DC video blogs

YouTube DC Blogs note to readers There’s a relatively new service, YouTube that allows you to upload video from a digital camera and stream on demand. (Most digital cameras have some video capability). It’s very useful, Flickr-like and free. It was difficult finding bloggers in the DC area who are making use of it. Here’s an example of its potential by an Malaysian Web site that embedded a YouTube video feed on its blog, Minishorts. There may be other services similar to YouTube, and if you know of one please let other readers know in the comments section. Considering the low cost and ubiquity of digital cameras, video blogging may soon be commonplace. Click on the screenshot to view my short sample on how this works. (If you post a video on your blog, please send a note) Some other examples: Blog via YouTube: From Lulu’s Gonna Love Manhattan Clips from YouTube: — 34th Street Penn Station, NYC Crossing the Street (DC Blog production!) Plane flying under a bridge Completely snarkless Amalah An update on Amalah’s pregnancy with the most amazing 4D ultrasound images. She writes: I’m so blown away and totally in love with my little boy that I’m rendered completely snarkless. I mean, look! A baby! Who is mine! DC’s Red bus bust Unrequited Narcissism DC’s new bus, the Downtown Circulator (see this DCist report) may have issues. This writer discovers that these red buses are going to make some people red.

…..DC has found a way to make these seemingly innocuous buses a terrible, terrible idea. Namely: dedicated bus lanes on 7th and 9th streets. The crews are out there right now, measuring things, looking confused and blocking traffic in surprisingly inventive ways. It’s a little early to tell exactly how it’s going to shape up, but as far as I can tell the rightmost lane southbound on 9th and northbound on 7th will be dedicated to buses…..

Also noted: City Sparkle , a new blog arrival by the Asian Mistress. She has a clever, snappy intro about herself and blog mission: Every woman should know…how to drive a stick shift; know her mind, change it; have better things to do; how to dance crazy all alone; stare at a phone; get dressed in five minutes; be a princess, get over it; believe in the perfect man, get over it; be single and like it, a lot. Note: Democrats are sexy. A Republican is just an elephant, but a Democrat…
Best lemonade in DC recommendations at VagaBlond Two long-time bloggers are new DC blog arrivals, the-coffeys, Nathan & Valerie, have moved to Capitol Hill via West Virgina, California. They are Flickr fans who want to become involved in the DC blogging community. They write: We met in Rexburg, ID in the fall of 1997 at the ripe old ages of 18 and 19. We dated for 3 years then got married in December of 2000. Valerie got her Bachelors in Anthropology from Brigham Young University and Nathan got his Bachelors in Linguistics from the University of California – Irvine then a Masters in Sports Mgmt from West Virginia University. Valerie works for a Life Settlement Firm and Nathan is seeking a career in Major League Baseball Media Relations beginning with an upcoming internship with the Houston Astros. Alfred McComber who is the host of The Code Red radio show recently set up the Security Alert Blog as companion effort. The blog is describe this way: The show is hosted by veteran law enforcement and dignitary protection agent Alfred McCombe. Code Red! airs Monday through Friday on Fox News Radio’s WMET 1160AM in Washington, DC and worldwide via the internet. The show is also video webcast on Homeland Defense TV. Ken’s RNR blog is the product of Keith, Elena, and Niki ranting and raving about DC, life, and each other. This blog began in June and many of the post so far have focused on things to do, movies and restaurants. A recent post about the Logan Circle area restaurant, Rice, and begins this way: We all know that Logan Circle is Hot Hot Hot– new lofts, yummy restaurants, Whole Foods…. One of the great finds in the up and coming neighborhood is Rice Restaurant. Carol Jane, who is … Complicated. Inquisitive. Self-confident. Yet humble. Catholic. Avid iced caramel macchiato fan, but also a sucker for boba/pearl milk tea/whatever you choose to name it. Books are my obsession: bankruptcy is soon to follow … has been posting photos around DC and elsewhere on her blog. A report about a recent meeting of the “DC indiblogger gang” by Scientific Masala. It was three hours of clean, pure fun. I haven’t had such a time since my college days.

DC bloggers react to London terrorism

The London bombings drew a variety of comments and reactions from DC Bloggers. For many, it brought back memories of 9/11 and concerns about the future. Some of these posts are touching and moving, while others are angry. These aren’t all the post on this subject by DC blog writers and I’m sure I missed many good ones in my search. Apologies. Please click on these links and read the full posts, and if I missed yours please add it to the comments section. Excerpts follow. It is hard for me to watch those images without it bringing up strong feelings in me, writes DC Girl at Two Girls in DC. I can recall my entire few days after 9/11 having had to respond to the Pentagon on the medic unit. I remember driving down the streets of DC, seeing people’s faces with the look of confusion. I remember pulling up to the massive stone edifice watching the large flames erupting from the side. (Formerly named A Girl in DC. See Circle V post below for commentary on this change.) Having lived in Washington, DC, seeing the Pentagon with its one shiny new side twice a day on my way to work and home, I know that none of those people’s lives will ever be the same, even if they weren’t actually on the subway when it happened, writes Rotten Eggs, in a post, Not a Funny Day Grateful Dating writes in her post, London, The police sirens and ambulances I hear today make me jumpy. I didn’t want to take the subway this morning. I’m more on edge than usual. Living in DC when bombings start is not a comfortable thing. I was here on 9/11. We’re in the middle of the bullseye.

DC Sleeps Alone Tonight writes: I heard the news as I rounded the 395 curve around the Pentagon, and thought back to the weekend after 9-11. I was curious to see the Pentagon, and wanted to check on Jennifer who lived by Lincoln Park in SE DC. After that, why did I move here, I wondered? What was the true motivation behind my quick, but pointed move to this city? For those of you who live outside the Beltway, inside the lines the tension is palpable, writes Beauty and the Beltway in London Calling. As one of my neighbors told me earlier today,Every innocent person in the District is a possible soft target, and you have to remember that or else you put yourself at risk.” There are police officers with Steyr rifles patrolling my neighborhood metro stop, and snipers keeping watch atop nearby government buildings. One of my classmates from Israel says that it’s reminiscent of life in the West Bank: the fear is ever present but somehow life goes on. I can’t imagine that it will be easy to forget that in the District, I am a target. Click on this art work by Conversation with Mud. In Condolences to London, Countersignature writes about some of the political issues facing the U.S. We are faced with a huge challenge in how to keep our society’s values intact while combatting a dedicated core of fundamentalists who take advantage of our openness. The Bush administration’s solution, thus far, has been to curtail rights that we have often seen as foundational, such as freedom of association. As far as real advances in the War on Terror (TM), we have thus far been treated to a tremendous bait and switch called the Iraq Invasion. I Am Not Very Good at Naming Things raises issues over the media coverage in a provocative and challenging post. It begins this way: Like Sonja, I was torn about this morning’s announcement of the explosions in London. Obviously they are horrific and any pointless loss of human life is tragic, but the blatant outpouring of coverage for an incident like this, compared to the paucity of coverage of other events in non-white areas that are even more fatal and often ongoing, is jarring, to say the least. K Street Blues sees policy failures, in his post: More on London. I don’t want to jump the gun here, but let me just say that if this attack is truly linked to al Qaeda, then there ought to be riots in the streets of London and Washington. Both Tony Blair and George Bush took their eye off the ball when they got tired of playing with the Afghanistan toy and found a shiny new trinket in Iraq. Instead of finishing the job against al Qaeda when we had them against the ropes, they chose to launch a war with a country that had nothing to do with the terrorist group and no connection to any attacks on either country. Live From the Third Rail has a list of the Worst transit disasters dating from 1903 Photos: Link to the Flickr photo pool concerning the bomb blast. Also Noted: Circle V has assembled some energetic commentary on the latest developments on a number blogs, including Two Girls in DC. Anyway, some insiders say this is the merger of the century. The Florist is who many of you will remember is the Senator’s lovely lady friend. She has a flower shop in G-town that I recently voted for to be best in DC (hope she wins though I have never been to her shop). DCB predicts drama, which is understandable in these types of things. But, DC Girl, The Florist and Miss Penny Lane seem pretty chummy. However, a recent posting on CPMC alluded to the fact that Penny is ready to make this duo a trio. Either way, I think it sounds like a positive thing for our little blog community.

DC Blogs Noted:

Dangerous Circle E-Brechi Writes about the recent stabbing of a woman in Dupont Circle, his own close encounters, and the reality of living in this neighborhood.

I have also been a victim of muggings twice here in Dupont Circle. The first time, I was completely naive, just like many people I know. I was innocently walking down the sidewalk at around 11:00 p.m., when my assailant jumped out from an alley next to the sidewalk, tackled me to the ground, and told me he was going to “Blow me away” if I didn’t give him my wallet. Somehow I managed to instinctively kick him off of me and run away without him hurting me. I called the police, who were not helpful in finding and arresting him.

We love you! Share the experience!! Fun things to do in DC This blogger is one of the city’s most prolific and lyrical writers. She has a way of taking you into her adventures and bringing you along for the ride. Usually on her bike. This post is about a recent bike ride on the Mall, which includes trips to the Sackler, Folklife Festival, National Gallery and thoughts about Winslow Homer paintings and watercolors. An entertaining read.

If you do go to the exhibition, please take a moment to enjoy the exquisite potted gardenia tree just outside the entrance, which you can smell from twenty feet away. As I was leaving I noticed an old man stopping to admire one of the flowers; he inspired six other museum goers to pause and start chatting with each other about the rapturous smell, and then the exhibit. It could have been a moment out of a Winslow Homer painting.

Restaurant Week – The Master List D.C. Foodies For those unfortunate to be stuck in DC during August, the parking spaces are simple to find and theater and dinner reservations are easy to make … for those not spending time at crowded, boozy beach bars and eating greasy fries, there are also great dinner deals to be had, D.C. Foodies reports. This site has assembled a comprehensive list of restaurants participating in the city’s Restaurant Week. Recommendations are coming but here’s the appetizer:

If you don’t know already, Restaurant Week is August 1st through the 7th. Lunch is $20.05 and Dinner is $30.05. Below is THE LIST of participating D.C. Restaurant Week restaurants and what they’ll be offering on their menus that week. I’m calling around to each and every one of , and as I get information from them I’ll fill in this list. Usually, I’m not done until the week before, because many restaurants don’t finalize their menus until then.

Humans appearing oddly Various blogs Disturbing reports about The Human Condition: The Butterfly Network wonders are these Abs Real or Fake? (Click and ponder for yourself) And DC Bachelor, the home of DC’s Cultural Commentary, lives up to his mission by taking Dove Soap and its bus shelter ad to task, in Weight Sensitive Soap. And then, of course, there’s The Inhuman Condition. Washington D.C. Daybook has a fun review of Land of the Dead, the zombie movie. The undead are making progress. They are beginning to show some ability in taking direction, they are learning to work together cooperatively and they have some rudimentary deductive reasoning. Also noted: Washington Lessons, Part 1 by Ms. Williams Goes to Washington. More of an intern’s experience of working and living in this city. Told with candor and zip. Among her topics is this lunch: I think I was the only person in the room not trying to get a job there in the future. Endless functions with endless smoozing. It’s obnoxious, it’s phony…but hey, there’s always free food.
Photo: Foggy Bottom Metro
Please email links

Blogs and photos

Photos make the point Frozen Tropics Neighborhood blogs are a good way to learn about the city. Unfortunately, the list of neighborhood blogs is short. But there are, nonetheless, excellent neighborhood blogs in DC, and Frozen Tropics is one. It’s about the neighborhood known as Trinidad — a tiny neighborhood located north of Capitol Hill (or in Capitol Hill according some realtors). Actually, it’s next to Galludet. If you look at a map Trinidad looks like someone took it and just twisted the entire neighborhood a bit. The streets don’t exactly match up with the streets outside the neighborhood. Trinidad is a tiny almost square patch that was originally a rich man’s country estate. Its author often uses photos to tell the story of neighborhood concerns, both large and small, as in this recent post. New Spin on Spinsters Soleil, Lune, & Astrales Here’s a list of wedding do’s and don’ts. Inspired by a recent Connecticut wedding. With photos. Two from this list:

Do not take a shower while the wedding is still in progress, or even worse, answer the door in a towel. Even if the estate has twelve bathrooms, you are playing Russian roulette. Never know who will come a knocking. Do not let your intoxicated friend attempt to find the car; one just may end up disheveled and in an abandoned soccer field two miles away.

July 4th reports Various blogs Don’t stop me now writes: There is just something about seeing fireworks with the Washington Monument in the foreground. I mean, this is stuff I remember watching on television as a kid. Cleveland Park Men’s Club takes blogging to another level and offers the CPMC Fouth of July Video Collage. DC Skyline photo at night at Goodspeed Update. Joe Tresh has an outstanding collection of fireworks and related photos. Biking around DC Two Wheel DC This blog is an excellent resource for bikers in this city. It couples strong opinions with a good link collection. From one post:

…Cyclists have suffered from a virtual dictatorship of cars on America’s roadways for the better part of the last 50 years, and we’re the ones deserving of your hatred? Please. We’re forced to the fringes of America’s transportation network, given slivers of road to navigate on (which are then take over by double-parked cars anyhow), pitted against tons and tons of steel and horsepower driven by people too lazy to rely on public transportation themselves…

Also Noted:
New blog named DC Pussycat Doll, who introduces herself this way: I’m just a squirrel trying to get a nut in this wasteland of exploding manhole covers and abominable Ann Taylor suits … otherwise known as the DC Metro area. Some of her initial postings are about dancing, the Jumbo Slice and attempted relationships. From one post: … and I spotted a guy to dance with who was superfun until…. he leans over and says, “You’re cute…real cute. But I bet you already know that.” OK, seriously WTF? All I did was smile and dance with the guy and he thinks I’m stuck on myself. Dangling Conversation reports that this was her last Monday in DC. Moving. She writes: The last week was one of the best of my life, as far as friends and fun. I’m going to miss everybody so much. I am going to miss this city but it will always be here. Tourist report: A couple from northern California traveling around the country visit the National Mall and marvel at its grandeur and human diversity. For good or bad, I’m not often prone to having feelings of pride in my country, but this is one place that always makes me feel it strongly – from Bridging the Chasm, Matt and Karen’s Journey through America. DC Theatre Reviews is a new site that will have news and reviews about the DC Metro theater scene. It announced itself July 4th and it’s by Walter Ruff and Delinda Frazier. The site will provide professional reviews of DC theatre and direct links to the reviews written by other local critics. In addition the website will provide listings of all new productions …. Although it’s using a blog format, the site isn’t accepting comments from visitors just yet, but its publisher said they plan to open up parts of it after it gets going.

DC Blogs Noted:

Live 8 disappointment Scoopstories Our writer, who is making a career change from journalist to teaching, has two excellent offerings. The first analyzes the meaning of July 4, while his more recent post assesses Live 8, His Live 8 post includes a collection of comments from other bloggers as well.

I only caught bits and pieces of Live 8 Saturday but what I saw greatly disappointed me. It seemed simple and superficial. Knowledge is power?

Baby bird rescue Conversations with Mud This woman, a newbie amateur downhill mountain bike racer/musician, found a baby bird (click on her photo link) on the sidewalk. The story begins:

Monday night I was going to the liquor store to get empty boxes for the big move, and walked past what looked like a big piece of bubblegum on the pavement. It turns out to be a live baby bird, a nestling who was no more than two days old and was no bigger than a small Post-It note. He looked like this. He was amazing. He was featherless and I could see his internal organs. He couldn’t open his eyes yet, but he grabbed my heart strings just the same.

(And while you are on this site, read about this experience at a hotel in Rehoboth.) Scribe of dating decides … The Daily Bulletin from Dating Hell One of the best bloggers in this area, and probably most others, intends to “go on hiatus for a while.” (To our great sadness) She explains:

Sorry for relinquishing the war against workplace boredom, but I think that (A) I am getting too many hits on the blog (200 yesterday), and I’m worried about my anonymity; and (B) fun as it is to torture you all with intimate details regarding my urethra and squabbles with insane girlfriends, I feel guilty about writing so much about Le Divorcé …

Luther Vandross Tribute Yeah … I Said It

Of all the smooth R&B love song singers, no one could sing a ballad quite like Luther. I mean, the man’s voice and style was so unique that when he did a remake, he made the song his own. Folks didn’t want to hear the original …They wanted to hear LUTHER.

DC observations The Neurotic Me A long list of clever quips about living in this area. Among the entries:

“Finding a parking space” actually becomes an appointment on your calendar. (E.g.. 7:00-8:00pm Gym, 8:30-9:00pm – find a parking space, 9:00-10:30pm -Dinner reservations.) When Washington National Airport is and will always be “WASHINGTON NATIONAL”, not “Reagan National”.

Diva shopping Chic in DCity The women behind the Web site, Urban Divas now have a blog focused on shopping in DC.

I have always been a firm believer in self-care practices such as pedicures, massage, and journal writing. With the house to myself this weekend, I decided to indulge in some serious “Diva Therapy” with the help of some delightful products that I purchased from the LUSH store in Georgetown last week.

Also Noted: New blog, Ikeamodder, about making design modifications to Ikea products. From the first post: I’m particularly interested in fun, easy, inexpensive designs and since I’m renting, low impact on walls. In my apartment I’m creating a fun alive space, so you’ll see lots of bright colors, plus impractical and unconventional designs to shake things up structurally. Why have a normal couch when you can have an inflatable one? How Dupont Circle looks from outer space via Google Earth software from Direct Current. DC tourists meet the strangest people. Doing My Part to Clutter Cyberspace is in town on vacation and on the street at 1 a.m. We pick up this report: The streets were completely deserted, and we were harrassed by a guy on a bike who called himself “the flower guy.” He started hitting on Jordana and telling her she was really attractive, so we didn’t even look at him and kept walking briskly. He started laughing and he was like, “Oh my God! Where are you guys from? … You’re afraid of the flower guy.” He followed us to the end of the block yelling …” New restaurant blog, The Hot Plate. It’s just starting and so far there’s little content, but this blog has ambitions. Wonder what’s new and hot on the D.C. restaurant scene? The Hot Plate brings you the latest news on restaurant and bar openings, buzz and noteworthy happenings. James Brislin in Silver Spring, a CUA student who just turned 21, has started a blog. Initial posts include a rundown on some local pubs, including the Irish Channel. The Channel is run by a native of Ireland and ironically is located in Chinatown. Even more amusing, it is directly across from Old St. Mary’s. The Channel has some of the best beer in town – especially Guinness and Harp. Restaurant recommendation, Merkado, by Bureauqette. Well this restaurant doesn’t serve American sized portions … unless you’re dieting, you can order an appetizer, salad, entree, and desert for one person and not feel like you’ve completely pigged out. Also pleasantly surprising was the bill. At less than $40 a person including alcoholic beverages, the place was a steal.

Photo: Monday night from the Lincoln Memorial.

Blogs with the works

It’s a Boy!! … we think Jessaisms The writer of this lively blog — the story of a marine zoologist in her mid 20’s with the heart of an 8 year old the mind of a 76 year old and the sex drive of a 32 year old — reports that her dolphin has given birth. Post includes incredible photos of the birth.

I really must say that there is nothing more exhilerating than watching the calf learn and begin to understand even within the first few hours.

Conflicted DC Sleeps Alone Tonight This post is about family and July 4th, but with themes that probably ring very true for many here in DC. It begins like this:

I haven’t lived at home or near my parents for 12 years. The difference between our lifestyles are superficial and spiritual, yet the building blocks are the same. This gaping hole creates conflict in my heart and my intestines everytime I get ready for my twice a year visits.

Declarations and Curses

Grace’s Poppies July 4th and the underworld.

One of my favorite Fourth of July activities here on Tennessee Avenue is the reading of the Declaration of Independence which we do with the neighbors every year. The hostess parcels out the lines so almost everyone gets to read. We read the last paragraph together and then everyone applauds. It’s fun and seems patriotic in a healthy way, though lately I’ve been wondering.

The Longest Day

All about Trey Our writer recalls his first day at the U.S. Naval Academy. It was 20 years ago this week. An outstanding read.

As we walked into Halsey Field House in our civilian clothes, we were warmly greeted by the upperclassman. “Welcome to the Naval Academy” they said with smiles on their faces as they pointed us to our respective registration/check in tables. I remember the smiles. It seemed a strange juxtaposition to the banner hung on the edge of the Lejuene Hall which read: “Welcome Class of 89: Attrition is our mission. Class of 1987.”

Two by four guys Grateful Dating When words aren’t enough.

Two by four (2×4) guys are the ones you have to hit over the head with a 2×4 to get their attention. They are the ones floating along, totally clueless. They can’t tell when you are flirting with them.

Here Comes the Flood Cocoricamo The mid-week storm that hit DC Metro inspired this well-turned piece.

…but as they did blow through the riverstreet, each car birthed rollicking waves that stretched wide and rocked the vehicles parked alongside the street. we’d all gasp in unison and watch as an entire row of cars lined up like metallic candies would rise with the waves, rock to one side, and eventually be dropped again, each time at a slightly more acute angle — and in the end, all (at least partially) “parked” on the sidewalks.

Noted Photoblogs
Pretty City
Photoblog about street art in and around the District. Visit this site: Tape Men: Notes from the Overground. Photos of dramatic and interesting street art. digital obscura has assembled a resource list of DC photoblogs. Also Noted The Church of the Big Sky will be on the radio today. This Friday, I have a short (as in 3 1/2 minutes) commentary on the show Metro Connection on WAMU 88.5 FM, American University’s exception public radio station. Metro Connection runs 1-2 p.m. EST on Friday (it will be replayed a couple of times over the weekend.) My short summer rant will be at the end of the show. If you live in the DC area, you can hear me growling from your radio dial…. About an hour after the show airs, it will be up on the WAMU website, so you can access my little rant-let at your leisure. Just follow the links here. Also: I know this is just something little, but for me, it’s very exciting. This is my first time doing radio. And, more importantly for me, this is the first time I’ve been paid to be a writer. Small moment though it may be, it still tickles me pink. Frozen Tropics has news about a new flea market in the Wholesale Food District. It looked like a mix of items. There was new merchandise as well as a sizable collection of garage sale worthy items. DC Food Blog has a recommendation regarding Rainier Cherries, which can be sumed up simply: Get some now.

Blog laundry

Underfarewell No Taming This Shrew Shakespeare and other topics are on this blog. But this cleverly named post is about parting with closely-held apparel. If you read the comments you’ll learn this revealing fact: I guess this is a cultural thing, but there are no holes in Japanese boxers.

There’s something really sad about waving goodbye to a fabulous bra or a particularly effective pair of panties. Maybe boys feel the same way about their boxers. I know a few who certainly held on to theirs right up to the bitter end…

The Death of Local TV Commercials Blincoln Blog Longtime DC area residents may recall these TV commercials. This walk down the static lane begins this way:

The best thing about local television in the 1970s and 1980s was the commercials for local businesses. They had zero production values and the “talent” was usually the person that owned the particular business concern. No matter what part of the country you grew up in there is some local TV commercial wedged somewhere in your brain.

Living in DelRay Crazy Girl City Crazy Girl assesses her neighborhood, DelRay, in Alexandria. Peaceful DelRay.

The only excitement I have witnessed was when I first moved here and some guy had his kid held hostage up the street. Well that and me trying to solve this week’s mystery of who the hell is knocking on my window at 2am.

DC Driving Advice Louder than Words There are 14 pointers, observations and other strange things about driving in DC. Among them:

Construction sites tie up traffic, even if there’s no actual construction happening. I guess people expect that the construction workers are laying in wait behind the orange-and-white barrels, ready to begin jackhammering at a moment’s notice.

The only way to successfully navigate DuPont Circle is to pretend that you can’t see other cars, pedestrians, or traffic lights.

Also noted: Is Being Single Sexy? This is the question asked on Diva’s Disclosures, whose writer is just a fun loving girl who has been blessed with great friends and family but who has been cursed with an addictive love of men! Read about my trials and tribulations in search for Mr. Right. Kathryn on … the question of Pretty, cute, hot or not. With photos. I’ve recently been thinking about the different ways women’s looks can be categorized: pretty, cute, hot, or not …. I had never really thought about this before. What is the difference? Dragon in Retrograde offers some advice in a post, “The Four Lessons I Learned This Weekend. Here’s the first item: Never give your non-drinking Muslim friend the task of buying the mixers for a party. Free Summer Movies, a helpful guide to outdoor movies assembled by lagniappe in dc. Covers Screen on the Green in DC, Village at Shirlington, as well as Movies Under the Stars in Bethesda. Also noted here is the rainy day option at the Library of Congress Mary Pickford Theater.
Photo: Smithsonian Festival scene
Please email links

Missing blog moods

DC can change moods quickly I am not very good at naming things A post about life observed in and around Dupont Circle.

Walking around in a funk last night stuck in my “what is going on with my life” quandary, I realized that walking around can actually remind me of things in the world outside of my head. I saw a dog in his “last throes”, as Cheney would say, and was brought to tears …

Blackberry Debutantes The wedding isn’t quite in the works but the planning is underway. Thoughts about marriage

I really am beginning to think that all females have the “marriage” gene. Just like with your eye color, it might be dominant orrecessive; except that the marriage gene is dominant, and evolution is slowly starting to kill out all recessive non-marriage genes. I have long prided myself on being independent and strong, capable of being alone and not bitching, assuaging any fears I have with false hopes of “the perfect man is out there for me.” Yet, in the prescense of the white dress, I flip out. I am all consumed. WTF mate.

Working Title (formerly Athens Socialites) Many people in DC are from someplace else. And for all DC offers, there’s still no place like home – at least for these Ohio interns. A nice post.

Never ever thought in a million years we’d miss Ohio but let me tell you something…We sure do! There is just something wholesome and endearing about nice midwestern folk that is impossible to find anywhere else. Maybe it’s the innocence of suburbia. Maybe its some unnatural high from all of those wheat crops but whatever it is…we miss it. We miss the strip malls and traffic lights, the town squares and small town familiarity …

DC and Me New DC arrival, new DC blog.

My first impressions of the city: awesome! DC people walk around in suits and skirts with sneakers and then put their heels and dress shoes on when they get to work. It’s funny to see them. The drivers do not stop for pedestrians in crosswalks. And people are fanatical about “stand on the right, walk on the left” on escalators. It’s very very very humid, but very beautiful. Really a great city. Nice houses, brick and old-looking. Brick crosswalks. Three people said good morning to me on the street today.

Urban Fantasy Real estate thoughts and why “Barracks Row is the new Logan Circle” thinking is part of what’s wrong.

First of all, we are not New York. Thank God. I will never live in New York because all its young, overeducated, snappy people can talk about is the superiority of their particular slice of burrough, just to justify making them feel better about paying $1600 a month for a shitty studio over an Indian restaurant.

There’s more real estate: Why.I.hate.dc. on I hate real estate and its price. Basically, it all makes me feel like a chump. I’m feel like I’m paid pretty well, but it still seems to get me nowhere. And I’m getting frighteningly close to that scary grown-up round-number age (don’t make me say it), at which point I’m going to feel especially super-lame if I’m still living like a college student. Also noted: A note about the DC Flickr gallery show by Prod & Ponder. Also: Washington DC/Metro Area/Pool on Flickr. (If you take photos, it’s a cool thing to join.) Zoe Mitchell, the writer of A Ten, A Five, and Five Ones, is “saying goodbye for real, for real.” She is moving because of law school. I’m moving because if I stay, I’ll never move on. She began her blog in July, 2003. DC Navigator has arrived. This new blog describes itself this way: The DC Navigator (”DC Nav” for short) is a newslog focused on getting in, around, and out of the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. Here, you’ll find news on road closures, Metro issues, traffic projects and other items related to getting about town. If you’ve got a tip for us, drop a note to tips [at] dcnavigator.com. This note on the Cleveland Park Junior League. A summertime break: I am vacating CPJL for a much-needed summer break. I wish the CPMC and their harem a good summer without my gentle, alluring, seductive, flirtatious teasing. The wit and wisdom of Marion Barry for students of DC history by K Street Blues. Also writing about Barry is Babylon on the Potomac. Free Wi-Fi Hotspots in DC on the Cook Group Technology Blog. This post is two months old but looks good. Join the DC blog world. If you want to see what DC bloggers look like, check out these photos of the recent “Live Blog ‘05” by DC Cookie. Also, the first-ever DCist concert, Unbuckled, is taking place Thursday at the Black Cat backstage. The concert will feature Cartel and Bicycle Thieves, two great local bands. There’ll be a bunch of giveaways, including concert tickets for Tegan & Sara, Teenage Fanclub, and Thievery Corporation. Admission is just $7, and things will get started at 9 p.m.
Photo: Folklife Festival Sunday, an hour before opening.

DC Blogs Noted

Photo: Scene from this weekend’s Caribbean Festival near Howard University. DC and Alcohol Ms. Reina goes to Washington Pointed observations about DC’s obsession with drink by this California transplant. In this well written and thoughtful indictment, Ms. Reina makes the case that there is way too much alcohol consumption in this town. Her post begins:

One thing I never realized before I came here was the fact that Washington DC is in a state of drunken stupor, especially on the weekends. This town may be conservative (in its DRESS), but it is very liberal when it comes to its alcohol.

DC Blogs editor’s note: For further reading on the topic of drinking in DC please see these blogs: Cadillac Brewski, as reported by the Butterfly Network. Fantastic Weekend. And I didn’t even hit up a single bar. I hung out in Arlington, at a friend’s place, and learned the BEST drinking game. Granted, it’s a good pregamming type of game, I ended up playing it all night long. And subsequently got absolutely hammered. From DC Divas, this report: I absolutely LOVE getting drunk before the night has even officially begun! So we get to the bar and are feeling rowdy b/c tequila does that to us. We immediately are befriended by two cute military guys who start buying us more drinks. Now, B. can hold her liquor a hell of a lot better than I can so she was good and drunk but I was trashed. Uncle Bertie’s Bag of Goodies writes, in part: I have drank way too much in the last three days and really need to detox. Housemate stories House of the Dumb This is a new blog by a woman who writes about “house, housemates, mates, dates and ultimately fates.” Scathing humor. The writer also urges readers not to take anything she writes seriously. The story begins this way:

Our house is a nice townshouse-esque place in the residential (read: relatively crime-free) section of Washington DC. Three levels, great location, right near the bus stop … everything about it is great … save one thing. Well, actually, four. Those precious four things constitute the idea behind this blog. The house is infested with idiots, and I’m on the verge of going absolutely nuts.

I made my boss cry today My View from the Jeep A director of operations at a nonprofit, this blogger gave notice yesterday. He writes about how he successfully turned the organization around and how upset his boss was with the news of his planned departure. But life brings changes, and this 10-year DC residents decides to go to Chicago. There are a lot of reasons for the change, and here’s one of them:

Having lived in DC for the last 10 years, I have found my life to be stagnate and lacking much interest. I was asked recently what my hobbies are, and I didn’t have an answer. So it’s time to invigorate myself. And my gut tells me that Chicago is the place to do it.

Smithsonian Folklife Festival disappointment d.c. native This is a new blog by a twenty-something who “returns to take on her hometown after college.”

Went to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the Mall yesterday with a bunch of friends. What a disappointment. The lack of creativity is overwhelming. At its inaugural five ears ago, the Smithsonian focused on the ENTIRE Silk Road—which was so amazing and interesting, and kind of felt like Epcot Center …

Also noted: Jennifer writes about this guy on the Metro who is apparently unaware that eating, drinking, and using noisy electronics is against the law. SO. I get on the metro, and this man sits in front of me and takes out his PORTABLE DVD player, and proceeds to watch a damn movie. Then. as the train continues down the tracks toward Silver Spring, this man takes out a big gulp from 7-eleven. I’m like… can a police officer PLEASE come and get this man. Rare non-sarcastic praise from DCSOB regarding the new Giant in Columbia Heights. … just got a lot of cool stuff I can’t easily get elsewhere in the neighborhood, like Guarana soda, Jamaican beef patties in bulk, pre-prepared individually-packaged flan and frozen Paneer. The usual funny collection in the latest edition of DCeptette by The DCeiver. So at the office, there’s a box where we’ve been collecting foodstuffs for So Others Might Eat. But, when you walk by the box, the signage thereon says: “Please leave donations for / SO OTHERS MIGHT EAT IN THIS BOX.” A rant about personal responsibility that’s worth reading, by Jus Primae Noctis.

Blog festival fashion tips

Writings from an American in Germany Here I stand This is a new blog by Jennifer who has relocated from DC Metro to Germany. In two separate posts she writes about the “things I don’t miss,” and the “5 things I miss.” Included among the not missed:

The general standoffishness of people in a metro area. The DC area just isn’t very friendly. I haven’t met many Germans (and those I have I couldn’t communicate with very well), but the Americans living here are very friendly. Perhaps because they were newcomers not that long ago, or because we’re all in a foreign country

How Not to be Classy The Large Glass A report from a Get Up Kids concert:

Throughout the concert, the band members were drinking beers and taking the occasional whisky shot, which I don’t mind – I’m all for the rock star style and having a fun, relaxed time and all. However, if I’m paying money to see you perform, you damn well better be able to perform. So, by the end of the concert the guitar player was trashed.

High Court Disappointment Sprite Writes The importance of the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision backing New London, Conn.’s right of eminent domain.

This case has repercussions throughout the nation where thousands of residents face eminent domain for private development. The repercussions here in D.C. include the new baseball stadium, which stands to be built where private businesses currently exist.

(The DCist take with helpful links on this topic.)

What is it with Men’s Fashion this Summer? Webcowgirl This Texas to Arlington transplant is wondering about men’s summer fashion.

I was at a country club with D and we were surrounded by seersucker pants (I saw one MAN in a delicate shade of pink – I had no idea pink seersucker existed)

How Washington Works A view From the Sidelines of Life Jerry from Colorado recalls a story about Senator Byrd and the help he gave a woman in getting a job at the FBI, in a post titled: A Word about My Personal Experience with Senator Byrd. Prophet of Doom The Land of JD There’s a round-up of earthquake warnings covered here with special emphasis on New Madrid Fault, which runs from northwest of Memphis to southern Illinois.

How strange it is that these Westerners ignore such dire warnings such as this and instead of preparing themselves they make things like they were before, as if in doing so they will not have to face the consequences of their inactions in the future.

Also noted: Overheard on the Metro by Alexandra Silverthorne: comments about the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Damsel in DC lists the top five reasons you can’t wear a bikini top to the DC Caribbean Festival The Saloon, a U Street bar, gets a recommendation from A Fine How-Do-You-Do.you are not allowed to stand at the bar or anywhere in the place. So it never gets silly-packed or too loud. Tremendous. The weird comments behind Washington Nationals community outreach program, by Mellow. Celebrity sightings by Her Ladyship. Among them: Wolf Blitzer outside Chloe in Adams-Morgan. He is just as cute and huggable in person as he is on TV. Just a wee little guy! DCaffeinateds blog is coming to an end. In the fall I may come back to blogging, but I’ll be based out of Austin, Texas, so a DC-themed blog probably doesn’t make the most sense.

Photo: Scene from this weekend’s Caribbean Festival near Howard University.
Please email links.