Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Hump Day News 'N Notes

We're in the midst of the summer doldrums and there's not a lot to write about, so here are a few bits I had lying around...

- Chevy Chase's speed cameras on Connecticut avenue are taking in $250K a month. Because, you know, they really need the money. Are they going to re-pave the streets in gold? I wonder how much MoCo is pulling in from the speed cameras they installed in Silver Spring last year. They can lower my taxes now.

- Here's an interesting article about re-purposing "dead" malls I recently read with City Place in mind. Of course, City Place isn't quite at that point. Yet.

- Silver Spring as a fashion destination? Hrrrm...

- Anyone need a vault? I'm guessing this is in the buidling at the corner of Bonifant & Georgia that is part of the Bethel World Outreach Center and was formerly a bank. How do you even move something like that?



29 comments:

Anonymous said...

not related to anything in this post, but how f'd up is this video shot in silver spring?

Springvale Roader said...

Looks like that fight between idiot one and pregnant idiot two was in the old Golden House location. I predict that somebody's unborn child is doomed.

Anyway, regarding dead malls: I suggest that the absolute best use of Shitty Place Mall would be two film yet another remake of Dawn of the Dead inside it, but make it a no-holds barred orgy of destruction. Get real bikers to rumble through the place (like Romero did), only tell them they can actually smash things up. Have lots of explosions. It can end with the heroes blowing up the place. I would pay to see that.

silver spring penguin said...

If you watch the entire video, you'll learn that the "pregnant" woman isn't pregnant. She's wearing some kind of padding.

Re: The bank vault, that's pretty cool! Would make a good entry to my panic room, though not sure how it will mesh with my other furniture.

Anonymous said...

You sure about that? Looks pretty pregnant to me.

Springvale Roader said...

Jennifer, I did stop watching the video halfway through as I really didn't like it, but after your message I watched the second half, and you might be right, but it's a little ambiguous. The one guy said she wasn't really pregnant, but was he lying? It looked like padding, but maybe it was some kind of preggers halter.

Having seen other videos and read reports of pregnant women getting into street fights, I think that this video qualifies as an X File.

Sligo said...

Bring on the zombiepocalypse!

silver spring penguin said...

What is a preggers halter?

Springvale Roader said...

A "preggers halter" would be something to help women carry out the extra weight in their bellies, like this:

http://www.jojomamanbebe.co.uk/detailfash.php?type=FASH&code=A9646&branch=IM&category=HMU82

ForestGlen said...

Also off topic, but who else thinks Cake Love sucks. My wife paid $3.75 for a cupcake the other day and it was pretty dry and tasteless. I think we would have done better making a box of Betty Crocker. I wonder how much longer that place is going to be in business...

silver spring penguin said...

I don't think the brawling chick in the video wore a "pregger halter". It really looked like a pregnancy suit that fitted over her shoulders like a sports bra.

Sligo said...

Why would she be wearing a pregnancy suit, though?

Fighting pregnant teenagers aren't exactly unprecedented in downtown Silver Spring.

Anonymous said...

I think Bethel World Outreach Church is operating under the same delusion that Pyramid Atlantic had when they tried to auction off in 2003 on ebay the Little Tavern that sat on their property. No one bought it.

This 1924 bank would make a great restaurant with dining in the vault, like the former bank/now Marriott at the corner of 9th & F NW.

Sligo said...

I remember when the Little Tavern was on eBay. Too bad it had a high minimum bid, or I would have bought that bad boy and put it in my backyard.

Jerry A. McCoy said...

The Silver Spring Historical Society received an bid of $100K just to move it across Georgia Avenue where the Norman Lane statue is.

silver spring penguin said...

Sligo wrote:

"Why would she be wearing a pregnancy suit, though?"

Good point. I still don't think she was knocked up. The baby bump didn't look real to me.

Terry in Silver Spring said...

Cake Love is AWESOME! You have to let the cakes and cupcakes come up to room temperature before you eat them.

Anonymous said...

In my opinion, there is nothing to really love about Cake Love. Very expensive and not great product. I know it is supposed to be hip and happening - in a Starbucks kind of way - but when you take away all the hype and judge their product for what it is, you are paying a hell of a lot for something that really is not so good. I'll keep making my own cakes from scratch, thank you very much, and pocket the extra fifty or so bucks.

Tina & Drew said...

@Sligo - I thought zombiepocalypse immediately but if you've read the handbook "How to Survive Zombipocalypse" apparently if you set up shop in a vault theres a good possibility you would run out of oxygen and die... There went my initial idea...

Other than that it's find a two level grocery store and blow out the stairs...

Kidding (yes the book actually does exist - a fun read) I love me my zombie flicks! BTW you should keep an eye on valve's new game Left 4 Dead looks awesome.

Cake Love is delish - I took a class there and if you're using the amount of eggs, butter, and chocolate those cakes get expensive - Neil's Hat Trick and the New German Chocolate mmmmmmm I'm one stamp away from my free slice!

Sligo said...

Tina & Drew:

Zombies never get old. I just started reading the Walking Dead comics. Entertaining.

I assume you have played Dead Rising.

Tina & Drew said...

I've played Dead Rising - one of the reasons I picked up the Xbox! :)

Haven't heard of the Walking Dead comics - going to need to check those out now :)

Question - if zombipocalypse hit Silver Spring where would you head for cover?

Springvale Roader said...

Zombies! If you liked "The Zombie Survival Guide," you'll love Max Brooks' later book, "World War Z" which, you'll be happy to know, is being made into a movie.

The Walking Dead is great. I've finished the entire series to date and am eagerly awaiting the next volume which comes out in September.

As for where to hide out in Silver Spring, the answer is: nowhere. You'd need to get away from populated urban areas, but if you can't do that, I think that the Quarry House could be easily defended (no windows that I know of), and you could raid Bombay Gaylord for curry and Taj Mahal beers if you ran out of supplies.

Thayer Ave., too said...

I went to a jazz club in Tampa once that was in an old bank. The vault was left in place with the front removed, and it became the bar. Very cool.

When I was pregnant, my only junk food cravings were Cherry Garcia and Cake Love's Susie's a Pink Lady. Something about the raspberry frosting. And my husband haunts the place waiting for the oatmeal raisin cookies.

Sligo said...

Zombiepocalypse in Silver Spring... This is fascinating. Look for an entire post on this concept shortly!!!

ForestGlen said...

I did let the cupcake warm up to room temp and it still tasted like cardboard. That place is an over priced rip off!

Vagrarian said...

I find CakeLove of varying quality. I've had some very, very good cupcakes from there, and I've had some mediocre cupcakes from there. There's a problem with consistency. I don't buy much from there anymore, because 1) I'm trying to cut back and 2) I can make far better cupcakes myself.

Breakfasted at the Parkway Deli this morning. Folks, if you haven't been, go. It's not fancy or anything; the french toast is white bread, not sourdough or raisin or anything, but it's damn good french toast. The waitresses joke around and make for a great, relaxed, chummy atmosphere. "Here's your vitamin F," said mine as she plunked my french toast and sausage in front of me, while another assured a family worried about eating healthy that "What happens in the deli, stays in the deli." Reminds me of the small-town diners I visited with the family in my youth.

Sligo said...

They actually do have sourdough French toast - I had it last weekend. Maybe it's a special.

Thomas Hardman said...

Wow, Downtown Silver Spring and Zombies, my two favorite subjects, and somehow you just can't bring up one without bringing up the other. ;)

But seriously, folks, over at Just Up the Pike I left a comment on an article about a site that would be perfect for a zombie flick, just in case you needed a change of scene for a Retreat from DTSS...

Woodsider said...

I think Cake Love is OK.

It's best for some party/big even where you need a cake and you don't want it to taste like lard, which is what cakes from Giant taste like.

It's not a snacking kind of cake.

It's an "event" cake where you'll have a lot of people each having a piece and they're dressed up and the cake shouldn't fall apart or make a mess all over them.

I like to bake as much as anyone but I'll buy a cake there if I'm busy cooking a nice dinner to go with it or am busy. I'm happy not to have to drive to Rockville to get it. There was supposed to be a good bakery in Wheaton but I never got over there.

If you want something naughty to snack on then go to Whole Foods which has a plenty un-healthful selections.

Anonymous said...

Pregnant girls fighting - it's just another typical weekend for half the Shanequas who come to Silver Spring to cause trouble.