Archive for March, 2006

candid cvs camera

The next time you enter the CVS at 15th and K streets, be sure to smile as your on camera.

While cameras in stores is not new, and cameras in stores connected to TV is 1980s, cameras in stores connected to 20 inch flat panels is very 2006.

Restaurantblogging: Mexican

I spend a good amount of time at my darling girlfriend’s home in the Pentagon City area and we’re always on the lookout for good places to eat that would be a pleasant walking distance. We both like to walk and are employed in situations where the car-free DC movement isn’t doable for us.

So we were pleased when the 23rd street assortment expanded by one. Cantina Mexican looked like it could be anywhere between heaven and hell, so we dawdled a bit on going there. The call of the margarita was too much to resist one day in February, so off we went. We’re glad we did.
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Te amo, Juan Valdez

Ah, escaping the Seventh Street horde. Two police officers, a family of tourists, two crackberry addicts, and me, relaxing in the new Juan Valdez Cafe at Seventh and E.

I’ve wanted to step in ever since I saw the signs go up, directly opposite a Starbucks. Aside from the poly-socio-economic implications of the National Federation of Coffee Growers of Columbia taking on the Behemoth Seattle Mermaid, I was interested in what kind of space they would create and whether the coffee would tantalize.
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sidewalk mopeds

This is the scene outside of 901 15th street right now and I am not sure how I feel about mopeds on the sidewalk.

On the one hand I am so anti-car that I celebrate any transportation alternative, especially one so walker friendly.

On the other hand thanks for taking up bike rack space with your pollution producers.

Which hand do you count?

Midday Nightmares

What do you call a nightmare that happens during the day? Daymares? I really got nothing here, other than it could best be described as trying to get a parking space anywhere near the Mall right now. I had a good business lunch in Clarendon and figured I’d celebrate by going to see the cherries after that. I drove. Critical error in judgment, for sure, with all the transit options, but I figured it would be the best way to keep my mobility after I was done.

Yeah, not so much. 14th Street was jammed up, Constitution was jammed up. Independence was a lurking horror. Parking was nowhere to be found and there’s no way I was going to pay a garage to hold my car for just a quick hour or two of flower gazing. I settled for just driving around the tidal basin and enjoying the sights, before swerving back across the river. Looks like it’ll have to wait until the weekend.

Is there super secret rockstar parking down by the Mall I just don’t know about? Or a cheap garage? Or should I just stick to the transit system?

high school students protest anti-immigrant legislation

so much good news in the Post lately, abramoff gets jail time, jill carroll freed…

but this story just made my day. hundreds of high school students in northern virginia have joined hundreds of thousands of people across the country in protesting pending legislation that would crack down on those in the US illegally. the legislation passed by the House makes it a felony to be in the US illegally and makes it a crime “to offer aid ” to those who are in the US illegally. according to the New York Times, offenders, “who might include priests, nurses or social workers,” could face up to five years in prison for aiding persons in the country illegally.
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Go see The Orb

I don’t care what your taste in music is, do yourself a favor this Friday and go see The Orb at the 930 Club.

To keep it simple – The Orb are mind-blowing live. And this from a guy who didn’t even really dig them before seeing them live.

I’ve seen The Orb twice over the years and both times were fan-friggin-tastic! The Orb totally transcend the whole Techno/ Electronica/ IDM universe because for 15 years they have been true originals. Their live sounds and lights are a thing of absolute beauty and their show is a ton of fun to boot.

Unfortunately for me, I’ll be out of town for this show but if I wasn’t I’d be all over it. So if you don’t have anything going on Friday night, go see The Orb. You’ll be glad you did.

The Orb @ 930 Club
$25

Svrluga booksignings

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Fans of the Nats and Barry Svrluga’s sportswriting will be happy to know that there are already three events scheduled for the release of his new book, National Pastime. The chronicle of the inagural Nationals season went on sale on Tuesday.

According to Doubleday, there are two events, including one this Saturday:

4/1/2006
Sonoma Restaurant
223 Pennsylvania Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20003
202-347-6460 4 pm

4/21/2006
Borders Books
1801 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
202-466-4999

Also, Olsson’s is hosting Svrluga on Monday, April 24, 2006 at 07:00 PM at The Lansburgh/Penn Quarter location. If you know of any others, please leave them in the comments.

Bye Bye Verizon Graffiti

I have to hand it to DC’s Graffiti Patrol. Two days after I called in about Verizon’s sidewalk graffiti, they power washed it away.

And yes, I know the graffiti is chalk not paint, and it will wear off in time, but why should we stand by and allow Verizon to get its “visual imprints” with this vandalism?

I ask you, dear Metblog reader, to join me in calling in every Verizon graffiti to the DC Graffiti Patrol, and erase this visual pollution from our sidewalks.

If I had a Verizon account, I’d cancel it based on this alone. Luckily, I already know that Verizon sucks and wouldn’t use them if you paid me.

DC: Totally Screwed In Case of Attack

Ever since 9/11 there’s been a huge amount of concern about the readiness of the DC area in case of another attack. With disparate and disjointed emergency response systems across eight counties and the District, you’d think that we’d have enough people to make sure that there was a plan.

You’d Be Wrong.

There is no plan. Six months ago, there was supposed to be a plan, developed by Homeland Security. There’s still no plan. Of course, why it would take them nearly 4 years to put together a plan after the attack, I’m not entirely sure, but I’d imagine that we might have had a plan even in 2 years.

Sadly. No plan.

There are some response plans, sure, but no overarching strategic plan that’s part of that process. Congress was pretty well pissy. I’d have the same response.

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