Thursday, July 15, 2010

Baja Fresh Incident Follow Up, Plus: Sir Chompsalot

So what, if anything, are the authorities going to do to try and prevent occurrences of the type that took place in Silver Spring on Monday evening? I do believe an incident of this magnitude is rare, particularly outside of weekend nights, and it won't have any effect on my behavior as far as visiting DTSS. Regardless, based on the tone of my post's comments section and comments on my neighborhood message board, people are pretty upset about it. It would probably behoove the local authorities to at least take some small, noticeable measures to make people feel more secure downtown.

In the process of making a list of potential solutions, I realized I had already written that post two years ago. I advise reading it if you already haven't. (Incidentally, I believe that 2008 post holds the current record for most comments at 126.) The points I made there are still relevant today. My favorite of the bunch remains Segway cops, though I hear the county may have sold those machines off.

In fairness to the police, it should also be noted that according to an eyewitness who commented on my previous post, it did not actually take cops ten minutes to arrive on the scene. In fact, they were apparently there fairly quickly. Of course, this begs the question as to why the behavior was allowed to occur in the first place if police were around, only being halted when it escalated into physical assault.

One thing a concerned citizen could do is to attend today's Silver Spring Urban District Advisory Committee Meeting, which takes place at 3:30 in the Urban District Office, located on the 3rd floor of 8110 Georgia Avenue. Of course, most working folks can't make it to a mid-afternoon meeting. For anyone that does go, please let us know if this subject is broached and if so, what the outcome of the ensuing discussion is.

UPDATE
: Here's an article from the Gazette on this and other recent crimes.

Also:

I'm delighted with the ubiquitous use of my "Chompy" nickname when referring to Discovery's inflatable shark. Best of all is the fact that he is being referred to as such within Discovery itself, even if their spelling varies somewhat. My only regret is not bestowing a more amusing nickname, such as "Sir Chompsalot".

As a subject, Chompy has become a particular favorite among photographers, both amateur and professional. Discovery is sponsoring a Chompy photo contest through Express Night Out, with entries being accepted through July 26th.


Photo by Tom C.

In addition, Discovery has a couple local events and promotions planned around Shark Week:

- Outdoor Screening of Ultimate Air Jaws at Veterans Plaza in Silver Spring on Friday, July 30 at 8:30pm

- Shark Week specials throughout downtown Silver Spring from Monday, July 26 - Saturday, August 7 - from shark-themed cocktails to chocolate sharks.



13 comments:

Aaron K. said...

"Of course, 90.3% of Americans are presently employed and likely can't make it to a mid-afternoon meeting."

I assume what you have is subtracted the unemployment rate from 100 and called that the employment rate. Of course, this is nonsense.

The current employment-population ratio stands at 58.5% (Bureau of Labor Statistics, June 2010, http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm). This figure only considers the 'working-aged' population.

Sligo said...

Of course, you are correct. Children and seniors can go.

Aaron K. said...

(Snark dealt with in my original comment.)

Terry in Silver Spring said...

Maybe the shark can take a chomp out of crime.

Ok, it's weak, the caffeine hasn't kicked in yet.

WashingtonGardener said...

And the self-employed, stay at home moms, or those who set their own work schedules (sales folk, bosses, etc.) -- Afternoon works for me!

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