|Photo via the Facebook Page of Downtown Silver Spring|
According to the official press release:
An Officer and a Movie pairs Phillips with retired and active duty officers who lived through major battles or have an expertise in the conflicts depicted in notable Hollywood films. As each film makes its Military Channel premiere, An Officer and a Movie provides expert commentary that can only come from being “on the ground” during the action as these officers reflect on the themes of that night’s film and also provide personal insight that puts each movie into a modern context.Other recent celeb sightings in Silver Spring include Ross from Friends, who was at the AFI last Friday night for whatever reason and DC-based rapper Wale, who was allegedly spotted here last week by a number of twitter users.
(For those of you who do happen to catch Lou Diamond in Silver Spring, I have it on good authority he really likes it when you attempt to get his attention by yelling "Hey, La Bamba!")
- The county council is considering raising parking costs for Silver Spring meters from 50¢ to 60¢ per hour, which is really nothing. In fact, at 60¢ it makes it really simple to determine exactly how much additional time you'd be getting per coin. What I'd really like to see is all the meters around town give you the option to pay via cellphone or credit card, as is the case elsewhere. I was out running errands this weekend and wanted to briefly stop and grab takeout from a Silver Spring restaurant, but when I pulled up and realized I was out of change, I was forced to leave. It wasn't worth the cost of the parking ticket that I would inevitably receive.
- Last weekend I made only the second clothing purchase in downtown Silver Spring of my adult life - a hoodie at American Apparel. The other was a $7 t-shirt bought years ago at the now-defunct City Place Steve & Barry's. Clearly the retail situation in Silver Spring, particulary for men, hasn't improved much over the past few years. I still think something basic like a Gap (particularly one with Gap Kids) would do well in DTSS. If, God forbid, our Borders goes the way of many others in that chain, a Gap or something similar could do well in that space.
Speaking of American Apparel, if you act fast there's a $50 for $25 offer out there now from one of these Groupon clones. Sure, their advertising may have upset The Community, their owner may be a total d-bag and their stuff a bit pricey, but hey, at least it's made in the USA.