Well, I don't expect many visitors here over the next couple of days. With the weekend and the big Tuesday holiday, I doubt many would be interested in staring at a computer screen and reading blogs. So, I guess I should tie up some loose ends to wrap up the week:

1. The homeless lady known as Brenda was found by Agatha. Agatha and I are both Friendship Heights residents, so, you may be asking yourself, "How did Rusty miss her?" Well, Brenda has moved to Maryland. She has crossed Western Avenue and currently resides in "the bushes by Hecht's." This leads to the intriguing possibility that DC Police moved her across District lines. If that's the case, it serves as a small reminder that we live in an area where a state, commonwealth, and colony all live in close proximity and share many mutual interests. Despite this, one is always looking for a way to screw over the other two. Instead of getting Brenda the help she needs, she has become "their problem."

Anyways, my little contest went bust. Agatha kind of wins so I guess I'll have to buy her a drink.
2. A ways back Washington Monthly published an article concerning the lack of "real" Washington sports fans. (I caught this on DCist and DCeiver, so I owe them a "hat tip.") The article is all sorts of obnoxious, although I don't really agree with a lot of the criticisms that some other bloggers had towards the article. What with the Federal Government and the many good universities in the area, DC attracts a huge population of out-of-towners such as myself. And these people do not root for the Wizards, Nationals, R****ins, or Capitals.

My problems with the Washington sports community are already well-documented. My favorite experience with DC sports is going to a Wizards game that didn't sell out (despite the Wizzes being a playoff team). Even more egregious, thousands of people left the Verizon Center early even though the game was going into overtime. Shameful.

But, to DC's credit, they are crazy about their racist football team. I love that (the loyalty, not the racism). And the Nationals are really catching on in this town. I love that too. What I don't love is the Nationals stealing one of Boston's newer baseball traditions. After the 8th inning of a game at RFK, the speakers blast "Sweet Caroline" by Neil Diamond. And Washington fans don't even sing the "So good! So good!" part.

This is totally unacceptable. This was stolen from Boston. Washington, if you ever want to be considered a real sports town, you can not plagiarize other cities' traditions. I've never been to a game that the Nationals actually won (those are few and far between), but I now have to wonder:

After every victory, does RFK blast "Dirty Water" or "New York, New York"?

3. Don't go the fireworks on the Mall. It's an overrated tourist trap. I only went once, and it was 'cause a girl wanted to go. It's boring and packed with fat tourists. Do yourself a favor and spend the day drinking.

4. As always, stay safe. Don't drink and drive unless you're sure you won't get pulled over. Have a good holiday. If something wacky (like a DUI) happens, I'll post it, but I don't expect people to see it until Wednesday.


  1. AnonymousJune 30, 2006

    Hey, trust me. I would LOVE it if they stopped playing "Sweet Caroline" at RFK. I recognize it's a Boston Red Sox thing (and I won't give you crap this time for talking about Mass.). But don't blame the fans for something the staff chooses. In fact, since the fans don't scream "So good, so good" one could argue maybe the fans don't want "Sweet Caroline" to be playing.

    I know our section doesn't. Whenever we hear the song played, we all sing the words "I Hate this song" instead of "Sweet Caroline".

  2. AnonymousJune 30, 2006

    Whatevs, Rusty. I check your blog daily, holiday or not.

  3. AnonymousJune 30, 2006

    Ditto - it's on my "links" bar at home.

    Only recently found out that "Sweet Caroline" is not only stolen from Boston, it's the name of a bar in Winchester.

    The Nats definitely need their own tradition. Maybe a good Chuck Brown song? Whatever they do, as long as they get rid of the self-conscious, too-cool-for-school Nat Packers (read: interns) who "sing" "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" at the stretch. Who needs 'em?

  4. AnonymousJune 30, 2006

    I;ve said it before, and I'll say it again...

    the reason why so much of boston is replicated (allbeit poorly) in DC is because EVERYONE in DC is from Boston. And I mean EVERYONE-- all you white crackers!

  5. I went to the fireworks at the mall last year because my parents were in town. They really, really wanted to see the Beach Boys live...so we perched ourselves on the Capitol Lawn 5 hours early for the concert, baking in the hot sun. The concert was sub par, and I swear the Beach Boys were lip synching from their soundcheck they had the previous day. And worst of all, when the fireworks came, you couldn't see them from the Capitol Lawn!!!

    Overrated tourist trap indeed.

  6. AnonymousJune 30, 2006

    Don't buy me a drink. I was hoping I'd get to pick a topic and have you write on it for at least 1,000 words. It'll involve Kant.

  7. No dummy. The contest winner was going to write it his/herself.

    And Kant is a hack. And no philosophy comments, so help me God.

  8. AnonymousJune 30, 2006

    I fully agree on the "Kant is a hack" line. SRSLY!!

  9. You've obviously never sat in the 400 level seats at the Verizon Center. If you had, you would realize why people don't want to pay exorbitant prices to squint at the Wizards not playing defense for 48 minutes.
    As for any other open seats during the playoffs, the only acceptible reason for emptiness is a boycott of Susan O'Malley's Singles Nights.

  10. Actually, the best sporting event I have ever been to was that Wizards-Celtics game. And I sat in 400 seats and it was kind of awesome. I had an unobstructed view of the whole court.

    If people stayed, they would have witnessed Paul Pierce hit a sick 3-point fadeaway shot at the buzzer.

  11. AnonymousJuly 05, 2006

    actually, Sweet Caroline is done by the Brooklyn Cyclones, the short season A ball affiliate of the Mets. It's played after Take Me out to the Ballgame in the 7th inning. As Neil Diamond is a son of Brooklyn, it makes more sense there than anywhere else. As for who had it first, I don't know. The cyclones have been around since 2000.