Good Morning, RVA: #BillAndTedsSnogusJourney

A significant snow storm is on the way!

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Good morning, RVA! It’s 13 °F, and today’s high is just 26 °F–but who cares about temperatures when faced with the threat of snow! Most predictions have us ending up with somewhere between six and eight inches of snow beginning today around 4:00 PM and ending early morning on Tuesday. I’ve seen some predictions go eight to 12, too, so be prepared to spend a lot of time trapped inside with your family or pets tomorrow.

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George Washington was born on February 22, 1732, and beginning in 1885 we celebrated his birth on the 22nd with a Federal holiday called “George Washington’s Birthday.” Then, in 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which moved a couple of holidays around to create more three-day weekends for Federal employees. Since then, the holiday called “George Washington’s Birthday” has been celebrated on the third Monday of February, which, unfortunately, never falls on February 22nd, his actual birthday. In Virginia, we call the holiday “George Washington Day,” which makes way more sense.

I’m impressed with how the Flying Squirrels continue to make going to a minor league baseball game more enjoyable each year, despite still playing in the crappy Diamond.

A pipe burst in City Hall yesterday, which I imagine caused a huge mess. Luckily, City offices are closed today for George Washington Day, which gives cleanup crews some extra time to dry everything out.


  • #20 Rams avoided losing three in a row for the first time in a decade with a strong 79-66 win over George Washington.
  • Spiders fell to George Mason, 67-71.
  • #2 Wahoos narrowly avoided an upset from lowly Wake Forest. They’ll host Pitt tonight at 7:00 PM.
  • Hokies couldn’t build any momentum and decisively lost to Clemson, 54-75.
  • Caps downed the Ducks, 5-3.

This morning’s longread

Barack Obama: The Vox Conversation

A perfect longread on a day celebrating presidents! Also, the way Vox uses inline charts as footnotes to simply illustrate complex talking points makes me swoon.

In his 2007 book The Audacity of Hope, then-Sen. Barack Obama laid out his theory of America’s political and policy problems as it stood on the eve of his first presidential campaign. He worried, he said, about “the gap between the magnitude of our challenges and the smallness of our politics.” On January 23, he sat down with Vox for a wide-ranging interview about his theory of America’s political and policy problems as it stands at the beginning of the seventh year of his presidency.

This morning’s Instagram

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