Editor’s note from mattyillini: “Popeye” is a new contributor to Borderstan and will be posting “Delhi Dispatches,” periodic reports on life in Delhi, India. He and his wife, “Olive Oyl,” are former Borderstanians, neighbors and friends of ours. They moved to India almost two years ago (Olive Oyl is originally from India) and are the proud new parents of a baby girl, “Swee’Pea.” No, these are not their real names, but there are lots of strange people out there and Popeye asked that we use pseudonyms.
Delhi Dispatch 1: August 25, 2009
This morning, Olive Oyl and I had an appointment at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, the capital, to apply for our daughter’s U.S. passport.
As we were getting ready to head out the door–rummaging through documents at the last minute, etc.–the doorbell rang. Happy at the thought of our driver arriving a few minutes early, I walked out onto our balcony expecting to look down and see our taxi driver waving up at me.
To my surprise (astonishment, really), I saw a group of about 10 eunuchs looking up at me who, upon seeing me, immediately started singing at the top of their voices, dancing and playing musical instruments.
Agenda highlight: The Arts Overlay Committee will give its report as it relates to the 14th and U Streets area. Here is a June 16 posting on the committee… and there are good postings at 14th and You on the Arts Overlay Committee: (more…)
An organization called the Texas Nationalist Movement (TNM) is working to convince Texans to declare independence from the United States. The group’s Mission: The Texas Nationalist Movement exists to secure and protect the political, cultural and economic independence of the nation of Texas and to restore and protect a constitutional Republic and the inherent rights of the people of Texas.
TNM is asking Texans to sign a petition to demand that the Governor and Legislature of Texas conduct a referendum on whether Texas should again become a sovereign and independent nation. The group also says that the Texas state constitution of 1876, which Congress approved, gives Texas the right to secede.
For those of you who don’t know your U.S. history, Texas was an independent republic, 1836-1845–after fighting to separate from Mexico and before joining the Union.
What’s your opinion on the desire of some Texans to secede from the United States?
In a nutshell: Von Storch (who also owns the Capitol City Brewing Company restaurants) owns the 1612 U Street NW property, which is also the location of the original Results Gym location. Jeffries’ lease is up in early 2011 and Von Storch is taking over the space for another Vida Fitness location. (Full disclosure: I am a long-time, happy member of the Results location on U Street).
For background, read the Blade’s story from March 17, 2006, “Gay gym owners spar over Results’ U Street location; Results’ Jefferies says landlord von Storch is envious and ‘jealous’. The Washington Business Journal also had, Gym owners face space race in beefed-up market, on March 10, 2006.
Okay. I ask because of the height of the fence. Of course, it is 15th Street and we do get our share of wandering-home-drunks.
Garden District is closing its second store at the corner of 14th and Church Streets NW and moving the merchandise to the original location at the northeast corner of 14th and S NW. The last day for the Church Street store, which focused on indoor plants, is Tuesday, August 31.
According to one of the employees at the store and a notice on the store’s Web site, Garden District plans to consolidate its operations in October across the street from the S Street store–at the southwest corner of 14th and S Streets NW, the former site of the Mega Motors auto dealership:
GARDEN DISTRICT IS MOVING! In October both our Inside and Outside shops will come together at 1740 14th Street, NW — on the opposite corner of our current Outside shop. We will be open at our current locations until that time…
Only here… one of the nice things about living in Borderstan is that you meet people who do unusual, interesting foreign policy stuff that allows them to travel to cool places.
This one is for the foreign policy wonks in Borderstan… a beer bash at 9 p.m. tonight-the-28th at Station 9, 1438 U Street NW (tickets $15 at door, $10 online). It is sponsored by America’s Impact, a “progressive network of foreign policy professionals.” From Leigh Anne, the group’s executive director:
Dupont Italian Kitchen at 1637 17th Street NW is a ” classic” in the neighborhood. Always a good bet for fast, affordable food with good, basic Italian dishes. Just do not expect more. It is a great place to sit on the patio and watch people go by on 17th Street.
Creme Cafe at 1322 U Street NW has now been open for four years with its wonderful offer of “home-cooked” meals. We ate there once and the food was delicious… sort of a mix of southern flavors. If you are feeling like soul food, you should give it a try.
Fernando Amorin‘s work is at International Visions, 2629 Connecticut Avenue NW: “You will find that Amorin’s tapestries, which take several months to create, are infused with energy and passion. This young man’s ability to create such detail and dimension proves that he is well on his way to establishing himself as a master of his craft.”
“My Space on 7th” is a group exhibition featuring 90 local artists: “Touchstone Gallery has been an artist-owned gallery for more then 30 years. The gallery moved in 1996 to its current spacious location at 7th and D Streets NW, in downtown Washington. This 3,000-plus square-foot location is based in the center of the art scene, and is a short walk from the recently renovated and reopened National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum and The National Gallery of Art.”
Kenney Chesney performs on Saturday, August 29, at Nissan Pavillion, 7800 Cellar Door Drive in Bristow, VA. Don’t miss a concert that promises to be fun with great songs (I like him).
Paco Diez performs Sunday, August 30, at the Millennium Stage at The Kennedy Center: “Guitarist Paco Díez, one of the most important musicians in Judeo-Spanish music, has been decorated by the Sephardic authorities (ANL) for his work in spreading Sephardic music and culture.”
Attention, residents of Police Service Area (PSA) 208, which is primarily the Dupont Circle neighborhood (including West Borderstan)… this message is from Lt. Scott Dignan, who has returned to lead PSA 208:
Starting September 2009, PSA 208’s leadership team invites you to attend the first Monthly Walk with Your PSA 208 Lieutenant. The purpose of this monthly walk is to extend the already scheduled PSA 208 Monthly Meetings out to the community and citizens, by affording you and the leadership an opportunity to walk through your neighborhoods while discussing community concerns.
If you happen to hear or see planes directly overhead tonight, it will be a training flight exercise being conducted by the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). According to Alert DC (see complete message below), the exercise will take place in the DC region between midnight and 2 a.m.
I still remember seeing the Air Force fighters on patrol over Washington in the weeks after the September 11 attacks eight years ago. And since Borderstan is close to The White House, we sometimes awoke in the middle of the night to the sound of large military helicopters in the neighborhood flying close to the ground. It was always a thrill to wake up at about 3 a.m. with a helicopter hovering over our house.
Here is the last posting on the park: “K9Grass” is the Bright Green Stuff at the New Dog Park .
Hope you enjoyed the weekend… yesterday was spectacular… Labor Day is just two weeks away.
Perhaps JJ’s will be open for cheesesteaks by the time it’s sweater weather. Luis took this photo yesterday of the location-to-be at 1939 14th Street NW, (just off U Street). There appears to be a bit of work left on the shop.
Not surprisingly, Wikipedia has an entry for cheesesteaks.
Dog walkers, early commuters, gym goers: The early morning hours on the street can be dangerous… it’s still dark and there aren’t many people out. If you are out and about on the streets in the early morning hours, take the same precautions you would if it were midnight.
I just got these two Police Alert emails in the past hour… I happened to be up early for work.
- Robbery Force and Violence, 5:03 a.m., 17th and R street NW. Lookout for 2 B/M on a bike one of them with a heavy build. Do not take action, call 911 w/event #I20090468341. Sent on: 08/24 05:09.
- Robbery with Force and Violence, 5:00 a.m., 1100-block of U Street NW. Lookout for 3 B/M wearing white shirts and blue jeans. Do not take action, call 911 with event #I2009468338. Sent on: 08/24 05:04.
Total crime (both violent and property crimes) for the month of July 2009 in the Borderstan crime area¹ was down when compared to July 2008. There were, though, more crimes in July 2009 than in July 2007 due to a higher number of property crimes. We provide you with historical numbers in order to get some sense of the direction of the crime rate in the neighborhood. It is possible to obtain crime statistics from the DC MPD online crime database for up to two years.
Note: For a look at how July 2009 crime compares to May and June 2009, read “Borderstan: Violent Crime Up Slightly in July After June Dip.”
- Total Crime. There 68 total crimes in the Borderstan crime area¹ in July 2009 compared to 88 in July 2008 and 59 in July 2007.