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Urgent messages

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on June 16th, 2005 by dcblogs
Yeah, We Were Shocked Too Rotten Eggs This writer discovers that she is pregnant. A wonderful post.

And yes, I got a copy of What to Expect. The King bought it for me. We saw it in the store, and I told him I had wanted to buy a copy for the last two years, but it was just too painful when we weren’t actually expecting, so he got it for me. And I cried in line at the checkout.

The Big Hunt KL’s Blog Our writer is planning a London move and decides to start a blog while still a DC resident. There’s only a few posts so far but comparison shopping has begun.

Saw so many cute boys last night in Dupont — unfortunately given the area they were probably all gay. With some exception, most boys who dress well in this country are gay. American men on the whole dress SO badly — its very hard for me to be attracted to someone who wears pleated pants. Bring on the cute British men with sexy accents.

To Ban or not to Ban An Even Greater Britton Writes a passioned defense of smoking in public establishments. But for those who would send smokers from the bars to the streets, there’s this kicker:

Smoking is faboo. And just remember, if you make me go outside to smoke, I’m going to be a real bitch when I get back inside and THAT could be really hazardous to your health.

For a lively debate on this issue see “To Smoke or Not to Smoke” in DCist. The Washington Post report. An urgent message Foxy in Fairfax

Could someone please tell the people of the greater Washington DC area the importance of wearing deodorant?

Company Expenses Scotch on the Rocks The pros and cons of business travel are weighed. If you travel for business, you know the drill. But this DC Metro area writer tells a more terrible story.

My company had gotten strict (READ: extremely cheap) on their travel policy and I was forced to share a room with my co-worker. Luckily, it was one of the guys I could stand, but damn if I didn’t know so much more than I needed to about the guy. I didn’t need to know that we prefered briefs to boxers nor the way he snores.

An ex-Floridian’s hurricanes Leann’s Random Thoughts This writer missed 26 years worth of hurricanes in Florida and moves to Alexandria. And then one, Hurricane Charley, heads straight for her old hometown.

Thousands of people are still living in trailers waiting for their new homes to be built, and here we are at the beginning of a new hurricane season…

Also Noted: Ole Miss grad, Lenwood Brooks, has just moved to DC “for good” and says he’s glad to be here but, in a post writes that he “must admit I’m starting to get a little annoyed with all of the motorcades that stroll around at all hours of the day and night. I’ve become numb to all the sirens.Sunlight over the Capitol is moving to Connecticut
Photo: 7th and E NW

Guys and things

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on June 15th, 2005 by dcblogs

The Waiting Kathryn on What is it with guys? (Read the comments, too.)

I am hoping some of you can offer an explanation for why men go to major efforts to get a woman’s phone number, then never use it.

It’s the little things in life A Silent Cacophony Our writer, a retired Army officer, finally experiences the longing of his movie dreams.

Now, everyone who knows me well knows that my all time favorite movie is The Exorcist, bar none. And yet I had never visited what is probably the most famous and important outdoor set of stairs in the world (well, okay, maybe, just maybe the Spanish Steps [Scalinata di Spagna] in Rome are just as famous).

A Great Hailstorm of Healing Grace’s Poppies Relationships and the need for healing.

This is a moment in my life unlike any I can remember and I’ve had a few dramatic periods of transformation in my 52 years, I really have. It’s not just the love radiating from every pore (“just?”) There’s also a tremendous amount of healing available everywhere I look, in the form of liberations from a host of burdens I’ve been hoisting for decades…..

My Dilemma Rock Creek Rambler Our writer received an offer letter today and weighs its merits. He’s looking for opinion on what is “a bigger than life decision.” My poem for DC Deep Thoughts by Jen Bivona This writer marks her 5th year of living in DC with a poem in nine stanzas. An excerpt:

There is no other city like DC where your GPA, where you went to school and what you do is the only conversation topics that people hold

You can go to the street vendor and get a cheesy FBI t-shirt in red, blue, pink or gold

Heat Wave Capital Weather DC is hotter than Guam this time of the year. Thanks to a stint in the U.S. Navy for that insight. This aside, Capital Weather is one of the most unique blogs out there. In this post, it offers a long list of links to stories about the Senate’s debate on the energy bill and rising emissions. It’s like I was never gone Don’t stop me now DC is a city of new arrivals who travel today with their blogs. From Cincinnati and “rural-ish” hometown, this writer arrives.

Everything in the house is going well, except for the fact that I don’t yet have a key, nor do I have my room (yet).

Also noted: D.C. in B&W:

Carriage House, Shaw. New blog: DCDLThe DC Chapter of Drinking Liberally. Politics and pub-crawls. The national site. How tourists experience DC: We stayed in Dupont Circle and I loved the energy of the neighborhood. I was envious of the people who lived there, being able to take advantage of a fabulous Farmers Market, then taking their Sunday paper and a grande mocha-whatever out on the circle to enjoy the park and the people watching. And if I’d been 15 years younger without kids, I think I’d have to seriously consider living in Georgetown. From 39 and Holding

Panda shots by NYC visitors, WhatISee. Food shots, too.

Photo: Eastern Market

DC Blogs: Bikes, buses and great guys

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on June 14th, 2005 by dcblogs
Class conflict, DC-style Her Ladyship Our writer is on a bus and looking down at someone in a BMW convertible and doesn’t like the way he is dressed. It’s a feeling shared by other bus passengers.

Just when I was thinking, “Man, those are dorky shorts,” the guy two rows behind me opens up his window and shouts out, “Hey! NICE SHORTS!” Everyone in the front half of the bus started snickering …

You live for the fight when it’s all you got I hate kit kats This post is one of the reasons why blogs are a joy to read. It’s lyrical and touching and begins this way:

Andrew was in heaven. He was at the Nationals game, snuggled in between two young women in the hard wooden seats, with a shockingly over-priced Bud Light in hand. Despite the late-afternoon heat bearing down on them and the fog of humidity sticking to every inch of skin, he was grinning like a kid in the cookie jar.

Donorcyclists Are Asking for It Jus Primae Noctis Our writer, an attorney and volunteer EMT, offers a first and third person account of a motorcycle accident Sunday at 15th and R. (I learned of this particular post from “Wear Your Helmet at davidgelles.com)

Sunday is my night to be in the ambulance, so it should come as no surprise that I was sitting on the bench seat en route to Georgetown Hospital last night. I was at the scene of a motorcycle accident ….

Indecision, Doubt and the Pursuit of Happiness Another Great Guy Going To Waste If you have never visited this Web site, please do. “Great Guy,” is one the most entertaining and creative bloggers around. But in this post, he writes about his life and career. Note to Great Guy: Your blog is proof that you are a creative director. Note to Readers: Make a point of scrolling down to some of his photos.

I’m at a point where I feel like I must make the next move. To put it simply: I loath it here: my job, this region I live in, my lack of any seemingly real career path. So change it.

DC bloggers on NYC E-Brechi and Soleil, Lune & Astrales Post from three separate blogs. Here’s fifteen reasons for liking NYC: SLA lists 10 E-Brechi list 5 Then there’s Circle V’s NYC trip. “I was so annoyed with the City that I just told the cabby to take us to the club he takes the most people to.” Also noted: A post, built on sources, which reports on an engagement party at a local watering hole for the brother of Hilary Clinton. It’s on A Blog Mainly About Food, and it’s called: Hey, That’s My Bar. Proof from DCSOB on why DC mayoral wannabe Adrian Fenty needs a copy editor. Grammar.police has news about his upcoming Smithsonian blog project.
Photo: Kennedy Center Monday night

DC Blogs: Pride and other notes

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on June 13th, 2005 by dcblogs
Happy Pride? More Than My Luggage This weekend was Capital Pride, its 30th anniversary. Some reflections on its meaning.

… in Washington, DC, does Pride even really matter? There’s a lot of gay people here, and we function pretty darn well in society. Is there really so much of a need for us to reaffirm our existence in a city that doesn’t seem all that terribly hostile to us?

Also, read the comments to this post. From one writer:

I think Pride festivals have an even greater relevance today, even here in DC. The right is taking increasingly bold steps, cloaked in religious rhetoric, to eliminate gay folk from participating in the public agenda, trotting out such old chestnuts as the “special rights” arguments.

And: Pride weekend, by all about trey. Diary writes: PRIDE is 30, just like me
Parade photos on the Tiffiny Blog Putting the “Miss” in Miscreant Manda-Land Former DC resident has an experience in NYC that prompts her to recall some of the people she saw on the streets in DC. Such as:

Walk from Washington Circle to Georgetown on M Street, and you would invariably run into Mr. Show Me the Money Man. He had a large cardboard arrow lit with X-mas lights that he would violently, aerobically point toward the empty bucket in his other hand, yelling, “Show me tha MONEY!” God forbid you were out on a date.

Madame Defarge Errant Apostrophes A report from a meeting of the DC Stitch and Bitch.

….So, when I read that their meeting would be in Logan’s Circle, I was all over that. It’s not too far from work, so it would be convenient to get there and one of the other girls at work also knits, so we decided to go together.

The only problem was that they fired her at work yesterday.

Finding housing via Craig’s list One glass, one song, one man Grad student turns to Craig’s List for housing help and discovers politics is as important as location.

Because living with another person is intimate, and because D.C. is a very opinionated and politically high-pitched city, many who advertise for a roommate are upfront about their orientation and personality…

Text/Subtext Sueandnotu What is said and what is meant at lunch. There’s the actual conversation, and our writer’s take on the conversation. This lunchtime scene is set this way:

On my lunch break, enjoying a savory empanada at an outside table where seating is tight. Eating slowly so I can linger longer and enjoy the book in which I amimmersed. A young man walks up and asks if he can use the extra chair at my table, as no others are free.

Photo: Capital Pride scene

Encounters

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on June 10th, 2005 by dcblogs
Sex, lives and politics in DC Desperate in DC These posts, written in the form of back-and-forth letters, real, fiction or composite we can’t tell, are viciously entertaining. The writers are “C” – a “liberal, thirty-something lawyer and married mother of four,” and “P” “A conservative, thirty-something PR consultant and married mother of two.” They describe their effort this way: Desperate in DC is a web log devoted to the dark, seamy underbelly of life in Washington DC. From the cutthroat competition to get one’s child into private school to the endless (and dreary) round of fundraisers that constitute a happening social life in this town, we intend to expose the absurdity and humor of it all.

I’ve had a most distressing encounter involving a woman who, I seriously believe, may be the cause of our civilization’s precipitous decline. Or at least my own little corner of it. – from The Bitch is Back.

Interesting encounter K Street Blues Our writer is on his way to Café Saint-Ex via Rosslyn Metro when several 20-somethings with a video camera and on a “scavenger hunt” approach him. The Metro station is busy. There’s crowd of school children nearby. We pick up the report: “Well, we have to get a video of us rubbing a guy’s chest.”

“Rubbing a guy’s chest?”
He nodded. Three Up, Three Down Not-For-Profit-Dad If he can stay awake, this dad has a good line-up of concerts to attend. There’s some interesting music tips here. But first:

…the kids have taken to an interesting pattern of sleeping through the night for three nights in-a-row and then popping up at various sundry hours of the night for the next three nights in-a-row. They then go back to sleeping through the night, and so on and so on…

He’s just not into you? It’s the other way around, honey. Blackberry Debutants. The six stages of getting over him.

Stage 1: The pivotal moment. Usually brought on by conduct unbecoming of a decent guy….

Mall Rats Church of the Big Sky This writer catalogs a growing list of weird behavior at Bethesda-area malls and thinks online shopping is the way to go.

Don’t ask me why, but the shopping malls in Bethesda, Maryland appear to have become a magnet for messed up behavior.

Also noted: The blog, Your Mind Better Be Blowing and Soon, is “a daily photolog of adventures in search of street art, graffiti, architecture, and forgotten areas of New York City and elsewhere. In this post, elsewhere is DC and there’s some nice photographs of the work by the increasingly ubiquitous “Borf.” A post from ANC 4C09 Commissioner Joseph Martin on Petworth News on the importance of increasing the volume of calls to city officials, if problems such as parking enforcement, illegal dumping, sidewalk repair, and many other issues, are to be quickly addressed. He writes: Given that, I urge residents to consider setting up ‘telephone trees’ on your immediate blocks to use for responding to problems in your areas.

New things and old nightmares

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on June 9th, 2005 by dcblogs
Soviet America Articulatory Loop This link will take you to a photo of a poster seen on a MARC commuter train, our writer reports. It is national security themed and is eerily reminiscent of Stalinist-era propaganda. It’s a red flag about our nation’s direction. Or, as this blogger puts it, “this picture pretty much sums up the new “National Security…” There is a long list of comments.
DC Blogs Update: We now wonder whether this poster is a clever social protest.

The Fun in Dysfunctional Beauty and the Beltway Family dynamics and modern medicine combined and artfully told here. It even comes with a disclaimer.

As some of you know, I haven’t been feeling very well lately. Yesterday, I had a lengthy doctor’s appt. and an MRI which, was fun esp. the hypodermic injection. For those of you who haven’t known me for my entire adult life allow me to explain.

This Entire Entry Is One Long Sentence

Amalah This is one of the best bloggers anywhere. A sentence that’s a joy to read. Here’s a small part:

… and then I got further hassled by some little old man who kept asking me for a jumpstart in the Metro parking lot and wouldn’t take no for an answer and said he had a heart condition which, great, I have a pregnancy condition….

The end of O Street SE

By the Bayou What DC’s new baseball stadium will mean for one area.

In my 8 years in Washington I think I ventured down to O Street maybe four times. Just not my scene, especially given the assorted taxi rides required. But you just needed to say “O Street” and everyone knew what you meant …. (The Washington Post report on this.)

Woman in Pink Hello World Our writer is in Adams Morgan with friends enjoying water-ices.

I decided to get rid of the sweet ichor, and started to pour it onto the sidewalk, when suddenly a voice cried out, “No!” The plaintive yell came from a woman in pink ….

Metro PR Campaign DC Sleeps Alone Tonight. A blistering anaylsis of Metro’s effort to counter the Washington Post series on the state of Metro:

Now, I usually think these things are funny (have I told you about the Fast Food Coalition that is trying to “undo” the harm caused by the documentary film, “Super Size Me”?). This one made me very nervous.

Also noted:

Pinot Grigio recommendation by Off the Eaten Path. This is “the first official post for Off The Eaten Path,” and involves a wine purchased at Best Cellars at DuPont Circle.

An intern records his experiences in DC, including his second day at work, which includes a briefing at the White House conference center and a Potbelly’s recommendation. Journeys with Jrod. This post is called “Another day down…
Photo: Eastern Market, to the right of the flea market entrance.

DC Blogs noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on June 7th, 2005 by dcblogs
Reconnecting Eileen’s Journey to Enlightenment Sometimes a blog post is so seemingly personal I’m reluctant to provide a link. It doesn’t matter that they are anonymous. But, conversely, these posts can also be viewed as life-affirming acts, perhaps therapeutic or written for the purpose inspiring others. Regardless of motive, people who write about the challenging issues they face are authentic and effective voices. This post was written by a woman who traveled to DC on business. DC is only a backdrop in this story but an important one. Some of what DC offers, especially the Holocaust museum, helped this writer. This post is frank and deals with difficult issues. I’ll leave it at that. Click on the link for the rest.

So after much reflection I have come to a number of decisions. The first is to reconnect with the spiritual source that guides and enriches my life. By trying to keep balance for my family, I have lost my own internal balance.

Our last adoption event Kristielicious At a dog adoption event this writer wants to make sure that “Bruno” ends up with the right family. It’s not without a fight.

I told the VP that I didn’t like them. I told him why. He said that he wanted to give the dog a chance” even though my problem was not at all with the dog, it was with the people. The VP told me to sign the paper. I just looked at him. He told me to sign it and have the secretary do a third interview. So I did.

Quota In Shaw The drug dealers have been starting their business earlier than normal. Is this a sign of a declining market? A perceptive analysis by this neighborhood writer.

… it is not like they can move in to another area without some costs and headaches, so they might stay put until the costs of operating on that block, outweigh the benefits…

What I learned after a week in DC Interning in the District New arrival in DC chronicles his adventures and offers a list of the “top five things I learned after a week in DC” that nontheless tops out at eight. Including: “Peanut Butter and bread is a breakfast food.” Also noted:
A well captured and artful photo of a cat by Information Leafblower, titled, Gotcha. Remembering the 1970s, Watergate, Deep Throat, and sitting at the same Dupont Circle café frequented by Carl Bernstein. The View From Me. New DCeptette. If the DCeiver isn’t one of your regular DC blog reads for some reason, then check out this post. The “moving gate” photo, especially, is side-splitting. DC Food Blog reviews Bistro Italiano, Capitol Hill. “I highly recommend the pizza. It’s exactly what you want your neighborhood pizza place pizza to taste like.”

Ducks are saved, tree is not

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on June 6th, 2005 by dcblogs
Ducks in the road Suburban Lesbian Our writer witnesses the rescue of a duck family.

Movement on the highway median catches my eye. I see a family. A family of ducks! Mommy and six little babies. “Oh! Baby ducks! How cute!” are my first thoughts. Then I think, “Holy shit what are those ducks doing in the middle of the road during rush hour?” I cringe. My mind races through possible outcomes. None of them are good.

Do I know you? All about trey An unusual encounter at a 20th high school reunion. A woman comes up to Trey and asks: “Do I know you?” We pick up the report:

“No, I don’t think I know you. I don’t think we had any classes together.” I replied.
“Fine, then get out of my way, I want to find people I know.” She said as she bumped into me slightly as she worked her way to the next group of people.
Ah yes reunions. Aren’t they a blast?

Tree returns Failed Southern Lady Could you keep from laughing if you were stuck behind this shopper?

People, do not try to return dead trees to Lowe’s. All of us stuck in line behind you know you left those things in your garage for 2 weeks with no light or water. And now you want your money back…

Saturday night Grateful Dating DC is home to many analysts laboring in government agencies attempting to connect the dots on everything from weapons of mass destruction to federal spending. This writer is a dating analyst, but her report ends inconclusively.

I liked this guy, but I wasn’t getting a vibe from him. He had sad eyes and listened to my stories but he didn’t talk much. I said, “You just don’t seem interested.”
“You need to get over your self-hatred problem.”

Also noted:
Best. Lunch. EVAH” a report about lunch in the French Embassy by Her Ladyship.
Considering the heat, this Soy frozen desert recommendation has perfect timing: “I can’t believe it’s not ice cream,” by The Tiffiny Blog.
Frozen Tropics photo of 13th & Wylie at Night. One comment on this moody shot: “You are brave kiddo! Please be careful.” The response: “We’re talking Wylie, not Queen. Wylie is a lot safer than it is used to be. To be honest, it’s looking pretty good these days.” Photo: The view from the Georgetown Starbucks on M, Sunday noon

DC Blogs noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on June 3rd, 2005 by dcblogs
Babbling Brookland Non-fat latte liberal This writer is out on his porch drinking a Guinness. He chronicles, and be warned it’s in stark language, what he witnesses. He also writes about his neighborhood Brookland, and finishes with a report about something that sounded like firecrackers.

… as I was reading Balloon Juice. I heard a cadre of black cat firecrackers go off. Kept reading. Wait. Those weren’t black cats. People don’t light black cats at this time of year. Oh, no.

DC-Streets photo humor Million Dollar Sue Sueandnotu This writer goes to a boxing coach for the first time and discovers she’s a natural. “This is the awesomest news I have ever received.” Whose Birthday is it Anyway? Damsel in DC The writer, Crazy Miss J, has a writing style similar to the Financial Times, sharp and crackly, without the investment advice.

What a busy day! It was my 25th birthday, which is very exciting. It is the day for me to be “Queen of the World.” I embarked on getting my license (only an hour and a half, great). However, since my car was broken down (more on that later), it turns out that I was unable to drive anywhere, so I relied on my crazy dad and his new squeeze Lucretia.

More neighborhood reports Urban Pioneer? What is a citizen journalist? A report from a local Advisory Neighborhood Commission meeting.

…as usual it was packed full of entertainment. ANC meetings are notorious in DC, but my ANC takes the cake. From full on fistfights to police being called to “eject” citizens it has all happened at my local meeting.

Tourist report In the Middens How visitors see DC:

The Rotunda took my breath away. If any room had been constructed to evoke awe and humility, this was it. It soars upward in an amazing feat of architecture and construction, especially considering when it was built. We stood in the center, where people are lain in state, and gaped like the most naive tourists.

Cops, Wifi, and other DC Blogs of note

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on June 2nd, 2005 by dcblogs
Eyewitness report: PD drama Little pink flower Here’s the story of a couple, longtime DC residents, on the verge of moving to Ohio. But this week they got caught up in a nearby police action. Here’s a small part of this dramatic post:

…Before I could formulate my next thought, the police were yelling at us to get away from our car and get back from the immediate area. I freaked out, yelling that we had our baby in the car and needed to get her…

Neighborhood Hacker Watch? Where Is My Mind This is one strange story. Our writer hunts for apartment and finds one in Mount Pleasant. That’s the first part of this well-written post. But later he’s sitting outside his “potential new apartment” in his car with laptop open when a middle-aged guy starts banging on his car window and accuses him of hacking. We pick up the report:

… he shouted, “If you don’t turn that damn thing off, I’m calling the cops. I know what you’re doing, you’re breaking into networks.” I was, of course, taken aback and stammered out something that resembled, “No I’m not. Not at all.”

Click on the link for the rest. But you have to wonder what’s going on in Mount Pleasant to trigger this WiFi weirdness. A follow-up post tells of a successful apartment hunt.

An Internet Challenge Soleil, Lune & Astrales Our writer asks: Is the Internet creating a lazy, pathological society? This expansive and clever post catalogs the problems and suggest a recovery plan in the form of a challenge:

For an entire week, spend a maximum limit of 30 minutes online. Enough time to write the pressing blog entries and e-mail. At the end of the week, do you notice that you are more refreshed, less distractible, and more task focused?

Also Noted:
A very clever criticism of the Washington Times, “True Father haiku” by why.i.hate.dc Elephant & Castle: A review by dcfud. He writes: A friend jokingly glanced around for something distinctly or even stereotypically British—soccer on the television, perhaps—and came up with little. Social blog reporter DC Blogs wrap: The DC social blog phenomenon is gathering momentum, popularized by the Washington Socialites, which ostensibly closed their blog yesterday. But its leader, KAC, is behaving as the Obi Wan Kenobi of the bloggy world, with posts that appear and disappear from her site, reports the Butterfly Network. And then there’s Wonkette’s take. A new blog arrival, cleverly named, with an attractive design, is the Blackberry Debutantes. They write: “A bipartisan tale of two girls taking on the District…

…one native, one newcomer. One Democrat, one Republican. One blonde, one brunette. What these two young single ladies in the District share, however, are mutual loves and desires. Desires for a good strong drink, a BlackBerry, Lilly Pulitzer, and a love for Breakfast at Tiffanys, for Seth Cohen and Andy Roddick,and for the city of Washington, DC.

Another arrival, the Miami Skin Party, comes with “A very liberal view of DC’S party life and wanna be divas” also has suggestively steamy art. Our author, whose real occupation is in “high speed aluminum transport,” writes:

A culture shocked young professional Miami native that moved here four years ago and still can’t figure out why everyone is so stuffy, why the girls love Jeans so much, and why there are so many unhappy daters and wanna be Paris Hiltons

And there’s this photo of the Cleavage Park Grrrls Club.

Photo: Reagan Center