2005 was a great year and a terrible year, all at once. We saw people rejoice with the arrival of the Nats, and weep at the arrival of a hurricane in New Orleans. Six people declared candidacy for the Mayor’s position. The Wizards made the playoffs. The Redskins might do the same. Hockey’s back after a year absent. We turned one.
February came in with the debut of the DC Examiner, a new free tabloid daily, a politician who isn’t cheating on his wife (and subsequent resignations), valentine’s day at the gun range which jibe so well with the 14% rise in DC Property Values. Narni ran into abusive bouncers, and Michael realized that DC can dance.
In March, it was Spring Training and the the Nats’ first victory, and mercury spill after mercury spill in the DC schools as kids figured out how to manufacture a few snow days. Julia found Carmina Burana a bit much and asks where she should’ve had dinner near MCI. Hal Straus of the Washington Post was kind enough to talk blogs with us, and give us all the goodies on the Post’s new blogs, and WTOP started podcasting as well. Arlington threatened to sell your car to pay library fines while the Arlington Pediatric Center logo was the subject of internet ridicule, which prompted us to examine our drinking options in DC.
The cherries bloomed in April, bring tourists and residents alike to the Tidal Basin and driving others to other alternatives. Tiffany appeared on Penang Factor, and Tom took himself out to the (opening day) ballgame. Emily, Michael and Tiffany talked food options. Michael got attacked by a giant bird and Emily Found God/Buddha/Allah on New Hampshire Ave. New mascot Screech was revealed to be a scandal all his own, which lead to my favorite piece of Post journalist: Screech vs. Screech.
May brought IMF and World Bank meetings, and with them, protestors, and John thought they weren’t up to snuff. Michael saw the end of civilization in a Subway. We also got to watch pandemonium as DC hit Code Red when a private plane flew too close to the Capitol. Heavy Storms drove us to the movies, and sparked some introspection at the Uptown. John watched the Wizards lose in the playoffs.
June revealed Mark Felt’s identity as Deep Throat, causing Mike to remember living near there. The Nats took sole possession of first place in the NL East. The U St. Lincoln Theatre blocked a Dad from taping his daughter’s dance recital. We welcomed new Metbloggers Jenn Larsen and Wayan to the roster. Tiffany got ogled and chatted up at Right Round. The Smoking Ban discussion hit pretty hard, too, with contributors weighing in for the ban, and against it. The weather was finally good enough for Jenn to invite folks to play Hookey.
July brought summer to DC, complete with heat and humidity, and course, blockbuster movies. It also means the Fourth of July which means Fireworks and wonderful neighborhood moments. Wayan tells us a bit about his favorite restaurant. The Wizards filled a hole, and traded a problem. Of course, the biggest story of July and maybe the year: the Birth of Butterstick! July also marked the debut of the Circulator bus line and the arrest of Borf. We also celebrated our first birthday, in hopes of many more to come (want a DC Metblogs t-shirt? email me). And last but not least Darpino survived an encounter with Chuck Norris. Of course, we know all about Chuck Norris…
August stirred up some passions in the traditional “quiet month” in Washington. First there was the Day Laborer site in Herndon, then Raffy said he’d never taken steroids. Michael posted about the end of “We Fought the Big One”, which was subsequently saved. Pete Rojas and the gang from Engadget also graced DC with an August reader forum, while Jenn Larsen tried on lingerie from Coup de Foudre. Local football owner Dan Snyder also tried to bribe the Interior Department to let him take down some trees on his property. Instead, Secretary Norton gave me her seats for Crosby, Stills and Nash. Wayan figured out how to avoid hefty fees at Redskins Stadium. The Mayor’s short-lived blog comes under fire.
September brought the end of summer, and the beginning of towing scams and bicycling incidents. The hurricane may not have brought infrastructural devastation to DC, but it did bring Higher Gas Prices. On a lighter note, there was some serious applesauce wrestling and clothes thievery in August. Darpino discovered the dark side of podiatry. Erin loves the high school kids too young to remember the 80s, even though they can sure dress like them. Wayan thinks he’s got what it takes to join the FBI’s new Porn Squad. Meanwhile, Candidate Fenty takes a moment from his busy schedule… to tell us he has a lot of yard signs, while Mayor Williams decides not to run again.
In October, we began with Confusion about DC Festival and more Confusion about Tularemia bacteria. It also brought a discovery of the bizarre DUI laws here: you can get arrested at .01, which was quickly a source of controversy and then a source of new legislation. American University’s President got in some hot water. We also added Stacey, William and Glenn to the roster of Bloggers here.
November brought snow to DC, an early present, and Ridgewells Catering’s Deceit. Erin has tips on getting mugged. Of course, it also marked the defeat of a commuter tax lawsuit and series of ensuing discussions. Jenn discovered Penn Quarter and the Theatre in the midst of a beautiful fall weekend. In one of the most bizarre matchups of the year, Tom Jones played the 9:30 club. And of course, then there was the Cell Phone Bandit and her subsequent arrest. Jenn found out about the office fashion police and their horrible war against denim, while Wayan sang the haberdasher’s praise. November also means the annual Oyster Riot at Old Ebbitt. Darpino outed an Arms Dealer in Alexandria, causing them to shut down their web presence. Prior to the Turkey Day break, Jenn also left us with her sweet potato savior recipe to wow our families with, while Darpino and Wayan got stuck in traffic. We also welcomed Don Whiteside and Tom Mills to the DC Metblogs family.
December is always marked by holiday lights in DC, and some lovely snowfall. This year, it was also marked by a a talk from Jimmy Wales of Wikipedia, some potential interference from Congress on the subject of taxation, and we discovered the fatal problem of jay-walking. Jenn Larsen also ran into Tony Bennett. The passing of the smoking ban enflamed passions of many here. Tom Mills discovered that bigamy is still alive and well in Northern Virginia. All the while, it was Stacey blocking you in over at the Marriott. Narni wondered what Clinton Portis’ deal is. Holiday Season was then upon us, with Jenn wishing shoppers a Super Saturnalia, and Tom and Tiffany heading to the Pageant of Peace.
Thanks for a wonderful year, everyone. Catch you on the flipside in 2006.
PS. Check out Darpino’s Top Ten Concerts too.