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Posted in DC Blogs Noted on August 31st, 2010 by livitluvit

(photo via [f]oxymoron)

My inner child is skipping to the tune of this unconventional “Back to School” post from Paint It What I Tell You; behold, crayon art like you’ve NEVER seen before.

GoBackpacking divulges his (very thoughtful, albeit detailed) strategy for picking the best seat on a long bus ride.

Living in or near the District, we all come across some brand of crazy on the streets at some point, but Uncomfortable Moments still wasn’t expecting this scene at a Whole Foods on a lovely Sunday afternoon.

Brunette on a Budget has a horrible realization at work: She IS Bill Lumburgh.

Metro DC Lawn and Garden Blog informs us that today is “National Eat Outdoors Day”. Too bad it’s during (yet another) DC heatwave.

On another note, tomorrow begins the Men’s Wearhouse’s National Suit Drive! Now through September 30th, they’re asking for donations of gently-worn suits and professional clothing, which will be given to local non-profit organizations who will pass on the clothes to low- (or no-)income men in need of professional wear on their job hunt. Clothes can be dropped off at any Men’s Wearhouse store across the nation. More information about what and how to donate can be found here.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on August 30th, 2010 by dcblogs

We are informed: My circus sideshow of a husband was able to devour the Quad Fish in 53 seconds. Photos, too. Dogs & Wine.

A reader takes the blogger out on a date. Date me, DC.

Peace, Love, Nicole: 33 Things About Me for my 33rd.

Powell Play shares the inside photographic story of the time he photographed Donald Trump.

Marie’s Blog Cafe describes the experience of getting a biopsy in More Boob Talk.

A public call for bra designs. ArtDiva. To support those living with breast cancer.

The Slow Cook: We Win for Best Local Food in First-Ever D.C. State Fair.

The snowpocalypse is relived as art in interesting ways. White Out at The Phillips Collection. Dramatic photo work at ReadysetDC.

I Suck at Blogging. Close Encounters of the Me Kind. Excerpt: Blogging is communicating and, mostly, I don’t feel like I have anything of value to communicate.

Note about the photo: This was a random auction find in a collection of photos. Unfortunately, it has no history, but may be late 19th century. The woman’s expression: thoughtful, dignified, yet somehow modern from a life that can only be imagined.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on August 27th, 2010 by RestaurantRefugee

Among all of the joys of the internet, the ability to instantaneously test a social theory (on the micro level most times) is among my personal favorites. The author of the New Ciacada blog decided to ask the boys of the internet “what kind of mix-tape he would put together before meeting [her]” for a potential date.

The Georgetown University Student Blog, Vox Populi, has a flowchart for every conversation incoming students will have at orientation. How much has changed since you were a freshman?

Anyone who is remotely familiar with DC Politics knows that the primary, not the general election, is the one that counts. Greater Greater Washington makes a reasoned case for why that should change.

The DC Blogosphere generally lost their collective [expletive deleted] when Metro announced that they would no longer allow SmartCard holders to have a negative balance upon exiting the system. The MetroVentures blog did an outstanding job of summarizing the outrage, and adding non-histrionic analysis.

Apparently, the FDA isn’t the only organization that can issue egg recalls. The Emergency Egg Recall for Hilarity in Shoes, however, is a decidedly more personal action.

Alice of Alice in Wonderland gets lucky before going to and while in Vegas.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on August 26th, 2010 by Foilwoman

While Candy Sandwich describes her day as one that makes her want to duck, really, her family and life sound pretty good.

Meanwhile, Red Nose recalls the days of duck and cover.

Social media and privacy issues have City Girl in the District giving some advice and opinions. And she doesn’t like Facebook Places or Foursquare much.

My favorite daddyblogger, Go, Pop Go! contemplates the tyranny of child safety seat laws and the never-leave-your-kids-alone in the car rule.

Scary Mommy celebrates that most-beloved-by-parents-summer day: the return to school.

Restonian takes a quizzical look at legal and political goings-on in Herndon.

In a large family, it can be hard to fit in one-on-one time with one child; Feast After Famine recently had some alone time with one child and enjoyed it.

Year of Giving is still giving. This post is about day 239.

DC Blogs Noted

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

This one is going to tug your heart strings a little… ok, maybe a lot, but I implore you to read It Breaks My Heart from Do You Come Here Often. What good is this whole internet thing if we can’t use it to send some positive vibes to one of our own when she’s going through a difficult time.

We Love DC makes the argument that we are “more than people say we are”… especially if those people are a Tea Party member from Maine sending a warning to other participants who may be visiting DC for a certain rally this weekend.

…Speaking of the Tea Party Rally, Erin in the Real World has some thoughts on the best way for her to, ahem, help the Tea Party enjoy their stay.

The Smithsonian has added the original Kermit the Frog to its pop-culture collection. I Spy DC has some suggestions for the curators regarding the next ten things that should be added.

Just in case some of you are reading this from your summer vacation at one of DC’s nearby beaches, and you’re looking for a newish casual bistro, the author of Eat with Me has a review of the charming Jam Bistro by Eden.

If you’re not familiar with the Washington City Paper blog feature The Needle, you owe yourself the enjoyment of this weekday procedural. Place it in the “I Must Mock It Because the Alternative is Not Pleasant” category.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on August 24th, 2010 by livitluvit

The Social Media Club – DC will be holding a happy hour fundraiser to support families of the Gulf tomorrow, August 25th. The what, when and why are all here.

The Definitive Dmbosstone has been “blogging before it was called blogging”- and is therefore definitely an expert when it comes to getting over The Blog Hump.

When it comes to sex, Awkward Sex and the City is “an opportunist, not a thismightbewrongist”… and she’s afraid it might one day bite her in the possibly-famous ass.

Alex Priest reflects on his 30,000th tweet, and wonders how many of them truly held value?

I’ve heard a lot of horrible pick up lines in my day, but this one from The Anti DC absolutely takes the cake. The horribly, horribly inappropriate cake.

bossy color blog shares a friendly warning that takes me back to my college days (and some of my credit card debt): “Don’t drink and Ebay.”

General shout outs:

Check out DCBeerWeek.com and DCBeer.com to keep up with all of DC Beer Week’s events (Aug. 22 – 28). Capital Spice also mapped out the events around the District for us here. Easy access ftw.

To all DC Food Truck Enthusiasts, your help is needed! Check out Yes On Title 24 and take action by Wednesday, August 25th to make your voice heard and save the DC food trucks from extinction.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on August 23rd, 2010 by dcblogs

Why the Target hate? Confessions of an Aztec Law Student investigates and writes: I realized it’s because the only people who write reviews on Yelp are disaffected yuppies.*

An Open Letter to the Washington D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue. Velvet in Dupont.

The Great Typo Hunt in Dupont Circle. These bloggers wrote a book about typos in the wild. Excerpt: For the fourth time this month, we typo hunted with an observer, this time from the Washington Post.

A nightstand photo that says men are puzzling creatures. Unintended Housewife.

Missed Connections: Anger-Management Edition. Capital Comment Blog.

A ‘cigarette butler’ is valued at the Antiques Roadshow, which was in DC this past weekend. The Palisades.

The Blarney Crone writes on her blog: CVS, it seems, is trying to do away with customer care altogether.

A blog that may have an Eat, Pray, Love-like mission called 2Summers. Its writer, who left this month for South Africa, describes herself: I’m a 36-year-old writer/editor from Washington, D.C. Not long ago I was living a “regular” life — married, living in the suburbs, commuting to my job at an international nonprofit. Then I realized I was living the wrong life. So I moved to Africa and I’m writing a blog about it.

*Yet another side of Target: A musical video protest (it ought to be an Oscar contender in the short film category) over its campaign contributions. West Seattle Blog.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on August 20th, 2010 by RestaurantRefugee

Either the writers at the Washington City Paper Blog have too much time on their hands or work on the side of the extra-truthful angels – jumpball. Either way their What If Campaign Ads Were Really Honest post is a terrifically hysterical way to start your Friday.

Thursday was the much anticipated debut of the latest DC Food-Truck, Red Hook Lobster. While it is my rather considered opinion that instant conclusions about dining establishments are to be taken with a grain of salt, the DC Universe and WashingTina had some interesting reflections on their respective experiences.

…Speaking of Food-Trucks, there are a number of special interest and government organizations seeking to add new regulations on the movable feasts. We Love DC cuts through the minutiae to produce an easily readable and digestible summary of the proposals.

When the author of Not a Girl, Not Yet a Wino undertakes an experiment in sobriety, it would be hard not to include it.

As a former restaurant professional of a number of years, I have my share of pet peeves regarding onerous/obnoxious/abhorrent behavior from guests. Hey, Love recently experienced one of the behaviors that is near the top of my list.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on August 19th, 2010 by dcblogs

A West Coast transplant compares her new home with the old one in the post, Bringing West Coast charm to DC. Laura Donovan.

An election sign in DC that is decisive, yet ambivalent. The Brightwoodian

What’s with the Red Hook Lobster truck? Young and Hungry has menu.

The Burger Joint, a review at Capitol Bites

The Life of MB writes about the danger of wearing flip flops. Photo.

Recipe: Spaghetti Caprese. Foodie Tots. Photo tells the story.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on August 18th, 2010 by RestaurantRefugee

From the Dating & Relationship Desk of DC Blogs: Many people have written posts about good places to meet members of the (insert your gender preference here) sex. The versions by the author of Fifty First (J) Dates may not be novel, but Five Places to Meet Boys, and Five Places to Meet Girls are certainly fun reads.

A recent Yale University study found that the marriage rate in the African American community has dropped so precipitously that is has been dubbed The Black Marriage Crisis. Shannon Sez So has some more specific thoughts about 8 Reasons Sistas are Still Single. She also has a follow-up post that explains This Ain’t Your Momma’s Dating Scene.

Sometimes the best dance is a conversation… at least if you’re talking to someone who has A Way with Words, according to Magnolia .

The Unbreakable Man Laws blog has a new law for you: The Relationship Event Horizon Theory.

General Shout-Out #1 – City Girl in the District chronicles the tales of a displaced New-Yahwkher now residing in the Nation’s Capital. Her Popcorn and Other Life Lessons is rather entertaining.

General Shout-Out #2 – the similarly titled An American Girl in Washington is authored by an ex-military-brat who is putting down roots in our fair city. Her salutatory post, A New Town, A New Life, A New Bra, is whimsically engaging, and her latest, Flash from the Past, takes a wistful look at her love affair with Metro.