- You can gentrify all you want, but you can’t eliminate some old school Silver Spring attitudes. I saw a guy at the corner of Pershing & Cedar wheeling home his groceries in one of the Thayer Avenue Safeway’s shopping carts. Why buy your own cart when it’s much easier to simply steal one every trip to the store? So what if the carts cost $75 to $100 each for the store to replace. That cost can be covered by increased prices for other shoppers.
What amazes me is that this guy apparently feels no shame and/or worry about being questioned by the police while blatantly wheeling a stolen cart through the heart of downtown Silver Spring.
The worst shopping cart theft in the area that I've seen has to be at the Giant in the White Oak Shopping Center. At any time, you can go back into the apartment complex behind the Sears and find dozens of abandoned carts lying around.
UPDATE: If you see stray shopping carts, you are legally obligated to return them to the Safeway, it being the U.S. Census' Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket Month.
- The ia etc shop in the Whole Foods shopping center has signs up indicating it's
going out of business moving. Admittedly, I never shopped there myself, but the experience (as described by the store's website) sure sounds pleasant:
Shopping at ia etc, in downtown Silver Spring is a Zen experience. Upon arrival, jazzy music and the earthy aroma of sandalwood and patchouli ["Get your patchouli stink outta my store!"] transport you to a different dimension. With a lightness in your step, and curiosity in your spirit, you can explore carefully set displays featuring rich and exotic home accessories.
- Over the long MLK weekend, I finally got around to reading George P. Pelecanos' Right as Rain and Hell to Pay, parts of which take place in downtown Silver Spring. The only error I noticed is that a character references going to the TGIFriday's in City Place, when the "casual dining restaurant" in City Place is, of course, Ruby Tuesday. Of course, this mistake could be attributed to the character, rather than the author. Note that Silver Spring will be getting its first TGIFriday's, as one will be opening shortly in the new shopping plaza at 29 & Tech Rd. Yipee.
- A Springbrook High student returns a book to the school library... 42 years late.
- Want to serve on the Silver Spring Citizens Advisory Board? Ike Leggett is now accepting applications:
Interested citizens should apply in writing by February 955
to County Executive Isiah Leggett at the Executive Office Building, 101 Monroe St., Rockville, MD 20850 or send an e-mail to email@example.com. A brief resume, including work and home phone numbers, should be enclosed.