Friday, July 13, 2007

Friday News 'N Notes

Around town...

- As previously mentioned on Thayeravenue.com and elsewhere, Ellsworth Drive will be transformed into a poor replication of Diagon Alley in honor of the release of the final Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Borders in Silver Spring is celebrating the release of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" with a "Grand Hallows Ball" on Friday, July 20 that promises to be the biggest Harry Potter midnight event ever. The Ball will transport guests from their ordinary muggle world into an evening of enchanting music, imaginative costumes, fun activities and fabulous prizes. The surrounding area will be transformed into Diagon Alley, and guests are encouraged to attend dressed in magical attire or muggle finery.
If you are planning on lining up at Borders before midnight - be forewarned. There's always the possibility that someone with advance knowledge may come by and yell out the ending to the book, as some did with the previous one (***Spoiler! - Don't click if you haven't read the book. Here's the video, too.). If you are going to expose yourself to this possibility, I highly recommend investing in some earplugs, or better yet, some QC3 headphones. Um, or you eschew muggle technology, you could always perform a deafness spell on yourself...

- My "ugly Silver Spring photos" project has so far met with limited results. I now have some photos from that era, but very few that capture the true essence of 80's & 90's Silver Spring. Some good examples of subject matter would be:

- The acorn gazebo overgrown with ivy and with a homeless person sleeping in it.
- The police substation in the Silver Spring Shopping Center.
- The really crappy McDonald's at Ellsworth and Georgia.

Why anyone would ever take photos of these things I don't know, but I guess therein lies my problem. Perhaps the couple in this photo have some pictures they could share.



I imagine they sit around in the evenings and wax nostalgic about the urban utopia that was Silver Spring in 1990. Big thanks to AG for the pic.

- The AFI Silver will be showing Al Pacino movies all summer in honor of his having received AFI's Life Achievement Award. How S1m0ne was omitted from this retrospective, I'll never understand. My question is this - whatever happened to the Walk of Fame that was supposed to be started on Colesville Road?

- I have to highly recommend Moren, Inc. on Georgia Avenue if you need any watch or clock service performed. I've gone there a few times and I was really impressed with their work. It's rare these days that you can go to a store and they really know what they're talking about.

- So much for the parking fee increase.



11 comments:

WashingtonGardener said...

The SS parking district is seriously in debt - this particular hours increase may not fly, but mark my words the prices will go up overall pretty soon.

I second that endorsement of Moren - they are good, reputable folks.

Jimmy said...

a homeless man still regularly sleeps in the gazebo.

Sligo said...

I guess some things never change!

brent said...

That's a real photo of the sign-holders, not staged, right?

Somebody actually did that? Geez

Sligo said...

To the best of my knowledge, it's legit.

Tom Collins said...

I concur regarding Moren. Long time Silver Spring business that is still going strong. Bravo to Rob Moren!

Regarding SS PLD... I think the county should consider a debt forgiveness program similar to what has been done for countries in Africa or South America. Kind of like a "Bono" Plan for the Silver Spring Parking Lot District.

Normally I wouldn't argue for something like that but there is no way we'll be able to re-pay the debt and county government should take some of the hit for how they let this area fall so far so fast.

nikki said...

Any Chompy sightings yet? Shark Week starts soon!

Sparow said...

I'll be a witness to the existence of the sign-toting couple. I didn't see them this year, but I saw them last year at the Takoma Park Independence Day Parade.

b said...

The couple in the photo are probably lawyers for MS-13. God I hate lawyers.

Anonymous said...

that is me in the picture. while yes i am a fan of urban decay and seedy charm i don't appreciate your smug, condescending tone regarding my opinion. does it follow that you are a fan of corporate, cookie-cutter, soulless businesses that you can find in any suburb in the US? that you are a fan of the anywhere USA reality wherein neighborhoods are losing the very things that make them unique and become malls that are the clones of the malls the next town over? if you do like that then you should be happy most anywhere in the U.S. maybe Silver Spring needed some economic revitalization but destroying historic buildings for a parking garage--the Armory anyone? and giving corporate chains free rent while denying family-owned businesses the same is not my idea of proper development--not to mention that higher real estate prices force out working ppl and Silver Spring once was a place where a non-wealthy MoCo resident could comfortably live. Silver "Sprung" is the new Bethesda and yes i think it stinks.
and if i was a lawyer i'd probably love Silver Sprung b/c i could actually afford it.

Sligo said...

You should try Detroit. It has lots of urban decay and the home prices are a bargain.