Monday, August 13, 2007

Silver Spring News 'N Notes

- Where else other than Silver Spring can you watch The Terminator on a huge screen in a nice theater on a Saturday night? I went to the 10 PM showing at the AFI this past weekend and was delighted to find out that it was in theater 1 (the big theater). Since they will never tell you ahead of time, it's always a crapshoot when you buy tickets to a show there. You never know if you'll end up in the big theater or the significantly smaller, less comfortable and less attractive theaters 2 or 3.

Anyway, I am disappointed to no end that I will be out of town this weekend and won't be able to go see The Big Lebowski the only times it is screened all year...

- Is the "EMERGENCY EGRESS" sign posted in the stairwell of the Wayne Avenue garage meant as a joke? I can just see some dude who got a low SAT verbal score staring blankly at the door while he is incinerated in an automotive conflagration.

- Here's another old school example of people pluralizing Silver Spring. This circa 1950's match cover for Crisfield Seafood gives the restaurant's address as being in "Silver Springs". Even more interesting is the fact that it adds a quadrant to the street as if it were located in the District. ("Georgia Ave. N.W.")

- The City Paper rips the service at Piratz Tavern... justifiably, in my opinion. In my experiences there, the service has been inordinately slow, even when it seems like there is no one else there to wait on. That's a shame, because the food is actually decent, especially the sandwiches, which must be ordered with Piratz's great fries.

- A lost cat amazingly traveled three miles through Silver Spring back to her home.



11 comments:

Thayer Avenue said...

Right as the lights dimmed for the 10pm showing of The Terminator, did you hear someone say, "No, Jeff, I won't kiss you for a dollar"? That was me. :-) Is it just me, or has The Terminator lost some of its staying power over the years? I still like the movie, and Linda Hamilton - 80s fashion and all - is still smokin', but I didn't enjoy it as much as I have in years past.

And on an unrelated, restaurant-review note: Does anyone know another word for pirate treasure?

Sligo said...

Yeah, I did hear you - I think I must have been sitting pretty close to where you were.

I'm probably more a fan of the second one, but the original is still classic.

"Phased-plasma rifle in the forty watt range."

rd said...

Fox is betting on Terminator's "staying power". They're planning a new series called The Sarah Connor Chronicles. I'm guessing: big flop...

lil b said...

thayer - "booty"?

Thayer Avenue said...

lil b: Thank you. :-)

I think if they do it right, The Sarah Connor Chronicles might be good. As long as they don't underpromote it and move it and then cancel it. Can you tell I'm still pissed about Firefly?

Sligo said...

With regard to Firefly/Serenity I just happened to read this today.

Eileen said...

You all know Summer Glau (River, from Serenity/Firefly) is in Sarah Connor Chronicles?

Anonymous said...

Oh my god Piratz Tavern was SUCH a letdown. We were looking forward to it forever and everything about it stunk. Service and food were terrible. Looks like it hasn't improved since we went.

Anonymous said...

But Piratz is an INDEPENDENT restaurant. Not like those CHAINS where the service and food are invariably lousy! Better to support them than the greedy outsiders who don't care about our community! (tongue in cheek here, folks, but seriously this is one reason that we need a mix -- there's good and bad on both sides of the "corporate" fence.

rtsind said...

If you wish to improve service at a restaurant, leave a small tip- then tell the manager why youleft a small tip.

As a former waiter and with many waiter friends- i find this policy works quite well.

The only other alternative is to boycott the restaurant.

Anonymous said...

I had a bad experience while drinking at Piratz...the Bar Wench (I'm assuming that's what she wants to be called) was convinced that my ID was fake (it was real- just the old MD pre-crab style). She must have been new to Maryland, or really paranoid.