DC Blogs Noted


Black squirrels are creepy, writes girl from the south. Excerpt: I swear this looked like the vampire version of a squirrel. It had a small, pointy head, beady eyes and possibly fangs. There was just a sinister look about it. 

Kitchen rehab project.  Photo. Excerpt: I believe that our kitchen qualifies as one of the gnarliest in captivity. From Nutgraf.

This thing bit my toe, reports I am a Lefty. Photo.

By the time police arrived to issue a parking ticket the offending truck that was parked too close to a driveway was gone. No problem. The police officer issued a ticket to a vehicle owned by the complaining party.  This incident found its way to the Cleveland Park Internet discussion group which led to action.   From the City Paper City Desk blog.

The National Arboretum is a secret DC treasure, writes Reya at Grace’s Poppies, excerpt:   With the exception of the herb garden and the collection of bonsais, it’s an unspoiled place, a wild square of woods and messy lawns. It’s hilly, too – really unlike most of this city. With Photos.

A  widely syndicated column by Robert J. Samuelson, A Web of Exhibitionists, and carried by the Post, MSNBC and others, was very critical and unflattering of bloggers. It bothered me so I wrote a letter and sent it off the Post and hope it will appear but, thanks to blogs, here’s a rebuttal:

The thing that made Robert Samuelson’s column a delicious read also makes for a good comment generating blog post. First, accuse bloggers of being exhibitionists, and then sprinkle in some inflammatory language by pointing out that some blog writers are  “proudly raunchy,” and others are engaging in “crass self promotion.”  Secondly, be one sided in building your case. Nothing kills a blog’s comment potential like a balanced argument.   
Samuelson must be utterly unaware of what bloggers in DC are writing about. And it’s a good thing too, because many of these upaid writers have talents on par or better than a newspaper columnist.  They aren’t exhibitionist — they’re writers and often compelling, interesting and thoughtful. And they tell stories, sometimes incredible stories. It may be about an experience as a crime victim, their wonder at the birth of a child and fears as a parent; a report of some interesting and quirky behavior on the metro, an observation about development in their neighborhood, or something overheard in a coffeeshop. They may just need to share a moment of their lives and escape some of the anonymity that comes with living in DC. Another word Samuelson could have used to describe blogs: Humanizing. — kob.