Archive for November, 2004

Clearly, there are not enough museums in DC

If you don’t have the money to market your museum, how do you drive attendance? Close it.

The City Museum of Washington has closed after 15 months of operation due to lack of funding and low attendance.

Get your sneakers ready…

Starting today, it’s a tax-free holiday in DC for 10 days. Shoppers have until the end of Sunday, Dec 5th to buy shoes, clothing and accessories for $100 or less without having to pay taxes. Then again, internet shopping is generally tax-free, and you don’t have to deal with crowds…

Brawl at Nationals’ Party?


Matt Drudge (yes, I’ve taken my grain of salt) is reporting a brawl at the unveiling of the DC Nationals’ new logo. Apparently the Green candidate for mayor tried to break up the event and instead found himself on the receiving end of some whupass.

[Update] The Post now has it as well:

The gathering was preceded by a brief protest of the deal Williams brokered with MLB to bring baseball to Washington. District resident Adam Eidinger, 31, stormed to the podium on stage and yelled, “This is a bad deal, people,” before the microphone was turned off. Eidinger remained on-stage yelling before several officials — including District Councilman Harold Brazil (D-At Large) — wrestled him off-stage. He was led to a back hall by security, where police spoke with him.

“I said free speech,” Eidinger said after being escorted away from the event. “It’s a half-baked deal, a rip off. They know it.”

All in all, a good day for DC Baseball!

woo hoo beaujolais nouveau is here

grab a case and celebrate!!!

New shopping center

People in Prince George’s county (and NE DC and SE Montgomery county) have a newish place to shop. The Mall at Prince Georges opened up in Hyattsville earlier this week, anchored by Hecht’s, JC Penney, Old Navy and Target. This actually used to be Prince Georges Plaza, but it’s been swakied up with renovations and a new name. They’re having opening celebrations through the month of November, which includes a few giveaways and other promotions.

Christmas is just around the corner…

New York Avenue Station Opens Tomorrow

The long awaited Metro Station at New York Avenue will open tomorrow, and the Washington Post has some photos available for viewing.

Give back just in time for the holidays

Z104 is holding a request-a-thon to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House. It’s all requests, all the time today, tomorrow, and Friday, from 6 AM to 7 PM. You can “request any song with a donation.” (And I think they mean that, because right now, they’re definitely playing a country song.) They’re trying to raise $150,000, and they’re currently just over $14,000. The number to call is 1-800-987-2104.

Now here’s an earth-shattering labor action…

DC Cabbies are striking today to protest proposed changes to the way taxis are regulated in the District.

Oh, there’s an industry that’ll be missed. You mean I won’t be able to flag down a crappy old Crown Vic driven by a guy who doesn’t speak English and doesn’t know anything about DC geography and who as a worse sense of direction than I do? What ever shall I do?

(I guess I’ve just been spoiled after a week of London cabbies.)

Man on fire!?!

There was a man who lit himself on fire on Pennsylvania Ave in front of the White House this afternoon. There seems to be little information about the incident, other than the man is alive and suffered serious burns.

And Pennsylvania Avenue was just re-opened to pedestrians a few days ago, too.

Spooky Metro: Part Deux

Power is out at the Rosslyn metro station again…*sigh*. This is twice in 3 weeks.

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