Archive for May, 2007

Spider Crane to the Office Move Rescue

My company moved. We had much stuff, papers and files in metal cabinets. Hanging file folders I thought best for the shredder.

I was not in charge though, so now we have these file cabinets in our new office. “How did they get there?” You might ask. “Spider Crane” I would answer.

The Spider Crane is a funky office move facilitator. It is a pneumatic suction crane that picks up metal cabinets by attaching two suction cups to the offending vertical files and picks it up enough to get a dolly underneath. Not glamours, but effective.

And you can witness more of the Spider Crane in its own Flickr Action Set.

Did you “suit up” today on E Street?

Seen on E Street NW near 5th Street

Like my Dad used to caution me, when it’s raining, you wear a raincoat. He didn’t mean a real raincoat, of course. Southerners speak in metaphor and I knew what he meant.

Someone apparently found it necessary to don a raincoat over on E Street NW. I suppose there are less romantic places to get busy than near the homeless shelter but I certainly haven’t been forward enough to bring anyone there.

To the guy who hit it and his lucky female and/or male companion: Thank you for picking up after yourself, at least for the contents of the wrapper. Next time, though, even in the heat of the moment, in the throes of your E Street passion, please take the time to pick up the wrapper. It will show that special someone that chivalry is still alive.

Everyone’s got the Shakes, part two.

Moving on from Shakespeare re-imagined into Shakespeare-inspired, the Studio Theater is staging Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. I’m excited to get a chance to see this performed on stage – I love the movie version with Gary Oldman, though Tim Roth is the real meat there, I think.

If you don’t know it, R&GAD’s story runs parallel to Hamlet but only intersects with the play in a few places. Otherwise we follow Rosencrantz and Guildenstern (or was that Guildenstern and Rosencrantz? Mocking their interchangability in Hamlet, even they seem unable to keep track of who is who) as they make their way to Denmark in responce to the Queen’s summons to come help her apparently fruit-loopy son. There’s commentary on the nature of chance, battles of the question game – no rhetoric or repeats, please – and their interactions with the Players from Hamlet are great.

I’m stoked.

See Dave Attell or D.L. Hughley… for FREE

Dave Attell and D.L. Hughley are each taping HBO specials at the Lincoln Theater next weekend- Attell on Friday, June 1 and Hughley on Sunday, June 3rd. The production company is looking for audience members for both, and the tickets are FREE. The catch is, you have to win the ticket lottery to get them. How do you enter the ticket lottery? I’m so glad you asked, because I’ve got the scoop.
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Everyone’s got the Shakes, part one.

Most prominent of the current All Bard, All The Time phenomenon is the Shakespeare Theatre’s annual free-for-all, this year again presenting Love’s Labor Lost. I’m always a little skeptical of modernizations of Shake’s work, at least when the original language is preserved. Sure, retelling The Taming of the Shrew in a high school can be effective when you reset the entire work and write your own dialog. But for every effective modern setting, Elizabethan prose staging of Romeo and Juliet you get a horrific Hamlet. If WaPo reviewer Peter Marks is to be believed, however, this one’s in the successful camp. I’m sojourning with some of our western Metblogs cities, however, do I won’t be back to see it till the 31st. I can say with absolute certainty, however, that it’s certain to be worth more than you paid to see it.

There’s three locations to get those free tickets, plus the web. If you work downtown and your arrival time is a little flexible you’re probably best off hitting the WaPo location. It’s the earliest opening at 8:30 am so you can queue up and if you fail there’s another shot for you at Noon at the other two locations. Get your sweetie to try the online source in the morning while you’re waiting at WaPo so you can double your chances.

Memoirs of the Cherry Blossom Festival

It’s been a while since I last wrote about a photo, due in part to laziness as well as not seeing any photos that really motivate my blogging fingers. Today I decided to put an end to my drought and make an effort to scour through the archives of Flickr.

This great shot by Flickrite Nestor’s Blurrylife may have been more relative to our city about a month ago, but hey, I’m a sucker for a good portrait. I love the fact that D.C. is tied to Japan (a country I’m fascinated with) by its gifting of the cherry blossom trees, and how we celebrate it every year. It’s such a great way to welcome spring and put an end to our horrid winter. The flowers are blooming, things are turning green, and everyone is happy, much like this geisha.

I love the detail of this photo, its timelessness, and how you’re drawn into her eyes. You know she’s got a story to tell and I’d sure love to hear it.

Congressman Fights Crime. Literally.

congressmancrimefighter.pngPickpocketed near his Georgetown home, Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen went running after his robber. He managed to grab the attention of several DC Police officers, who joined in the hunt and apprehended an 18-year old suspect.

That’s what you get for messing with New Jersey, man, it’s a minor miracle the mugger-to-be didn’t find himself on the receiving end of a Tony Soprano-style Curb Job.

Caption Contest Winner: Holmes & Fenty Photo

And we have a winner for the Metroblogging DC Caption Contest! By a very close vote that I may not completely understand, here is the photo/caption combo:

“I am not saying that there would be consequences for the failure for this legislation but tell me – do you really want to risk this? I mean c’mon – she knows where you park, she knows where to find a crowbar and either way you’re still stuck with her till the district residents vote otherwise.” By Jared.

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DC Bald Eagles


bald eagle

With increasing numbers of Bald Eagles around the Washington, DC area, mostly near the Chesapeake Bay and the Potomac (they are nearly always found near water), sightings are becoming more and more common.

Most of us remember the story of George and Martha, and we’ve witnessed a number of other dramatic rescues. A visit to the National Zoo’s Bald Eagle Refuge will get you a close-up look at these majestic creatures. And now you can get a rare view of a wild bald eagle nest provided by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries at this WVEC Web cam page.

Down to a low of only 417 pairs in the lower 48 states in 1963, the birds have now been upgraded from endangered to threatened. I have yet to see one soaring over the river. What about you? Tell us your story of spotting our national symbol.

Costco: Cardboard Box Connection

While randomly shopping with the clock-stopping hottie, I came across this amazing find for anyone moving: Costco has mountains of boxes right by the cash registers, free for the taking.

When I was packing to move into the new abode, Costco became a cardboard box goldmine.

The Costco employees helped me dig out the right kind of boxes, sturdy ones not pre-made to be product display cases. I was able to scrounge about half my boxes and all the funky-shaped boxes I needed in this pile o’ dead trees.

If you wanna do the same, I have only one tip: guard your finds. Two other customers tried to swipe my cardboard while I was searching – the suburban thieves!

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