- The bizarre news item of the day comes to us courtesy of the Gazette:
"More than 200 people attended the grand opening of a new 7-Eleven Jan. 17 at 12257 Tech Road in Silver Spring."
Say what? Since when did the opening of a suburban 7-11 become such a special event that hundreds of people show up to celebrate? The more likely scenario: the 200 "attendees" were actually day laborers congregating out front while trying to solicit work from contractors returning from a trip to the Home Depot around the corner.
- "I pity the fool tryin' to get to Silver Spring!" A reader wrote to me complaining about the difficulty she has getting cabs to take her home to Silver Spring from the District at night:
I usually have a pretty rough time. I've even resorted to telling lies about where I live (e.g. "I live down 16th St...). It is not uncommon for me to have to talk to 3 cabs to get 1 to take me home. Note, I am a white female in my 30's who lives 1 block over the DC line in SS.
Does anyone else have this problem? I have heard before of difficulties getting a cab to Silver Spring before, but I in the past I was always able to get a ride to other (farther away) suburbs late at night. Of course, with the D.C. cabs' arbitrary pricing scheme, the fares varied widely despite the trips sharing the same starting points and destinations.