Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Water and Frustration Rise in SOMD

As most folks (should) know by now, MFO is the Archivist for the St. Mary’s County Historical Society, preserving and organizing documents from our past. She also inherits boxes of “stuff” that get dumped on the society when Gramma’s house is cleaned out by the kids and they find boxes in the attic full of letters, pictures, etc.   She certainly learns stuff and sometimes finds some skeletons in there.  Anyway, another of her duties is to be responsible for the Society’s Disaster Plan in case of fire, tornados, pestilence and so on.  I jest somewhat but it is serious business.

In the world of historical preservation, a hot topic these days is the whole spectrum of “water rise” and what to do when your collections and historical properties go under water.  Places like Annapolis and the Solomons are very concerned.  To deal with it takes years of planning.  And, it is real.  We have all seen those maps of what the shoreline was in 1634, and what it is today.  Some of Jamestown’s buildings are now under water.  So besides her personal interest in the phenomenon, she is professionally concerned.  She’s been to several symposiums on the subject.

That’s the windup, and now the pitch!  The Chesapeake Biological Lab on the Solomons, which is part of the University of Maryland’s Center for Environmental Science.  The have begun a series of lectures called “Science for Citizens” (which somehow hits me as “Science for Dummies”) on various topics (which you can look up), and last nights was a presentation by Dr. Ming Li, entitled “Sea Level Rise, Changing Tides & Storm Surge in the Bay”.  So naturally MFO was keen to go and had been looking forward to it for a while.  Okay, you had to take a couple of pitches, but here’s the fast ball.

We decided we’d have some cheese and crackers, and probably skip dinner, so a small cocktail before leaving.  We left the digs at approximately 6:15 for the 7:00 program.  Normally about a 20-minute trip.  Uh oh, a line of traffic in the right hand northbound 235 lane (the one that peels off to the bridge), starting about Town Creek Drive.  Unusual, but it was “rush hour”.  Creep, creep, creep, and by maybe 6:40 we were at the Olive Garden.   By 7:05, we crept around the corner onto 4 toward the bridge.  We saw no emergency vehicles, cops or nothing.  Then we sat there without moving for maybe 10 more minutes.  Long (enough) story short, at 8:15 we did a 180 in the MOMSTER and headed back to the digs.  We never got further than the “barn” well before the bridge.  Came home, and drowned our disappointment with a couple of drinks.  Watched an episode of an especially dour Doc Martin, which somehow matched our mood. 

During the ordeal, I tried in vain to find info.  Baynet was telling me there was a serious accident……..on Great Mills Road the previous day.  Never could find any information save a text from a friend who said there was a massive oil leak from a truck. 

It’s nobody’s “fault” as such, but highlights what a choke point the bridge in.  I called the Lab this morning and spoke to a very nice sympathetic lady who said the CBL videos their programs, sent me a link and eventually it will appear.  Hope so.. and since this is a food blog I’ll hook slide a little food quiz here:

What are these, and what are they used for??


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