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Posted in DC Blogs Noted on October 31st, 2008 by WashWords

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Tricks and treats, boys and girls.

A treat: DC Living notes some good news: DC Among Real Estate Markets Most Likely To Rebound. Not that I’m anxious or anything but… umm, promise?

Trick: Oompa loompa doopity do, Christopher Colaninno has a halloween puzzle for you. Happy Halloween

Trick (or actually, just plain sad): Beyond bread reports on one nonprofit hit by the economic downtown. Whitman Walker Clinic closes its food pantry. Not good news, not good at all.

A treat, for its beautiful writing, and zenlike spirit, among other things: Not Ever Still Life with Girls helps us through the hard times, the waiting times, the being…Not-Ever-Still Life with Girls: In suspense.

Treat: Life through the T-glass used to joke about giving a first-born to see a Madonna show. Well, the moment (minus the baby giving) has arrived. And it was Magical. M is for Magic

Trick or Treat? It’s Halloween and we have a weekend pass, according to Thröwing Hämmers. Just remember, he notes: the dark woods belong to the storming spirits — while you don’t have to go home, you can’t stay either. He recommends going back with the naughty witch. Halloween Eve

Happy Halloween, kids. And happy election day. Remember to wear your blue on Tuesday November 4, in honor of my birthday on the 3rd. See you next week when we have a new president-elect. Unless I’m too hungover still. Anywho, happy  Halloween Friday!

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on October 30th, 2008 by Foilwoman

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Enough financial meltdown and we’ll-never-be-able-to-take-another-vacation-much-less-retire-crisis.   Here’s the real crisis:  I’m the mother of two with no creative Halloween-costume-making mad skillz.

Unlike Joe Logon of Dumb Things I Have Done Lately.  His blackjack table costume (handmade by him, apparently) would put any super-suburban-ultra-competitive-costume-making-nitwit-parent-to-shame. 

Are bike lanes just more space for cars to double park?  The Helios Monroe Renewable Energy Demonstration Project applauds the forty miles of bike lanes the District has added this year, but asks the preceding question about whether that effort was well spent.

The author of The Platypus on . . . Preparedness (I really have to wonder where most blog titles come from) considers the war in Iraq and outsourcing of government functions.

This Too Shall Pass revisits some unsolved murders from the 1970s.

Currently, the slaughter in DC seems largely financial (although the crime rate does seem to be rising), and Urban Trekker counts short sales and foreclosure sales in the greater DC area.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on October 29th, 2008 by Arjewtino

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Many DC bloggers have reacted strongly — with varying degrees of opinions — regarding WMATA’s decision to randomly search the belongings of Metro passengers. Flex Your Rights describes The Citizen’s Guide to Refusing DC Metro Searches for those who do not wish to give Metro Police consent to be searched:

“As innocent citizens become increasingly accustomed to being searched by the police, politicians and police agencies are empowered to further expand the number of places where all are considered guilty until proven innocent.”

To Blog Or… is “as much of a make-out slut as the next guy.” That might be the reason he knows the 12 Best Places to Make Out in DC. And, for good measure, the 12 Worst Places to Make out in DC.

Before she leaves for Israel after the new year, Namaste shares a memorable phone call with her Catholic grandmother in Grandma Language.

A couple of cool Marine Corps Marathon photos from Washington Photo Journal. The marathon did not, in any way, mess up my weekend plans. Nope, not at all.

Nicholas Schiller gets jumped just steps from his home, near the “10th Street Market” — again.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on October 28th, 2008 by dcblogs

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I really like the Bloomingdale Farmers Market. In Shaw, who writes: But you know what I really love about the market? The vibe. It is a vibe that everyone contributes to.

Random Bag Searches on Metro. Metblogs, which writes: I, for one, have some serious concerns about this program. imetro also writes: Maybe I should carry random stuff in my bad. Mouse traps, a thong, and a headless barbie doll. I wonder if that would get me arrested, or labeled as a person of interest.

Protect Your Banana! A new lunchtime product that you don’t want to bring to lunch. So Good

Everything I ever needed to know about men, I (should have) learned from babysitting. Learning to Fly. Five points.

DC’s brunch culture is phony and stupid, writes City Desk.

What matters next for the Washington Redskins. DC Pro Sports Report looks at what the pundits are saying about the 6-2 team.

DC Tech Events Weekly: so many events it’s kind of scary. Things to do at DC Tech Events

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on October 27th, 2008 by dcblogs

Columbia Road, Adams Morgan Sunday afternoon; scene from a religious gathering

My Personal Pump-a-kin Carve-nival. Smash, in photos, demonstrates the correct way to carve a pumpkin. With menace.

A crazy person makes conversation in the Columbia Heights Bank of America. Red Sky at Night. The post: Mixed nuts.

Review: Commissary, the new Logan Circle stop. We Love DC. Excerpt: A friend described the ambiance as “the urban equivalent of Olive Garden,” and I think this encapsulates neatly why it makes me uneasy. The entire block of new development on P between 15th and 14th is calculated to make people who once refused to walk down that expanse feel at home. Despite a few notable exceptions like New Vegas Lounge, it’s fast losing any grit.

Learning to Love the Big Box. Yglesias, who writes: As far as this issue goes, I think urbanists ought to wholeheartedly embrace “big box” chain stores. When there’s a problem with an urban-situated big box store, which there often is, it’s because (like the Home Depot near the Rhode Island Avenue Metro station) the site has been laid out in a way that’s inappropriate for an urban environment.

my d.c.: the circle. sprite writes: During the day, the residents of Dupont Circle surrender the park temporarily to others. At night, though, we reclaim what is ours.

Halloween Along the Red Line. A guide by On the Red Line

Happy hour recommendation: circle bistro. LottieB’s Weblog, who writes: The whole drink menu is half price from 5pm to 8pm.

Returning home to Western Massachusetts. Gina Vivinetto’s Greatest Hits. Photos and story.

I Made Freedom Count – I Voted Absentee. Was It For This. A report from Arlington.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on October 24th, 2008 by WashWords

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Do you come here often has to eliminate two unlucky fellows. She’s just Not a gamblin’ kind of girl and besides, she can’t have being the one woman it took to ruin a good guy on her conscience.

Anna Kelso hearts working from home. So does her Mr. Happy Bowl. WFH

City Musings notes a missing ingredient in a local pol’s campaign signs. Problems in Voting: A Write-In Wrong. Psst, City Musings, it’s Schwartz.

The Life of Mb takes us through Test Day, or as her mother would have advised Dress-Up Day. There is no such month as Rocktober. Good luck Mb.

Page 132 asks Is Anyone Still Reading this Blog? C’mon DCBlogs-ers, give a fellow bloggers some love.

Vox Populi asks What do John McCain and the Silver Line have in common? Okay, maybe you can guess the punchline, but still.

Thunderstorms Highly Likely is starting to speak the language. At least at Starbucks. And while it used to bother her… it’s starting to not seem so strange… almost like… home. It’s Like I’m From Here or Something.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on October 23rd, 2008 by Foilwoman

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If you’re afraid you’re a narcissist, that probably means you aren’t one.  Esther-now-and-then-some thus probably isn’t a narcissist.  Of course, a woman who takes the time to figure out where someone else is coming from (even the security guard who ignores her) wouldn’t be a narcissist, would she?

Freewheelin’ Spirit‘s author contemplates the best kid’s holiday (Halloween — they just give you candy!  You don’t even have to say please!  You get to dress up!) and children’s world view.

There may truly be someone for everyone, as a woman admits she actually dated the man in question.  J at It’s Toasted proves that love truly is (or was) blind.

If your reaction to national financial meltdown is to go out and spend money, and you think you are what you wear, here are some cold-weather fashion tips from Guide for the Working Girl.

In the same vein, the author of What Smart Women Buy implies (but not guarantees) that if you buy a certain green car, you’re smart.   I would simply say, you don’t have a kid whose college career you need to fund and thus haven’t clued into the current financial environment, but I’m actually seeing this whole situation as depression, not recession, and no-one else is using that word.

Remixes:  I’ve never understood them, but I’m old.  [F]oxymoron is clearly younger. Her/his post is also really funny, even to me.

Will there be a Purple Line before there’s Metro to Dulles?  Probably not, but the light rail option for the Purple Line was recently described in Beyond DC as meeting federal cost-effectiveness guidelines.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on October 22nd, 2008 by dcblogs

Foggy Bottom festival scene

Fisticuffs on Columbia Road. The Restaurant Refugee. Police inquire: “Was that punch the manners lesson?”

The night of the party and other disasters. green canary. The season of holiday parties is close at hand.

This Could Be Yours For $199K. DC’s changing housing market. In Shaw.

More proof of America’s education breakdown. Evesdropdc.

About those ads at the Pentagon City Metro advertising air-to-ground missiles? be very quiet wants to know which store in the mall sells them.

Grilled Octopus Tacos. DC Foodies.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on October 21st, 2008 by dcblogs

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The writer of Adventures in Voluntary Simplicity decides it’s time to set a new course for his life. Excerpt:

I have been living in the dark for over six years now and enough is enough. Sure, you can have tons of fun in the dark. Believe me, there have been times when the booze has been fantastic, when the partying, the women, and the meaningless self-importance of being an asshole lawyer have all been exquisite, convenient distractions from genuine happiness. But all of that is over as of today.

Here’s a another post with a theme similar to the one above. Perhaps the uncertain economy drives a need for reassessment. Happy Living writes:

Lately, I have no interest in bars. I have no interest in alcohol. I have no interest in fleeting interactions. I want be healthy, cherish my down time, go to plays and movies and National Geographic events, read, teach myself Spanish, teach myself how to knit, go to yoga, play volleyball, hike and camp. I want to get up early and read the paper with my coffee or go for a long run. I want to develop long-lasting relationships instead of brief flirtations. But here’s the thing: I mean all of this in a deeper existential way that I’m not quite sure I can articulate.

The key word for this post is random medicalness and it concerns a phone call at the gym from a doctor with test results. On hearing the news, Jodifur writes: I’m 33, a wife, a mother, an attorney, and active. I will be healthy. I will have a life. I believe the mind is powerful. I believe I can refuse to be sick.

Suburban Fizz realizes her blog isn’t a hit with males. Once she gets that issue out of the way, the next thing to explain is why I am currently wearing puce-colored panties.

How do unsuspecting people feel about getting their photos taken by a stranger? A Daily Dose Zen Sarcasm considers the issue and shares some of her clandestine photos.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on October 20th, 2008 by dcblogs

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What are the neighborhood robbery rates? DCjack has produced a statistical analysis that looks at number of robberies in District neighborhoods covered by the Third Police District. That includes everything from Mount Pleasant to Shaw. Insightful analysis with a surprising finding.

I Have Established Contact With The Mothership! The rewards of blogging, two years, two months and 16 days later. Catch Up Lady.

DC Sketchbook at This Too Shall Pass. A woman on the 42nd Bus. This is one of the most original blogs in DC blogland.

Regime Change Starts at Home. Exhibit at the Irvine art gallery on 14th. One Photograph a Day.

Chivalry and Courting in the District. Culture, Dating, and Politics in Chocholate City, tells of an incident while out jogging. She writes: This morning I shed a tear for the crass nature of (some) men in the District. They come in all types – rich, poor, young, not-so-young, and those that must know better.

A friendly note about computing at your library. ANA DOT DCPL. You will need a thumb drive to save your work.

Sexy, single, and… celibate? Says she knows in the first 600 seconds how things will turn out.

Evening shots. Photos. Gorgeous, writes one commenter. Photocynthesis