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DC Blogs Noted

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

The writer at Teresa and Pepper’s Great Baby Adventure is leaving the city and the familiar. A beautifully written post, titled Last Stop, and recommended by Lumpyhead. An excerpt:

Riding home on the metro I thought about all those little connections to people I don’t really know, but that make up the everyday details of my life. Connections that feel familiar and friendly and that will now disappear without even a goodbye.

Subway State can’t get a cab ride to NE. Excerpt: The cab I am sitting in right now is cab number 20. Not the cab’s number mind you, but literally the 20th cab. Yes I counted the number of cabs that stopped and refused me.

Among the things Escaping the Suburban Rhythm overhears at a Nationals game: “This is officially the gayest stadium I’ve ever been to. Who sings ‘Sweet Caroline’ at a game. …”

Fusion on Barracks Row has a lot going for it, writes Popcorn and Scotch. An excerpt:  For some reason, it seems to be safely shielded from the rampant Hill-rat meat market that abounds in many other Cap Hill establishments. Other pluses …

A couple pulls up in front of the Black Cat and hands out cupcakes, reports The Vapor Trail.

Bodies exhibition in Rosslyn. Kings of the Road writes: Oh. My. God.

A brown recluse spider bite is a nasty thing but life improves by bunnie friday. Rainbows and Soft Serve.

Towing enforced? Andyland wonders if this Arlington restaurant really means what it says. And writes: You have six spaces nearby that very clearly say “20 minute parking – towing enforced.” And you’re not kidding about the towing enforced park. In the 15 minutes I watched this Sunday morning, two tow trucks slowly cased these six spaces.

Visit Street Installations by Mark Jenkins. Incredible work

DC Blogs Noted

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

Best blog post headline of the year: I asked Marc for another dog and instead I got an embryo. The Fabulous Miss S. has a very good reason to feel fabulous.

It’s a girl. Alice’s Adventures Underground

The Alliance for Decency at the Gym. By Jamieson at cockblog who writes: The gym has become a battleground and one can only hope to get out alive these days.

Done in by urban cool. A Letter of Farewell to My Dairy Queen T-Shirt by the writer at Staffman Rocks. An excerpt: I began to realize something was wrong from all the staring I received in the Whole Foods and couldn’t quite put my finger on it at first …

The writer at Restaurants, Sports, and the Law has a “slightly uncomfortable” dinner with his workshop class at the Tabard Inn. But the meal was good.

This experience illustrates why it’s pointless to contest a DC parking ticket. Hybrid Thoughts

DC Blogs Noted

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

Darwin was wrong. Green Canary offers proof that favorable traits don’t always win out in the end. She traces her family history back, way back to the time when her ancestors left Ireland, and writes: When famine hit, they gathered their belongings and packed two wagons – one for personal items, another for prescription medications.

We’ve Lost One Life, Let’s Save the Next One. Adam at District Matters writes about the child killed in a recent hit and run accident and ask DC residents to post intersections that they believe are dangerous. He plans to take the info to the mayor’s office.

My Imaginary Secret Admirer. The paper trail in her car. charlotte harris

20GB on an iPod left to fill. Baby Bananas.

Is no place sacred? Inappropriate phone use. Fictional Rockstar.

The Library of Congress has started a blog, reports Tom Bridge at Metroblogging.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on April 25th, 2007 by dcblogs

Gossip site TMZ discovers that DC people aren’t as interesting as they think they are. DC Universe explains why local celebs don’t make the gossip grade. 

So I’m Leaving. One of DC’s most popular bloggers and sharpest writers, Rooshv, has bought a one-way ticket to South America.

antigravitas has issues with M’Dawg’s pricing.

Audience participation on the Metro. Loud cell phone user gets advice from the writer of Life Outtacontext

Driving While Completely Insane. A report of some very weird driving behavior by Tadcranky.

Change of location: American Blogstand Happy Hour is now at Peyote Cafe on Friday. I-66 has details.


DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on April 24th, 2007 by dcblogs

Manpoo. A haircare product for men. Endorsed by The Playaz Ball. Developed by Rock Creek Rambler. And now at stores everywhere.

S.I.F.A.: A Rip-Roaring Way To Start Your Week. Washington Cube learns a new thing.

Is This The End Of Smash? Don’t let this happen to one of DC’s funniest bloggers — respond to her comment challenge. She wants 40 comments.  Secret Simmerings and Shameful Scandals of the Singular Smash. Excerpt:

But, I really think the main reason I am tired of blogging is that YOU PEOPLE make no sense. I write a piece of junk entry saying I’ll be out of town — and I get 14 comments. Yet, when I write a well-thought-out piece of insightful humorous observation, I get 2 comments. What is wrong with you?

Elected officials usually don’t announce offers of bribes. But this is DC. Observations about the plan to give the city use of luxury suite at the Verizon Center in exchange billing taxpayers for an upgrade. At End The Cola Wars!

My First Sorta Carjacking. It looked like the car. Pie Pants.

Metro’s ugly advertising. Metroblogging.

Earth Day Irony, compliments of the thoughtless in Dupont Circle. The Reconstruction.

On hiatus, indefinitely, announces Belle at Dating is Dead.  Who writes: I abandon most things right about the time they start getting interesting.

The sex diary goes mainstream. Jessica Cutler Online.

Blogger event: American Blogstand, Friday, Happy Hour details at I-66.

DC Blogs Noted

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

For sale at Amazon. Wine Refrigerators and Emergency Hammers. DC Foodies.

There are a lot of new cafés opening in DC and Reya at The Gold Poppy is gradually visiting them. One she has grown fond of is Sidamo. With photos and words she describes the experience, and writes: Located in the middle of an awful block of H St. NE (between 4th and 5th) in which every other building is boarded up, full of ghosts and creepy as hell, Sidamo is clean, sweet and welcoming. They serve only organic teas and organic, fair-trade, shade-grown coffee that they roast fresh every day, plus the usual sandwiches and pastries. Sweet!

Rudy Giuliani and other motorcades. DC Mr. Anthrope.

Clever name: DC NearlyWeds, about planning a wedding.

Obviously, No Child Left Behind is a huge success. EavesdropDC

One of the best dc bloggers, Heather of No Pasa Nada is moving to Albany. Relocation matters not as far as our blog roll is concerned. We’re also negotiating with U.S. Airways for special Blogger Happy Hour air fares. More on this later.

This Takoma Park blogger is intent on cooking every recipe in The French Laundry Cookbook. Photos illustrate. Her experiences are detailed. French Laundry at Home.

Best Pizza in DC. A listing at Gridskipper.

Peach, Prosciutto and Gorgonzola Salad at DC Gastronome.

Perfect. Capital Weather.

Busboys and Poets: ready when you are. A review by Draw Me A Sheep. It begins: Don’t even get me started on the lack of breakfast places open early enough for me on a weekend morning. I’m 30 now, and not sleeping in ’till noon anymore.


DC Blogs Noted

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


A history of destruction. So how long will the new mattress last? Longer than the car? Vividblurry.

A little nonsense now and then at Speakeasy. A niece asks: “Mandy, is there a city underneath Washington?”

Remember the Good, writes Doctor of Thinkology:  I refuse to learn the name of the man who took their lives. I won’t let him become part of my memory.

If you don’t understand crocs, here are two posts which may further confuse the issue. Why? No seriously, *why* are you wearing those? And Crocs rebuttal. By A Serious Job is No Excuse. (Nod to DL22, who wrote: “… everyone in my office is laughing out loud right now at this writer’s take on Crocs as what she calls “commuter shoes.”)

I think I’m officially a DC resident now. Parking ticket trauma. From Harvard Street.

A note: I’ve been going to the monthly Blogger Happy Hour, on and off, for two years and have met many wonderful people at it. It’s a de facto institution, with a rotating group of sponsors, attended by many, many bloggers. This opportunity to interact has been one of the best things about blogging in this city.

Now, there’s a storm of contention. A boycott has been urged by some bloggers. I understand the reasons raised by a few but respectfully disagree on the approach. 

At heart has been publication of personal information; telephone numbers, places of employment, as a means of abuse and revenge.

I have heard complaints by women, in particular, of stalkers. I have heard people express fears, real fears. 

The community is largely detached and unaffected by its worse behaviors but the trend is worrisome to many. Bullying behavior and threats to publish private information is unacceptable by any standard of moral conduct.  The first responsibility of this blogging community is to ensure the safety of its participants.

No one can tolerate publication of personal information, whether it appears in a post or comment. It is not a bargaining chip. Local bloggers have an obligation to protect each other. 

For those who have removed this material, it’s a start but it doesn’t go far enough. People have to be assured that it won’t happen again and bloggers need to vow not to let it happen again. And there shouldn’t be any conditions or excuses attached to it.

But this boycott will be used by some to spread stain on all who attend. I don’t think it’s what some of the supporters of this want to happen. 

This boycott, whether intended or not, is a blunt edge weapon applied indiscriminately to punish a lot of people who have had no part of this, who have done the right thing, and have contributed to this community and who don’t deserve it.  – kob.


DC Blogs Noted

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

DC Donut, an Evite addict, writes: … if there are others like me – and there must be – then there is a large number of workers dragging down the country’s productivity with the constant repetition of page refreshes.

We’re a classy bunch, no? The Fabulous Miss S. (Nod to Erika)

Storms force us to take cover and that’s not necessarily bad, writes Nicolasix. (Nod to Reya)

Liberty Tavern opens in Clarendon, reports EatFoo. And writes: Liberty Tavern gets two things right that lots of restaurants mess up: beer and coffee.

Now I get it. A Starbucks rant. Attention Span of a Fly

Wok-n-Roll history lesson at Big Sky Girl.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on April 18th, 2007 by dcblogs

A note: There are many outstanding posts about the Virginia Tech shootings. Here are three of them:

The Washington Post as well as other news outlets, the pundits in particular, are too anxious to find fault and blame. Writes PoofyGoo in her post, Jaundiced Journalism: I know the noise of blame is comforting and distracting.

City Sparkle worries that the Virginia Tech shootings may produce a new stereotype. Her post, Portrait of a Tragedy, begins: I can’t help thinking to myself, why did the Virginia Tech shooter have to be Asian?

Improving the safety of children can also heighten their fears. PunditMom, in a post titled Can it Make Sense to a First-Grader?, writes: After yesterday’s murders, I’m wondering how it’s possible to balance a discussion about possibly increasing safety precautions at her school with the reality that more of that may only serve to frighten the kids more than they already are.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on April 17th, 2007 by dcblogs

LaurieWrites tells how her godson, accepted at Virgina Tech, had visited the campus this past weekend. She writes: My father said last night that they also found it “much safer than College Park.” This seems so strange, to have heard those words just last night in my house.

A history of school shootings.  A list, by its sheer size, which will shock. Piglet of Fire.

Draw Conclusions On The Wall: What the hell has happened to us?

When I was a college student 40 years ago, no one had guns, let alone think of using them indiscriminately against innocent people because you were pissed off at a professor.

When in New York, Aileen works at the Empire State Building and is there when an attorney jumps to his death. The post, titled: Horrifying to Think About. Infinite Connections (Nod to Reya)

Double story: Caught with a case of wine by a co-worker at Trader Joe’s. And Alex, the dog, must deal with wind and noise. Quiet in the Stacks

weakest. protest. march. ever. A report by Random Duck about the march for DC voting rights. He writes: While there was certainly a long line of buses, there weren’t many people marching toward the Capitol building. Is this the new model protest march?

This month’s Blogger Meetup is Wednesday, starting at 7 p.m., at Regional Food and Drink in Gallery Place. It’s an informal gathering and membership in the Meetup isn’t required.

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