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DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on March 30th, 2007 by dcblogs

Hemingway tribute at Lonnie Bruner that includes a photo. A mid-30s photo and its gun and its era. And remember all right: …

“Because we are the desperate ones,” the man said. “The ones with nothing to lose. We are the completely brutalized ones. We’re worse than the stuff the original Spartacus worked with. But it’s tough to try to do anything with because we have been beaten so far that the only solace is booze and the only pride is in being able to take it. But we’re not all like that. There are some of us that are going to hand it out.” — To Have and Have Not. 1934.

How To Pick Up A Blogger by LMNtal Attraction. Free advice: With a few easy steps, that blogger of your dreams can be all yours. Here’s how …

A police officer who makes an arrest at night may have to be in court early to explain the charges. Why lose the sleep. Police officers may choose not to make an arrest,  explains the blogger at District Matters.

A blogger tries out the self checkout machine at the MLK library. Gallery Place Living: It was fast and easy. Photo of the contraption.

National Treasure, the sequel, is filming in DC. Great weather for it, too. Capital Weather.

Here’s more about the new blog about street harassment at Life Off Balance. Also see Blogging Street Harassment at DCist. Close to 90 comments.

A Total Waste of Makeup gives a guided tour of her Beauty Secrets. Illustrated photo. 

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on March 29th, 2007 by dcblogs

A note for self-indulgent, rude men. Observed behavior by the writer at A Serious Job is No Excuse. (Nod to Kathryn). An excerpt:

Two Thursdays ago, while on a first date at the Ritz in Georgetown, a couch-ful of ladies had my waiter deliver to me a note and a second Kir Royale after my companion excused himself from the table to take not his first, not his second but his third non-emergency 10+ minute phone call in the space of an hour …

Warning: You may be turned on by this, writes Lucky Spinster about her Korean bathhouse experience where she was scrubbed and massaged within an inch of my life.

I hate motorcades. Hate them, writes Ah Bugger

Top 5 Hot Dirty Old Men by Attention Span of a Fly.

Photo: Johnny Rockets under construction at 2000 Penn. Ave. NW;  formerly a Gap store.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on March 28th, 2007 by dcblogs

Photoblogging: DC Can be Scary. Princess Sparkle Pony’s Photo Blog.

Outstanding photographic work at E-FFX.

And you thought they were kidding. Photos (ok, work safe) from Lolita & Gilda’s Burlesque Poetry Hour.

Things she did right/wrong in a job interview. Wrath of the Whatever.

A doctor visit by the blogger at Life is not a dress rehearsal, who writes: It was the first time in my life I have ever seen a male gynecologist and I thought I was going to freak out.

Blogs that Make You Think. A list of shoutouts by looking2live.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on March 27th, 2007 by dcblogs

When a patient develops a fever it’s a sign that cannot be ignored, writes Wyatt of Foggy Bottom Lantern, and such is the case with global warming. An excerpt from his post: A Fevered Earth.

Without a fever, a cough is merely a bronchial irritation, but with one it is pneumonia. A swollen joint from trauma is not an emergency, unless it is accompanied by fever, in which case the joint is presumed to be septic and must urgently be drained. The body has a highly refined control mechanism for temperature, and when it runs off course it is not by accident …

Risking punishment from her European friends, Stine of DC, Baby, an international student who grew up in Sweden, explains why she is becoming an American. An excerpt:

…  I have even drank beer out of a red and white plastic cup. So maybe your work is done here – I am American – in soul if not by passport.

Looking 2 Live and Draw Conclusions on the Wall are husband and wife who write separate blogs. But they recently shared a common topic: their missing dog. (Nod to Erika)

Refinishing original hardwood floors in a 100-year-old rowhouse is a project. And this floor restoration work is chronicled with photos, as well as other home improvement projects, at the blog, Ledroit Park Rowhouse

DC Rollergirls Expo is attended by Kittens with Mittens who offers a check list of things she liked about it. Including, No. 9: 2 hours of speed, falls, pushing, obscene finger gestures, tights and skates — check

So DC wants a slogan, how about DC: Come Have Your Filibuster of Fun, and others suggested at The Appetizer. A Portable Snack offers:  What Happens in DC Stays in the Water Supply.

Don’t Be SilentSpeak out against street harassment in DC, is the name of a new blog that is seeking stories and photos from people about street harassment.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on March 26th, 2007 by dcblogs

This blogger moves from DC to Mississippi and draws some sharp contrasts. Addicted to Change by Documentation of the plan He had for Sunny. An excerpt:

If I learned anything, our heart’s desire isn’t always what we really wanted. For the first twenty years of my life, I knew that I wanted to live in a charming urban neighborhood. What I didn’t know was that paying $3k rent a month sucks enough to dash the charm of any neighborhood

Shoutout to the Secret Service. DC police said it would take an hour to come out to write a report about the car with a busted window and stolen amp. But some Secret Service agents on the scene in Adams Morgan help out the bloggers (and pose for pictures) at DC from the Front Page. Excerpt:

… and the next thing we knew, there were five of them there, photographing the car, taking fingerprints and hanging out. Apparently the Secret Service is responsible for protecting embassies, hence the seemingly random patrol that found us sitting on the sidewalk at 11:30 pm.

L’Enfant Plaza may be in the city but you wouldn’t know it from the food. DC Donut tries to find lunch, and writes:  I spend lots of money on food that goes to waste. I am a double-waster wastoid.

After living in the ‘burbs, this echoditto blogger is now living on The Hill.  He knows what urban living brings, and writes: 

….  so when an officer approached me this morning on my way to the bus stop, I was certain he was going to ask if I had been witness to some crime the previous night. Instead, he introduced himself and handed me a flier. Officer Holland of DC’s 1st District is using Yahoo Groups to create a “Public Safety Community Group” in my neighborhood as part of a new safety campaign. A self-professed “amateur internet junkie”, Officer Holland wants to incorporate new technologies to engage and inform the community.

One way to show a house: EasternMarketOneBedroom

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DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on March 23rd, 2007 by dcblogs

Serial killers need not reply. What’s not to like about the title of this post by Where’s My Cape? It’s about that online oxygen supply known as Craig’s List. An excerpt:

The emails came so fast I didn’t know what hit me. Some clearly from seasoned Craigslisters who knew the magic words to sprinkle in a reply: “cash in hand”, “today”, “when can I come and pick it up?”

Best Italian Market Ever. An excerpt by Bethany of Kings of the Road about her introduction to Cornucopia.

As Ibrahim handed me the sandwich, he said in sultry accent, “I hope this sandwich is the start of a new relationship…with my store.”

Adventures in public nursing. Virginia allows it, and evidently DC has no law. Sandblower. An excerpt: For the most part I think I’ve been pretty discreet, although sometimes I see someone looking at me and I start to wonder.

When sick, she doesn’t go to the doctor. She plays rugby, skis and likes to blog. Almost all of these activities have a high risk of injury, writes Jamie. The post: Jamie Likes Pain.

New food blog, DC Dishes, reviews Huong Que at Eden Center. Excerpt: An ethnic eatery like this one, even with its somewhat Americanized flavors, can be a difficult nut to crack. The menu, with more than 200 items, can be a touch overwhelming.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on March 22nd, 2007 by dcblogs

This Girl’s Life by FreckledK. She was her father’s favorite child, a status that drew hostility from others in the family …. but then he was gone …

… and there would be no rescue in my immediate future.  Although I still had one parent remaining, when my father passed away I became an orphan or, more accurately, a step-sibling with a story that rivaled that of Cinderella.

When Tragedy Hits Home: A Call For Help. A fire with tragic consequences prompts an appeal at Sour N Sweet: The post begins:

Monday, my roomie Kate returned home from a weekend in Charlottesville and when she walked in the door, something just didn’t seem right. Considering I’ve known her my entire life, it’s not hard for us to read when something’s up. I was right, but I wish I hadn’t been.

Art News: Wanna go to nude body painting party in DC this Friday?

For some insight into how home sales are doing in a part of the city, check out February home sales at Petworth News.

Awfully Wedded Husband.  Domestic disturbance at What Are Men Thinking?

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on March 21st, 2007 by dcblogs

DC is so seemingly rigid in mores and manners that anyone who acts out of the ordinary is automatically assumed to be a little crazy. But Rebecca at Literal Reality reaches a different conclusion about a singing Metro rider. An excerpt:

… by the time he got off, I was a little jealous. Not of air drumming. I have no desire to air drum. But his complete lack of caring. He could care less what we thought of him …

In this case: The blog of people telling their stories about the law. Jury duty, jail time, divorce court, and more….Excerpt from the about section:

I edit the stories. Some are sent to me; some are drawn from interviews with people who want to talk in person. I keep each story as true as possible to the words and voice of each person. If you have a story for the blog, please let me know – I love to help people be heard.

So, I think I might be pregnant. Is how the post at Just trying to keep the moxie going begins. What follows is a self-diagnosis based on a particular food obsession.

A blog about the Ballston Arts and Crafts Market

Blogger Event:

It’s the monthly Blogger Meetup, Tonight — Wed., March 21 — at RFD in Gallery Place. Starting at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on March 20th, 2007 by dcblogs

Bush and the 4th anniversary of the Iraq war, by LaurieWrites. Excerpt:

He indicated that wrapping things up over there is “not gon’ be easy,” sort of like a mechanic – say, the one on the Andy Griffith Show, specifically – might indicate of a busted engine.

Too self-important to clean-up. Office rant: Read this post NOW, jerks! Are Seven.

DC Has 14% Subprime Loans writes Urban Trekker. Very good, well-referenced post.

My first cheesecake. Photo tells what happened. Eat With Me

The Chilaquiles Smackdown, a report from the annual brunch at Slow Cook, who discovered the merits of this dish during a trip to Mexico.  There’s a recipe in case you feel hungry after reading it. An excerpt:

A good batch of chilaquiles has just enough chew to make the teeth moan with pleasure. So simple, so good. We had to have more when we got home from Mexico, so we started an annual (sometimes) chilaquiles brunch with our friends …

Six Flags “concierge service” is an attack on amusement park democracy. It’s a practice that gets scalded, deservedly, by the DC Universe, in Six Flags over Stupidity. Excerpt:

They must really be getting desperate.  And come on.  “The masses”?  Way to dismiss the 99% of your customer base who can’t afford the VIP tickets.  Why not just refer to them as “commoners”?

Aileen at Infinite Connections provides a list of her favorite male bloggers. The list could be longer if more men blogged.

Shiftless Badger goes to the Wonderland Ballroom for the first time last week and loves it. He writes:: It would not be out of place in Milwaukee.

The City Paper blog is at odds with the Washington Post’s recent report about H Street’s new activity. Frozen Tropics has a round of links.

Blogger Events:

Arlington bloggers are invited by What’s Up Arlington to come to the Carpool in Ballston Wednesday March 21 at 7 p.m. for an event called “Beers with the Blogger.”

If you want to meet the person behind the incredible PostSecret, Frank Warren, he’ll be at Barnes & Noble in Bethesda, March 21 at 7:30 p.m. He will also be at the American Visionary Art Museum on April 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on March 19th, 2007 by dcblogs

Metro passengers turn a delay into an ugly experience that extends to a cab ride. MidnightThirty reports, in the post DC is Doomed.

“Excuse me! Hello! Where are you going to put this person?”

“In the back,” he replied.

“Oh hell no, I’m not moving over, I don’t know this random guy!”

SAF – not looking … I think. Michelle at Diary of a Mad Asian Woman is trying online dating but realizes that her heart isn’t in it. Excerpt: Maybe I’m just old fashioned. I don’t like meeting guys online. It’s like I have to convince them how great I am before ever meeting me.

Kristen at Candy Sandwich goes Salsa dancing at Rumberos in Columbia Heights and provides a descriptive account. Excerpt: Cowbells clanged and brass blared into a smooth suave sound and I fell half in love with the music, the pictures and the waiter.

You are about to get married and someone will ask if there’s any doubt. Of course there is. The Perpetual What Ifs at I Now Pronounce You: A blog about Getting married…from the groom’s side of the aisle. Nod to LMNt for the recommendation

Interior photograph of Cafe Luna. Nice work at Ted

The trip from Portland, Me. to DC for the protest was a nightmare from start to finish, writes the blogger at White Noise Insanity.

Designer garbage: Patterned trash bags at Brightest Young Things.

April 15th isn’t the only deadline. There was a March 15th and upcoming May 15th ones as well. It’s explained at the Life and Times of Accounting, in a post titled Tick, Tock, Tick Tock …

Site note: Received a number of new requests to get on feed. Haven’t had a chance to respond to everyone yet, but they will be added.

Photo: Protest sign this weekend.