Saturday night notes: “Spring forward”; snow; door-to-door

“SPRING FORWARD,” ANOTHER REMINDER: At 2 am, it’ll suddenly be 3 am, in the third year of early-arrival Daylight Saving Time. We’ll get the hour of sleep back on Sunday morning, November 1. Did you know Daylight Saving Time isn’t U.S.-only? Here’s a worldwide list.

WEST SEATTLE WEATHER WATCH UPDATE: “Snow showers” are still in the forecast, though things have been pretty calm since that hour or so of snow this morning (WSB coverage, with video, here). Around 6 pm, according to King County’s Twitter feed, Northgate and environs were getting hail. John sent us a note saying he saw SDOT treating The Bridge around 5 pm, he thinks with salt, although our understanding is that only deicer is put down pre-storm – we’ll see if we can find anything out. 8:43 PM UPDATE: Per comments, and Twitter, snow in various West Seattle locations – Morgan Junction, Myrtle Reservoir area, 21st/Juneau, Highland Park, The Junction — not here in Upper Fauntleroy so far, though. 9:01 PM: OK, *now* we have light snow – very fine crystal/flakes.

DOOR-TO-DOOR ALERTS: We’ve received two in less than 24 hours – first, we didn’t get to this one last night because of the Rite-Aid incident, but Renee sent us this note via Facebook (we’re WS Blog):

Twice tonight someone knocked on my door. I asked “who is it?” and got a reply “(inaudible)- glass company”. I replied “no thank you” the first time. (around 8:30pm) The second time someone knocked again around 9:50pm, when I asked who it was I got the same reply as first time along with someone trying my door knob! (and I mean really forcefully trying!) Thankfully I keep my dead bolt locked! Police have been notified.

To make matters scarier, Renee doesn’t live far from last night’s robbery/SWAT scene. Then tonight, we got e-mail from David, who wrote: “A group of young adults is doing the door-to-door subscription sales bit. They just came to our house, we’re on the 3700 block of SW Webster.” He notes that some of those types of sales teams have been known to represent “unscrupulous companies,” as has been discussed here before; we have a followup note to him to ask if this group had a license, as is required by City law.

21 Replies to "Saturday night notes: "Spring forward"; snow; door-to-door"

  • Sharonn March 7, 2009 (7:09 pm)

    Heavy hail, lightening and thunder at Greenlake…nothing downtown and on into West Seattle.

  • WSB March 7, 2009 (7:24 pm)

    West Seattle, the NON-CONVERGENCE zone (knock wood) … thanks for the update! On Twitter, we’re seeing reports of Capitol Hill among other spots experiencing hail/lightning too … TR

  • Jim March 7, 2009 (7:31 pm)

    I recall once back during the 70’s energy crunch, Daylight savings time was extend later in the year, so you had to set your watch back an hour driving to Vancouver.

  • MargL March 7, 2009 (7:51 pm)

    The hills on 35th going past Providence Mount St. Vincent and up to High Point were both very ‘glittery’ near the curbs tonight. Does the standard deicer sparkle like rock salt? Maybe they revised the policy to salt hills and bridges when there’s a chance of ice, too.

  • WSB March 7, 2009 (7:59 pm)

    A Twitter comment to my note there says salt is more effective when applied pre-storm. So now that I think about it there was ONE forecast somewhere earlier that said could be up to five inches of snow (not the NWS!) so perhaps that was enough to spring them into salt action, since “4 inch prediction” was supposed to be the line.

  • John March 7, 2009 (8:07 pm)

    Does anybody know if Comcast had people in the neighborhood doing door to door. My wife mentioned this and I told her about what I’ve read in this blog… granted, I trust door-to-door salespeople at the same level as telemarketers, used car salespeople and mortgage brokers. (Sorry for the few legit in each)

    Seriously – anybody else get supposed Comcast salespeople?

  • Dreamland March 7, 2009 (8:13 pm)

    Regarding the door to door, we had someone come ring our doorbell and then knock on our door very loudly around 4 pm this afternoon, in Fairmount Springs. We looked through the peephole and saw someone we didn’t know so we didn’t open the door. We went around to the kitchen window to get a better look and the guy had disappeared within a couple of seconds. He was wearing a white button up shirt and wore a dark hoodie.

    Also WSB, thanks for the info re: Block Watch. I had asked before this visitor arrived. I have e-mailed the Southwest coordinator to see who the captain is. Haven’t heard back yet.

  • GenHillOne March 7, 2009 (8:23 pm)

    John – we had a legit, yet terribly pushy, Comcast person come to our house a few months back. I also see them advertising for those positions on Craigslist. *sigh* I’m always tempted to respond and ask them what they’re thinking with that strategy.

  • changingtimes March 7, 2009 (8:29 pm)

    its really really wet but starting to stick up near holy rosary…at least on my car…come on snow!!! tommorows my monday and i would love a snowday!!! :)

  • k March 7, 2009 (8:41 pm)

    Snow in Highland Park! Houses and cars covered– although I think it is starting to rain now.

  • KateMcA March 7, 2009 (8:54 pm)

    Pretty heavy snow in Westwood.

  • Ken March 7, 2009 (9:13 pm)

    John — yes, I had a Comcast sales guy come to my door in Westwood a couple of days ago. He was driving an Enterprise rental car — I briefly thought about checking with Comcast, but decided he seemed legit.

  • bos March 7, 2009 (9:28 pm)

    Let’s all run to the store…OMG it’s snowing!

  • WSB March 7, 2009 (9:31 pm)

    Did that yesterday.

  • Roger March 7, 2009 (9:52 pm)

    I ran to the store this afternoon…
    the sky IS falling!

  • dave March 7, 2009 (10:13 pm)

    Pretty sure there is a WSB snow obsession going on.

  • WSB March 7, 2009 (10:17 pm)

    there is no news bigger than weather. in any medium. and I’ve worked ’em all. there’s a reason even F2F conversation defaults to “how’s the weather” …

  • Krystal March 7, 2009 (11:56 pm)

    Re: door to door
    9:50 is a little late in the evening for door to door. You think the scammers would be slightly smarter and try again during the day! They sound like idiots, so hopefully they are to dumb to do real harm!

  • Krystal March 8, 2009 (12:08 am)

    sorry, wrong form of to/too

  • Mr. Matt March 8, 2009 (3:15 am)

    This daylight savings time couldn’t come at a worse time for me this year. It’s already “4am”.


  • BobLoblaw March 8, 2009 (9:51 pm)

    Had a door-to-door on Saturday afternoon at our place in Fairmount Springs as well. Funny how fast they leave when you point a camera at them and say “Cheese!”

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