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Posted in DC Blogs Noted on October 15th, 2010 by livitluvit

DC fashion: “a model for smart elegance“. I like it. (Via April’s PR Wrap Sheet.)

Finally, someone (DC Urban Dad) as excited as I am about Bojangles coming to Union Station.

Apparently, there’s some drama going down in the DC craft beer world… but isn’t getting involved.

Lemmonex wonders what she is allowed to expect from her blog readers.

The restaurant Rogue States fought the neighboring law firm and, surprise, the law firm won. Malnurtured Snay reflects.

The Art of Observing considers her “lifetime balance sheet” in light of her 37th birthday.


Tonic of Mount Pleasant needs your help. One of their own and his family lost everything in the tragic Mount Pleasant fire two weeks ago, and he, his wife, and their four year old daughter will spend months recovering in hospitals from their burns.

For more details about their situation and how to help, simply go to Tonic’s website and click the “Help Byron” tab at the bottom. Even $5 or $10 will make a huge difference as they try to recover from this. If you’re unable to help financially, help spread the word by posting the following on your social medium of choice:

Help the family who lost everything in the Mt Pleasant fire- click the “Help Byron” tab to find out how:

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on October 14th, 2010 by Foilwoman

Fight HIV in DC notes that a Centers for Disease Control study has found that in male/male sexual contact, Baltimore has the highest proportion of men who are HIV positive

Normally haiku seems like a serene poetry form.  Normally.  Check out this Fifty First (J) Dates haiku. 

ScaryMommy isn’t the scariest poster on the web by far — she asks for support for a mother who lost her son (after hemorrhaging following circumcision) and is being attacked by “intactivists.”  Anyone who attacks a parent right after the parent loses a child is scarier by far.

Girl from the South criticizes Pundit Mom’s discussion of the Krystal Ball sex photo scandal and discusses the differences in conservative and liberal feminism, saying that conservative women have only had the last two years to build networks.

The Republic of T thinks that conservatives want you to have a pay cut.

Who has cab drivers offering a puff of marijuana at the end of the ride?  A Single Lady in DC.

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Posted in DC Blogs Noted on October 13th, 2010 by magnolia

Opinion Popcorn explains why Outsourced is about to be canceled.

Firecracker’s Follies is in a turf war with a first year law student who doesn’t understand the hierarchy of library space.

What happens when you live blog a first date? Fifty First JDates has an answer.

Tough love dating advice (to herself) from Hilarity in Shoes , who writes in the compelling format of, “What advice would I give a friend if she were in the same situation?”

People’s District gives us a moving, amazing account of what it’s really like to be homeless. Just another day for you and me in paradise…

The Foggy Dew , with a lesson on appreciating Eastern Market in photographic form (complete with technical knowledge, for those of you who do more with your cameras than just aim and snap like I do).

Celebrating a relationship’s first year, the good, the bad and the harrowing, with DC Princess .

When your bike is stolen, you lose more than a way to get around, as Just Up the Pike discovered from personal experience.

(with thanks to Restaurant Refugee for helping me aggregate today!)

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Posted in DC Blogs Noted on October 11th, 2010 by dcblogs

la acera tells of her encounter with the “potty cop” at the McDonald’s in Adams Morgan, in the post, Exercising My Right to Pee.

A pet lover, sans pet, writes of her adventures in and out of the Dupont Dog Park. This Chameleon’s Life. Excerpt: The heavy black gate opens and slams shut beside me, shuttling in several newcomers who are warmly greeted by the cast of lucky characters to whom this park belongs. I’m acutely aware of my absurdity but can’t bring myself to go in. If this were a therapy session, I would hereby declare (after several long gulps), that I’m a … Pet-a-phile.

A former DC residents returns to some neighborhoods he hasn’t seen in a decade and writes (in a listserv post on Ibo-talk) about the change. Excerpt: What freaks me out more than the diversity of D.C., coming from Kansas City, are all the well-off young people. I just wonder if they understand that they are living in a bubble surrounded by a country that doesn’t enjoy their standard of living. The post: Gentrification Shock.

Soup is Not A Finger Food writes: This morning, something happened to me that I haven’t experienced in my 20 years in DC. As I was standing on my ascending escalator step, trying to get out of Dupont Circle, the escalator just stopped.

The Black Squirrel is serving more than beer. It’s writing a blog with a point of view. In Ticket Me This, it writes: Instead of implementing a bag tax, the city should have put the parking control officers on the Anacostia River. Given their dedication, they would have the river cleaned up in short order. Or they would fine it.

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DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on October 8th, 2010 by magnolia

The value of standing on your own two feet, no matter how hard it is, from On a Lobster Placemat.

On the eve of the Great Columbus Day Blue/Orange Line Shutdown, a tale of WMATA folks trying to do right in spite of surliness at The Anti DC.

On pain and boxing gloves at Not So Linear.

Love songs for grown-ups? Your humble editor likes the sound of that, and so does Alyssa Rosenberg.

I’m Gonna Break Your Heart… yeah, she lives up to the title today. Anyone who’s been there will feel this one.

In keeping with what appears to be my theme, here’s another advocacy idea. If you’re as bemused as I am with the “I like it…” meme on Facebook, join me and hey, love in taking some real action against breast cancer.

Whew. Today’s links are kinda heavy. What say we go out on a high note, courtesy of the GLAA Forum?

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on October 7th, 2010 by Foilwoman

With all the pink paraphernalia out there alleging to fight breast cancer, it’s sorrowing, but also a relief that WhyMommy of Toddler Planet writes about her war with inflammatory breast cancer in adult and poignant terms. This contributing editor continually hopes that this war will be won by that blog’s author, and that the blog will then become less gripping, because the author is busy having fun and not writing about how she is trying to conquer cancer.

Responses to Illegitimate workplace orders that might get you into a bit of trouble from Not Enough Tequila in the World. Don’t try these on people who actually have the right to give you workplace orders.

Do you need a cat or a dog? Really, if you need a friend in this town, everyone will tell you to get one. So why don’t you? Here are the Washington Humane Society’s dog and cat of the week

The author of Go, Pop, Go! loves his wife. This does not come as a complete surprise.

DC food porn: Sushi Taro. Chris & Sue’s Excellent(?) Adventures. Nice photos.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on October 6th, 2010 by RestaurantRefugee

Many blogs in the DC Food Sub-Blogosphere took note of the reported closing of the U Street eatery, Crème. U Street Girl was one of the few bloggers to do further study and realize that reports of the restaurant’s demise were greatly exaggerated (not for nothing, but this contributing editor, would love to see a local blogger address the topic of journalistic responsibility for online-writers… I might even buy the first round for anyone willing to have a serious discussion about this.)

What happens when journalistic ethics go limp in the spine and meet homophobia (or conservative values, depending on perspective) combined with new media input from end-users? The GLAA forum answers that question from their point of view.

Vegan Halloween? Yeah, only in Takoma Park. All Life is Local asks a couple of questions about the concept and finds the answers to most of them too.

So, a woman from a highly regarded institution of higher learning – cough, cough, one of my alma maters – makes a classic undergraduate/rookie mistake. But this is the age of over-sharing through all forms of new media. Date the District looks for lessons in the now public sexual exploits of one coed.

As a man who has struggled with deciphering the myriad acronyms common in our technologically driven communication, Stymieland’s argument with their significant other and the linguistic ambiguity that ensued as the disagreement moved to email spoke to me.

Feel-Good-Photo-of-the-Day provided by ARL Now blog, welcome home, soldier.

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Posted in DC Blogs Noted on October 5th, 2010 by livitluvit

Urban Bohemian has a delightful review of last Saturday’s “Crafty Bastards” Arts & Crafts festival; comparing it to “[visiting] Etsy in the form of a mega shopping mall.”

After watching a friend travel across the country for love- twice- I Wanna Sing Like Sarah “Sassy” Vaughn wonders if she would be willing to do the same without a diamond ring-sized commitment.

Oktoberfest may technically take place in September, but I Spy Things DC has some good news for us; the celebration is far from over, as evidenced by the many events to come throughout the month.

A Girl and Her Bike considers the concept of being “Cycle Chic”, ultimately leading to a cyclist identity crisis.

Capital Cooking says goodbye to a couple of U Street staples who are closing their doors.

The mini-chain Cuba Libra has opened the doors to its new location at 9th and H in Chinatown. Two DC gives us a grain-of-salt review- after all, it IS their first week.

Lemon Gloria reflects upon the spreading of her father’s ashes; “We don’t reduce to very much, do we? I think it’s better that way.”

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on October 4th, 2010 by dcblogs

Uncomfortable Moments explains: I’ve been a grudge-holder for a good part of my life.

A contest: Can you whisper the secret to a happily ever after in my ear? The Scarlett Letters will provide two theater tickets to the person who offers the most sensible and shrewd advice.

After a bike accident, help, a.k.a. angels, arrives. Group photo of the rescue team. feast after famine

If you don’t have an iPad just yet (and the feed looks really nice on it), you will have one eventually or one of the dozens of other tablet computers that will soon compete with the iPad. But the economics of the content on the iPad is a little weird. The Price of E-venience is a post about the cost of The New Yorker on the tablet computer. Looking2Live.

If you are interested in adopting kitties. Photo. A Shot in the Arm.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on October 1st, 2010 by magnolia

Understanding or approval? Art-ivist Mommy wonders why we feel the need to censor ourselves to be “good.”

Borderstan updates us on the latest chapter in the ongoing saga between ABRA and Hank’s Oyster Bar.

It’s been dreary and awful for days. Why not look at some cool pictures of flowers and bugs from A DC Birding Blog?

Your humble editor is rather sick of cancer affecting people I love and care about. Nutgraf is too, and is running a hilariously NSFW-named campaign to raise money to stop this. Go invoke some pain on cancer. It’s worth it.

The meeting of Holy Scripture and hipster T-shirts spawns an unconventional take on Adam and Eve from Digging For Fire.