THE LISTICLE: The INs and OUTs of 2010

GASP! I almost neglected to participate in the time-honored blog tradition of making New Year's lists! My apologies to all! However, I felt inspired this week after coming across this piece of journalistic wonder from the Washington Post. Our favorite charticle/listicle/crapsicle author Monica Hesse teamed up with Dan Zak to tell us what's up for the New Year. I think they were off the mark a bit, so herein I present THE WIHDC 2K10 LISTICLE.

OUT: Foam and small plates, as well as Tapas
IN: Eating challenges

When Man v. Food came to the area, there was no legitimate eating challenge in the District of Columbia. As the recession wears on, people will no longer want to drop $200 for a meal of sample-sized foamy bits. They will want over 72 oz of steak, a side salad, a twice-baked potato and they will want to eat it in 30 minutes or less.

OUT: Non-profit scandals
IN: For-profit scandals

Last year we saw Marion Barry get in hot water over the funding of apparently bogus non-profits. That matter is still under investigation, but at the end of the day Barry was doing it all wrong. Come on Marion, you don't want to be shown up by Fenty and his pals, do you?

OUT: Food trucks
IN: Food troughs

Everyone's got a food truck these days, it seems. You've got the cupcake truck, Sweetgreen has one, and then there's the Fojol Brothers. In 2010 I'd like to see an emergence of cement-mixer style trucks doling out whatever food is trendy (coconuts, monkey brains, etc) via a trough. Let's talk serious for a second, though, about Fojol Brothers. First off, what's the big deal? Second off, why is no one offended by their ridiculous web site and attire? Imagine if someone had a fried chicken and watermelon truck and wore black face.

OUT: Monica Hesse
IN: 1,000 monkeys with 1,000 typewriters

It was the best of times, it was the .. BLURST of times??

The fact that Monica Hesse still writes for the Washington Post is testament to how the paper has no idea what it wants to be. Her piece on hipsters and the Columbia Heights Target was just nonsense, and I'm not surprised Henry Allen was put into a fist-throwing rage over a charticle. Style sections will always have some fluff, to be sure, but Hesse just seems out of touch and her work reads like it's she's trying way too hard to be "hip."

OUT: Real World: DC
IN: Meet the Natives: DC

I've mentioned the Travel Channel's "Meet the Natives" show, and the concept could be extended in 2010 to enhance cross-river relations. Take a delegation of DC natives, born and raised East of the river, and introduce them to people in upper NW. We can show them the luxuries that aren't currently enjoyed in that part of the town, such as a full-service grocery store. Many people in Wards 2 and 3 have no idea how the other 70% live, so we can rectify that with some good, old-fashioned exploitation reality television. After all, who are we kidding--other than for the occasional high school or church service project, most people in upper NW rarely venture east of North Capitol Street, let alone across the Anacostia.

OUT: Prince of Petworth
IN: We Love DC

I'll be honest that I avoided We Love DC for a while because of the cheesy name. Over the past few months they have found a place in my RSS reader, and I think they are poised for some growth. Advertisers should take note! I've had my spats with PoP over the last year or so, and it seems his community has been dwindling a bit lately, and no one has been impressed with his site since he announced he was blogging full-time. I expect to see less of this mindless blogging in 2010 and more of the feature-style writing that We Love DC (and others) are presenting.

OUT: Shutting down homeless shelters
IN: Soylent Green

For Mayor Fenty and the city's deep budget problems, this seems to be the next logical step. Don't bother outfitting the street sweepers with cameras, just add scoops to catch any people who are in the way. "Soylent Green ...it's PEOPLE!"

OUT: Adrian Fenty's law school buddies
IN: Adrian Fenty's Oberlin College buddies

While the medical marijuana legislation may have been floating around for years, in 2010 we expect to see strong growth in the District's hacky sack sector. Fenty may also strong-arm grant-makers at the Humanities Council to fund more spoken-word coffeehouse events, as well as an effort to bring a 3-day Phish festival to Rock Creek Park. One new proposed piece of legislation would end the District government's workday at 4:20 pm.

OUT: Fancy beer bars
IN: Fancy beer at ironic locations

Soon these gals will serve you Bell's Two-Hearted

Yes, that's right. I've heard rumors that a few 7/11's in Northern Virginia are selling craft beer. This trend is only going to grow in 2010. Small batch breweries will soon be supplying locations such as Hooters and California Tortilla. RFD should take note, as craft beer will soon sweep Chinatown.

OUT: Car fires
Metro fires

Crime has been up on Metrorail lately, and this is expected to continue into 2010. With Metro on a limited budget, we may see the already annoying rowdiness escalate quickly. Teenagers who can't figure out how to hotwire cars to joyride and then set on fire may resort to just setting Metrorail cars on fire during off-peak hours.

OUT: Ted Loza

Graham will be facing some opposition in this year's election, which could prove very tough. There's been little news on the fate of Ted Loza lately, but having your Chief of Staff arrested for bribery is never good for your campaign.


  1. I hope this blog and your other venture are IN this year. Enjoy reading both. Keep up the good work.

  2. Dave, as much as I love your blogs, the PoP hating really does not become you. It's fine to criticize something on another blog, but when you single him out as often as you do, you start to look like a jilted lover. If I count correctly, a total of five posts about POP in as many months? If your goal is legitimacy, then the constant "I'm better than you" doesn't really aid that.

    Here's some advice. The best way to get over an ex-girfriend is to stop reading their facebook page and sending them random text messages. Same applies to blogs you have broken up with.

  3. But if I don't, then who will? :)

    Point taken, though. Perhaps I'll rethink my plans for April Fools Day.

  4. hahahahahahaha...meet the natives...or Meet the "locals"..hahahaha

  5. As an addendum: I love the rest of the "conventional wisdom watch" post, and no matter what you do, the jilted lover award around here will always go to M@.

  6. Glad you recognized We Love DC. Cheesy name but a valuable blog with explosive growth and impact.

  7. absolutely not. april fools day will - nay, must - happen.

  8. OUT: Metro suicide
    IN: Train sentience, homicidal rage

  9. Correction-DC does have an Eating contest. Z-Burger’s Burger-Eating Championship 4th of July Weekend. YUM!


  10. Oh my God, Alan ... has the killer sentient train movie been made yet? Totally merits "Grindhouse"-style mocku-trailer-y. "This October ... if you value your limbs ... if you value your love ... if you value your life ... STAY OFF THE RAILS."

  11. That was the lamest MvF, when they came here to film. Truly lame.