Sunday, May 1, 2016

Thank Goodness This Wasn't Carrying Highly Explosive Bakken Oil -- May 1, 2016

WTOP is reporting:
A CSX freight train has derailed near the Rhode Island Avenue Metro station Sunday morning leaving several cars overturned and a hazardous leak.

Upwards of 10 cars derailed from a train bound for Hamlet, North Carolina, from Cumberland, Maryland, about 6:40 a.m., and emergency responders were working to contain a leak throughout the morning.

“CSX operations and hazardous materials personnel are working with first responders on the derailment this morning in Washington D.C.,” CSX said in a statement released about 8:45 a.m. “The safety of the community, first responders and CSX’s employees is our highest priority.”

The company said one derailed car is leaking sodium hydroxide, used primarily “to produce various household products including paper, soap and detergents.”
I don't think an interruption in soap will shut down Washington, DC, but an interruption in paper production might. Just saying.

Good News

There is a new Starbucks on my bicycle route between where we live and near historic downtown Grapevine, TX.

It just opened up -- maybe a day or two ago. My wife spotted it. I knew it was going up but did not know the specific location. We drove by it last night. It was obviously closed for the night -- it was about 10:30 p.m. -- but there were people hanging around outside under the big "grand opening" banner proclaiming "Now Open."

My wife said, "See, it's open. The sign says 'now open.'"

And so it goes.

The new Starbucks is right next door to the only In "N" Out burger site in Grapevine.

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