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Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 02/ 5/2010

Snow seen, and scenes

By Washington Post editors

Snow has been spotted in the D.C. metro area. But as we know, the snOMG has been all anyone has talked about for nearly a week.

Items from a Cleveland Park listserv on Friday:
-- Does anyone have one or two pairs of cross country skis, poles, and boots that I can rent or buy?
--Is your back in Olympic shape? Are you biceps ready for a workout like no workout you've had before? If you are ready and able to shovel snow, please send your contact information, rates, and other details to us at
In anticipation of a flurry (sorry about the pun) of requests for people to shovel snow, we will be posting a completion of snow shovelers later today or tomorrow.

-- Donna St. George


Apparently there was a large crowd at a fabric shop in Leesburg Thursday night.

Yes, a fabric shop.

Seems a number of people were seen stocking up on yarn, apparently to knit through the storm.

Overheard: "It's either that or cleaning the toilets," said one woman.


The Columbia Heights retail area on 14th street is pure gridock right now. Traffic is at standstill as people do last minute shopping. At the neighborhood Giant, there were no shopping carts and no baskets -- and the lines ran the length of the store with many folks balancing groceries in both arms.

Across the street, Target was relatively empty with plenty of employees to check out customers.

The best find was a little grocery at the intersection of 15th and U streets -- and its appropriately called "Best Supermarket." It's a fully stocked store -- and just handful of people waiting.

--Lois Romano


We walk into the Wild Bird Center on Viers Mill Road in Wheaton and make a joke about the long lines -- just one patron in there along with two cats and the owner. For some reason, they all laugh (OK - I'm not sure cats can laugh).

We're on a mission to help the neighborhood birds weather the storm and a steady stream of customers -- one at a time! are braving the start of the snow to do the same thing. Across the street, the Chevy dealership may have closed, but it's nice to know we can still find a local store supporting our feathered friends with seed and suet. An intrepid New Englander, the center's owner says she'll stay open until 4. I suspect she'll have customers right up until closing time.

--David Ottalini, University of Maryland

By Washington Post editors  | February 5, 2010; 12:24 PM ET
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