Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Photos of the Day

Here's a couple of reader-submitted photos of recent Silver Spring goings-on I figured I'd share for your viewing pleasure.

First, a car somehow managed to flip over on a speed bump last night on Thayer Avenue. More details can be found on (where else) ThayerAvenue.com.


Photo by John B.

And here's workers removing the last vestiges of Hollywood Video from its erstwhile downtown location.


Photo by MBR.



37 comments:

Thomas Hardman said...
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Sligo said...

People don't need this blog to tell them there was an earthquake in Haiti.

Thayer Ave., too said...

Um, if you're so concerned, Thomas Hardman, maybe you should be spending YOUR time organizing, rather than randomly heckling local bloggers about it?

This seems a bit out of left field, and frankly, just plain mean. Admittedly, Sligo can be a tad snarky at times, but sociopathic? You're not doing yourself (or your cause) any favor with these kinds of ad hominem attacks.

(And how do you know Sligo isn't organizing some kind of effort and modestly keeping the evidence to himself, rather than posting self-aggrandizing photos on his neighborhood blog?)

Terry in Silver Spring said...

How does someone flip a car on a speed bump? The mind boggles.

(and, yes, I agree with Sligo and Thayer Ave)

socoblogboy said...

Well, I was gonna comment on H'wood Video going bust, but now I feel my bubble has been burst with the previous thread.

Anyway, I was wondering how long they would last and if anyone still went in to rent movies. Given its closing, I assume the answer was not as often as needed. And yes Hardman, that comment comes way out of left field. What gives?

Anonymous said...

Don't poke hardman; he'll write a thesis in your comments.

Anonymous said...

I don't think the speed bump or speed had anything to do with it since the car stopped on the speed bump. The driver must have been distracted and realized too late they where veering into the blue car. They paniced and over-reacted by jaming the steering wheel to one side. This didn't stop the car from hitting the blue car, but with that collision and the over reaction, the car flipped.

It could have happened to anyone and thankfully no one was hurt. No need to socio-analyze beyond that.

Kristy said...

The comment that has sparked all of the controversy has been removed. :( Now I will never know.

Sligo said...

It was suggested that I might be a sociopath.

Anonymous said...

That guy's a nut job. I think if you poke him you might get more than a thesis.

Thayer Avenue said...

I was surprised he kept things so succinct. He normally bloviates like there's no tomorrow.

Thomas Hardman said...

With all due respect to my bloviation, I feel free to disregard people whose idea of subtlety is the 140 character limit of SMS tweets.

At least when I write a "thesis" I support it. In any case the 4096 character limit of blogspot reponses tends to limit my commentary.

Sorry if you guys and gals have the attention spans of a gnat hitting the windshield of a fighter jet. The last thing that goes through your mind is your assholes but at least you're snarky and one-liner about it.

@Sligo, you can't maybe post a contact list for local Haitian-Americans looking to connect?

Sorry. I've been busy creating a mirror instance of Ushahidi as you would see reporting incidents and helping people find each other and connect and find missing people and resources as seen here.

Comparably I've been creating a backup node of Sahana to comparable ends.

If any of you are doing anything to help Haitians other than maybe tweeting a few bucks via txtphone you could at least have the decency to do a public brag and point folks to where you made helping people easier. Even pitiful Venezuela has done more than you, I expect. At least they sent people and aid. You can't even talk about the problem.

Why use this or any blog to cover something everyone knows is needful?

To give people no refuge from needing to be concerned.

So go ahead, "poke" me. Reviling someone's humanitarian outrage at a pathological lack of concern is poking more than me. But they won't write theses; they will just destitute you in silence as you deserve.

Thomas Hardman said...

@Thayer Avenue:

Self-aggrandizing photos on neighborhood blogs?

Links, please. Proof is always nice. Thx to do so in support of your remarks.

@Anonymous:

Coward. Got no name? Or scared to back up your remarks with your reputation? I'm Thomas Hardman, whatever you think of me or whatever I have to say. You're an anonymous coward, barely one step above a slanderer. Put a name to yourself or STFU.

@sligo: Sorry, man, I forgot who is your audience. Bless you for the efforts you do put in to improve your neighborhood of long residence.

Thomas Hardman said...

@socoblogboy: Sorry man, that was kind of over the top.

But I've been watching the local blogs that had any serious content going under or simply going silent, Silver Spring Penguin or Maryland Gangs for example. And what's left often is pap or pablum.

Gangs proliferating throughout Maryland in general and MoCo in particular? Well, let's just talk about restaurant openings instead! Some problems, sadly, don't go away because nobody's talking about them. New legislation is introduced in Annapolis to combat gangs by targeting leadership. But let's not talk about that, even though DTSS has a reputation of that problem whether the reputation is deserved or undeserved.

No, it's time to heat up the politicians and officials, from slow crisis response on the international scale, to slow and inappropriate re-budgeting on the county scale.

Sorry: I came here last from the rounds of the local MoCo blogsphere looking for info on how to help local Haitian Americans concerned for their relatives and friends back in the old country. At blog after blog, not even a passing mention. Just pap and pablum and distraction. Maybe for some people distraction is healing or therapeutic or something. Sligo can feel free to call me a sociopath for demanding that people should not only care, but get informed here and there. Mostly I'm calling for every last person with a degree or a demonstrated capacity to solve problems to solve problems for Haiti.

Or solve this problem by writing your Delegates.

Clearly I am in the wrong place, because restaurant openings and closings in one of the richest places on the planet isn't my major concern.

People living or dying, that's more my interest. Clearly I am in the wrong place.

Sligo said...

A. YOU are the one that called ME a sociopath!!!

B. People don't need me to tell them how to help - that information is everywhere. (hint: $)

Thayer Avenue, too said...

@Thomas Hardman: "Self-aggrandizing photos on neighborhood blogs?
Links, please. Proof is always nice."

Wasn't a specific dig, just a response to your demand.

Sligo never claimed to be a social worker, just a guy who likes his neighborhood. As far as I know, he's never set himself up as an advocate for the local Haitian community; I'm sure they have better sources that Silver Spring Singular for their news in a time like this.

This blog was always about "restaurant openings and closings" and the like, and never claimed to be anything else. Expecting--nay, demanding--it to be anything different is a waste of energy. You want something different, read elsewhere.

Focus, Daniel-san, focus...

Springvale Roader said...

Oh me oh my.

Given that this conversation has entered Irwin Allen territory (you can Google it, young'uns), can I suggest that anyone interested in free disaster response training that you can use right here in MoCo sign up with Montgomery County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). They have a free two-week course where you will learn how to put out fires, do triage and respond to life-threatening conditions in mass casualty situations, like a bus wreck, rescue people who are buried under rubble, and other good stuff. At the end of the course, they send you to the MoCo Fire Department training grounds (I think in Rockville) where you get to actually do most of that stuff (the victims are lifesize, full-weight dummies). You also get a bag of goodies including a hard hat and a tool for turning off gas lines. In exchange, you pledge to be on-call in case there is such a bad disaster that the professionals need extra help.

Like a zombie invasion. This is good training for a zombie invasion.

Go here for more info if you're interested: http://montgomerycert.org/

Anonymous said...

Wow. That guy is crazy.

Anonymous said...

IHATEYUPPIES SAID...

Now with the Silver Spring Penguin dead. Sligo is the new town crier for Silver Spring news. Because of this, he has no obligation to post any stories of interest outside of Silver Spring. If Hardman wants to publicize donations for Haiti earthquake relief, he should start up his own blog. I can get enough information about Haiti from many other web sources.

Springvale Reader...thanks for the Montgomery County CERT info.

-IHY-

Thomas Hardman said...

I've been a trained member of Montgomery CERT since the second class after its inception.

One of the things I brought to the class and which everyone after has learned:

If there's a disaster you use relentless repetition through all media to focus attention on means to provide, or access, aid.

@ Anonymous January 15, 2010 1:44:00 PM: STFU nameless coward. Stupid people with no vocabulary, less training, no accomplishments, no complex opinions, no thesis, no arguments, no debate, and barely a spellchecker are not allowed to dismiss their elders. BTW. When you get A NAME and are adult, you can call people crazy. And we can call you frackin' stupid children who can't tell the difference between crazy scribbling and rocket science, well, go right ahead child. Seriously piss off an old man, 10th grader. See where it gets you.

@Sligo: My exceptional apologies and you can't know how rare and sincere that is. Show me your ass and I'll kiss it only because I WAS WRONG to talk about YOU in that way. I reserve right to opinions about others who have a wider scope and still can't mention the problem.

@Thayer Avenue and Springvale Roader: you're so right. I stand corrected.

All: Look, there are folks who frequently survey blogs to collect public opinion.

As to those who ask why I don't concern myself and blog about it, I have and will continue to do so.

But I ask you all to please concern yourselves. Sending money is not enough. Overnight txting HAITI to (whatever number) put $8-millions in the pipeline with no transfer fees to the American Red Cross. Yet we see massive deliveries of aid all piling up on the sidelines at the Port-Au-Prince airport, with nobody able to get a grip on launching a distribution system or process.

With the exception of the clueless child Anonymous, from every blogger here I have seen at least some demonstrations of intelligence, education, and even expertise.

Though you may rightly consider me an asshole, hear my plea: Watch the cable, all channels you can stand. Observe what is happening. If you see brokenness, please take the effort to find an appropriate forum of discussion. Solve observed problems and express your solutions. The problem right now seems to be paralysis at the top of the chain-of-command. People are deferring to the Haiti Government to make top-down decisions and that government is BROKEN as is the country itself.

How can anyone say "oh I have done my part, I txted $50 to the relief" when the relief is FedExed to an airport but isn't delivered farther to people who will die without it? Raise cain, folks! Please, you are supposed to be the best-and-brightest so please lend your minds to raising a ruckus. Solve problems.

I realize this forum is about DTSS dining and retail and zombie walks (and search on date to see who first mentioned it here, OK?) but you are the Elect. Here is where you are and here is where I make the appeal.

Sorry for the attempted hijacking. But people are dying and maybe you can save them.

Monkey said...

Some people do and some just bitch and tell others to do...

Thomas Hardman said...

@Monkey: and some people think they are witty as they do nothing and critique people about whom they know nothing.

See also here before you, Anonymous/Pseudonymous Coward, say "[s]ome people do and some just bitch and tell others to do..."

I wrote that for Montgomery County Fire/Rescue about a month after 9/11.

What, exactly, have you done, "Monkey"?

Times, dates, references, certifications, and most importantly, your REAL NAME, that's all required before you are entitled to any comment. Otherwise, STFU, boring and thoughtless child. Adults are trying to talk here, however unwelcome to children that might be. Here, have a biscuit and go sleep in a pile with the dogs, that's a good boy and if the dogs think you're too stupid to be allowed to sleep with them, don't be surprised. Good boy, wag tail, woof woof quadruped.

Anonymous said...

IHATEYUPPIES SAID...

A special message to Hardman...

Funny how you are giving serious attention to Haiti NOW. Where were you and many other Americans when Haiti was (and still is) suffering from extreme poverty, unstable and authoritarian governments funded by your US tax dollars, HIV/AIDS proliferation and just down right racist ignorance from white-dominated America? It's no irony that the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere happens to be black.

The Haitian situation would not be so desperate if the United States had actually cared about the economic and social development of that Caribbean country. You know...instead of propping up military dictators who bled the Haitian treasury dry for decades.

But I guess it's easier to beat up bloggers. What's next? Are you going to scream at the grocery check out person or your dry cleaning lady for not doing enough with the Haiti disaster relief?

Sheesh, man.

-IHY-

Springvale Roader said...

I would like to say one more thing about disasters and what we can to do help with them.

After Hurricane Katrina, I drove down to Monroe, Louisiana to volunteer at an emergency shelter for rescued dogs (basically, a gigantic barn commandeered for that purpose). The shelter was overflowing with food and other supplies, donated by both private organizations and ordinary citizens. Money was not an issue.

What was an issue was a scarcity of feet on the ground. The most vital and least available resource was people who could make use of all the donated supplies and actually, physically help the dogs: clean their stalls, feed them, give them water, tend to their medical needs, comfort them: i.e., the true reason that all the money and supplies were donated in the first place.

This is usually the case with disasters. I am not saying for a second that donating money and supplies is not important, but if you can actually take your own personal time and go directly to the disaster zone, I guarantee that the weary and overworked response teams will be overjoyed to see you.

I'm not suggesting that anyone here can just fly down to a dangerous, foreign nation like Haiti to help, but disasters large and small happen close by all the time. Last month I spent a week in Nashville helping to care for 100 horses rescued from starvation. Compared to Haiti, this was a miniscule disaster, but it still was a disaster, and every additional volunteer who arrived was a godsend.

P.S. Stay up to date on your tetanus shots. You never know...

Kristy said...

I think Tommy needs a hug.

Anonymous said...

BATTLE OF THE BLOG-O-BOYS!

Anonymous said...

I moved out of Silver Spring last summer and came by to visit the blog for the first time ages. Glad to hear about the bagels - wish they had been there sooner! Sorry to see that Thomas, the lunatic resident bully, still does not have a life. Instead of writing volumes of bile, he could be fundraising!

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