Thursday, December 17, 2009

Silver Spring News 'N Notes

- I completely missed this news when it was originally announced in October, but Nando's Peri-Peri signed a lease to open up a new location in Downtown Silver Spring. Nando's, "home of the legendary, Portugese, flame-grilled, Peri-Peri chicken", will move into the spot on The Promenade presently occupied by the temporary toy store. No opening date has been announced.



BEWARE! While Nando's U.S. presence is currently confined to the D.C. area, it is actually a WORLDWIDE CHAIN, thus making it evil in the eyes of some. Please boycott accordingly.

- Speaking of worldwide chains, as part of McDonald's new corporate strategy the restaurant across from the Metro will likely soon be offering free wi-fi. At this point, it'd take more than free Internet and McCafĂ© (actually OK) to get me into that particular McDonald's, always high in the running for the Worst Place in Silver Spring™. Of course, if they were to redesign our McDonald's in the manner of this one in Manhattan, I'd be willing to give at least one more shot. Unfortunately, that's not bloody likely to occur.



To my knowledge you can already get free wi-fi in downtown S.S. at Borders, Eggspectations, Mayorga, Panera, Starbucks (w/a Starbucks card) and through Silver Spring's official free wi-fi service. Did I miss anywhere?

- A few weekends back, Scientologists were conducting "free stress tests" just outside the exit to the Silver Spring Metro station. How is this legal? Who authorizes them to do this on public property? The county? WMATA?





17 comments:

chippy said...

"How is this legal? Who authorizes them to do this on public property? The county? WMATA?"

It's public property. Same law that let's me take pictures and let's you dress up as a Zombie and march down the street makes this legal.

People are allowed to do those things. The only gray area here is setting up tables. But they would have to prove that the tables impede traffic and then take on the Scientologists. It's easier forauthorities to just screw around with photographers and skate boarders.

Chip Py
Silver Spring

Silver Spring: Then and Again said...

Lotus Cafe at 8077 Georgia Avenue has free Wi-Fi.

Dan Reed said...

I don't know. I'd rather walk up that street and get bothered by Scientologists than by people begging me for change. At least Scientologists smell good. It is a public street, after all, so they have full rights to give e-meter readings. I mean, when's the last time you got your Thetan levels checked?

Hugo said...

Nando's is a quality, relatively inexpensive dining option to add to DTSS. I'd say it's a definite win for DTSS.

Sligo said...

Unless you consider The Church of Scientology a for-profit business. Then what is the difference between them and any other business, who presumably can't just set up tables on the sidewalk. I believe they were selling books from those tables, for what that's worth.

Easley Does It said...

I just had lunch today at the Nando's near Dupont Circle. That's some good stuff.

baji said...

we had nando's in south africa and if you are daring enough (and i know you are), then the peri peri sauce is for you. myself, i found the chicken rather so-so and like granja de oro or pollo sabroso better.

FunkyGawy said...

I have never been able to find SS free wifi, at least not upstairs at the MYB studio where I need it. We need 2nd-floor coverage!

chippy said...

Sligo said "Unless you consider The Church of Scientology a for-profit business. Then what is the difference between them and any other business, who presumably can't just set up tables on the sidewalk. I believe they were selling books from those tables, for what that's worth.."

@Sligo it is not whether you or I, Montgomery County or WMATA consider them a business or a church it's if
the IRS does. On October 1st 1993 they won a tax exemption status from the IRS after a 26 year legal battle with the IRS. This got a lot of press over the years it went on.

Chip Py

baji said...

maybe they just got a license:

http://permittingservices.montgomerycountymd.gov/dpstmpl.asp?url=/permitting/l/nfssv.asp

chippy said...

@baji

"If the site is located in the public right-of-way, the vendor must submit an application for and be approved as a Certified Agricultural Producer. (See Certification for Agricultural Producers for requirements.)"

I wonder how long the court case would take to get them certified as a Certified Agricultural Producer :)

Chip Py

WashingtonGardener said...

Borders has fre WiFi as does supposedly all of downtown SS - I have NEVER been able to get a connection there though. Think Highland Coffee also has a "free wifi" sign in their window too.

Anonymous said...

Silver Spring Library also has free Wi-fi.

Bauhaus Bob said...

Ah, the $cientologists are certainly good for rousing a debate. See also ClamBake Dot Org.

Still, insofar as they have Official Status As Religion (not sure whether handing out said status violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment), they can prosyletize as much as people will tolerate. I mean by this, ask yourself whether you'd tolerate Mormons or even old-school Jesus Freaks or JFJ for that matter. Or Rajneeshis (sp?) or HKs.

As for me, being a Tree Hugger Cultist, you won't find me down at the SS Metro, not enough trees to hug there in the cathedral of the Pave The Bay Cult. I'd get better play up in Takoma Park where we already have a strong base. ;)

Maybe the $cienos figured they'd have the greatest likelyhood of getting converts at a place that's the hub of the All About Money folks.

Thus, if you want less $cientologists, stop flaunting your wealth and bragging about how well off you are.

Anonymous said...

caribou coffee in the blairs shopping plaza has free wifi...

Anonymous said...

Whatever happened to that steel drum dude? He was cleverly playing a rendition of Vivaldi on his steel drum. He could do a good job drowning out the Scientologists.

I really don't have a problem with he Scientologists setting up shop. They should be allowed the same rights as anyone else. It's not like they force people to take their stress tests. They should totally stage a battle with the Evangelist who passes out flyers up by the Panera and the front of downtown SS.

Anonymous said...

Organize your own rickrolling of the Scientologists. Come on, get with the counter movement!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHpjcZNM8_k