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Celebrating Memorial Day

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on May 31st, 2010 by RestaurantRefugee

The day before millions of DC area residents decamped for beaches, mountains, and other sundry vacation locales or planned to celebrate the weekend at roof top soirées and backyard barbeques John Finn died at the ripe age of 100.  When he was a 32 year old Navy Chief Petty Officer, Mr. Finn was awakened one December morning by the sounds of munitions exploding.  He raced to the Naval Air Station Kaneohe Bay where he was stationed to find it under attack by Japanese forces.  Most of the base was already engulfed in flames but CPO Finn removed a .50 caliber machine gun from one of the fiery planes, found a training stand on which to mount it, and ran towards an open field for the best vantage point from which to fight back.

Japanese planes strafed the field with gunfire but CPO Finn held his position for more than two hours despite suffering from 21 different shrapnel wounds.  Just in case that act of conspicuous gallantry wasn’t enough, after receiving medical treatment, Finn somehow returned to his station later in the same day to arm planes that weren’t damaged.

For his heroism, CPO Finn was awarded the Medal of Honor.  Until the day before this Memorial Day Weekend 2010, Finn was the oldest living Medal of Honor Recipient. This holiday was created to give honor to those who have lost their lives in uniformed service to this country.  While Mr. Finn was able to lead a long life after the attack on Pearl Harbor, he was the very personification of the Greatest Generation, the embodiment of armed service to this country.

If you happen to stop by this space before enjoying the last day of this three day weekend, we hope that this post serves as an added reminder to express gratitude for those who have given the last full measure of devotion to our country.

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My favorite DC Blog post related to Memorial Day – Sometimes the universe seems to direct us to exactly where we should be with or without our knowledge. One rainy November day Suicide Blond was so directed to Arlington National Cemetery.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on May 28th, 2010 by Mirella

Why can’t I take a picture of the Star Spangled Banner? “The Star-Spangled Banner is an extremely delicate object. While it’s amazing that a flag intended to be used for about five years has survived almost 200, there’s no guarantee that it is going to be around forever.” American History Museum blog

AOL is 25 years old “Who had the internet in 1985? The only thing I remember about computers from back then is ‘Oregon Trail’ and printing stuff on paper that was attached to other pieces of paper. Making big-ass pixelated ‘Happy Birthday Mom!’ banners and whatnot,” explains ListenToLeon

Read about the sales tax on soda with Fresh Farm Meat who writes that if the sales tax on soda tax passes: “The tax rate is the same as that on many other goods that are already taxed in DC. A $0.99 2-liter bottle of coke will get taxed at 6 cents, proportional to its cost, not 67 cents, proportional to it’s volume”

Also, the Slow Cook blog in his latest post sales tax on sodas: said: “The six percent sales tax is projected to raise more revenue–$7.92 million annually–than the penny-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages–$6.3 million. Costs associated with the “Healthy Schools” initiative are expected to run about $6.5 million per year.”

Who pays on first date? Brando explains it in his blog Not Enough Tequila in the world: “Nothing’s more annoying than the woman who posted her worst date being the guy who took her to Burger King after the concert that he paid for. Lady, did you offer to treat for a nicer more “acceptable” place? No? “

Memorial day suggestions for those in the District DC Spy have some interesting suggestions for you.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on May 27th, 2010 by Foilwoman

Red Nose thinks the Washington Post’s attempt to market her mother’s death notice is rather icky “in case I want to hang it on the wall and be constantly reminded that she’s dead.   Like I need a reminder.”  Note to the Post:  people who have lost a parent generally are aware of their loss and don’t need reminders.

This contributing editor normally avoids any fashion posts with the same rigor that she avoids  STDs, the bubonic plague, and the hanta virus (and anthrax, Ebola virus, and anything else particularly nasty), but Phnx65 has written a paen to conservative clothing that many wish the interns soon to arrive for the summer would  follow as though it were holy writ.

Rantings of a Creole Princess saw the Jesse James interview and hopes nobody understands what he was saying, but not, maybe, for the reasons you think.

The GLAA Forum blog quotes Foreign Prisoner Support Service describing prison conditions in Malawi as “Dickens in the Tropics.”

Yin v. yang, male v. female:  and other thoughts, especially about bad haircuts, from Rude Cactus.

DC BLogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on May 26th, 2010 by livitluvit

Stirrup-Queens ponders whether it’s what we leave OUT of our blogs that truly tells who we are. Yet another reason to read between the lines.

Lemon Gloria has always done well with beginnings and endings, but the middle- the maitenance- is where is gets tricky.

BeyondDC fills us in on why streetcars are better than buses.

I have to admit, amalah had me totally freaking out that the sweet potato rolled off, or, LOOKOUTAMOUSE!!!

just up the pike explores “Fredneck” (his word!), aka Frederick, MD, for the first time… and actually? It ain’t half bad. In fact, it’s kind of great.

looking2live wonders at what point, if ever, the wear and tear we put on relationships simply causes them to snap.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on May 25th, 2010 by RestaurantRefugee

Ed. Note: The Editorial Board of DC Blogs is not culturally tone deaf, we know that LOST had its series finale on Sunday and that there were scores of blog posts written about the series on Monday.  However, none of the contributing editors has ever seen a single minute of been invested in LOST and therefore we decided not to comment.

This presents us with an opportunity.  As there are a number of culturally significant shows ending their seasons and or series in the next fortnight (LOST, Law & Order, Dancing with the Stars, American Idol, etc.) Are you interested in writing a special “TV Section” for DC Blogs?  Send an email to contributing editor, restaurant refugee, for details.

Girl of Words has never seen a single minute of Lost… or five other shows that are much beloved in this country, and she tells us why.

parenting BY dummies explains how to survive taking your kids to the movies.

Two DC provides a thoughtful, albeit early (as they acknowledge,) critique of the fairly new crêperie, Crêpe Amour.

DC born and raised hip-hop artist, Wale, was committed to perform during the DC Black Pride Event… until he learned that “Pride” is an annual LGBT event, then he had “family commitments,” uhmm, “was mislead [sic].” What’s the T has some other thoughts.

Design photo and explanation of the day – A B C D E F G H I J K, buy me one right now from Paint it What I Tell You

Diggerslist is an “online home improvement and construction classifieds [site] that helps homeowners, contractors, and DIY’s.”  Twigs and Scraps learned about it from a friend and shares with you.

General Shout Out #1 – Free in DC is a blog dedicated to “all of the cool, free, and super cheap things to do in DC” and it should be on your radar screen.

General Shout Out #2 – Metro Ventures goes against the profligate grain of anti-metro blogs and chronicles her attempt to visit all metro stations and ride every bus line in a single year.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on May 24th, 2010 by dcblogs

Another Blog Victim(s). Infinite Connections writes: My anonymous blog has been “outed” to someone I care about deeply.

A walk on the beach in Grand Isle, La. Heart sinking photos. Kadie’s Journal.

Meet DC’s Gallery Girls, Brightest Young Things. Lots of photos, interviews.

The Neighborhoods of 2015. A forecast by Urban Turf

Photos from a roller skating outing. Looks like fun. thinklysen

Seven ways that Mommyblogging has changed my life. Sarah and the Goon Squad. No. 1: I complimented my son on his cute belly and he told me not to write a blog post about it.

There is a new art market sprouting in the Edgewood Neighborhood in Northeast DC, reports Painterly Visions.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on May 21st, 2010 by dcblogs

A story of a man who served more than 21 years for murder, by the groundbreaking People’s District.

NYC sidewalk with a tourist lane. Via boingboing. An idea for DC along the lines of Metro’s stand/walk.

A tale of a real live Cheetah in Columbia Heights and where else, of course, at a cocktail party. If you see something, say something

Capitol Hill Craigslist Ad Considered One Of The Weirdest By Consumerist. Metblogs. Zero argument.

The Mathematical Tourist takes time out to study Infinity in Eight Minutes at the American History Museum.

I hate so much wonders about the fates that await her in Las Vegas, so she creates a pie chart of probabilities.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on May 20th, 2010 by Foilwoman

Learning to skate as an adult is not for sissies.  Ergo, DC Hawkeye is not a sissy.

Countersignature analyzes the elections and disagrees with what he perceives to be the general consensus, especially the consensus about what “from the left” means.  Jason’s View from DC concludes that both Democrats and Republicans are in trouble.  And while Cosmopolitan Conservative didn’t analyze the elections (as of 2:44 a.m. on May 20), she did review R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.’s After the Hangover.

Montgomery County just passed a carbon emissions tax; Clean Currently describes the hearing and the bill.

To some people (we’re looking at you Life of Red) this is a dirty picture.  To others, it’s just a diagram of how something works.  But this editor finally has an inkling of why a rather prissy colleague got upset when another not-so-prissy colleague started talking about female and male electric connections.

Every parent has the experience:  discovering a symptom that makes one believe that one’s child has a rare and tragic condition, only to be set right by the calm and non-condescending pediatrician or nurse.  Here’s that experience via Stimeyland.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on May 19th, 2010 by RestaurantRefugee

-the fooler initiative- swore she’d never write this post, but the pressure has gotten to her and she needs to clear up a few things for black women…

After a several month hiatus from kissing frogs, the author of The Scarlett Letters blog is “Back in the Pond” and the blogosphere too.

What did you do to celebrate your last birthday? Is that a Gavel in Your Pants? hiked six miles across three mountains to reach an early 20th century cabin for a weekend to celebrate turning 77… and has stunning pictures to prove it.

I was not familiar with the Fab Faux before reading herban lifestyle’s post that explains the impetus and motivations of the Beatles Tribute band (very different than a cover band)… and they’re coming to DC… and there might be a ticket giveaway.

We have all had that teacher that flipped our light switch, put our brains into overdrive, pushed us, cajoled us, made us better students and hopefully better people in the process.  Sean’s Ramblings’ game changing teacher is retiring this year after 40 years at one college.  Meet Marty Brownstein*.

Booze tastes better when you’re drinking for a good cause.  If you don’t have plans tonight, the Tennessee State Society is hosting a fundraiser to help victims of the flooding that has devastated Nashville and other parts of the state.  Sign of the Whale, 7-9pm, hat tip to Cosmopolitan Conservative for the information and the details.

* Who was your game changing teacher?  Maybe we can start a list.  I’ll go first: Dr. Mumford, I doubt that you are reading this but thank you for all that you did for me.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on May 18th, 2010 by livitluvit

Kids may not LIKE their greens, but are we really doing the little guys (and gals) any favors by secretly slipping them into their diet? The Slow Cook says nay.

Interior designer Annie Elliott of Bossy Color Blog gives would-be renovators a tool to determine your budget for a project. No, your REAL budget.

Snoburbia remembers a job where the policy was to hire only Ive-Leaguers, and (hilariously) ponders on the why. Bonus feature: We all learn what “JK” stands for amongst the pretentio- I mean, well-educated.

Remember yesterday when we mentioned the babies-in-bars debate? Well, The Hill is Home made it into the Post article that sparked it… and feels that some elaboration on his viewpoint is necessary.

Where’s My Cape? brings us a belly laugh in the form of re-bedazzling her twice-pregnant self-proclaimed “horror” of a belly button.

Let’s just say I never thought I would laugh so hard at a someone’s story about cancer and depression, but And I Am Not Lying writes it so well, I don’t even feel bad about it. (Alternative intro: the most beautiful thing I’ve read in a long, long time.)