Friday, April 20, 2007

Silver Spring News 'N Notes

Ahhhh, it's almost the weekend and for once it looks like it will be a nice one. I don't have anything particularly substantial to write about, so here are a few miscellaneous tidbits...

- Watching this past Wednesday's episode of South Park, "Night of the Living Homeless", all I could think about was the parking lot at the old downtown Silver Spring McDonald's. If you were around back then, you know what I'm talking about.

- I really hope they are planning on resurfacing the northbound lanes of 29 just after Four Corners soon. I don't know how many more times my car can take going over the protruding manhole covers without breaking apart.

- Why does the vending machine at the Silver Spring Giant stock Ravens helmets exclusively??



This is Redskins territory, dammit, notwithstanding the disgusting display of bandwagon behavior that followed the Ravens' Super Bowl victory.

- Speaking of supermarkets, it is already well established that Silver Spring's Safeways suck royally, but to my knowledge, none of them have been assigned clever nicknames like their counterparts in the District (Soviet Safeway, Social Safeway, etc.). Have any suggestions for nicknames for the Silver Spring Safeway locations? Extra points will be awarded for alliteration, although it probably isn't too difficult to think of "s" words to use as adjectives when describing these stores...

- If you see "The Big Lebowski" scrolling across the marquee at the Silver Theatre anytime soon, you'll know I was the winner of the "Program the Silver" sweepstakes.

- A Flickr user has photo documented MoCo cops' flagrant disregard for parking laws in downtown Silver Spring.

- A Metro bus driver was fired for giving a passenger a hug on the Silver Spring - Montgomery General route. What's wrong with a little hug? At least he didn't run her over.

- I love the proposed look for the Birchmere. (from Silver Spring Forward)



- If you want to do something for Earth Day, why not participate in the Friends of Sligo Creek's Spring "Sweep the Creek" on Saturday and/or Sunday.



18 comments:

elastic|synapse said...

I *hate* that place. Even when I go for TP or some other necessary sundry, I feel like I'm going for a root canal. My thoughts...

Sorry Safeway
Sinister Safeway
Sullen Safeway
Substandard Safeway
Slimy Safeway

And for private consumption:

Sucky Safeway
Shitty Safeway

I think we'll use the latter here at the house.

Anonymous said...

what do people think about Sniders as an alternative to Sorry Safeway?

Anonymous said...

Smells-like-rodents Safeway

Anonymous said...

How about the "Safewait"

BTW, that's not really elastic|synapse's photo. "he" is actually a 600lb woman who goes by the name "Pop Tart"

elastic|synapse said...

Sniders is a good alternative - plus you can buy beer there. But alas, it's a bit of a hike on foot from downtown SS.

And as for Mr. [anonymous] Pop Tart, I know who you are, and I've killed people for less.

rtsind said...

I believe that the Redskins are a Washington DC team, even though their stadium is in Maryland.

Last time I checked Silver Spring was in Maryland and the Ravens are a maryland team.

But what do i know, I am an Eagle fan

Anonymous said...

Um, you do realize that all those photos of cop cars were taken within a block of the district courthouse? The cars likely belong to cops called upon to testify -- in the middle of their workday -- against DUI, assault, and drug defendants.

Would you rather that they miss their court appearance, and let a drunk driver get off scott free, while they hunt around for "legal" parking?

Sligo said...

Uh, I just linked to the photos... I didn't go around taking them.

However, there's no reason that cops shouldn't just be able to park in the garage across the street from the courthouse if they need to testify, etc.

And in regard to the Redskins/Ravens: generally people are fans of the team closest to them, regardless of the state they are in. DC is a lot closer to Silver Spring than Baltimore.

chaz said...

Yes, better to take photos of the dozens of folks who park illegally in that area to get to their important appointments at Mi Rancho and Cubano's EVERY NIGHT, even though there's a public garage 100 feet away.

Anonymous said...

Does anybody know what exactly that construction on 29 is, that's been going on for over a year now? Looks like now they will be stripping the southbound lanes, instead of resurfacing the northbound lanes first.

Sligo said...

I don't know, but it is extremely obnoxious to strip the road like that and leave it that way for weeks. There are big "reverse potholes" and loose pieces of gravel that can chip the hell out of your paint.

Anonymous said...

And why do I keep seeing four to six state police cars pulling people over at the beltway entrance ramp on northbd Georgia? Are they pulling over the line-cutters?

Nikki said...

They ramp police were there again this afternoon. I demand to know why!

elastic|synapse said...

I assumed they were checking for seat belts, but I could be wrong. I hope they incarcerate the ramp cutters.

Anonymous said...

Sligo says: "Uh, I just linked to the photos... I didn't go around taking them."

Of course you didn't take them. That was obvious. But you linked to them with the following text: "A Flickr user has photo documented MoCo cops' flagrant disregard for parking laws in downtown Silver Spring."

You editorialized that the cops' behavior was "flagrant," and pretty clearly conveyed your disapproval. It's a little disingenuous to pretend you didn't have anything to say.

As to whether they should park across the street in the garage... I don't know if there are any reserved "police only" spaces on the first level, but that lot is completely packed up to the top level by 8:30 every weekday morning. Do you honestly want the cops hunting around for 10 minutes before their court appearance, when they could be doing their job instead? What if they needed to get to their car quickly after their testimony, but instead had to schlep up to the top floor, and weave their wav down to the bottom before providing backup?

The issue that should occur to you, the picture taker, and really anybody else is that the county needs to provide more dedicated parking during court hours... not that our officers have "flagrant disregard" for the law.

Sligo said...

Touché.

My original point was to show the photographer's view of the parking behavior of the police in Silver Spring. Personally, I've never witnessed it and don't really have a strong opinion either way.

Parking in the motorcycle spot, though...

Besides, MoCo cops don't have anything on the DC cops. When I lived in DC the cops would briefly sound their siren when crossing an intersection in the middle of the night because they didn't feel like stopping. Of course this would wake me up every time. I'd also see them talking on their cellphones all the time while driving (a $200 ticket in the District).

Anna said...

What's this about "The Big Lebowski"? That AFI link still doesn't list the details.

Sligo said...

Big Lebowski would only be showing if ***I*** won, which I assume I didn't since I haven't heard from anyone.