Archive for September, 2005

BEP has a sense of humor

$10 Bill
The Bureau of Engraving and Printing (who have the best domain name ever) released the brand new $10 bill yesterday in a big event by the Statue of Liberty in New York. Of course, all the bills will be printed off the presses in DC, over at 14th and C St. SW, and the first bills will be appearing in ATMs and cash registers starting early next year. I think it looks way nicer than the $50, but take a look for yourself. The BEP does accept walk-ins for tours right now as we’re in off-peak season. Tours happen every 15 minutes beginning at 9am til 10:45am and then again from 12:30 until 2:00pm.

Lame Duck

Mayor Williams said tonight he won’t run for re-election next year. If you get a chance, come noon today (the 29th), he’ll be giving a press conference at the rec center in Hillcrest at 32nd and Denver in Southeast. For seven years, he’s been our man on the street, bow-tie and all. I think I’m gonna miss him. Good luck, and Godspeed, Mayor Williams.

Classless Society

A co-worker just relayed something he had seen this morning.

There’s this janitor in our office building, extremely hard-working, very quiet and rather shy. He was on his hands and knees scrubbing up something on the luxurious marble floors of our lobby. Two suits walk by and push through his work space, practically walking over him in the process.

Adding insult to injury, they looked back at him and began to snicker.

Unbelievable.

Return of the BRMC

You may or may not remember Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – the little band of rockers I declared best area concert of 2004. If you remember my glowing review then you probably also remember kicking yourself over missing them when they rocked out the Recher Theater last year. Well tonight is your chance to make-up for that!

That’s right BRMC are storming the stage at the 930 Club to promote their wonderful new album Howl. Plus they’re bringing along Mark Gardener of Ride as an opening act! And we all get to see them for a mere 15 bucks!

Seriously friends, if you’re a fan of guitar, a BRMC concert is like finding friggin’ religion. They totally transform everyplace they play into the universal terminus of all things rock & roll – their sonics are unmatched and I can not wait to see what they do when they hi-jack the 930 Club’s awesome sound system.

And to all the Howl nay-sayers out there – go here to check out some set-lists from this tour – see that nice plugged-in stretch in the middle? It’s going to rock your socks off – trust me.

Affleck for Senator?

You have to be kidding me. Seriously. Kidding me.

With Senator Allen up for re-election next Fall, the Democrats are looking to pull a rabbit out of a hat and they may be asking Ben Affleck to be that rabbit.

As a Virginian, I am absolutely horrified that this is what the party has sunk to. Just horrible. Please, for the love of God, let the hollywood boy stay in hollywood pretending to be a pilot or a superhero instead of in Washington, pretending to be a politician.

One of the things you have to know…

…is which city officials take bribes, and which ones are FBI agents. Douglas Jemal didn’t quite figure out the difference, and seven months after they raided his offices, he’s been indicted for bribery.

Oops.

So, What’s For Lunch?

That quintessential question, sitting at your desk, long about 11:45 and your stomach’s grumbling at you and you wonder, “So, what’s for lunch today?” Well, this week is your lucky week, because Galileo is doing their grill feature again this week. We’ve been before, and their cannolli’s to die for, so if you haven’t had a chance to head over to Galileo for the Grill Lunch, now’s your chance, they’re open on Wednesday and Thursday this week. Get over there before they run out of cannolli! I recommend the sausage sandwich.

Cruised again! This time in Giant

I’m at Wonderland waiting for keys, when Buy a Vowel sees me and says I should look at the Craigslist Missed Connections. We scroll around a bit and then she shows me the bombshell.

Sunday, when I went to the Bling Bling Giant and faced the Church Ladies, some guy cruised me! Wonderful. Not only do men cruise me on Match.com, now I’m checked out in the Bling Bling. And y’all gave me shite for talking about my gay percentage once too often.

I guess it

Save Serenity for DVD

Tonight I saw a pre-screening of Serenity, a new movie, free just so I’d write about it. The corporate shills say I should quote some industry crap for my free swag. Yeah, and they also say that DRM (digital rights management) is good for me. Enough of that.

Serenity is a new sci-fi movie that can best be described as a cross between Unforgiven and Star Wars. With a futuristic world & space battle right out of Return of the Jedi and dialogue that would even make Kevin Costner in Dances with Wolves wince, futuristic space-folk still battled with old-school pistols, even Samurai swords, while trying to bring truth to the galaxy.

The psycho girl was fun, and there were very funny moments in the film, but for $35, the cost for two plus popcorn and drinks, I say save your dosh. A six-drink night at Wonderland will get you in her bed faster, with the DVD saved for a winter night at your place.

Lost Keys? Then Wonderland It

I love security-crazed DC. Not only do we have a limited access office building, we have special “fobs” to get into our offices. Fobs that not even the security guards have. Usually this would not be a problem, but when you leave your keys at work, it becomes a serious issue.

Add to it that I live in a limited-access building, where I have to wait for my housemate to return from NYC on the Chinatown bus before I can go home and I wind up at Wonderland Ballroom till midnight. Here I can find a second home. With an old-school jukebox, not some Internet-enabled modernity, I know I’ll hear Hendrix in a night. I’ll also see Buy a Vowel in her glory, and with the free WiFi, have an IM with my beer. Nice.

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