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Posted in DC Blogs Noted on August 17th, 2005 by dcblogs
Photo: Homage to my favorite sign

Running Just as Fast as I Can The Pictures Are All I Can Feel Our writer, a runner, was skipping Friday night parties to get up early and wait for “the cap gun to signal the start of the 10K.” But there’s a car accident. This is a new blog, and this inspiring post is about the journey since that accident. An outstanding read.

I can still picture in my mind the woman’s face as she obliviously talked on the phone, unaware that she was driving her car straight into mine. It was silent all around. I was powerless, unable to move my car out of the way. Her car moved in what felt like slow motion, but what I later learned was more like 65 mph….

Saving the Greenspace In Shaw Neighborhood opposition over a plan to replace a New York Avenue playground with townhouses is reported by this writer. A neighborhood meeting draws a diverse crowd.

The crowd was mixed. White and black. Seniors to elementary kids. Based on the crowd no one can say this was solely a rich vs poor issue. As much as folks in the planning office or where ever want to say it is about income, the community showed that it isn’t.

Also see: The Washington Post report Dating Cliches DC Cookie Our writer dissects common dating clichés and finds some things are best left unsaid. From one:

I’m the best thing that ever happened to you. Then why is he with someone else? Girls all say this as a defense mechanism when they get hurt, hoping the guy will change his mind. Women should walk away proudly from a failed relationship and accept that, for whatever reason, it wasn’t the best love match. The most confident women don’t have to say things like this.

Doin’ It in the District DCist DCist, which does an excellent job keeping the city informed about the interesting, unusual and overlooked, has a report about an upcoming screening of filmmaker Richard Chu’s DC Crossing at the Warehouse Theater. The DCist writer on the job, Sam Biddle, gives this report a deliciously readable start.

Our city, splendid and powerful as it may be, is certainly not very sexy. While DC is infused with a vibrance and energy that other cities may lack, the sights, smells and sounds of a newly opened Pottery Barn, sprung forth from the rubble of a block of Southeast row houses do not provide quite the same sensory scintillation as, say, a South Beach mambo, or a West Village table for two.

Nosiness pays off Her Ladyship Her Ladyship dispenses with her iPod so she can, once again, hear the world. A report from the frontlines of eavesdropping. It starts this way:

I love my iPod, truly I do. I travel with it and its little charger all the time just so I don’t ever have to be without music. (Although don’t get me started on its so-called “shuffle” function. I have over 1200 songs and you have to play three in a row off of the same album? For shame!) But sometimes, it’s good to unplug and listen to what’s going on around you.

Home is where … what? And the City New blog by a “former writer for a Society and Social Events Website” who “finds a new place to hang his hat and write about personal relationships, women, friends and the scene we all live in the DC Metro area.” In this post, he wonders just where home is.

I got off a plane last night and the first thing I thought of was that it was great to be home. Had I ever thought of a place I lived as home? I realized that I never really thought about where home was, what my home was, or what home meant to me. I have parents that live hundreds of miles away from any house I grew up in, grandparents that have retired far from the houses we visited during the summers and holidays, and I’ve moved over 25 times in 20 locations.

Also Noted

2at1ce (cleverly named blog by a mother of three including a set of twins) is marking Our Aluminum/Tin Anniversary. An illustrated history that’s definitely worth the click. DC Pussycat Doll turns 23 and discovers it “wasn’t as bad as I feared.” There’s a party with friends, with photos. Nice pictures from the pool on Gwadzilla here and here. The Chutry Experiment reports that On Thursday, Sept. 22, The National Archives Experience will be sponsoring a panel on blogging and journalism entitled “Blogging: Free Press for All or Free-for-All?” The Trinidad Ivy City Community Garden Club will host a treebox planting this Saturday, reports Frozen Tropics. Photo.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on August 16th, 2005 by dcblogs
The Malling of SoHo Dragon in Retrograde Gentrification is clearly changing the character of DC, and one area feeling its force is the city’s longstanding gay neighborhood. The absence of the magazine “Out” at the Whole Foods counter helps to touch off a thoughtful discussion by this writer on how the city is changing. An excerpt:

…The same sort of hand-wringing is happening in the gayborhood. After the gays reclaimed Dupont Circle in the 80s and Logan Circle in the 90s, we’re now lamenting that you see more strollers than queens on 17th Street. However, the people with strollers pat themselves on the back for eschewing the suburbs and living with the queers. They feel edgy while eating their sushi and consuming their martinis….

Perseverance Pays Off… Avert Your Eyes Photo of a well-earned dog as well as a warning to parents.

… a message to parents: be careful what you promise. Little Mermaid, my 10 year old niece, has hit pay dirt. Her parents promised she could get a dog if she got straight A’s. They should have made the stakes a bit higher because I knew she would have no problem achieving that goal. …

Exes and Excess I’m Not A Girl, Not Yet A Wino I don’t think I could attend an ex’s wedding, if it ever came to that. But our writer, Kris, does just that in this beautifully written post. An excerpt:

….But I sat quietly, listening to his brother’s toast for the happy couple, and the tears just came. I didn’t cry because I wanted him back. I didn’t cry because I want the white picket fence. I didn’t even cry because I had to wear a “This ain’t your mama’s” shaping garment under my dress. Well, maybe that last one was part of it…..

Also noted: I’m Not A Girl … was recently quoted in the Washington Post Express. First Day of the Rest of Our Lives Babyville This blog is about a couple who have just adopted a baby from Korea. From the latest post: Today, at 7:30 pm, United flight 862 is due to touch down in DC. Shortly thereafter, our lives will change forever as Little Guy is placed in our arms. The poor babe will have been on two planes and endured about 16 hours in the air, not to mention leaving the only home he has ever known. It’s a lot to ask of anyone, much less a 3 month old baby who has no idea of what’s going on. New Blogs Gullermo Online is off to a good start. One of the first posts is about giving up smoking after 18 years. It’s hard to say goodbye to an old friend. Someone that has been with you through all your adolescence and manhood. Usually next to you in celebrations, parties, so many memorable occasions…But after making numbers today, I realized that it was time to finally give up this deadly friendship, and move on. Today is an important day in my life ….I made the solemn promise to quit smoking – forever. Diary of Albatross just started up with a clever intro: The wandering albatross (Diomedea exulans) is an oceanic bird that flies low over the sea’s surface. Its name aptly describes it’s long travels, and it is well-adapted to lengthy, continous flight. This, my friends, is just that. It’s a collection of short anecdotes about adaptation, change, travel and lengthy, continuous debauchery. This is Jay Lurie’s blog. Welcome. Also Noted Check out this photo on blah, blah, black sheep – it has a sharp point and clever angle, as well. The Columbia Heights blog is taking a break to focus more fully on the Sherman Tree effort: This worthwhile cause deserves my full energy. That blog, Greening Sherman and New Hampshire Avenues , describes its mission: Our community is working with the Department of Transportation who will construct the raised median along Sherman Avenue. We also will work with the non-profit, D.C. Greenworks, to plant and care for the trees that will line the median. Our ambition is to create a greened landscape that would promote traffic calming, pedestrian safety, and connect Petworth, Columbia Heights and U street creating a renewed sense of pride and beauty. Alexandra Silverthorne reports on a show in The Fraser Gallery in Bethesda. It’s a detailed review. The gallery has up its Summer Group Show up on the walls with new works by represented artists, as well as winners in the photography and fine art contests. Some pieces really stood out and I was surprised by some of the new work. Photo: Dupont Metro

DC Blogs Noted:

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on August 15th, 2005 by dcblogs
Four Years Ago Wedded Bliss This is a post about first meetings; how it happened, the conversation that flows, the initial spark, and what may happen when two people connect. It’s very well written and takes you into the story this way:

I was in a 2 year relationship with a very controlling person. He cared more about his education and career than he did about making a life with me. I would talk about the future with him, and started to see that I wasn’t in his plans. I wasn’t dealing with the death of my brother very well, and I could feel myself slipping in a deeper, darker depression ….

Two showerheads and a King Size Bed Wednesday Night Sierra Club Every thing is bigger in Texas, our blog traveler discovers.

I had a gigantic bed (too much room for even Phillipe). But the best was my bathroom had two shower heads located right next to each other. Unfortunately despite the mass consumption of water, I was unable to realize the potential efficiencies of the system. At no point in my trip did I feel twice as clean. Additionally, I never managed to shower in half of my usual time. But here’s the best part, the hotel puts out those cards that urge guests to conserve by hanging up and reusing their towels.

Lutherans vote on Gays Washington Calling As the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America considers “the question of gays and how to minister them,” this writer, a former Lutheran, reflects back on his own history.

…as I creep up on 40 years of age (ok, 39 this October so I could pull a Jack Benny and stay at 39 forever) I look at the hand-wringing within the ELCA, and am strangely amused about the comment of “how many they have already lost.” They lost me 25 years ago! So, while I pray they wake up and recognize God’s love for everyone, I doubt they can get past their habit of discrimination and narrow-mindedness to embrace their own beliefs. Sad.

New guy, sans mildew Lagniappe in DC Our writer points out some of the things (it’s a list) rockin’ my world right now. They include, in this post titled Diggin’ On, (not in order of importance):

– my New Guy, who’s been a sweet new fixture on my scene…i see good things ahead with this one… — Tilex Spray Shower Cleaner and Mildew Remover…this has got to be the most incredible stuff ever.

A Concetration of Reya Grace’s Poppies Many blog writers have written about the baking summer heat but the writing in this one simmers.

August in DC is boiling me down to my essence; I am being deglazed. My brain is a thick syrup incapable of thought, simmering in the heat and humidity. By Labor Day my mind will be like a pot of soup left way too long on the stove – you know that scary looking crust at the bottom of an overboiled pot? Two more weeks of this wicked summer and I swear I’ll be nothing more than a quivering lump. I surrender to summer in DC!

Also noted: New blog, A City Girl’s Musings, and this is how she describes herself: I would like to say something other than “tall brunette with glasses” because that is how most people describe me when they see me. Since this is my blog I will say that I am blonde–decide for yourself. I hope to make a positive contribution to society through teaching– eventually, I’d like to motivate college kids to be influential in communications or writing. As an eternal student, I am enrolled in a grad program now in Communications and hope to get one in writing one day in the future– or at least take a few more classes. Positive, happy and motherly are all words that describe me, but so do moody and overly trusting. As a city girl at heart, I am usually in DC, so maybe one day you will meet me and find out for yourself. Prod and Ponder has news about Blue Coyote Laughing’s Show at Aroma, and says the DC Flickr crowd continues to grow” and recently had a monthly meeting. It does sound like fun – as our writer points out. RLS Goes to DC is now going back to Boston and leaves with a heavy heart. I’ve made no secret of the fact that Boston is not my favorite city on the planet. Note to readers about categories: I think categories are helpful and troublesome: they help people find blogs of interest but may inadvertently pigeonhole a blog as well. If you would like your blog moved into a different category, please let me know. If you have suggestions for new categories or changes to existing ones, please send a note. Regarding art: I’m going to continue to expand the use of category art, but gradually because of worries about bandwidth as well as space limitations. One downside to the art: it’s not text searchable and to include text and art together would eat up a lot of space, unless I add a second page, which is a possibility. Photo: 17th Street, Dupont

2nd Photo: Georgetown

Blog things

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on August 12th, 2005 by dcblogs
Landscaper Zombies You Look Like I Need a Drink This business plan makes more sense than most dot.com ventures.

I was driving home today and on my horrendous drive I happened to notice a landscaping truck with the company name of Romero. Thinking about George Romero, I started to daydream about zombies. Then I came up with the idea that it would be cool to own a landscaping business where your employees had to dress up like zombies …

Two girls in DC There’s a strong underlying angst, a world-out-balance feeling, in this well-written post. It opens powerfully.

There are a lot of things happening simultaneously. Big things. Things that therapists say you should not do all at once. Whatever. A lot has been going on at the personal and friendship level as well. Maybe too much to write about here but I feel I should write about last night. Partly because I’m still unhappy after certain things that happened and partly because I met some people that I thought were amazing. But let me paint you a picture of how it began …

 

Sticks and stones A Silent Cacophony The tarnishing of Iraqi war veteran and Democrat Paul Hackett, who challenged Republican Jean Schmidt for a House seat in Ohio, draws the ire of this blog writer.

A few weeks ago, during the heightened level of vitriolic name calling by members of Congress from both parties who were using analogies where descriptions of political adversaries were couched in terms of Nazism among other things, I remember thinking that the political discourse in the country had sunk to a new low.

Popular or successful? Circle V This is a very interesting post about a recent Gallup poll on “popularity.” It’s an analysis that leads to a good observation.

I have been doing some PR work for one of my good high school friends who now lives in Arkansas. In high school she was “a smart kid,” but also quite “popular.” In fact, she was in homecoming every year she was in high school, and was even Homecoming Queen our senior year (oooooo, ahhhhh)….

Also noted: Art News reports Bethesda Art Walk tonight (Friday) has 13 participating galleries and studios. A Capitol Life has a review of Jaleo We spent much of the night greedily discussing how we would make our own. There were also softshell crabs with tomato, little glazed lamb chops, tiny chorizos that tasted like Red Hot sausages and a sleek mushroom risotto.

DC Blogs Noted:

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on August 11th, 2005 by dcblogs
Thoracic Thursday Lucky Spinster Version 2.0 The DC Blogs staff was at a loss to figure out why a new version of Lucky Spinster was needed. LSV 1.0. was excellent, and so we were worried about this new arrival. Usually, new versions introduce new bugs, which are also known as undocumented features in the software world. But we haven’t found any bugs in LSV 2.0. just more good writing.

There are two recent posts to look at here (as well as many others). The first ask a question. Spinster introduces it this way: Sex makes the world go ’round. Literally–if’n the impulse to procreate weren’t so damned overpowering, the population might, uh, peter out just on principle…

Question: If all’s fair in love and war, under what conditions is it ever okay to use sex as a weapon of mass frustration?

This second post is unrelated from the first, but it’s a well researched collection of links (good art, too), that looks at this issue: Are cheerleading, crime, & early death causally related? You decide. Commercials of Yesteryear Miss Penny Lane Our writer, who describes her occupation as “being spunky and scrappy,” is all of that on her blog. But this post about oldtime commercials is the product of some very good research coupled with art. Here’s a sample from one:

Once upon a time there was an engineer, Choo Choo Charlie was his name, we hear….(click for the rest)

The Cab Ride I Enjoyed My View from the Jeep The same cab that drops him off picks him up hours later. But a random and rare event gives rise to broader issues.

I realize that this happens to me every day, all day. I meet people without meeting them. People help me out all the time, make my life easier in some way, and I have no idea who they are. And I do the same for them – and we don’t know a thing about each other.

Photo: GWU’s GW

Site note: Many blogs, but not much time tonight.

Romancing the Blog

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on August 10th, 2005 by dcblogs

Authentic Synchronicity in Richmond DC Sleeps Alone Tonight Playfulindc is in Richmond and when she returns to DC “I will be living sans Nick.” Meanwhile, she is in exile on vacation.

I love my good friend Rachel, but she and I have seen the exact type of southern man here in Richmond that makes me consider the convent: big bellied, gassy, bud-lite drinking, nascar watching, deer hunter. Yummy. They have whole bars for this crowd here, which R and I had a very hasty beverage in on Saturday night.

A Night So Incredibly Awesome Way Beyond Sunset This post will take you on a lyrical journey into a night that stretches to the morning. A wonderful read. It starts this way:

I think it all started when I decided which shoes to wear. Opting against my Pumas, I chose my flip flops. I was off to the Nationals/Padres game with my friend Laura. I won’t be walking much, I thought. Just from the Metro to the stadium. I think that’s when it began.

MommyBlogging and the Spinster Church of the Big Sky Nearing 40 and reading about the “mommy blogs.”

… I (foolishly, apparently) always figured I would be married and have at least one kidlet in my life. However, the fact that I cannot keep a plant alive in my apartment (or stay employed or remember to grocery shop or do laundry or get a boyfriend) is pretty compelling evidence that I wasn’t cut out for a parenting role. … Yet, when I read the Happy Mommy (or Daddy) blogs, I really feel that I’m missing something great. Something amazing.

Defense strategies Ambivalent Imbroglio Has this to say about case preparation:

…this kind of job often requires you to do a lot of work and preparation you never use. In fact, sometimes the more work you put into a case, the more likely you won’t actually have to take the case to trial. That makes sense … What you don’t use is all that time spent in front of the mirror practicing all that awesome stuff you’re going to say in court to win the judge or jury over, or to scare the prosecutor witless.

Why Hillary Should Run The Blog From Nowhere
An early assessment. …She also has a skill that John Kerry lacked. She is conversant in the language of faith and family. Something that helped George W. Bush and other Republican candidates appeal to the centrists and swing voters. She’ll be able to neutralize the faith and family advantage that Republicans nominees usually have… Also noted: Blog Vivant (David Gelles) has a quick take review of the restaurant, Zola. It says in part: A melon soup to clear the palate was perfect in the summer heat, and the tuna tar-tare appetizer with cucumber and taro chips was fresh and light. Things that Drive Me Crazy about DC by a DC Life. iPods/earphones while on the metro or walking around town. Why does this make me cringe? I don’t know.

DC Blogs Noted:

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on August 9th, 2005 by dcblogs
Hey Dude, What’s Up with the Blowtorch? Rotten Eggs What does it take to install an air conditioner?

I asked him, “Hey, do you always have to use a blowtorch to put in an air conditioner?” He said, “Eh, yeah, sometimes.”

August Recess Rocks Leann’s Random Thoughts When the lawmakers go home. I still have the same amount of work, in fact, some days I feel like I have more work than I do when they’re in session. But the quietness of the hallways, the fewer phone calls, the early dismissals (ok so it’s only an hour), the more casual dress, and the general relaxed feeling. It’s just kind of like my own private little summer vacation. Bad beer luck Marat Lives A visitor, former DC resident, night stalker. Lone gunman. Rogue agent. Jedi knight, defender of the downtrodden, shares observations about his former home and inability to order a Guinness.

I’m just back from Washington, D.C., the town I grew up in, and near. It’s my hometown essentially. I was disappointed. Washington used to be a good place to live. Now I’m not so sure.

Uncovered theater etiquette Dealing in Subterfuges If you plan to see the Studio Theater’s production “Take Me Out,” with friends and family consider the comfort level of your guest .

Now, a penis or two in the legitimate theatre is one thing if you’re with the right people. These were probably not the right people. The husband was visibly uncomfortable (the wife was on the other side of the husband, so I don’t know how well she rolled with it). And my only thought … was “wow, how do I apologize for bringing them to a play with all these penises?”

Also noted: Running Q&A by The Bex Blog. This “daughter of the golden West, runner, newspaper journalist” who lives inside the Beltway, plans to run in the Army 10-miler on Oct. 2, the Baltimore Matathon, and the Las Vegas Half-Marathon in early December. The Republican visits DC and writes about it in the blog, Just Another Day. Being with over 200 young Conservatives helped me realize that I was not the only one out there.

Blog bash

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on August 8th, 2005 by dcblogs
Gearing up Sarath A medical professional from North Carolina writes about a pediatric patient experience as he shares thoughts about his upcoming DC stay.

…as I continue to semi-actively look at potential residency locations, outside of the nearly impossible to get San Francisco Bay area, there really is no other city that interests me. Washington, DC’s proximal location to home, the presence of family and friends, the highly educated and culturally sophisticated population, and mild weather are all attractive. However, DC is simply not a hospital city.

The Senator’s U Street birthday bash Damsel in DC Crazy Miss J runs into Sen. Barack Obama’s birthday party at a U Street restaurant but it makes her a little self-conscious about what she is wearing. I was a little embarassed because my shirt was bearing far too much … However, I was dressed as a hoochie mama because a friend and I were on the quest for the perfect Hershey Kiss… Check please Actually … Most of this post is a positive review of Café Atlantico in Penn Quarter. But the review closes with a point that (I would strongly agree) applies to many restaurants in this city.

No matter how good the food, or the service during the meal, my experience in DC is that many times, you are left to wait for the check or for the server to take payment. I also wonder if these servers don’t realize that this is the last impression that the customer has and the moment when they are deciding how much to tip. After an excellentmeal, its frustrating to be held captive while trying to get someone to take your money.

Sniping Ebay Errant Apostrophes Our writer needs a “cheap version of an ethics textbook” and goes shopping on Ebay, but is out-sniped. Is sniping ethical?

…”sniping” is considered by some to be unethical. This makes no sense to me. If you are at a real world auction, there is nothing to stop you from bidding in the last minutes, is there? I don’t see how sniping is any different. In fact, sounds like sour grapes to me. I really wanted that textbook and I’m disappointed that I didn’t get it, but someone bid more than I did and that’s that. I’ll be keeping my eyes out for another auction, and if one should be posted, I’ll bid on that one, too. Otherwise, I’ll head to the bookstore and pay full price for the new text. There’s no constitutional right to win an eBay auction, after all.

Also Noted Fluorescences, a former longtime DC resident now in Las Vegas, reflects on living in DC, LA and other places. If you’ve never been to DC, you don’t realize how much of a Southern city it is in many respects. A long, lyrical post about knitting and dating on this new blog, Advancing the Plot. He knows that I am back on match, in fact I am meeting R. today for coffee in Dupont Circle. But now I am thinking about C. too much and may be loosing interest in R.

Blog stress

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on August 5th, 2005 by dcblogs
Washington: the city of stress One Glass, One Song, One Man The intensity of living in DC.

Sure, it’s a free country; it’s a republican-democracy. You have the right to shop for furniture on Craig’s List in order to save a few bucks. You have the right to rent that room in the neglected house of the dangerous North-East quadrant of the District. Your have the right to save money and time by emailing Craig’s List-ers, cutting deals and zooming around on the beltway. And yes, you have the right to work your butt off and be excellent at what you do. But so does everyone else. And in the city, they are here to be excellent at what they do and to beat you at your own game.

Welcome to my life From Fat to Fabulous This blog started publishing last month. There have been a number of posts since the first one, but this link will take you to the first one. It’s a particularly strong mission statement and it sets this blog up for a good future.

I’m going to use this blog to track the oh so exciting life of an overweight 20-something battling the bulge and men. They say fat girls don’t get the guys. Oh they are wrong. So very wrong as you will soon learn. Here’s the run down on me: I am 5’5” and as of today weigh 268lbs. The most I’ve ever weighed in my life, although somehow everyone I meet decides to tell me I look skinnier …. I digress. I’ve made a commitment to lose some damn weight. I would like to lose exactly 128lbs. This journal will track that blessed event … among other things.

Miracle in DC? A Swift Kick & A Band-Aid It’s not that cold hearted of a city.

What possibly had the power to make the world come to a complete stand still? A flock of geese. Yes, as in a group of those giant honking birds. All 15 or so of them decided to cross the road, single file, in the middle of rush hour…and not a single one was harmed. …. As my companion at the time said, “you know if they’d been people, no one would have even cared.”

Fun with data The DC Education Blog The writer of this blog cuts into the No Child Left Behind statistics release this week to see what can be gleaned from the data. Comparisons are drawn between the DC public schools, the DC public charter schools, and Board of Education charter schools. One assessment:

So, what does this all mean? Well, at first glance, DCPS and public charter elementary school students perform at roughly the same level in both reading and math. However, while both see subsequent erosion at the secondary school level, on average students at public charter schools outperform DCPS students, especially in math. Finally, students at BoE charter schools lag students at both DCPS and public charter schools, and this is observable at both the elementary and secondary levels.

The Phone Rings …. All About Trey Standing watch and staying on course. It starts this way:

“Come up and take the Deck.” The voice said. As I slowly woke up, I realized it was my department head’s voice. But I was still out of it. It had been a long day and I was just too tired to really think.

What?” I replied. Looking at the clock in my darkened stateroom, it was about 2100. I had the mid-watch in Combat and didn’t have to get up until about 2300.

“Come up and take the Deck.” He said again. But it still didn’t register.

“Sir, I’m not on the bridge this watch rotation. I’m in Combat. I’ve got the mid-watch.” I replied. Still groggy and confused. Come up and take the deck, NOW, LT X.” He responded quite forcefully.

Also Noted Photo: Deconstructing the Box mystery in Kalorama by Ambivalent Images. Restaurant recommendation, Ristorante Tosca, by Itad.org Quick lunch spots, a favorites list by DC Metblogs.

DC Blogs noted:

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on August 4th, 2005 by dcblogs
End of the line DCSOB One of the most popular and widely read blogs in the city, DCSOB, is ending. Its writer is off to law school in Chicago, a move that includes a new blog.

For nearly two years, DCSOB has brought you snark, joy, anger, bemusement and the occasional piece of new information not ripped off from some other source on a more or less weekdaily basis. After nearly 800 posts, 1400 comments and over 130,000 page views, this site’s run as Washington’s most facetious web resource is over. As of today, I will no longer be updating this site, as I have left town to attend law school in Chicago. You can keep up with my writing at my new blog, Thrown for a Loop.

A stitch in time Knitting blogs Knitting enthusiast are some of the most active bloggers around. How many are in the DC area is difficult to know – but we asked babblingB for some help in identifying some DC Metro blogs and she graciously provided links. This will give rise to a new category at dcblogs about knitting. If you would like your blog included in this category, please write. Some of the knitting blogs:

Darwin, Intelligent Design, Creationism Dappled Things One of best blogs in the U.S., in my opinion, is the work of Father Jim Tucker, a Roman Catholic “generation X,” priest in the Diocese of Arlington. What makes this blog exceptional begins with the fact that Father Tucker is running a blog. He’s reaching out in new ways and setting a model for other clergy. He’s also willing to take on controversial topics. The full post provides an analysis well beyond this excerpt:

That a random, undirected model can account for the observed changes of species (and I have very little interest in whether it can or can’t) does not demonstrate that the actual process is itself truly random or undirected. It shows, rather, that according to the strict norms of scientific inquiry direction has not been proven. Maybe it can never be proven according to these norms. Or maybe there really is a conspiracy of scientists to hide the proof of design, but I find that implausible.

A Brookland Fourth Non-Fat Latte Liberal This writer is a perceptive and entertaining observer of Brookland, his DC neighborhood. An outstanding meditation about life in this neighborhood.

It is, I admit, part of what I like about Brookland that I am so starkly white in a very non white neighborhood, but I chafe at being singled out for it, as I did when one of the neighborhoodies turned to me, while walking on the other side of the street and yelled, “Hey! Welcome to the Ghetto, Welcome to my hood!” He was clearly talking to me. My black roommate sat on the porch with me and chided me by saying, “You know he’s talking to you, right?” These annoyances are minor and very much pale in comparison to the pleasure I get from sitting on my porch, sipping a drink and smoking a cigar watching the mundane going ons of such a lively neighborhood. And lively it is …

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Blogging author, DC Baby This writer, Sarah Masterson, reports that her book, DC BABY: A Handbook for Parenting In (& Around) the Capitol City, is getting finishing touches and will be published this fall, available online and at locations throughout the Washington, DC area. Meanwhile, she is running a blog.


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