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Posted in DC Blogs Noted on May 31st, 2005 by dcblogs
Rolling Thunder Thunder Tales Vietnam fighter pilot, author and blogger Ed Rasimus of Colorado Springs was in DC for the Memorial Day observances. He writes of his visit. It’s a long post and a very good read.

The throaty roar of Harley-Davidson was everywhere. The bikers are older than most that you see in Middle America. These guys tend to be over fifty with gray hair, a lot of wrinkles, a few tattoos and leather vests that are festooned with Vietnam war unit patches, ribbons, medals and slogans. They reek of patriotism, not Pennzoil.

He also writes of the families he saw on the Mall, and of a reunion of group of fighter pilots at the Old Ebbitt Grill, which picked up the drinks. It’s long way from the reception that returning Vietnam veterans received in San Francisco, he writes.

Yep, you won’t see too much of it in the major newspapers. But, America is back. We’re proud to be Americans. We are the brightest hope in the world for a better life for all people. We’re big, we’re strong, and we’re loud and pushy. We’re Americans and we’re damned proud of it regardless of what you might have heard.

Settling sucks Mig’s Blog Spot A woman in Rockville, “Dartmouth grad, Internet junkie,” writes of relationship frustrations.

Have you ever just gone along with something because it was convenient and required little effort on your part? … Well, say hello to my current life.

Bananas Blogstretch An evening that includes the Bright Eyes concert begins with this scene at an Ethopian Restaurant in Adams Morgan. The post includes *actual dialog*, so click on through.

This guy was in his early 30s, wearing a short sleeve button up shirt with a swirly blue, green and yellow pattern all over it, and took a stance against the bar that showed off his tremendously large belly. That’s when he hit me with what I can honestly say is the worst pick up line I have ever heard.

Farewelling DC Pieces of our lives A post from a student who is leaving DC with some sadness. It’s a post with fellow classmates in mind but with themes that may ring true for most.

I wish you were here to share with me my final few days in DC, as a student. Remember how we all once were?

Galaxy Billiards report DirectCurrent This Silver Spring establishment has loud music, abysmal table service but great equipment.

The bartenders were excellent – – sharp gentlemen who would remember your name, your drink, and your table number. The food at Galaxy was typical of poolhall fare . . . a handful of soggy entrees vying for attention against a very broad assortment of deep-fried appetizers.

Spectacular views Amy’s Blog From a Baltimore visitor, there’s a long post that includes this insight:

There is a dirty little construction site right on K Street in line with the row of stores and restaurants. It is a huge hole in the ground littered with two-by-fours and a backhoe or two. It is cool because it is the one spot along K Street in Georgetown that is completely quiet and ignored on a Saturday night. And you can see the side walls of the buildings next to the site – bricks that probably hadn’t seen light in years, if not decades. Spectacular views, right?

Tourist reports Travelblog A report from one of DC’s many visitors:

one thing i have learnt about DC – monuments get boring really, really quickly. although bothering the security personnel at the white house by hanging around and looking suspicious is totally fun.

Also noted: DC residents continue to count on listservs for local information. DCist offers a report on those mailing lists. It notes, for instance, that the Cleveland Park list alone has 2,820 members. I’m out of here by Back of the Hill. New job in Boston. Rolling Thunder photos at Washington Socialites. Photo: Union Station. Taken Saturday.

Rolling Thunder

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on May 28th, 2005 by dcblogs

Dead Soldiers Grace’s Poppies

It’s not just the tourists and Vietnam vets arriving this weekend. This is Memorial Day, so of course all the dead soldiers are stirring: the ones who tend to linger here anyway, and others who feel unfamiliar — as if they’re arriving from elsewhere (odd, isn’t it, to think that even ghosts have their affinities for specific chunks of the landscape?)

There’s also a post about DC’s tourists, They’re here! Rolling Through Noticing Life
This is a powerful post; it starts off as below, an effective and disarming entry, that moves quickly into the heart of matters that disturb and haunt.

I walked into Rock Bottom Brewery at 9:30 last night with my husband and daughter. Looking for a table we walked past bikers in full colors. A few in wheelchairs. My husband took one look, screwed up his face, and gave a full on city “sniff.”

Rolling Thunder photos by Joe Tresh Cheering on I-95 The Dangling Conversation Rolling Thunder scene with photo from I-95 North:

About 30 miles from DC on I-95 I started to notice people gathered on every overpass of the highway. They were all waving flags, milling around on bikes and foot. I waved back to some through my roof, pretending the warm welcome was all for me …

Memorial Day, 2005 Retirement Days Ex-Fed writes:

Memorial Day is now the official kick-off to summer with long waits at the Bay Bridge for the trek to Ocean City. How long will the wait be for the more than 1,600 U.S. men and women killed in Iraq? Will the 20,000 U.S. soldiers who have lost eyes, arms, and legs enjoy the beaches like they used to do?

Birthday, 23 Beauty and the Beltway This blog writer, “The story of a Montana girl surviving life in the District,” turned 23 Sunday, and she writes:

DC has been taken over by the Veterans, and I don’t have to work, so I will probably just go to church and then come home, do laundry and watch a movie. After all, 23 isn’t exactly a landmark. Maybe I’ll walk to the fire hook bakery and get a Key Lime Tart and a candle so I can make my wish. After all it’s time for a new one, since the old one didn’t live up to expectations.

Rolling Thunder with Andre Liam and Arnebeth, here we go

slept lightly last night. a quarter of a million rolling thunder boys are grinding up and down the highway near the apartment…

In from Denver for spelling bee Nouveau Niveau Just arrived from Denver for the National Spelling Bee beginning June 1. Nouveau Niveau writes:

The Grand Hyatt is beautiful. I have been telling the kids, “This hotel isn’t designed for families. It’s *really* nice and there’s no swimming pool.” They have all been awed by how nice it really is… beautiful fountains, a grand piano on an “island” surrounded by water, a glass atrium-type ceiling that seems a mile high with this gigantic American flag hanging at the very top.

Tourist report: Clubs with Ma-moo Tubie Blair Who are the tourist? Tubie Blair from Atlantic Beach, Florida, for one and her husband to celebrate their fifth anniversary. But there’s an adventure, too:

Ma-moo drove us to this hole in the wall club in this random part of town, and we saw Bright Eyes. First off, Digital Ash sounded amazing live. It was way more intense than the CD. Conner is dramatic, he may not know it, but he is. …. After a few drinks I made my way over and we had a chat.

Photo: National Mall, Saturday

Chinatown, exploding manhole covers, travels

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on May 27th, 2005 by dcblogs

Rehoboth trip Countersignature This writer discusses the Rehoboth of old and new. And then there’s the food of old and new:

The chips and salsa were fine until I detected the unmistakable flavor of crab. Upon further investigation, I discovered that some of the chips tasted of crab, while others didn’t. To me, this finding could only mean two things: either the chips were old and had been recycled from another table or food had fallen into them in the prep area. Either way, it added up to sloppiness.

To the people of Washington, D.C. I hate kit kats Kit kats’ blog post for some reason reminds me of the DC alert service that sends messages to my cell phone. Perhaps because it’s short and after-the-fact, like DC alerts. For instance yesterday, I learned: “Manhole cover explosion at 18th & G St. NW. No Evacuations.” (I wonder what I would do if it said “evacuate!”) It was followed by this message: “Several street closures surrounding area of man hole cover explosion.” I have never lived in a city with so many manhole cover explosions. Perhaps they should replace the manhole covers with Frisbees. Click on kit kats’ link. It’s very short and very funny and I don’t want to give it away. Something is amiss at IMF/World Bank Skate Blog Here’s some live action detail on yesterday’s manhole cover explosions.

As of 10am, somewhere around 18th and G Streets NW there is a fire. Word on the street is that an underground transformer is burning. The third floor vew we have at work of the NW corner of 18th and G is of smoke coming out of the building there. Streets are closed, the police and secret service are out and none of them are happy.

More on exploding manhole covers WGBV.com

Pepco spokeswoman Mary-Beth Hutchinson says it’s an ordinary incident…. Yup. Pretty ordinary… I love this city.

Bye Bye Chinatown Belly Button Window I loved the Palace in Chinatown; all that old, beautiful woodwork and atmosphere swept away by development and the chains. But now that this writer’s favorite Chinese grocery, Da Hua Market, is no more, Chinatown, for him, is gone. Take the Circulator Live from the third rail About the new DC bus called the Circulator: A singles bar hopping bus? As “Live from” writes: “The D.C. Circulator will begin running in July, and the bus was open for inspection. Two men were inside to answer questions and distribute brochures.” This blog has the details, including fares and Web site link. Nice Doggy photo by DC-Streets.
Please visit this site: DCBLOOB. He writes, sadly: “Down to 6 page views per day as of May 25, 2005. The point of this is mostly just to post thoughts …” He writes about sports.

DC Blogs noted:

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on May 26th, 2005 by dcblogs

Waiting

Tiki Tiki Tembo

This poet and musician who dances, lights candles in a shower and runs 12 miles, writes poignantly about the issues in her life.

Maybe I’m fascinated with heads because I’m feeling headless myself. I don’t know when I’ll write another song.

Something else?

What the Kay

Smartly written meditation on life, DC, and change.

I’m just missing things, people are getting different jobs, graduating from college, or grad school, breaking up, geting back together, getting engaged, buying houses, and I’m in my one bedroom apartment watching Robot Chicken with my girlfriend.

MONOGAMY – To do or not to do?

Up All Night Jane

Jane needs to know: Is monogamy natural?

As I am beginning to embark on a possible relationship with a mouth-watering specimen of the opposite sex (oh that’s a mouthful! No pun intended!), I begin questioning the lifestyle changes I’ll have to adapt to.

The 15lb challenge – update

Pink Thunder

Weight Watchers and the importance of databases.

…the power of their database is not to be underestimated. When I looked up foods I’d eaten, I often found alternatives (low fat or fat free) that had half or one-third the impact on my body.

Landlord from hell

DC Sleeps Alone Tonight

Recent rains cause a flooding problem which gives rise to smells. Landlord’s at the beach. Here is part one of the post.

Summer vacation; the first week

Hats from Mexico

No intro needed, just scroll to May 25 post.

… my first week of summer vacation was spent at the outer banks ruining all the organs that inhabit my body with taquitos, pizza and a steady stream of vodka.

Noted: Photographs from Cancun by Bureauqette, beginning May 24. Scroll down.

Golden moments

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on May 25th, 2005 by dcblogs
Stealth
Avert Your Eyes
What happens when Verizon workers meet Golden Retriever. A wonderfully written piece.

The other day when I returned from work, I found 5 Verizon technicians staring intently at a 3-foot diameter hole they had dug in my yard. They seemed to be mesmerized by their efforts. It was as if the hole was speaking to them.

The nuptials
Learning to fly
From the bachelorette party to touching ceremony ending in a flurry of rose petals and “me catching the bouquet.”
My Orgy Weekend
Yogini at Law
It’s about a weekend realized fully. There are the jewelry discoveries at the International Gem & Jewelry Show at the Dulles Expo Center, jazz at the Kennedy Center, mashed potatoes, yoga and a drink called Arak.

Some of you might not be familiar with Arak….it is a type of alcohol, similar to Ouzo, which is licorice-flavored and very strong. I was introduced to it by my Lebanese boyfriend (hereinafter “LBF” – The term does not imply that I have more than one boyfriend, as I have only one, but it used in a strictly descriptive sense.)

Even on a bike, I can’t ask for directions
Cocoricamo
Post includes two very detailed Google maps showing two possible bike routes in Alexandria. The first shows the path this writer says he should have taken, the second shows the one he did take. It’s the route with big hills.
Our book
Cleveland Park Junior League
A group blog that’s “not only anti-social, but also dangerous,” and, in this post, also in search of a book contract.

I will write new-school for you: in public on the internet; or I will write old-school if you wish: I will write charmingly, I will write wittily, I will write long-hand on yellow legal pads filched from my current job. I’m a born author.

Star Wars wrap:
While the boss wasn’t looking … Restless Mania.
Patrick Ruffini and his Star Wars Photoshop Contest, featuring Obi Dick Cheney.
Rock Creek Rambler buys “two lightsaber replicas at $120 a pop.” (Read the comments)Non-Star Wars: If your current job just isn’t working out you can

Make big money driving trucks. Thrashing Through Cyberspace. Humorous photo of a truck sign.

Star Wars confusion

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on May 24th, 2005 by dcblogs

Girly time and Oxytocin
Improbable Things
Knitting and female bonding explored.

Last night I hosted the DC Stitch-n-Bitch, which I’d only ever joined 2x before. So 8 near strangers converged on my place last night, fairly cowing my sniffle-ridden husband into bonding with his Mac all night. It was fun and we broke out the nice champagne glasses to toast… everything.

Fingered and Blue Ridge
DCaffeinated
A collection of entertaining weekend notes including European shopping insights and a visit to Saint-Ex for dinner. “…we tried to figure out who the clientele were, because really, who’s going to travel to 14th st. for a pricey dinner?”

Star Wars reports:
As DC Blogs finds them

Unrequited narcissism: A side-by-side comparison of Anakin’s hair. “…maybe hair grows at six million times its normal earth growth in the star wars series…”

And from Washington Canard there is a light saber thrust on John Podhoretz’s political attack. “To begin with, Podhoretz’s is a spoiler-filled rant of a preview. “

Finally, Mission Accomplished by Sueandnotu. She confessed to needing a little help with the plot.

“I did require a brief primer, so a few minutes before the dimming of the lights, I asked Kriston, “so what happened in the other movies.” Although I watched them all, I remember little past Natalie Portman’s crazy lipstick…”

Mini golf discovery
DCburbs

Discovered: the hardest mini-golf course I have ever played. And I have played a good number of games in my life– at the Jersey Shore, Ocean City, Rehobeth, Myrtle Beach, rural PA, Ohio…And it was right here in good ol’ Silver Spring.

Alley
Frozen Tropics
Stark photograph of an alley in the wholesale food district. In the comments section one visitor wrote: “Your pictures simultaneously inspire and provoke thought.”

Also check out well-framed and titled photo, “Robo Cops,” by Thomas Michael Corcoran, DC cops on Segways.


Water turnoffs

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on May 23rd, 2005 by dcblogs



No water
Shesbitter
Live action waterless drama, thanks to the DC water main break Saturday
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it’s 5am. i’m going to la in three hours. i’m in the middle of doing laundry and have just discovered that the water in my building is off. i have nothing to wear, and my roommate is going to wake up in the morning with a big trashbag full of wet clothes in the bathtub.


Brown water
Rotten Eggs
On a trip and blogging through Alabama, Mississippi. And you thought the water was bad in DC:

Mississippi is the same as Alabama, only with even worse roads. Also, the water is brown, and I don’t mean the water in Old Man River. We stopped at a Hardees and the water was absolutely terrifying. I’m fairly sure that washing my hands in the bathroom actually made them dirtier.

Also, Rude Cactus returns from vacation with pictures.
Star Wars reports
As DC Blogs finds them
Adventure Troubleshc, “
George Lucas You Are Dead to me.”

A Little Flower Garden: I just got back from Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. Rather dark, it was. Talking like Yoda, I am.

Threes
The Bex Blog

A long list of “threes” – such as “three things that scare you,” “three physical things that turn you on,” “three places you want to go on vacation.”

Dresden Dolls report

Fun things to do in DC
Some of the adventure was offstage.


As I was standing in line to get in, I noticed rather more exotic plumage around me than I was accustomed to seeing in DC. There was also a certain restless, simultaneously exhibitionistic and anxious, pulsing energy around me that I hadn’t experienced since … since…since … high school.

The interview
Circle V
DC bloggers have another world beyond the computer and this writer explored it. Helpful FAQ:

You shot tequila! I thought we were going to do two glasses of wine max.
I hit that at the pre-happy, honey.

Photo: Foggy Bottom Metro.
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Depression and black lacquer

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on May 20th, 2005 by dcblogs

The ship awash, our rudder gone
Standing at the Corner of Evil and Indecision
Free floating angst.


The last couple of days more than anything have felt like something’s missing. I’ve got great friends, a good job, activities that I enjoy to keep busy; heck .. So why do I feel like I’m just adrift?

My soul slides away
I hate kit kats
This is why I telecommute:


On the left side of the corridor is a string of offices side by side like so many cells in a prison. My cell is the second one after the conference room.

Flirting 101
A girl in DC
The art of flirting from a hotel in Chicago.


The hotel here in Chicago has a very nice lounge area downstairs. I just spent time down there enjoying some wine and going over some work. I also started getting some free drinks my way from some Germans who are in town for the restaurant convention that is also happening here.

Dust in the wind
A Silent Cacophony
The title refers to a song by Kansas but this post explains why all prizes aren’t winners.



Speaking of “fair play,” I’m reminded of a time some 10 years ago in Colorado Springs when I heard on the radio that some concert promoters were selling tickets to a performance by the group “Kansas,” and that the first few people in line when the tickets went on sale would be guaranteed seats in Row 1.

The Wedding
Jenny Miller
Scenes from a wedding. A slide show. (This blog also has the coolest title art)

Back in black
Soleil, Lune & Astales
I’m linking this only as a public service for the betterment of humanity.

A hot fashion tip for the summer: Black lacquered toes are all the rage.

McMetro

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on May 19th, 2005 by dcblogs



Stop McMetro
DC Metro Action

Metro seems intent on pasting advertising on Metro trains and buses. But more troubling is this recent report in the Washington Post: (If the link doesn’t work the story appear May 10, with this head: Cash-Strapped Metro Rolls Out Ad-Wrapped Trains.)

Coming soon will be television screens inside trains and buses that will broadcast news, sports scores and, of course, commercials. Tunnel ads — a series of panel drawings that will appear to move like so many flip cards as the train passes — could be in place as early as the fall. ATMs and banner ads will debut in stations soon.

Can you imagine – TV on the metro? DC Metro Action argues that:

The nation’s capital deserves better. We already have one of the best Metro systems in the country. Don’t let marketers turn it into a giant glossy magazine ad that benefits mega-corporate interests.

Using Brad Pitt as a Metaphor to Describe Life
Up All Night Jane
Jane’s writing is better than the article she excerpts about Pitt.

Then he got married and I said, “Guess I gotta put away that naughty little fantasy!” cause a true woman never fantasizes about another woman’s property, unless you’re in the mood for a little guilt orgasm.

From the line
In Shaw

Most newspapers would be extremely happy for a columnist who could write two times a week what MM writes daily on her neighborhood blog. This entry is a take on views and values.

From the line in the Home Depot Garden Center … you can see the Washington Monument. This is what you notice when waiting to pay for a couple of bags of dirt.

The Anti-Smoking Fascists Are Back
Rock Creek Rambler
Reports that at least one anti-smoking initiative will reach the city council this year, and has information concerning an June 9 “town hall meeting on anti-smoking initiatives.”

I Saw You
The J Word

Fantasy “I Saw You” ad:

Well, being the people watcher I am, I am starting a sorta-section of my blog called: Should-be I Saw You’s

Best Album Cover Tuesday
Tof Renkin Day!
Los Angeles, Las Vegas

The world is full of good blogs and to mix things up a bit on DC Blogs, I intend to occassionally offer a link to an out-of-metro-area blog.

This post features an ablum cover that’s probably not in your collection, “Colonel Sanders’ Tijuana Picnic.” Very interesting ablum art that’s dissected at length.

Our favorite part of the album photo is the big box next to the woman. Everyone knows that KFC comes in buckets, just like the Colonel himself is holding, and when I first saw the big box with handles, I was, to be honest…shocked and awed.

Dates and other things

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on May 18th, 2005 by dcblogs

Craig’s List Guinea Pig
A Blog Mainly About Food
The writer, Kanishka, has seat for two Friday evening “for a special preview of
Sonoma.” But whom to take?


I could take a friend, someone I’ve known and know is a food fan (no one specific in mind, thinking out loud here). Or… I could take a date. Some may ask “How would you get said date?” And to you I respond: Craigslist!


Illegal Dumping at The Salvation Army
Frozen Tropics
Report with photo of unwanted goods dumped in front of the Salvation Army on the 1300 block of H Street. “Dumped items include everything from old refrigerators to boxes of broken dishes to dresser shells …”

Pervs
Kathryn on
Well-turned report with warranted outrage on very strange behavior.

So, Spring is in the air, more or less. And for some reason, whether it’s the increased skin exposure in the DC area or the fundamental biological effects of the season, the pervs are out.

And Then There Was Monday
The Daily Bulletin From Dating Hell
The dating scribe shares some emails and wonders: A date or something else?

Notice that he says “just a hang out night” – that sounds like intentional platonicization, doesn’t it?

Taking my money
Conversations with mud
Problems with credit card and bank charges reported here.

I’d be a lot less stressed if people would stop taking my money without my permission! I don’t know what the deal is this past year, but businesses and organizations have ransacked my bank card and credit card without my permission.

Skaters at Hains Point
Skate Blog


It’s a perfect place for being on wheels. Roads run along the perimeter of Hains Point and they have been recently paved, making for a smooth ride on skates. The grade is flat. There are no hills to climb.

Photo: Windows display on P Street near CVS, Whole Foods Market.

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