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.