to influence the hurricane as he has the stock market, or downgrade it as he has the country's credit rating. Stay tuned to see which superpower he'll employ: Obama to address hurricane from Martha's Vineyard.
In each case, drivers had to wait about 30 minutes for a dump trunk to arrive with more bags that you would have thought were filled with gold based on the length of the line.
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