Not in the clamor of the crowded street, not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, but in ourselves, are triumph and defeat.--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

REDIRECT ALERT! (Scroll down past this mess if you're trying to read an archived post. Thanks. No, really, thanks.)

Due to my inability to control my temper and complacently accept continued silliness with not-quite-as-reliable-as-it-ought-to-be Blogger/Blogspot, your beloved Possumblog will now waddle across the Information Dirt Road and park its prehensile tail at http://possumblog.mu.nu.

This site will remain in place as a backup in case Munuvia gets hit by a bus or something, but I don't think they have as much trouble with this as some places do. ::cough::blogspot::cough:: So click here and adjust your links. I apologize for the inconvenience, but it's one of those things.

Friday, February 27, 2004

Downstairs in the basement…

…then further down underneath the parking deck, is a little-known facility that houses a county-wide operation center that is used as a command post for local emergencies such as severe weather or disasters. It’s usually staffed by a small crew, but in case of an emergency, it fills up with representatives from each government department as well as FEMA, the police, the fire department, the National Guard, etc., who monitor conditions and coordinate any required relief or rescue efforts. It’s a foreboding sort of place--big, thick, lead-lined door, zig-zaggy fallout maze entry corridor, nuke-resistant roof, banks of monitors, cot rooms--we call it “the bunker,” and that’s what it is.

It also has a much less foreboding use--since it has a large meeting room, the different departments use the room for a classroom facility, or for administering tests for various tradesmen licenses, or for seminars.

This afternoon’s demonstration?

Argentine tango dancing.

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