Brad Pitt Has Your Secret Shit: Rolling DC

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http://www.slate.com/id/2204096/

hey Slate: fuck youuuuuuuu for reprinting a 15-year old column about "life in DC" and saying "it's still remarkable how little of the city's character has changed."

I DIED, Friday, 7 November 2008 15:23 (7 years ago) Permalink


orange line extending to NY? rendering of new 2nd Ave subway entrance.

I DIED, Friday, 7 November 2008 15:29 (7 years ago) Permalink

oh man that would be the best i would buy so many records and work pays the smartrip

69, Friday, 7 November 2008 15:46 (7 years ago) Permalink

that's the part of the upper east side with all the fresh-out-of-college banker types and shitty bars

gabbneb, Friday, 7 November 2008 15:51 (7 years ago) Permalink

So, I'm coming to join your cool place-to-be city some time around February. Pretty jammy timing. I've visited before but only for 2-3 days. I think I'll be living somewhere near Dupont Circle/19th, if I take over the apartment of the last incumbent in the job...

ljubljana, Friday, 7 November 2008 21:19 (7 years ago) Permalink

cool

mookieproof, Friday, 7 November 2008 21:22 (7 years ago) Permalink

our football team is awesome

T-PALIN (daria-g), Friday, 7 November 2008 21:25 (7 years ago) Permalink

T-PALIN (daria-g), Friday, 7 November 2008 21:26 (7 years ago) Permalink

I get to learn the football rules!
Is that a real TV show embedded in that vid somewhere?

ljubljana, Friday, 7 November 2008 21:32 (7 years ago) Permalink

nah.. DC go go band Mambo Sauce had this song out for a while and finally made a video for it, so.. that's what they did. chuck brown shows up at the end to tell the police to let them go, I guess is the gist of it

T-PALIN (daria-g), Friday, 7 November 2008 21:34 (7 years ago) Permalink

Even your cheerleaders go on tour!

ljubljana, Friday, 7 November 2008 21:40 (7 years ago) Permalink

I'm still trying to get my head around 15K ppl in DC voting for McCain? TOO MANY I DEMAND RECOUNT.

quincie, Friday, 7 November 2008 21:41 (7 years ago) Permalink

TOMBOT can you embed the mambo sauce vid at the top of the thread? tks.

I DIED, Friday, 7 November 2008 22:00 (7 years ago) Permalink

I'm still trying to get my head around 15K ppl in DC voting for McCain?

http://latenightshots.com/

T-PALIN (daria-g), Friday, 7 November 2008 22:12 (7 years ago) Permalink

who all had logins to there? I miss the roffles ;_;

Black Seinfeld (HI DERE), Friday, 7 November 2008 22:26 (7 years ago) Permalink

WAU

http://dcist.com/2008/02/06/reality_show_ba.php

Mr. Que, Friday, 7 November 2008 22:28 (7 years ago) Permalink

oh shit

OH SHIT

Black Seinfeld (HI DERE), Friday, 7 November 2008 22:29 (7 years ago) Permalink

awesome

mookieproof, Friday, 7 November 2008 22:31 (7 years ago) Permalink

I can give LNS invites if anyone wants

I DIED, Friday, 7 November 2008 22:55 (7 years ago) Permalink

^_^

Black Seinfeld (HI DERE), Friday, 7 November 2008 22:58 (7 years ago) Permalink

can read such threads as:

- Stolen undergarments on Saturday
- Manipulating men into LTRs and marriage
- FATTIE, but great in bed. Keeper?
- Is it possible to be super smoke and humble at the same time?
- whats the website to order generic Viagra
- How did you make up for election night depression?
- any hill staffers wanna release some tension?

I DIED, Friday, 7 November 2008 23:00 (7 years ago) Permalink

FATTIE, but great in bed. Keeper?

omg

Black Seinfeld (HI DERE), Friday, 7 November 2008 23:59 (7 years ago) Permalink

Is it possible to be super smoke and humble at the same time?

username on this question was "bho choom gang" right?

the schef (adam schefter ha ha), Saturday, 8 November 2008 00:29 (7 years ago) Permalink

See I always assumed the LNS crew lived in Bethesda/NOVA and thus would not be fucking with DCs polls.

quincie, Saturday, 8 November 2008 01:12 (7 years ago) Permalink

no much of LNS lives in DC west of rock creek park! Like YOU!

I DIED, Saturday, 8 November 2008 02:46 (7 years ago) Permalink

Yeah actually I think some of them live directly below me. PICK UP YOUR CIGGY BUTTS DOUCHES.

quincie, Saturday, 8 November 2008 02:50 (7 years ago) Permalink

who wants to pal around w/ terrorists next week?

Busboys & Poets
Mon, November 17
6.30pm
Author Event, William Ayers

I DIED, Monday, 10 November 2008 21:51 (7 years ago) Permalink

hey whatever happened to stephen x

mookieproof, Monday, 10 November 2008 21:55 (7 years ago) Permalink

HE DIED

I DIED, Monday, 10 November 2008 21:57 (7 years ago) Permalink

well, maybe. I don't know.

I DIED, Monday, 10 November 2008 21:58 (7 years ago) Permalink

http://yglesias.thinkprogress.org/archives/2008/11/no_restaurant_for_you.php

sala thai is fine for delivery and take-out? I don't understand the point about mediocrity somehow profiting from the restriction - if a restaurant truly sucks, it goes out of business, no? As pointed out in the comments, Adams Morgan is packed to the gills with bars and restaurants and I wouldn't say it's any kinda amazing dining district. Brains, tell me how it is.

TOMBOT, Tuesday, 18 November 2008 06:05 (7 years ago) Permalink

Sala Thai is eh. I used to eat there plenty before Rice and Regent Thai opened. Now I pretty much just do Rice since the last time I went into Regent Thai it smelled distinctly like rat poison.

This overlay needs to get changed but it's not really a problem as it stands - I know plenty of people looking at opening up in that corridor and they don't expect any problems getting a zoning exception.

I think new building in DC should require all retail on the ground floor without restrictions - this would drive retail rents way down and would negatively impact efficiency of new development somewhat, but it effectively translates to having developers subsidize cheap retail. Because of the building height limits DC retail spaces are overpriced and we lack a proportionate population to support retail, so lower rents could do a lot of good.

Mediocrity does profit from restriction sometimes - like with cabaret laws in NY.

I think the biggest factor in keeping bad restaurants open is lack of reliance on repeat business. Woodley Park is a great example of this - it's got the same demographics and a similar streetscape at Cleveland Park just up the street, but it's got a bunch of shitty places and Cleveland Park has, generally, very good ones. The large hotels in Woodley Park mean there are a bunch of tourists and conventioneers coming through who are going to eat at that random indian place or wherever because it's right between the Metro and their hotel - I don't think it's the locals keeping that row in business.

I don't think Yg's argument is valid here given the current state of development along 14th/U St. There are a lot of older struggling places in that stretch that would actually be less expensive for a restaurateur to buy out and remodel than a new space would be. If Sala Thai is able to stay open despite not doing very much business that just means they'll eventually be bought out by another operator that thinks they can maximize their volume in that space.

I'M ACTUALLY FINE (I DIED), Tuesday, 18 November 2008 14:51 (7 years ago) Permalink

our football team is awesome

― T-PALIN (daria-g), Friday, November 7, 2008 4:25 PM (1 week ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

RIP

I'M ACTUALLY FINE (I DIED), Tuesday, 18 November 2008 14:52 (7 years ago) Permalink

Inauguration Organizers Plan for 4 Million on Mall

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/17/AR2008111703672.html?hpid=topnews

woah

I'M ACTUALLY FINE (I DIED), Tuesday, 18 November 2008 15:14 (7 years ago) Permalink

shit is going to be lunacy

TOMBOT, Tuesday, 18 November 2008 17:04 (7 years ago) Permalink

and fucking cold as hell

TOMBOT, Tuesday, 18 November 2008 17:04 (7 years ago) Permalink

apparently i don't care about going to the inauguration, but i still want one of these

http://briefingroom.thehill.com/2008/11/20/obamas-mug-on-dc-subway-cards-for-inauguration/

gabbneb, Thursday, 20 November 2008 22:12 (7 years ago) Permalink

#

Have they done this for previous presidents-elect? If not, this is a blatantly partisan move by an organization funded with taxpayer money.

Comment by Ryan Lile — November 20, 2008 @ 3:33 pm

my favorite part about this is that if you click dude's name it takes you to a site to buy $100 designer dog bowls

El Tomboto, Friday, 21 November 2008 00:12 (7 years ago) Permalink

I enjoy the fact that this thread is easily found in the search engine by querying for "pitt shit"

I HAVE ANOTHER QUESTION FOR BRAINS.

when would you be available to check out PROPERTY with your bro me
whenever is fine 'cause we just started looking and I haven't bothered about a lender yet

but tis the season for getting sweet deals on exposed brick & etc

TOMBOT, Saturday, 22 November 2008 23:34 (7 years ago) Permalink

Tombot taking the property-ownership plunge OH YEAH.

quincie, Sunday, 23 November 2008 02:20 (7 years ago) Permalink

I just got back from a very brief visit to your fine fine city and I am still getting over the fact that I'm going to be living near the fabulous Kramers book store rather than here. Though Kramer's website is a bit self-congratulatory, or at least the video is. ETA now some time in February, so will miss the Mall madness...

ljubljana, Monday, 24 November 2008 10:48 (7 years ago) Permalink

Kramerbooks is a fairly small bookstore with an OK selection and decent beers and shitty food. And it's open 24 hours on the weekend. That's all.

I'M ACTUALLY FINE (I DIED), Monday, 24 November 2008 15:35 (7 years ago) Permalink

TOMBOT I am on crazy schedule for the next 2 weeks but should be OK to look at some places after.

I'M ACTUALLY FINE (I DIED), Monday, 24 November 2008 15:38 (7 years ago) Permalink

I live in Swindon now, so an ok selection and half decent food will do me fine for now :-) I'm afraid I'm pretty easy to please when it comes to cities at the moment...

ljubljana, Monday, 24 November 2008 15:38 (7 years ago) Permalink

Recommendations for better bookshops very welcome, thanks in advance...

ljubljana, Monday, 24 November 2008 16:24 (7 years ago) Permalink

Second Story Books in Dupont is pretty okay for used stuff. Other than that. . . Olsson's used to be the other big indie bookstore around here, but they shut their doors. So you're stuck pretty much with Borders and B&N's.

Mr. Que, Monday, 24 November 2008 16:27 (7 years ago) Permalink

Thanks Mr Que. My colleague whom I'm replacing there also recommended Second Story Books, but she worked in Swindon for even longer than me, so I should not rely on her warped judgement...

I'll drop the excited puppy thing now. I'm showing up provincial England. I'm capable of getting over-excited by Whole Foods as well.

ljubljana, Monday, 24 November 2008 17:47 (7 years ago) Permalink

oh hey, I will be in DC tomorrow

I should have said something sooner, yeah?

Black Seinfeld (HI DERE), Wednesday, 26 November 2008 22:24 (7 years ago) Permalink

just tomorrow?

T-PALIN (daria-g), Wednesday, 26 November 2008 22:33 (7 years ago) Permalink

yeah

El Tomboto, Wednesday, 26 November 2008 22:58 (7 years ago) Permalink

Maybe the chef that Shallal hired is to blame. I'm not a fan of W. Post reviewer Tom Sietsema, but back in March here's what he says in part, in his praise for the the new place--
he has hired Joseph Paire to take over the kitchen? An alumnus of Todd Gray’s Watershed in NoMa and Farmers Fishers Bakers in Georgetown, the chef, 33 and a District native, is cooking notches better than his résumé suggests.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/food/mulebone-review-with-a-new-chefs-help-andy-shallal-steps-up-his-game/2016/03/22/3797a6cc-e9f6-11e5-bc08-3e03a5b41910_story.html

curmudgeon, Monday, 6 June 2016 18:18 (1 month ago) Permalink

It's not just that. The clothes for sale = weird. The dinner menu = buttered to death. The service: as bad as it ever was during the twilight of Eatonville. And this is a pet peeve, but Shallal needs to fire whomever is in charge of the beer sections of his menus. Busboys and Mulebone have taken to just listing the name of the brewery as if that tells you what you're getting, letting stuff get 86'd with no replacement, and suggesting the existence of a "seasonal" when there is actually no seasonal, just something that they don't have anymore. Seasonal empty tap. GTFOWTS,A

At least the Neal brothers can be bothered with the logistics, even if the tap menu kind of sucks (compared to the glory days of 2014) and keeps getting worse.

El Tomboto, Monday, 6 June 2016 20:25 (1 month ago) Permalink

That was pretty savage. I assume their food is in fact edible, but Sietsema generally grades on performance relative to expectations - whether those expectations come from hype, reputation, popularity, or chef resume.

full of grapes (Ye Mad Puffin), Thursday, 9 June 2016 16:06 (1 month ago) Permalink

Architecture / DC code question: The building height restriction is the width of the facing street plus 20 feet, correct? So why is nobody building anything higher than 4 stories along Rhode Island Avenue NW? Went for a stroll this morning to check out what might be our future neighborhood and noticed that new construction seems to not be taking advantage.

El Tomboto, Friday, 10 June 2016 13:43 (1 month ago) Permalink

street +20' is the maximum citywide but neighborhood zoning often further restricts this through FAR caps, additional height restrictions, etc.

controversial but fabulous (I DIED), Friday, 10 June 2016 14:16 (1 month ago) Permalink

Was going to post that Sietsema review - have always slightly amazed by the clueless raves that place gets

the Rinzler concert is pretty tempting this year. need to clone self.

normcore strengthening exercises (benbbag), Friday, 10 June 2016 16:05 (1 month ago) Permalink

Another Post food reviewer Tim Carman has the carryout and international ethnic beat. I loved the roti I had recently at Caribbean Palace (New Hampshire Ave on the Langly Park & Takoma Park , MD border) and have had in the past a few times; I see that Tim Carman liked it last year (although he seems to like Teddy's Roti Shop in DC more).

Sietsema only goes to places like this when Todd Kliman brings him there in an uber (read this awhile back in either Post or Washingtonian). Kliman is leaving Washingtonian but hasn't announced where he is going to.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/goingoutguide/restaurants/at-caribbean-palace-a-no-frills-tour-of-west-indian-cuisine/2015/02/19/1c801fec-b390-11e4-886b-c22184f27c35_story.html

curmudgeon, Friday, 10 June 2016 16:17 (1 month ago) Permalink

hey DC people, this is super last minute but my brother's band Thaylobleu is having a CD release party at The Velvet Lounge tonight:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1091981960875283/

Also playing will be:

The Cornel West Theory
Laughing Man
Leftist

volumetric god rays (DJP), Thursday, 16 June 2016 17:26 (1 month ago) Permalink

El Tomboto, Mulebone just fired the chef and the mixologist.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/going-out-guide/wp/2016/06/14/a-few-months-after-opening-mulebone-lays-off-its-chef/

curmudgeon, Thursday, 16 June 2016 19:29 (1 month ago) Permalink

http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/arts/museums-galleries/blog/20782982/culturaldc-sells-flashpoint-gallery

Last remaining art gallery in Gallery Place hood is leaving

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 21 June 2016 15:34 (1 month ago) Permalink

So yeah, this blew up on popville. what people think? http://www.popville.com/2016/06/well-this-is-depressing/

Honestly this kind of reminded me of that Blowfly song, you know the one.

El Tomboto, Wednesday, 29 June 2016 15:49 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

(except Blowfly was being funny)

El Tomboto, Wednesday, 29 June 2016 15:50 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

lots of clichés in that article. Poverty and crime and policing and good government issues and DC history are more complicated than that guy will acknowledge.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 30 June 2016 18:02 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

yeah and apparently the greatest political participation the author could muster is an anonymous open letter and moving his small business tax revenue to some undisclosed location that's definitely not DC. He also never actually tried to find out why things were/are bad and terrible, just allocates blame that suits his own bigotry.

The part re: Columbia Heights being evidently worse than it was when I lived there 11 years ago feels about right, sadly.

El Tomboto, Saturday, 2 July 2016 18:10 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

https://www.borderstan.com/2016/07/06/opinion-popville-op-eds-indictment-of-columbia-heights-difficult-to-agree-with/

ANC 1A chair Kent Boese, whose commission represents Columbia Heights:

My concerns with the District’s police force falls into two main areas 1) the decision a year ago by Chief Lanier to eliminate police district based plainclothes units with little forewarning or community input, and 2) our ability to train and maintain new recruits at a time when we have a significant number of police officers leaving or retiring.
The elimination of plainclothes officers stationed in our communities was a misstep that likely has more to do with MPD’s attrition rate than it does with the changing nature of crime. It was equally disheartening that our Councilmember’s response to concerned residents seeking a return of dedicated plainclothes officers was that of equating plainclothes policing with jump out squads. In conversations with beat officers, DC Police Union members, and the Office of the Attorney General, have all said that addressing the most problematic criminal behavior in our community has become more difficult since the elimination of the vice squads. This is particularly true with nuisance properties – places that can and do harbor drug dealers, illegal firearms, and prostitution.
MPD’s decreasing number of experienced officers is also concerning.

curmudgeon, Sunday, 10 July 2016 00:27 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

I saw Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon and other original Freedom Singers perform, 50 some years later, some of their civil rights anthems last night and talk about them, and it was very impressive and inspiring and occasionally sad and depressing(not the quality of the singing, but the subject matter talked about and sung about). The event at the Metropolitan AME Church in W. DC (where Frederick Douglas long ago once spoke) was part of the March on Washington Film and more Festival going on this week and next. Ysaye Barnswell, who was once in Sweet Honey in the Rock with Johnson Reagon, later did a version of "Wade in the Water" with "Black Lives Matter" in the lyrics. She can still emote powerfully too.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 14 July 2016 16:52 (1 week ago) Permalink


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