I was recently having my car cleansed of a inch-think layer of road salt at the Mongtomery Hills Car Wash when I glanced up at the monstrosity of a water tank looming over me and noticed that "THE GREAT PUMPKIN" had been written across it in large letters. The faded graffiti, painted in impressively level block letters, is visible only under close inspection and was presumably added quite some time ago. There is presently no obvious way for a person to access that section of the tank, so I have no idea how someone was able to add this text in the first place.
Do the words "The Great Pumpkin" imply that the silhouette of the water tower looms over the Montgomery Hills neighborhood in a manner similar to The Great Pumpkin over a Charles Schultz pumpkin patch? Or is the tank supposed to resemble a big pumpkin? The explanation of this phrase is not as obvious as the legendary "Surrender Dorothy" railroad bridge graffiti just up 495. (Sadly, now just "Surrender".)
Anyone know the story behind this?
- Mayorgaistas, rejoice! The coffee house, whose last day in Silver Spring was Thursday, plans to re-open in
Takoma Park Takoma, DC in the building that once housed the now-defunct Savory Cafe a space near the Metro station. I should note that like Mayorga, Savory also served crap bagels. Best of luck to them, but if they don't upgrade what many claim to be substandard customer service I don't know if a change of scenery will necessarily help.
- The Washington Examiner has a profile of the SSINO neighborhood of Rock Creek Woods, which is at least technically in Silver Spring. Very interesting houses back there. I suggest taking a drive through the neighborhood sometime to check it out, provided you can find it. (It's not that easy.)
- A Silver Spring man was among the passengers who subdued the "Underwear Bomber" on Northwest flight 253.
- Today's Post has an article on the "Pinball Museum" in Silver Spring yet fails to mention the perfect location for its new home.