December 2010 Archives

Evidence of a young woman and the city

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This is still my personal blog, so here's some personal stuff.
As part of that making space for the Help and his... stuff, I've decided to try to make a stab at the end of the year paper (bills, correspondence, etc) and to make space for that I have to throw away the old paper. Some time ago I made a stab at a personal records management schedule. According to that schedule my 2000 bank records, old student loan papers, and household bills are to be destroyed in 2010. Oh look at the time.
Looking through the bank statements that list how much I spent at a CVS in Alexandria, the Giant in Arlington, the LinensNThings, and other fine establishments, along with how much I actually took home in pay in 2000.  So I pull a few months aside with the thoughts of scanning them to be able to look back at snap shot of my life then. I lived fairly frugally. It seems I went out to eat maybe once a week when professionally employed, but when stuck in College Park, still in grad student mode, my biggest expense was the Shopper's Food Warehouse. 2000 had a lot of transitions. I moved inside the District from Maryland. That year I got my first professional job, after about a year of job hunting. And that year I began saving to buy a house.

In Shaw Blog slowdown due to temporary insanity

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Well the end of the year and I could wax about what has happened in 2010, but I'm not. But I will say this about 2011, I'm not going to be posting as much and there are several fine neighborhood blogs and websites out there that are doing a far better job than I ever could do. The Bates Area Civic Association blog, the Bloomingdale blog, the CCCA blog, the Mt. Vernon Square site keep me informed regarding things happening in my general vicinity. The slowdown is mainly due to something I'm calling temporary insanity, or better yet a distraction called the Help who I got hitched to over the holidays. Thinking back to some of the unkind things I've said about him during the throes of our platonic friendship, I can only describe my marriage to and current obsession with him as insanity.
Regardless the history research continues. Realizing my distractedness I have once again hired out my cousin to cull the 1930 census and give me juicy details about the lives of the residents of Truxton Circle. I'm also considering reviewing the 1880 census information. Yet that information will more than likely come in slow drips.

iPhone user doesn't take warning

I was on e the Metro, running some errands and I noticed something. Something I see often, but normally not inclined to do one single thing about, and recently I was reconfirmed in my knowledge that I should continue in not doing anything.
Don't bother warning iPhone users who stand or sit near train doors that thieves can steal their phone. You've seen them, both male and female, between the ages of 20 and 45, constantly fondling their phones, standing in the doorway or near the doorway or sitting in seats adjacent to the door. I've only witnessed the guy, who unknown to me, who stole an iPhone wizzing by me then later the out of breath former owner of phone. So though I have not witnessed directly the stealing of iPhones, I've read enough and figured out as an iPhone owner, that the former owners probably weren't tossing their phones in the air or twirling them from the ends of their headphones the moment before they were stolen.
I was sitting on a yellow line train near the doors on a train with no wind guard (brrr), listening to my own iPhone, tucked away in a jacket pocket under an overcoat. Next to me on the seat was a young woman, in I guess her late 20s, bent over fiddling around with her iPhone looking at email, in the usual playing with my iPhone pose (elbows close to the body, 1 arm outscretched, the other with finger touching screen, head down, eyes focused on phone). I decide to be helpful and warn her there have been several thefts on iPhones from people near the door. She countered me by saying in a dismissive tone, "How can someone take it if I'm PHYSICALLY holding on to it." Not a question, a statement. I'm not going to argue, it was my stop, and I invested as much as I wanted into the dialogue.

Called 911 again

I don't like this trend.
A little before 10AM today I was walking back from Catana Bakery and heading home on foot on Bates Street. As I was walking I noticed another person walking down the same side of the street as I. Then I noticed this person, was wearing a black face covering. I know it has a name but when I see it on people it is black, covers the nose and mouth covering 1/2 the face. He was also wearing a coat with a hood. I became leery. I had a bad feeling. And then he looked back behind him. There was no one else on the street.
My instincts told me to turn my ass around and get to a street with more people on it, and so I immediately turned around, crossed to the other side of the street and got over to 1st Street. I got to the corner of 1st and Q and noticed the hooded face covered guy got to the corner of 1st and Bates and kinda lingered there. I watched him for about a minute hanging there and then I went down Q Street and debated about calling 911.
Halfway down Q I decided to call 911 to report the activity. And just as one commenter had observed, the 911 dispatchers don't really do 'no  one is dying but you should check it out' calls all that well. On the plus side they did call me back after I got home to follow up,

So be careful out there.
Be aware of your surroundings.
And if your Spidy senses say turn around fast and get out of there, then turn around and book it.
Now let the comments about how I'm wasting police resources begin.

... and make me stay on the phoen longer than I want.

Yesterday I called 911.

I was outside yesterday trying to fix an issue with the front door. While I was doing my thing I noticed, in order:

1. 2 guys walking down the sidewalk all slow and odd like. Not too unusual.

2. A car parked in front of my house, that was running, keys in the ignition, passenger window rolled down, and nobody in the car.

Now when I see a car with the keys in the ignition, I have to supress the idea of driving the damned thing into a pole. Or putting it in drive and rolling it into something. Please do not leave your keys in the ignition. Instead of causing property damage, I called 911.

I'm going to have to think before I call 911 on how to end a call, because I swear they keep you on the f*ing phone long enough that whatever you're calling about has passed and gone. I swear! After we got past the location, color of the car, location of the car again, license plate number, fact that no one is in the car, that the keys are in the car, that it was still running, confirming what I just mentioned, reconfirming the location, reconfirming the color of the car, mentioning that two patrol cars had passed, reconfirming other things already mentioned, and oh look the two guys are back and now they are getting into the car in an odd way (guy #1 gets in the passenger side, slides over and the guy #2 gets in and closes passenger door). Now I'm giving a stupid play by play and I just want to get off the phone.

When the dispatcher says they'll send a car, I answer the question of if I want to leave my name and number. Oh, hell no, I just want to hang up. 

I think one of the guys, after the cops came by (said something and left) said that the call must of come from my house. Yes, yes it did. Please don't leave your car running in front of my house again, because next time it is a toss up between driving off with it to wreck it or calling 911.

ECA Meeting to take on pop-ups

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FYI tonight there is supposed to be a meeting of the Eckington Civic Association at 7:00PM at the Harry Thomas Sr. Community Service Center (1743 Lincoln Road NE).

Here's what's said in the announcement:

Over the course of the past few weeks there has been a lively discussion on our local list serve about Pop-ups and building additions in the context of there impact on the look and feel of our community. People have asked that we take a second look at Historic Designation as a possible remedy. Others have asked if changes to zoning rules might be an alternative method to address these issues.

This month and next Eckington Civic plans to invite speakers "in the know" to enlighten us on our possible options.

Our first speaker will be Michael Giulioni, he is a Development Review Specialist in the Office of Planning. Michael is responsible for reviewing development projects and the comprehensive review of the zoning regulations for the District of Columbia. Prior to joining OP in March 2008, he worked for South Bend, Indiana's Redevelopment Commission were he administered the Downtown TIF district and for the City of Toronto, Ontario Canada as a Zoning Examiner. Michael obtained a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Urban and Regional Planning from Ryerson Polytechnic University.

Mr. Giulioni will provide us with an zoning update and discuss some of the possible approaches that are being considered to reshape how the city deals with concerns like ours.

This is a great chance to bring your questions and gain insight into the future of zoning reform.

Following the theme of Development in Eckington our second speaker will be Katie Groen representing Sheridan Ventures LLC. Katie is part of a development team looking at 1831 2nd Street NE providing a response to DHCD's solicitation for offers to redevelop the property.

The meeting will start at 7pm sharp so please be on time.

Got an email from Painted Hand Farm and she'll be at the Big Bear Cafe (1st and R) 12/5. Think between 4 and 9pm. You can contact her before noon on Saturday 12/4 to reserve meat and eggs.

Oh and there will be trees to be sold from PA at the Bear Dec 3-5.