Clarendon Day today

Just a quick note for those browsing MetBlog this morning looking for something to do this afternoon, today is Clarendon Day (oh frabjous day calloo-callay). So, blocking the main road to my house will be lots of fun food, art, 4 stages of music, and shopping in what the organizers say is “Arlington’s Biggest Party”!

It goes from noon to 7pm and is obviously metro accessible (I suggest you get off at the ‘Clarendon’ stop). There’s a burritto eating contest at 3pm, and an ice cream eating contest at 4pm. I’d suggest entering both.

14 Comments so far

  1. poo poo (unregistered) on September 29th, 2007 @ 4:44 pm

    thanks for the tip, but…



    post this on, please.

  2. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on September 30th, 2007 @ 10:37 am

    Dear Poo Poo, Arlington, much like Bethesda and Alexandria, are relevant to DC.

    Quit being a provincial little twit and get out more.

    Besides, sales tax is lower over here.

  3. poo poo (unregistered) on September 30th, 2007 @ 12:57 pm

    if you want to be associated with washington, pay the taxes and the other dues that are associated with living in the nation’s capitol.

    if you live in virginia, you live in virginia.
    i live in washington, district of columbia.

    i get that credit, you don’t. sorry. :o)

    provincial? provincial are people that live in a different tax/voting zone that claim to be a part of dc. other than the fact that DC gets commuters from your state, you’re just a neighbor. you don’t live here.

    maybe you should consider starting a blog for VA? or are you embarassed by that?

  4. poo poo (unregistered) on September 30th, 2007 @ 1:02 pm

    or perhaps rename this blog as

    it really irks me that folks from MD and VA call this city their own, take up parking, screw up the roads, and yet they pay ZERO taxes.

    but they vote in their states, and complain about DC (and their own states), and generally amuse themselves with the District.

    it would be hilarious if DC folks did the same with VA or MD. we don’t because we’re HERE. we have enough issues to deal with that folks from neighboring states don’t even know about.

    at most, they just glance past them, and return to their burb life.

    it’s really not fair, imho.

  5. poo poo (unregistered) on September 30th, 2007 @ 1:33 pm

    take a look at this video (filmed by me).
    i guess this is why i call DC home. because of the stuff that we pay for and deal with. i guess that’s also why i don’t call the burbs home. i’m not enamored with bland, lazy twits that amuse themselves with banalities.

    my apologies. the burbs rock!

  6. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on September 30th, 2007 @ 2:51 pm

    There’s nothing wrong with living in Arlington, Poo Poo. It’s still part of the DC area. The District’s borders were abstractly determined centuries ago, but as we all recognize, cities are human places, with fluid boundaries that don’t always match the lines on the map.

    I live in Arlington because it’s where I can afford to live, but that doesn’t make me unable to write about DC, because I make my living there. Arlington and Alexandria are not the burbs, Fairfax & Loudon and beyond are the burbs. Arlington has a vibrant city core feel that places inside the District don’t have. We’re part of the original square, we’re part of the DC metro.

    If you want to go excluding people just because they don’t live in your specific neighborhood, you’re free to do so, but I think that’s sort of provincial bullshit that makes me LESS want to move into the District.

    I know the District gets shit on by many of the people who live in the area, but I’m not one of them. I don’t complain about the higher sales tax when I go out for a beer with my clients downtown, I don’t complain about the absurdly high parking prices in the core, I don’t complain about the metro fare to get there when I train in.

    But I still live here, and I’m not going to let your artificial boundaries and bad attitude change my mind on it. This is DC. DC is more than just the District, it’s everything inside the Beltway.

  7. poo poo (unregistered) on September 30th, 2007 @ 4:46 pm

    fine. i dig. (try to) block my video on youtube, (you’ll not be able to, burbanite, and there is much worse out there, kiddo), and claim residence in DC.

    i love your updates in the state down south, but i don’t park on your street – blocking spaces -, and i don’t claim to live in VA. i apreciate what you folks are up to in your state, but don’t claim that you’re a DC person.

    cuz… you’re not. sorry.

    i dig your amenities, but that doesn’t make you a DC person. you are a person who lives around the capitol, and can probably barely afford living next to the capitol. that’s fantastic. good for you. it allows you to tell your family and friend you live in “DC”. uh huh. whatever….

    wait til us DC folks ruin your roads and your parking, and make you pay for it. you might have a different attitude then, kiddie.

    i can’t wait until DC taxes the burbanites on their commute to the Nation’s Capitol.

    it’s about time.

    give respect where respect is due, pls.

    or i’ll still be a pain in da butt, and claim i’m virginian, or a marylander.

    is that fair?

    i’m guessing you’ll say no, or come up with some inconclusive argument as to why it is fair.

    i have yet to meet a virginian or a marylander that is dying to live in the District, but yet they claim the live there, but…. it’s “sooooo expensive”. totally lame argument.

    pay the price, or live in the burbs.

    that’s my two cents.

    so far, you haven’t come up with one penny, kiddo.

  8. poo poo (unregistered) on September 30th, 2007 @ 4:57 pm

    i don’t want to be contentious, but i do think that you people that live in the burbs should accept that YOU LIVE IN THE BURBS.

    i dig that this is a regional blog, and it was poorly named.

    i really would like to subscribe to a VA blog. us DC folks are occasionally curious about what happens down south.

    maybe you dc.metblogs folks could figure something out?

    it’s like me starting a VA blog, living in NE DC.

    not too legit, is it? i didn’t think so.

    c’mon. seriously, if your going to post on a DC blog, state that you’re out of state, and posting about your hood. is that too much too ask?

    i can’t believe how hard-headed you burbanites are.

    you immediately assume you are part of DC.

    you’re not.

    you’re the goobs that i call in to the police when you park in local-neighborhood spots.

    and believe me, that trend is growing.

    move here or leave. pls.

    and call yourself what you are, a virginian, or marylander, or whatever.

    thanks much,

  9. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on September 30th, 2007 @ 5:27 pm

    Why would I try to block your video? Hell, submit it to the suggestion box and we’ll run with it, or talk to me offline and I’ll gladly make you an author here, so you can write about the people that leave jizz rags on your street (is that what rent on Parker pays for?) with a condom left there just for fun?

    I’ve got no bone to pick with your video, it’s your internet, too, so if someone reported it for content, it sure as hell wasn’t me.

    Arlington’s not the burbs, unless the Palisades are the burbs, unless the houses of Cleveland Park are the burbs. It’s no more suburban than many of the DC neighborhoods, and Ballston and Clarendon can compete with downtown and Adams Morgan any day of the week and twice on Sunday. Population density is within 85% of DC’s here in Arlington, so I’ll appreciate you not painting us with the Loudoun County brush when it’s undeserved.

    I know better than to park in a neighborhood’s spaces without a permit, I know better than to buck the rules of ANY community, but I refuse to accept that Arlington, or Bethesda or parts of PG County aren’t part of the DC that I know and love.

    If you are interested in telling the sordid story of Parker here on Metroblogging DC, I’m more than glad to let you. Email me at tom at metroblogging dot com, and we’ll hook up our microphone to your feed. All we ask is 10-15 posts a month.

    MBDC has several authors who reside DC, including Jenn Larsen, Wayan, Brownpau and Max Cook, and several more of us who work there every day and spend our time on its streets. We won’t exclude people because they live in Arlington or they live in Bethesda or PG County. That’s just how we roll.

  10. dcres (unregistered) on October 1st, 2007 @ 11:50 am

    OK. This is just stupid. First off, Poo Poo, stop being such a pretentious prick. Yes, there are plenty of schmucks from the burbs who trek into DC and take our spots, mess up our roads, stand on the left of escalators…the list could go on forever. But they also spend lots of money here, which is good. And regardless, it’s painfully ignorant to place everyone who lives in the ‘burbs in the same general category.

    But that’s right, Mr. Bridge. You live in the burbs. There’s no two ways about it. Open up the closest dictionary and you’ll see that Arlington/Alexandria are defined as burbs. No, you’re not in Loudon, but you’re still in the burbs. If DC were not here, do you really think that Ballston, Clarendon (aka Ballston II) or Rosslyn would be as built up or developed as they are? Let me answer that for you…NO!!! And don’t even waste your time with a comeback telling me that I’m wrong because I’m not. Doesn’t mean it sucks (although I will say that Clarendon does lack some ethnic diversity), but it does mean that it benefits from it’s proximity to DC.

    But I do agree that it’s part of the DC area and I’m glad you posted about Clarendon day. I would’ve gone had I not had other commitments.

    So you’re both wrong and both right.

  11. Don (unregistered) on October 1st, 2007 @ 3:30 pm

    I’m more pedantic than the next guy, but getting hung up on whether of not Arlington is the burbs is just retarded. Much of it, including where Tom lives, falls inside the original DC boundary stones, bringing the arbitrary nature of the whole dispute into pretty sharp focus. Is that the distinction? A decision on a boundary made in 1847?

    Depending on where you live in Clarendon you very well could be in a higher traffic area with more nearby businesses than folks on Capitol Hill. If you asked most people what defines the suburbs you’d probably get a description that has to do with yards, lawns, roads, and neighborhoods.

    You can like or dislike neighborhoods based on their commercial development, architecture, style, or whatever – I certainly do. But just drawing some distinction about “burbs” and getting your panties in a wad over where some magic coolness line falls in a region of uninterrupted development just makes you sound like a moron.

  12. dcres (unregistered) on October 1st, 2007 @ 4:20 pm

    And I live in Petworth, outside of the original DC boundaries, but it’s DC now. Your boy Tom lives in the burbs. Sorry, it’s a fact – the development of places like Arlington and Bethesda is obviously and completely tied to its proximity to the city. It’s has nothing to do with a coolness line…it’s that his posts came across as if he lives in the city. He doesn’t. I don’t care about population density. There are current boundaries and whether you live in Brightwood or Capital Hill, it’s DC. Anything outside of those borders is the burbs. It just is.

  13. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on October 1st, 2007 @ 6:31 pm

    What does it matter if I live in Arlington and write about DC? I write about the places I go in DC, events that happen in DC, and stuff I do in DC, as well as stuff I do in Arlington and Maryland.

    Of my last 15 posts, only one could be misconstrued, and that one has to do with DC Voting Rights, something I well and truly support (and called my congresscritter and senator over!).

  14. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on October 1st, 2007 @ 6:31 pm

    What does it matter if I live in Arlington and write about DC? I write about the places I go in DC, events that happen in DC, and stuff I do in DC, as well as stuff I do in Arlington and Maryland.

    Of my last 15 posts, only one could be misconstrued, and that one has to do with DC Voting Rights, something I well and truly support (and called my congresscritter and senator over!).

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