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Pentagon Row ice rink now open

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Is there anything that says ice skating outside quite like a 75° Halloween? Probably, but the rink at Pentagon Row opened anyway. There were a few skaters out there while I enjoyed some potato soup and Harp al fresco earlier this evening.

Sadly, the warmth may not the biggest downside of the rink — admission is up a dollar over last year to $8 for two hours. Skate rental stays at $3. A discount card for 10 admissions is probably the way to go; its $60, a savings of $20. I’ll be getting one of those just as soon as the weather gets cold.

More outdoor rinks should be opening in the coming weeks, stay tuned for details.

Really, the waitress couldn’t have been that bad

My wife pointed this out in Woo Lae Oak’s profile:

To be fair, refills are never begrudged, but to get a waitress’s attention one must practically start a fire.

Aha! So, that’s why there was a fire on Thursday night.

BREAKING NEWS: Fire at Woo Lae Oak in Pentagon City


There was what appears to have been a small fire to the exterior of Woo Lae Oak in Pentagon City this evening not long after 10 o’clock. Over ten emergency vehicles responded to the scene. It appears most of the damage was to an awning at the right entrance of the restaurant. Based on my own observations and that of Fritz Hamme, an early eyewitness to the scene, it looks like there were no injuries. By 10:35, if not sooner, firefighters had the blaze under control.

Earlier updates:

10:26 p.m. Lots of fire trucks at Woo Lae Oak in Pentagon City right now. Details coming.

UPDATE: 10:31 p.m. Eyewitness Fritz Hamme reports there is still smoke coming from the entrance. I live 17 stories up from the restuarant in the next building over. I’m going to see what I can find at ground level.

UPDATE 10:55 p.m. The fire is out. It appears to be mostly confined to an awning above the right entrance. Photos coming shortly.

UPDATE 11:00 p.m. The damage appears to be limited to the outside of the structure…over 10 emergency vehicles including two ladders were at the scene. At least three Arlington police cars responded as well…the power stayed on in Woo Lae Oak throughout the ordeal. Several ambulances were at the scene, but there are not apparently any injuries.

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Air Force Memorial topped off

Air Force Memorial

Yesterday, the Air Force Memorial in Arlington was topped off. Construction should be winding down (or frantically accelerating) with an Oct. 14-15 dedication planned. The public opening is Monday, Oct. 16. The three spires represent the Thunderbirds “bomb burst” maneuver.

As landmarks go, it is certainly becoming an interesting one. Observing it from S. Joyce Street between Columbia Pike and the real Mixing Bowl it seems a bit out of place and not just because it is next to the Navy Annex. However, from further away, such S. Joyce St. near Pentagon Row, it is a much more interesting view with high-rises framing it. The view from 33rd Street in Georgetown is also pretty good.

What are some other good spots to see the memorial?

Outdoor ice rinks starting to open

It is getting colder and pretty soon we will be in the throes of another D.C. winter. In between watching people abandon their cars and rush to the supermarket for bread, milk, and toilet paper, I like to go ice-skating at local outdoor rinks. There is a handful in the area and they are starting to open up for the 2005-06 season.

While the popular National Sculpture Garden ice rink does not open for a few weeks, other rinks are schedule to open the first week in November. has information about rinks in Pentagon Row in Arlington; Reston Town Center; and Glen Burnie, Md. In College Park, Herbert Wells Ice Rink is already open. There are also rinks in Bethesda, Kentlands, and Columbia, but I could not find sites for them.

If you prefer to skate indoors, check out these rinks:

Friends of Fort Dupont Ice Arena

Fairfax Ice Arena
Mount Vernon Ice Arena

Maryland Rinks –

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