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What’s the G2?

What’s the scoop?  What’s the poop?  What’s the G2? What’s the 4-1-1??

Old Reliable — those suckers never wore out

These are all slang ways to ask about what is going on, what is the “insider” information.  In military parlance, the “2” group is intelligence.  “G2” refers to divisional (or above intelligence), whereas, say S2, is staff intelligence at a lower level, usually brigade.

A cool, hip way to ask “what’s going on” about 10 to 20 years ago was to say, “Hey, what’s the 4-1-1.” This was a play on the phone company’s information number, 4-1-1, a way to get phone number listings in most locations.

It’s a surprisingly little known fact that n-1-1 is a useful number in most locations in the US and Canada, and is governed by the North American Numbering Plan, which sets standards for how phone numbers are set up.  I just learned this last month (or was it the month before??).

What are the other n-1-1 codes or phone numbers? We all know about 9-1-1. That’s for emergencies. And now we all know about 4-1-1.  What about the others?

2-1-1 provides information and referrals to health, human and social service organizations. Think United Way, or how to get help with housing, health or simply paying the electric and water bills.

3-1-1 is for getting non-emergency help or assistance from local government (usually your municipality).  Some examples might be: an abandoned car, general public safety concern such as burned out street or traffic lights, dead animal removal, or roaming packs of dogs with foaming mouths.

5-1-1 is one that you might have seen before.  It is for getting information on local traffic conditions. In some areas you can also learn about public transportation and carpooling options at the 5-1-1 number.

6-1-1 is for reporting problems or concerns with phone equipment.  Many cell phone service providers use *6-1-1 to get help with your cell phone.

7-1-1 is used for the Telecommunications Relay Service to translate from TDD (telecommunications device for the deaf) to speech, and vice versa. I’m not quite sure how it works, and hope to never need it (although my hearing is fading while the tinnitus is as strong as ever) … but it is important enough to be a federal code and have the FCC (federal communications commission) chime in that it must apply to VoIP phones, too.

8-1-1 has different purposes in the US and Canada.  In the US the number is used to get help locating buried utility lines.  You might have seen or heard the line: “Call before you dig. ” Well, the number to call is 8-1-1.  In Canada the number is for getting health care questions answered and in assisting with individual health care, such as for patients who are far-flung from most medical services and doctors. Canada is big … really big.

There is no 0-1-1 or 1-1-1 phone number.  This would conflict with rules of the aforementioned North American Numbering Plan.  0-1-1 is the code that an international phone call is being made.  After 0-1-1 the country code is expected to follow … so while you are waiting for someone to answer the call, the phone computers are waiting for you to enter a country code (e.g. 49 for Germany).  And 1-1-1 is equally confusing: the beginning “1” signals the computer you are calling long distance — the computer is then waiting for 10 more digits.

I suppose these rules could be modified to account for more n-1-1 codes.  I say that because it wasn’t too long ago when all area codes had a “0” or a “1” as the middle digit (out of three).  And local exchanges never had a “0” or a “1” as the middle digit. These have fallen away, driven mostly be the need for so many more phone numbers (and area codes).

It’s often said that the only thing constant is change.  So probably all the phone rules we now take for granted will change too.  Hey, who remembers rotary dialing?  Not that long ago, was it?

Now you have the poop, the G2, and the 4-1-1 on n-1-1 phone numbers.

Joe Girard © 2018

Happy Thanksgiving


Happy Thanksgiving to Geeks, for Geeks, and Geek aficionados

There is a lot of buzz this time of year about being thankful.  Submittals cruise through the ether of the web; things to be thankful for each day of the month, and for each letter of the alphabet.

To be quite different, I’ve compiled a list quite outside what’s been done so far.  Sure, I’m profoundly grateful for many, many other things.  To repeat them would be redundant, but a much abbreviated list would be health (in fact, the gift of life!, thanks Mom), free will, the blessings of a kind wonderful wife, three brilliant and healthy sons.

My list is a list for geeks, at least one item for each letter of the alphabet, and one for each day in November.


A is for Avogadro’s number.  Its effects are wonderful: the number of particles in a mole is rigidly fixed, and consequently humid air is actually lighter than dry air; it is a huge number (6.02×1023, or 1026, depending on units), a testament to the very, very tiny size of molecules.  It is our connection to the atomically and molecularly-sized very small. (1) <1>

A is also for Archimedes, the first real scientist (recorded) (2)

B is for Bernoulli’s fluid dynamics equation.  Without it airplanes could not fly, baseballs would not curve or soar majestically 400 ft, and golf balls could not carry over 200 yd, nor would they slice or hook. (3)

C is for the speed of electromagnetic waves, c.  This mind-boggling speed (3 x 108 meters/second; or 186,000 mph) makes nearly instantaneous communication possible. (4)

This value changes, slightly depending on the medium.  This subtle change causes light to bend, making vision correcting lenses possible – as well as mirages, fiber optic communication, microscopes and most telescopes (even reflecting telescopes usually have a lens-based focusing feature).

D is for Charles Darwin, who opened our eyes and imagination to the wonders and mysteries of evolution, and our earthly origins. (5)

E is for the number e (6), and for the mathematician Euler (6a).  He, and his magical number e, whose forms of derivative and integrals have the same form, provide a key for understanding how things oscillate, propagate, decay, and grow over time and/or distance.

E is also for Entropy. If you think you can’t get everything under control, you’re right!  Entropy tells us that any closed system (like your life, or the universe) moves inexorably toward complete lack of structure; and the more energy is expended trying to enforce structure, the more unstructured the whole system inevitably must become.  I minimize entropy by keeping my life and desk moderately messy at all times.  Not sure I’m thankful for it; but it does help explain the universe’s and human’s general preference for messiness and chaos (7)

F is for Alexander Fleming, who discovered penicillin, a keyhole passage into vast horizons of treatments for infections. (8)

G is for gravity, g (a unit of gravity) and for G (the universal gravitational constant).  Without them, we’d need Velcro to stay on the planet’s surface, orbits would not be possible … so neither would sunrises, sunsets, or even beautiful clouds. (9)

H is for Heisenberg, and we’re not breaking bad here.  His contribution to quantum physics informs us that nothing is completely measureable or knowable … unless we are willing to have uncertainty about knowing everything else. (10)

H is also for Planck’s constant, h.  It helps describe the radiation of heat, the connection between energy and wavelength, to which we owe the warmth we receive from the sun. (11)

I is for i, which opened up whole areas of physics via the mathematics of complex numbers. (12)

J is for Joe, the oddest of geeks. It is also for j, the electrical engineers’ version of i (always have to be different). (13)

K is for Lord Kelvin (William Thomson), who made numerous contributions to science  that helped support the evolution or improvements of: various motors, electric power, laying of undersea cables, data transmission. (14)

L is for Anton van Leeuwenhoek, inventor of the microscope.  Our first views into the world of cells, microbes … showed that life is much more complicated than we could have imagined. (15) <2>

M is for mathematics, a system of equations, symbols, numbers — and rules for manipulating them — so as to promote understanding of  our world, and make better use of its wondrous phenomena. (16)

N is for N, the set of natural numbers.  Simple, yet infinite, it allows us to tally, count and wonder at its limitless detail, structure and patterns. (17)

O is for Oxygen, in the form O2, about 20% of our atmospheric air by mass and volume, which allows our bodies to function, our lungs to breathe. (18)

P is for pi (π) and phi (Φ), those funny quirky irrational numbers.  Pi shows up all over mathematics and physics.  Phi shows up in patterns of the natural world; many humans aspire to seek and design to its ratio, which is golden. (19 & 20)

Q is for quark, and Q is for quirky.  Quarks are, as far as we now know, are the basic component, elementary particles, and comprise, among other things, the building blocks of sub-atomic particles like protons and neutrons.  Without Quarks, and their quirky rules and patterns, there would be no universe … as we know it. (21 & 22) [Not gonna talk about bosons …]

S is for Schrödinger, whose varied insights led to the wave equation, new understanding in quantum physics, and lots of great cat jokes and t-shirts. (23)

R (see X, for “Röntgen Strahlen”)

T is for “tomorrow” … not geeky, but “The sun’ll come out tomorrow …” … “ I love ya, tomorrow.  You’re always a day away.” (24)

U is uncertainty.  Without it life would be boring.  There would be no surprises, pleasant or unpleasant.  And there would be no quantum mechanics. (25)

V is for velocity.  The time derivative of position and a key component of kinetic energy, orbital mechanics, the integral of acceleration and a really neat sounding word.  “He moved with great velocity” (26)

W is for work.  Interchangeable with energy, when there are no losses; energy can do work, and work can store energy.  Either can “get stuff done.” (27)

X is for X-rays (or Röntgen Strahlen), discovered by Wilhelm Röntgen, they allow us to see not only into our bodies, treat tumors, inspect weldments – they also allow us to learn about the universe, as many deep space phenomena produce these very short, high energy electromagnetic waves. (28)

Y is for the Y-chromosome.  Yes, there are men.  And that’s ok. Some are manly men, and some aren’t; and that’s ok too. (29)

Z is for zero.  The additive identity; that which signifies “none” in math; aught and nought.  And that’s all there is remaining: zero, zip, zilch, nada, nichts, niente.   Goose egg baby.  (30)


<1> modern chemical engineering practice is to use the (great Scrabble® or Probe® word) kilomole.  Then the 1026 would be used.  Old Style always uses moles, which is actually quite small and often inconvenient.

<2> Technically his last name starts with “v”; but his name is so cool.  It means “Lions Corner” in Dutch.



Useful Math Fun

A little fun with math (don’t be afraid), and it might even be useful.

Have you ever tried to find a simple error when you have two numbers that are supposed to be same, but they aren’t?  Maybe you have a bunch of numbers entered in an Excel spreadsheet; maybe you are even trying to balance your checkbook.

One of the most common data entry errors that can be hidden is the transpose: you’ve swapped a digit.  Maybe a number like 19,243 was incorrectly entered as 13, 249 [see how the 3 and the 9 were swapped?]  Your eyes are glazed over and you can’t find the error, looking over long columns of  numbers.

When this happens the error will always be divisible by 9.  For our example the error is 5,994 (19,243 – 13,240).  But   how do you quickly tell if that number is divisible by 9?  Simply add the digits.  For our example with 5994, compute 5+9+9+4 = 27.  If the sum of the digits is divisible by 9, then the original number was divisible by 9.  If you still can’t tell if the number is divisible by 9), then add the digits again.  For 27, use 2+7=9.  In fact you can just keep adding the digits of the resulting sum until you get to a single digit number; if it is 9, then the original was divisible by 9.

On occasion, I’ve found these tricks very handy over the decades.

A couple of caveats.  If the error is divisible by 9, you could actually have several transpose errors, since each error contributes a sum error divisible by 9, and any time we’re adding multiple numbers, each of them divisible by 9, the sum is of course divisible by 9.  I’ve had to fix several transpose errors in a row.  Sigh.

Another caveat is that you could have a transpose error and another error (like reading or writing a 4 instead of a 9), which would mask the transpose error.


Next we’ll wander over to logarithms.  Don’t worry, I promise there is something useful here too.  [Skip to the last paragraph in this section to get the useful part and avoid the math].

First, a quick story.   A few years ago someone asked me the logarithm of “i” (i.e. i = the square root of -1).  My first inclination was to respond “That’s illogical; there cannot be any such thing.”  But I paused and thought a moment, recalling Euler’s relationship: e = cos Θ + i sin Θ.

Since ex, the exponential (exp) function is the inverse of the logarithm function (just like squaring is the inverse function of taking a square root), I deduced that there was a whole universe of logarithms that I had never thought of.  For example the logarithm of e = iΘ

So I typed “ln(i)” into my Google search bar (“ln” is the usual notation for the natural logarithm function) and up popped “1.570796 i” — a number.  An imaginary number, but a number.  In fact it appeared to be, π/2 times “i”.

Then every number — real, positive, negative, imaginary, even complex numbers — must have a logarithm. They don’t teach that in college calculus.

After a chat with my math genius coworker down the hall (Nicholas is wicked smart) and my son (the math and physics whiz)  via email I was educated, and then produced my own non-rigorous proof [logarithms-derivation] that shows not only that every number  — even negative numbers and imaginary numbers — has logarithms … each has infinitely many logarithms.  And each follows the rules we expect them to follow, namely: that multiplication can be achieved by adding logarithms, and then taking the inverse log (or the exp function).

Besides “Joe is weird!”, what useful thing did you learn in this section?  Yes!  Good for you.  The Google search bar has a calculator built in.  Open a search bar and type “1+1”, or “sin(30 deg)” or “sin(pi/6)” if you prefer radians; try “5!” … it’s all there.  [Some tips: use “^” for exponents, “sqrt(x)” for square roots.  And a calculator pops up on your screen whenever you “search” for something that looks like a calculation.]


One more.  How to compute square roots, cube roots, fourth roots, fifth roots, etc.  Here is a derivation[NRoots-derivation], again based on Euler’s relationship, that shows each number has two square roots, three cube roots, four fourth roots, etc … And how to find all of them.  “All of them”? Well yes, every number has 3 cube roots, 4 fourth roots, etc. What are the three cube roots of -1?  No problem.

If you can recall some of your trig function values, you can even compute quite a few of these multiple roots in your head.  How is that useful?  Well, probably it’s not.  But perhaps these little factoids can help you win a bar bet some day, and when you do, maybe you’ll think of this little math essay.

Cheers!  From the wonderful world of math

Joe Girard (c) 2013

Note: the rules don’t apply to zero, which has no logarithm and a single Nth root.

Keep Clam

I’m not big on touchy-feely stuff.  I’m an engineer by training and profession — and a wordsmith by avocation— so I usually prefer crisp, quantitative descriptions.  So you can guess that I’m not big on New Years Resolutions.  Hey! ——  It took a long time to get me to be this way, and the effort to change me — at this point — seems, well, pointless.

Still I know things can be different, and slight changes can make a big difference. The year 2012 began with the best of intentions.  2011 was filled with stressors, and one consequence of that was that I was not the best “me” I could be.  Joe did and said some things he regretted.  January 2013 would bring a new Joe.  A kinder, gentler Joe.  More aware of the needs, moods and desires of others.

Did I say I’m not big on New Years Resolutions?  Actually, I hate them.  February was awful (mostly at work, although we did have record snowfall), and March was worse.  The gate was left ajar and all the horses got out of the corral.  Really wild frigging horses.  With tempers and attitudes. Fail.

By mid-summer I had discovered the open gate, found most of the wild horses, lassoed them, guided them back to the corral, and closed the gate.  Still, I was the same edgy Joe.  That is to say, prone to saying and doing things he’d regret, if he ever got around to thinking about them.

It occurred to me (as an engineer, one supposes) that you cannot really improve on anything that you don’t measure.

How to measure being “kinder and gentler”?  Can you ask people?  No.  Can you get “in their moccasins” and get a sense of how they see you?   Is there a sort of biological calm-o-meter?  A kindness-o-meter?  For me: no.  As I said: I’m not into touchy-feely stuff.

How about measuring the opposite?  I reckoned curse words are a pretty good measure of how out-of-control and angry (the opposite of “clam and kind”) someone is.

2013.  Over three months into this thing and we’re seeing some success.  Simply by counting swear words.  (I made it to February without saying the f**k word).  I go days at a time with no profanity; there are certainly plenty of defensible opportunities to blurt them out.  I definitely “feel” calmer, and less prone to insensitive outbursts.

Still working on the kindness metric.  Just doesn’t feel right.  Guess I’m just a bada*s.

There was a famous folk-singer in the Seattle, WA area named Ivar Haglund who founded a chain of seafood stores.  As Ivar used to say:  “Keep Clam!”


Joe Girard (c) 2013


Naming Names

This afternoon I watched the 2nd half of a terrific NCAA tournament game between two very talented and well-coached teams, the Marquette Warriors and the Butler Bulldogs.  There were quite a few lucky breaks and close calls coming down the stretch that could have gone either way — with each team getting their share of good and bad breaks — and in the end Marquette won by a whisker, 74-72.

The outcome was somewhat pleasing; I admit to a slight preference for Marquette, as it is one of those small schools that often fills the role of giant slayer, frequently doing quite well in the big tournament.  In fact, in 1977, they won the tournament and were national champions.  Oh, and since Marquette is located in downtown Milwaukee — and that’s where I grew up (actually in a ‘burb on the near north side) — I’ve always been partial to the Marquette Warriors.

Oops, did I say “Warriors” again?  That’s a slip.  They are called the Marquette  “Golden Eagles.”  However it was the Marquette “Warrors” who won the national championship 36 years ago. In an early wave of political correctness, and not wishing to offend anyone, Marquette University was one of those schools who changed their name from an American Indian name to something more neutral.  Another school that did this was Arkansas State University — where I earned my undergraduate degree — who changed their name from “Indians” to “Red Hawks.”

Soon after the Golden Eagles victory today there came news that Wichita State had beaten heavily favored Gonzaga (another tiny school that often does quite well in basketball).  Wichita State’s team name?  The Shockers.  The name does not come from their propensity to “shock” other teams like Gonzaga with unexpected performance and wins, but rather to their history of “shocking” or “harvesting” wheat.

That reminded me of an article I read in the paper this morning about the NHL hockey season, something I rarely do — hockey is one big yawn to me.  So much for my Canadian heritage.  Anyway, it seems as the Colorado Avalanche (another weird name) are abysmally bad this year.  For them the lockout mercifully limited their misery this season, and the misery of their fans, too.  They are so bad, they might even get 1st pick in the next amateur draft.  The player they would most likely pick is Colorado native Seth Jones, who currently plays on a junior hockey team called the Portland Winterhawks.  Winterhawks?

Cruise up I-5 a few hours to Seattle and you’ll find football’s Seahawks.  What are Winterhawks and Seahawks?  Those sound more like American Indian names than sports or animal names, don’t they?

Down in the Bay Area, Stanford’s teams are named for a color.  They are the Cardinal.  Not the Cardinals; the Cardinal.

From there slide over to the coast and the University of California at Santa Cruz has named their athletes the Banana

UCSC - Banana Slug

UCSC – Banana Slug

Slugs.  Really?  What a disgusting creature, sliming wherever they go and for some reason getting themselves stuck inside discarded beer containers.  And it doesn’t look the least bit intimidating: he’s carrying a book (by Plato!) and wearing glasses.  What is it going to do?  Defeat them with logic and dialog?

It does get weirder though.  The Community College of Scottsdale (AZ) are the Fighting Artichokes.  Just across Phoenix in Tempe, the Arizona State athletes are Sun Devils … now a Dust Devil is a rather cool weather phenomenon, but they mess it up by being Sun Devils — whatever that is — and having a mascot who looks like Satan.  Really?  Well, not to be outdone, across the country in North Carolina, Wake Forest University (another little school that often does well in basketball) are the Demon Deacons.  Ok, now you’ve got one team who is represented by Satan, and another by someone who is preaching and doing Satan’s work here on earth.  Oy weh!

ASU's Sparky the Sun Devil

ASU’s Sparky the Sun Devil

In the end, it doesn’t really matter, does it?  It’s just like people’s names, whether they be Tom, Dick and Harry, or LaToya, DeWayne, Shaquile, Lemonjello, Manti, Wyntyr, Muffi, Buffy, Chrystee, Jaxon, Stanley-Ann, or Barack.  The right thing to do is call people or schools what they want to be called, try to pronounce it they way they would, and everyone just go about their business.

Just sayin’

Joe Girard © 2013


Afterthought:  Butler used to be called “The Christians.”  I wonder if they ever played the Lions (Columbia, Penn state, Loyola Marymount, and others) or the Demon Deacons.






  “When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.” – Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carol

In yesterday’s blog, I created a new word, ‘Twitterati”, meaning, “those who obsessively use Twitter to tweet and re-tweet whatever resonates with their cultural and political perspective.”  Since I created the word, one supposes, then it means just what I choose it to mean.

On the other hand, I propose, we should not be so casual on how we use words, and what we intend for them to mean — if for no other reason than to do otherwise causes us to appear intellectually lazy (or vapid) to the literati.

Three topics.  First, assume you have some money.  Then you could give some to someone; in which case you could have less money.  Or: You could have some pain, and if it was too great, wouldn’t it be wonderful if you had less pain.  You could have less pain if you meditated or took some pain killers.

In each case, we could have less of something, but for this to be true, we must have some of it to begin with.  Then, why do accept people saying “I could care less”, when they really mean “I could not care less”?!?  We’ve already made it easy by accepting the contraction “couldn’t” in place of “could not.”  Is it so demanding to require the additional enunciation of “n’t” at the end of “could”??

“Oh, I dropped a nickel in the parking lot, and it rolled into a storm sewer.  But I could care less.”

Really.  If you could care less, that means you care to begin with.  If you don’t care about losing a lone nickel, then “you couldn’t care less.”

Secondly, let’s recognize that apples and oranges aren’t the same thing.  One is one thing, and the other is another.  Trucks and monkeys aren’t the same thing either.  If you have two trucks and two monkeys, these are not the same thing.  Or is it?

Then why do we say “six of one thing, half a dozen of the other”?  We say and accept this as meaning two choices are of the same value or consequence.

“We could have eggs and bacon for breakfast, or we could have oatmeal.  Which do you prefer?”

“Oh, it’s six of one thing and half a dozen of the other.”  In other words, “you choose; I don’t care.”

Literally you are saying these are not the same thing, even though they might appear to be if you only look superficially.  They are really quite different.

It’s subtle, but words mean what they mean.  And if we use them casually, then they can actually mean quite the opposite of what we intend.

The final item.  Consider that you are given one snack for each hour in the day.  But you can only have one per hour, and if you don’t take and consume the snack, it is gone forever.  If you prefer not to arise at dawn, however, and by remaining in slumber, you miss your first snack of the day.  But, by a quirk in the rules, at prescribed parts of the year, you are permitted to take this first (missed) snack of the day at the end of the day, after the sun has gone down.  In other words, you can “save” this snack until the end of the day, when you can enjoy it more.  You are “saving your snack until later”; it is snack saving.

Today is the first day of Daylight Saving Time in 2013 in most of the US and Canada, not Daylight Savings Time.  We are “saving time”, we are not “savings time.”

Now, after investing that one hour, you get one more hour of sunlight to enjoy in the evening for the rest of the spring and summer.  Enjoy it.


Joe Girard (c) 2013

Parading for Political Points

Back in 2008, Democrats in congress, led by Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) submitted HRes 1258, which contained 35 articles of impeachment of then-president Bush.  Most of the articles dealt with war crimes, some with election tampering.  By a margin of 251-166, the motion was approved for assignment to the Judiciary Committee.  Astoundingly, 24 Republicans voted for the resolution.

The Left Wing news machine, blog-o-sphere and Bush haters were wild with delight, and played it up big.  Now Bush will get his justice.  He’s going to get impeached.  Not so fast.  The election cycle was spinning up, the Left began swooning over Barack, … the Committee never addressed the matter and it died there.  Nonetheless, it was an opportunity for the media to point to the nation’s “obvious” disgust with GWB: look what’s being done about it in the hallowed halls of congress.

This past week Republicans had two episodes of their own such grandstanding, or Parading for Political Points.  Rand Paul’s ballyhoo (an actual filibuster) to draw attention to the administration’s reluctance to give a simple and straightforward answer to the question of whether a US citizen can be tracked down and killed by simple order of “high government officials” without benefit of 5th and 6th amendment constitutional protection.

Now this.  Republicans, the Right wing blog-o-sphere and news media are drawing attention to current-president Obama’s frequent extravagant vacations and golf outings (to wit, recent vacation to play golf with Tiger Woods).   This at a time when the president’s administration cannot find the funds to continue giving school children tours of the White House.

Now Representative Louie Gomert (R-TX) has introduced an amendment to the so-called Continuing Resolution bill that would de-fund such extravagant outings and vacations (the 115 rounds of golf, private lessons from Tiger Woods, multiple trips to Hawaii and Martha’s Vineyard, plus outings to Spain, Vail ….).  [Sequester Cuts: Congressman Wants To Defund Obama’s Golf Outings]

It won’t pass, and legislatively these actions won’t amount to anything — like the Bush articles of impeachment.  But they do give Rightwing-o-philes and Twitterati something to buzz about on FaceBook,  Fox, Daily Caller … it remains to be seen if the MSM (Mainstream media) will do much more than mention these so that they can ridicule them.

[I mention only in passing that after Bush had committed the US, and the world, to a second war in mid-2003, he ceased playing golf and taking fancy vacations; it just wasn’t prudent in a period when there was so much sacrifice occurring.  Vacations were to Camp David or his hacienda in Crawford, TX — where he was subjected to negative media attention, thanks to Cindy Sheehan’s protests.]


Joe Girard (c) 2013


Snow Day = Pay Day

Snowquester?  Jeepers Creepers.  Washington DC got “hammered” by winter storm Saturn today.  So the Federal Government gave all DC-area employees the day off, with pay.  But there’s no snow on the roads, as the snow fell with temperatures between 35 and 40F.  They got the day off anyhow. 

To steal and mangle a line from M*A*S*H, the movie:  This isn’t a Federal Government; It’s an insane asylum!

What’s more ludicrous?  Well, the Weather Channel’s naming of winter storms is silly, but at least it’s not wasting our money — during a funding sequester.  Jeepers Creepers.

Snowquester is a dud – CNN