1.26.2007

Congratulations to Me/Navel Gazing

So, today is the one-year anniversary of my first post at Why I Hate DC. I'd say the last year has gone pretty well for me. Can't say the same about the city. Granted, crime is down. There is always that. But the stadium financing remains a disaster, "crime emergencies" are only declared when a white dude gets stabbed, there's Laura Sessions Stepp, and, of course, there's the Metro. Actually, I'd like to thank the Metro for giving me a one-year anniversary gift in the form of a "minor emergency" at Farragut North. "Minor" and "emergency" aren't words that end up next to each other. I heard something about fires. Anyone have any follow-ups?

Also, thanks for reading my blog. I spent yesterday reading an entire year's worth of material. There have been some obvious rough patches, but I'd say that my quality of writing has improved over the last 365 days. I hit my stride right about here. It's hard to replace someone who was as popular as James, but I think I'm doing alright. I'd write this even if no one was reading it, but the fact that I get so many comments really makes me happy. Even when they are sometimes kind of racist or decidedly anti-Rusty, it's nice to know that people are responding. You don't see many blogs with a limited audience (800-1000 unique hits on an average weekday; I started off at about 450-600) get as many comments as I do. I am quite grateful.

Also, sorry for not posting anything substantial lately. Not much is going on. If I were against Councilmember Graham's proposal to ban minors from nightclubs I would spend 1,500 words on that. DCist has certainly paid the issue a great deal of attention. DCist readers should know by now that I agree with the proposed legislation. Sorry, kids.

29 comments:

  1. The State of "Why I Hate DC" is STRONG.

    Goddamn I hate metro. I can't wait until I start driving to work next week.

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  2. Congrats, Rusty! Definitely enjoy your posts. I'm guessing this calls for a celebratory evening out with LSS and Krystal Koons?

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  3. Congrats! DC, how do we hate thee? Let us count the ways . . .

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  4. THe Girl in the Checkered HatJanuary 26, 2007

    Awwww. Congrats. You know I'm always reading and hating DC with you.

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  5. Good blog. Keep up the good work.

    My quick thought about the Councilman Graham thing: it's an over-reaction by a politician looking to keep DC safe for white yuppies.

    I do admit that Go-Go Clubs are a big problem. After all, you don't hear about violent crimes happening at The Black Cat or the 9:30 Club. I know Graham would love to see Ward 1 as completely Go-Go Club free. Meaning young black people should go some place else for fun.

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  6. Happy Birthday! It's like a milestone of DC Hating: 1 year strong!!

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  7. I'm so proud. Sell ads! Make me prouder and secure in retirement.

    III

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  8. BOOOOOO! Bring back James!!!!!!






    Love ya:)

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  9. Yeah dude ... you and this blog suck. Get funny or get the fuck off the internet.

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  10. I would like to take the occasion of your anniversary to point out that the latest price tag of the NYJets stadium in Manhattan in now 1.4 BILLION dollars, and is expected to break ground next week.

    We got a great deal!

    Tony Williams for prez in 08'!!

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  11. Um, no. The Jets and Giants are moving to New Meadowland Stadium in 2010. That's in Jersey, not Manhattan. The West Side Manhattan site fell through after New York lost out on the 2012 Olympics.

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  12. didnt i hear something about a fire at your favorite establishment, smith point?

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  13. According to the most recent LNS newsletter, there was no fire at Smith Point. it was only smoke from construction or something like that.

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  14. Krystal KoonsJanuary 26, 2007

    Who the fuck is LSS? And congratulations, you wanker-fatty.

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  15. Metro Fire: One participant on John Kelley's chat said that people responded to the driver's announcement by laughing and, when evacuated, walked towards the smoke because that was the direction their usual exit lies.

    Emergency fatigue setting in, or just the famed Washingtonian stiff upper lip?

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  16. Isn't there some rule about yelling "fire" on a crowded metro train? The operator came on the loudspeaker and vaguely noted there was a fire ahead of the train, then refused to open the doors.
    Meanwhile, trains on the other side of the station were pulling in like usual. And aside from another vague admonition to "stay to the left," we got no other info from anyone. This despite the fact that once I got on the escalator, i noticed the front half of the station starting to fill with smoke. Glad those emergency preparedness drills are paying off for Metro employees!

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  17. aw shucks, i think i started reading right around your wingman post. apparently i came in at the opportune time.

    and what the hell is going on in the metro store thread? oy vey.

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  18. Laura Sessions Stepp, Pulitzer Prize Winning JournalistJanuary 27, 2007

    Congrats Rusty! Keep it coming.

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  19. congratulations rusty, totally enjoyed reading your blog and here's to another successful year of ranting!

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  20. HEY.
    laura sess was in my dream last night.
    i kid you not.

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  21. Oh my God. Are you an LSS oracle?

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  22. an lss oracle?
    aaah christ. i hope my next entry doesn't end up sounding like her.

    feel free to ceaselessly mock me, however, if i have acquired her sensational writing skills in my sleep.

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  23. If that's where you "hit your stride," i'd hate to see your lowlights. As bad as that Post story was, your commentary was infinitely more cringe-inducing. All your fucking shrill, church-lady moralizing. Lame and, worse yet, boring.

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  24. I'm sorry you feel that way. That's the first negative feedback I've seen on it though. This leads me to believe that you are either LSS or one of the GW meatheads.

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  25. I don't care where it is, it's 1.4 BILLION.

    Marion Barry wants one here!

    I think we should give the Wizards 2 Billion for a basketball complex on the mall, right next to the Monument.

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  26. Yay! I am de-lurking in honor of the anniversary! We love Rusty!

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  27. i think as a gift to yourself you should change the title of this blog from why i hate dc to why i am too bored with dc to hate it

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