Well, thanks, I guess

Today was my first experiment with taking the metro & shuttle to work, and it was moderately successful. Despite the longer time it takes, I can see it being a more pleasant way to get in, letting someone else handle the getting-there and allowing me to read. My WSJ subscription hasn’t started coming to the new location yet – stupid me should have planned ahead on the switch-over – so I took a copy of Express from the person handing them out at the Pentagon City metro entrance. I almost felt bad for the person from the Examiner who was being roundly rejected by every person she tried to hand her offering to, but I consoled myself with the fact that they’d surely put the leftovers into plastic bags and throw them on the stoops of plenty of similarly disinterested individuals, allowing them to be neglected in entirely a different venue.

Imagine my surprise to find myself quoted in the “Blog log” from yesterday’s comment on the sewage plant stink. Well, me in the sense that they credited “A dc.metblogs.com contributor,” and I happen to know it was me, even if they seem to have missed what I always thought was a pretty obvious byline.

On the other hand, there’s nothing in print tying me to use of the word “skunkyness” so I’m gonna call it a wash.

7 Comments so far

  1. Anon (unregistered) on October 4th, 2007 @ 11:56 am

    Yeah, I don’t understand why people reject the Examiner for the piece of crap that is the Express. I think it’s out of a knee-jerk reaction to the conservative-bent of the editorial page, but the Examiner’s articles are so much better than the Express’s.

    But whatever. Most people reading the Express turn directly to the celebrity page, so you can’t expect brain-dead people like that to want to read articles on stuff that actually matters.

  2. Yonatan Bryant (unregistered) on October 4th, 2007 @ 1:10 pm

    I always love the fact that no-one ever get the Examiner. Maybe because they only seem to be giving them to people coming out of the big stations (Chinatown, Farragut North)but it took me about three months to realize that the Examiner even existed.

  3. Don (unregistered) on October 4th, 2007 @ 1:12 pm

    Well I reject the Examiner because I despise their distribution method of throwing it on every doorstep willy-nilly. Plus the fact that something they’re so hot to hand off for free doesn’t give me any perception of value. I’ve never opened one up and I doubt I ever will, so the editorial content has no impact on me. They can petition for martian rights for all I give a crap.

    As far as Express being crap, well, it’s well-produced crap. As metro-reading fluff I find it acceptable, though I am looking forward to the return of my Journal.

  4. RumorsDaily (unregistered) on October 4th, 2007 @ 1:37 pm

    What did they quote exactly?

  5. Don (unregistered) on October 4th, 2007 @ 2:01 pm

    Rumors – from my post yesterday about moving into Crystal City. I’d copy and paste the exact quote but Express continues to create their PDFs with copy permission disabled.

    Which, considering that they were quoting me without proper attribution, is kinda funny.

    It’s here[pdf], page 36.

  6. another link (unregistered) on October 4th, 2007 @ 6:52 pm

    FYI, Express also linked to your Crystal City post on its website here


  7. RumorsDaily (unregistered) on October 5th, 2007 @ 12:59 am


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