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Posted in DC Blogs Noted on November 11th, 2008 by dcblogs


Barbarians at the gates. Someone tries to beat The DC Universe to a Metro fare gate and it calls for a response. He writes: At this point, I had two choices. I could have either done the mature thing that most normal human beings would have done, and forgotten the incident and just passed on through the gate. Or I could have done the decidedly immature thing, and actually go out of my way to make sure he missed the train.

How much attention should a neighborhood blogger give to violence? Prince of Petworth worries that too much focus on violence will be destructive to the neighborhood in other ways.

Very weird Life Saver from Australia. 2.71828182845904523536…

Veterans Day, today, is a good day to fight for DC voting rights. NotionsCapital (Update post)

2008 Beaujolais Nouveau Release Parties in DC: Yes Oui Can! Capital Spice. By French law, Beaujolais Nouveau can not be released before the third Thursday of November. DC restaurants and organizations take advantage of this, with fantastic parties leading up to the great moment at midnight when the wine is delivered to the crowd like a champion boxer.

Parking Lot, Not Offices at Connecticut and K? The 42nd. A highly visible location gets an ugly parking lot.

From ZipCar, With Love. Read this post and the original one. Who Invented Roses.

Metrocurean. Appetite Stimulus Plan.

The Top Five Condo Rooftops in the DC Area. Urban Turf

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on November 10th, 2008 by dcblogs


DC Teacher Chic is no longer an employee of DC Public Schools. Her reasons for leaving make it clear why DC’s schools are in trouble. This blog really opened a window into the school system. Excerpt:

Our parent meeting – our last ditch effort to eradicate the severe behavior problems of the 5th graders at our school – was attend by 10% of our students’ parents, even though ALL were individually contacted, and most said they would come. Almost all of the students were present for the meeting, because most stay for aftercare, and we had pizza.

Fearing for My Life: The Worst Cab Driver in DC. Plight of the Pumpernickel

The One Record Store That Will Never Die. Black Plastic Bag.

My first real apartment after college. In photos. Ramblings around DC and Beyond

Is it a major faux pas to tell people that I had cancer in casual conversation? Six Inch Heels

A Boy in Pajamas Made Me Cry. The movie. Venue Guru. … the end of the movie left me utterly heartbroken. The entire theater was silent. It’s the kind of movie that comes out every few years that everyone needs to see so that we never forget what can happen if good people don’t stand up against prejudice and cruelty.

Photo of Obama’s headquarters. Penn Quarter Living.

Life As List is 26.

DC: McCain, now 50 percent off. Amy’s New York Notebook

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on November 7th, 2008 by WashWords


Falls Church wins! Falls Church wins!!! In the hubbub of some other election, you might have missed the battle royale between Falls Church and Charlottesville. The challenge:  As Blueweeds reports: Falls Church Wins Voter Turnout Challenge. Warning: For reasons I can’t quite understand there’s manboobs included in this story. Avert your eyes while celebrating “Fake VA’s” win.

Given the District’s voting percentage, DC Fab thinks it’s a pretty safe bet that some of us are as obsessed with the Obamas as she is. I don’t know what she’s — what!? did someone say Obama!? Her latest pondering? Malia and Sasha Obama…where will they go to school?

In yet another burning question about the Obama Administration, College Grad Real World investigates: The impact on sports of President Barack Obama. Gooooo blue team! I mean Purple Team. I mean there are no Teams, we’re all Winners. Yay!

And they say kids don’t care. GWblogspot (not to mention the election) tells a different story: GW knows where to go.

So you finally got your favorite newspaper from the historic election. Umm, now what? We Love DC has tips for Saving that paper.

Lacochran may just have been the only one doing work-work these last few days. Or at least thinking about work: spreadsheets and stuff. For reals. Excel conversations I have over and over again.

Advice for on how to get inauguration tickets. Hippo Crusades

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on November 6th, 2008 by Foilwoman


Wow. The world certainly has changed since my youth. The home of the capitol of the Confederacy gave its electoral votes to a half-black/half-white man. And yesterday was Guy Fawkes Day: Parliament didn’t get blown up, representative democracy survived, and got passed on to us, giving most of us here in the District our employment, directly or indirectly – so let’s celebrate.

Exactly how many babies did Barack Obama hold, hug, or kiss during the campaign? I have no flipping clue, but Yes We Can (Hold Babies) has pictures of most of them. Don’t worry. If cuteness dismays you, I’ll post a picture of a pterodactyl or something. Just let me know.

Elizabeth Nolan Brown writes about how a conservative must be feeling right now in Hi, I’m Elizabeth, I Write Here(“We’re Going to Hell in a Handbasket” or something like that), although she supposes that said conservatives are pleased about various states attempts to “protect” marriage by banning it for about ten percent of the population.

Foggy Dew proposes a boycott of California products to protest the gay marriage ban (“California voters outlawed gay marriage yesterday, but approved a ballot measure giving egg-laying chickens more rights.”) and declares that the latest Apple purchase will now not occur.

Scott’s Take summarizes a number of reactions to the passage of California’s Proposition 8

Let’s remember Shirley Chisholm (I was about the age of my daughter – a big Obama fan – when Ms. Chisholm ran for the presidential nomination), as the author of I Wanna Sing Like Sarah “Sassy” Vaughn* does.

What a Difference 40 Years Makes” per the Goodspeed Report. I remember the riots of ’68 from child’s eyes. The world really has changed, and, for once, for the better.

Roissy wonders whether the president elect is actually an alpha male due to how the perceived relationship between Michelle Obama and her husband (trust me, it’s not a positive perception).  Then theories are thrown around about Michelle being privately submissive (sure, buddy) or now disposable (hey, my impression is that our future president is a stand-up guy, but I guess reasonable minds can differ).   My question:  does anyone intelligent (or anyone pleasant to be around) actually think that way seriously or is it just a marketing gimmick?  Yowza.  I’m hoping against hope that this is just some Gen Y or later in-joke that people of my generation just don’t get, but eesh.  And yuckola.  And yuckaroo.  And having posted to “What a Difference 40 Years Makes”, I guess this is the “Sometimes Nothing Changes” (or even gets worse) post.

An Open Letter to People Afraid of Obama. Kittens With Mittens

NotionsCapital files this report about one DC polling place. He writes: 1,364 people cast ballots for Barack Obama in a DC school building with a notorious history of racial segregation.

Twelve Real Reasons Why Obama Won. To Blog Or….. The reasons? They include his height, ears, and the Cubs, among others.

*I want to sing like Ms. Vaughn, too, but that ambition is simply ludicrous when expressed by me.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on November 5th, 2008 by dcblogs


It was a different day in DC. A Daily Dose of Zen Sarcasm, who writes: I am serious about this: people on the streets were happy. They were radiant. They wore their little “I Voted” stickers or held them proudly stuck to their index fingers or carefully between pincers and they smiled as they walked out of the many polling places here around my beloved Capitol Hill.

What dad said. Elizabeth Nolan Brown. If you want to know why Ohio was won by Obama, here’s why.

40 Years and 7 Months Later: 9:00 PM Election Night 2008 14th and U. Herb of DC

Preparing for visitors in January? The perfect bag for out of town guest is $15. Decidedly Uncomplicated

The Cutest: Senator (President-elect) Obama and the Mrs. Hello Negro. Photos.

I Heart America. Design Strategies … strategies that serve.

Google Street View — check it out. Greater Greater Washington.

Please see the feed for all the reaction.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on November 4th, 2008 by dcblogs


Expressing a view that’s probably true for many others as well, Was it For This writes: I’ve never felt so lucky to live in DC, at the heart of it all. Tonight, on the eve of a historic election, my heart is full.

Who Invented Roses describes her eHarmony date. The title of the post is, unfortunately, the spoiler: The Puker.

Election night bar recommendations. Gridskipper

Please don’t vote, writes Sarah and the Good Squad. If you don’t vote, my vote counts more.

Pork Chops with Apples and Maple-Rum Sauce. Foodie Tots.

Girl with Flat Hat: I’m baking two flourless chocolate cakes this time instead of one, as I have for previous elections (don’t ask what chocolate cake has to do with elections–except that no matter who wins, everyone gets to eat cake!), because we’re splitting our time between Democratic and Republican parties. I mean cake-and-booze parties, not (just) political parties.

A film crew was at work Saturday night in Adams Morgan, filming a pilot for the Washingtonienne HBO series, based on the Jessica Culter’s book. DCist

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on November 3rd, 2008 by dcblogs


A very personal story about a lifelong relationship. Boob Girl. Candy Sandwich

The tragic story of a young woman from Brazil. This Too Shall Pass. Excerpt: I knew she was having an affair with some guy who was in a band, but I was completely naive about such things at the time and except for the emerging female punk scene I didn’t follow contemporary music. I later pieced together that it was the singer of Duran Duran.

Renter Beware: If it’s too Good to Be True. Penn Quarter Living. A studio for $1,100 a month.

The girl who wanted a hug. Districted

An autumn photo montage. The Gold Puppy. Beautiful work.

Hiding from an angry craigslister. Sorry about that. Promises made to the person now banging at the door.

DCMetrocentric‘s Halloween House roundup. Some people really did it up.

Capital Comment. Washingtonian’s photo wrap of the annual High Heel Drag Race

Zombie Lurch 2008. Photos. DCist More zombies here. DC Discombobulated. Out of town zombies: Zombies invade the East Village. Visual Mumbling