It was so cold that I took the condo shuttle bus to and from the subway station and went to the deli in the building for lunch, rather than going around the corner to my favorites. There is a thin layer of ice on the Potomac River, bunching up around the bridge piers where the subway crosses the river. The trains have been having trouble with frozen switches for a couple of days. But the worst is past. It was above freezing this afternoon and will be 10 degrees warmer tomorrow and back into the high 50's (Fahrenheit) over the weekend.
DC has it's share of cold jokes,
It was so cold that Congressmen had their hands in their own pockets.
It was so cold that government bureaucrats stopped moving - but no one noticed the difference.
It was so cold that we had to print more money to burn (about half of the currency used in the US is printed in DC.)
Home on the hill?
I live in a condo in the high rise towers on the top of that hill. If my neighbors would cut down all of the trees I would have a great view of Old Town Alexandria, the Patent and Trademark offices and the George Washington Masonic Memorial. About 1/3 of the time I ride a bike to and from the office. Every afternoon, I HATE the hill I live on, when I have to climb it on the bike. The rise is about 100 feet in about 500 feet. Nasty-nasty climb. I will conquer that hill.