Wednesday, June 06, 2007

News 'N Notes - Serpents, Celebrities & Jaywalkers (again)

- I apologize if I harp on this subject repeatedly, but the audacity of Silver Spring jaywalkers never ceases to amaze me. Last Thursday I witnessed the enshrinement of a new member into the jaywalker pantheon. It was about 10PM and he was crossing from the Silver Spring Shopping Center over to the other side of Colesville. In keeping with jaywalker tradition, he started to cross the instant the light for Colesville traffic turned green, immediately putting him in the path of oncoming vehicles from both directions. Did he look either way? Nope. Not only that, he was wearing a towel over his downturned head so that it his peripheral vision was completely obstructed. Not surprisingly, the oncoming traffic had to screech to a halt to avoid hitting him. One of them even had the audacity to sound their horn, but our valiant jaywalker didn’t even flinch or look up for an instant. He just slowly and deliberately raised his left hand and extended his middle finger, holding it aloft as he continued his journey across Colesville with the lights of oncoming southbound traffic looming ominously in the distance. Like the brave young men who charged German machine gun nests on Omaha Beach 63 years ago today, he would not let the fear of death hinder his fight for the right of Americans to cross streets whenever and whenever they want.

Seriously, at what point does one deserve to be struck by a car? If this guy is ultimately run over and confined to a wheelchair but continues his behavior, would he be considered a “jayroller”, or is that something completely different?

(In the extremely unlikely event that Silver Spring ever gets some sort of pro sports franchise, “Jaywalkers” would be a fantastic team nickname.)

- "Snakes. Why did it have to be snakes?" Strangely, there have been reports of a snake loose on the fourth floor of the Silverton Condos as well as one on the loading dock of the Bennington Apartments. What's behind this serpentine invasion? I realize that Silver Spring is kinda near Rock Creek Park, but how does one make it to the upper levels of a condominium building? Perhaps this is a new, eco-friendly method of rodent control. If so, The Enclave might want to follow the example.

- I had a celebrity sighting in Silver Spring during my lunch break today - Delaney Williams, who plays Sergeant Jay Landsman on HBO's The Wire, was at Alliance Comics on Fenton street. I thought I must be mistaken, but a Google search confirmed my suspictions when it revealed that he does indeed live in Silver Spring. A good profile of Delaney Williams can be found here.



12 comments:

thecourtyard said...

If Burtonsville doesn't get its act together, the Dutch Country Farmers Market could move to Upper Marlboro: check out Just Up The Pike.

JB said...

Thats cool you saw Delaney Williams. I love The Wire. I personally think its beter than the Sopranos (although this final season is excellent).

silver spring penguin said...

Snake at the Silverton? Are we talking anaconda or garter snake?

Sligo said...

I'm not sure the species was determined before animal control removed it from the building.

baji said...

more importantly, did you pick up what you needed to pick up from the comic book guy?

Sligo said...

I'm afraid they hadn't gotten it in yet, so I'll have to go back tomorrow...

Anonymous said...

Like the jaywalker, more selfishness on display: At the Silver Spring Post Office the other morning - where street parking is very limited because of all the nearby construction - I pulled up in back of two cars in line at the three drop-off boxes. Waited...waited...waited. First car would not drive away or move so the rest of us could get to the boxes. Cars pile up in back of me. Honking commences. First car still does not move. Finally, I put my car in park, got my letters and walked up to the drop-off box. The woman in front of me did the same and also approached the first car, whose occupant continued sorting through some mail and ignored her. The driver ahead of me and I extracted ourselves. Looking back, I saw at least eight cars behind me and the first car still parked. Does Silver Spring reign supreme in rudeness???

rtsind said...

Jaywalkers are just the pompous asses that give Silver Spring a bad name. These are the people who believe the world owes them everything- you know the sort the kind that can be found in Takoma Park.

As for snakes in Silver Spring were they real snakes or human snakes- I am familiar with the number of human snakes in the Wheation and Silver Spring area.

Anonymous said...

Rtsind...

"Jaywalkers are just the pompous asses that give Silver Spring a bad name. These are the people who believe the world owes them everything- you know the sort the kind that can be found in Takoma Park."

What the fuck is that supposed to mean? Takoma Park people are down right warm compared to the rich ass holes who live Bethesda. Nice shot there Mr. Joe Republican.

--IHateYuppies--

WashingtonGardener said...

Anonymous - WHICH "Silver Spring Post office" ??!! The one on 2nd street or the one on Colesville? If it was the one on Colesville, please note - unless you are a business - you should be using the one just a block or so away on 2nd - plenty more parking there and easy to pull in and use the boxes as well.

Sligo said...

I assume they are referring to the drive-up mailboxes in the parking lot of the 2nd street post office.

Speaking of the smaller post office, I have a funny/infuriating story about that one I should tell sometime.

rtsind said...

I don't live in Bethesda, I have friends in Takoma park, I am a democrat, and if you are a democrat Mr. Anonymous, you have the typical attitude of a person from Takoma park- enough said.