Tuesday, May 01, 2007

One shall stand, one shall fall.

Happy Loyalty Day fellow Silver Springers!

The whole Veteran's Plaza turf vs. ice debate is getting kind of tired, and needs to get resolved ASAP so we can all move on. It has even reached a point where the two sides have resorted to wearing gang colors and waving homemade signs like at a WWE event. With that in mind, here are a few suggestions as to how this debate can be settled once and for all.

Solution A:

Each side shall choose a champion to represent them in a fight-to-the death battle staged within a dome-shaped steel cage erected on Veteran's Field. The combatants will hang from the dome by elastic cords, as will a variety of mêlée weapons, including, of course, chainsaws. There will be only one rule for this contest: "Two proposals enter. One proposal leaves." I came up with this concept completely on my own.

(In a completely unrelated note, Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome is one of the few films I specifically remember seeing at the Silver Theatre back when it was dumpy. Star Trek III is one of the others, so I always found it very random that inside the theater one of the old photos shows that particular movie on the marquee.)

Solution B:

Install a giant plate that rotates around its horizontal axis, with a ice rink on one side and crappy green carpet on the other. Based on changes in temperature, the plate can be flipped (suddenly, and without warning) to the more appropriate side. Everybody wins.

Solution C:

Scrap both the "turf" and "ice" ideas and put in Mini-golf.

Regrettably, none of these ideas are likely to be implemented. However, if you want to have your say about what will be done with that site, go to this Saturday's "community meeting" on the subject. Here's the schedule:

1:00-1:20: Meet on the turf, see the design and layout
1:20-1:30: Walk to Round House Black Box Theater (For those of you who don't know, this theater specializes in theatrical re-creations of aircraft crashes.)
1:30-2:00: Panel discussion
2:00-3:00: Small group discussions

As I've said before, I think they should retain some sort of "grassy" area, but use high-quality artificial grass rather than real grass or crappy green carpet.


- Welcome two new blogs to the Silver Spring "blogosphere": Thayeravenue.com and Silver Spring Town Center. It's getting a little crowded around here.

- Blair principal leaving after 23 years.

- What I feared for my own car I saw happen to someone else's yesterday after it hit a exposed manhole on 29 and blew out one of its tires. The county/state/whoever really ought to pay for that.


Silver Springer said...

You are too much LOL.

silver spring penguin said...

Dude, you're on a roll!

Anonymous said...

the comment about the black box theater is the funniest thing you've ever written

Anonymous said...

I agree that a higher quality turf should be installed. The turf that is there now was chosen because it was all that fit the budget of the county. No one thought it would be there this long. For twice the money ($200,000), Silver Spring could have a GREAT surface that would look much more like real grass and also be more durable.

I'd use the same company that did the first installation though. They seem to know what they are doing. ;)