by Borderstan.com March 5, 2013 at 9:00 am 0

From Josh Kramer email him at joshk[AT]borderstan.com and follow him on Twitter at @jessohackberry.

Be ready for Wednesday snow. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Be ready for Wednesday snow. (Luis Gomez Photos, Snowpocalypse, February 2010)

Whether it will be one inch or one foot, it looks like the DMV will be seeing some snow in the next week. Call it the “Snowquester” or call it “Snowpocalypse” or even “Snowmageddon.” Should a thick blanket of white fall upon Greater Washington and predictably disable all activity, you’re going to want to be ready… to relax.

Here are some pro tips in typical DC fashion: a guide for maximizing the potential of your fun and relaxation while stuck at home.

7 Wonders

So, you’ve played Settlers of Catan? Maybe you saw it on Parks and Recreation or you even traded lumber for ore in public at Borderstan’s Board Room. Take your civilization-building to the next level with 7 Wonders.

In this 2010 Greek game for two or more, each player uses different categories of cards to amass resources, wage warfare, and build wonders. Just like in Catan, there are complicated-to-explain rules and the player with the most victory points wins. What makes 7 Wonders different is that no one can tell who’s winning until the end, and that a full, three-age game can be completed in less than an hour.

DC Public Library

The DC Public Library isn’t what it used to be. It’s much more! Take a popular novel, say… Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer. A quick search on the library site reveals not only that the book is available in multiple locations, but that you can also get the audiobook on CD, a free download of the epub or kindle version of the book and a DVD of the 2006 movie based on the book.

Snow keeping you at home longer than you thought? No problem, renew online. When I actually wanted to listen to the JSF audiobook, I slipped into old routines and looked for a torrent online. It was actually a pain to try and find one and instead I went to the MLK Library downtown. Welcome to 2013, when it’s more convenient to go to the library than to download media illegally.

Advanced Netlfix

Okay, Ms. “I don’t watch TV,” let’s talk about Netflix. Ever since the company changed their price structure, separating the instant, streaming content from the DVD-by-mail service, the quality of what’s available online has been going up. But when you’re home for multiple days, it’s time to get serious about your queue and how you watch it.

If you have a TV, but not a Wii or Xbox Live, then it’s time to think about Roku. For $50, you get a little box that uses wifi to connect your tv and any online video account you already have. Parents have HBO? HBO GO works on there, too. Then it’s time to move past the basics. If it’s a really long break consider starting the entire run of Cheers or Star Trek: The Next Generation. Or maybe movies that have slipped out of notice like Mike Judge’s Extract from 2009. Dig Deep.

Urban Snowshoeing

If the clouds really deliver, then why not have some fun outside of your home fortress/prison with urban snowshowing? Snowshoes, even cheap ones on Amazon, allow you to distribute your weight and walk on top of the snow instead of slogging through it. I watched this video so you don’t have to, and it seems that snowshoeing technique can be boiled down to this piece of advice: walk.

Rock Creek Park, Fort Reno and even Malcolm X (Meridian Hill Park) all provide plenty of stomping ground to explore, and are possible to be reached by foot from Borderstan.

Thanks for reading, and remember to get ready for snow and to be prepared… for fun!

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by Borderstan.com January 24, 2011 at 10:00 am 0

Ernesto Santalla’s “Symmetries” is at Long View Gallery, 1234 9th Street NW. Click on the collage for the slide show from the opening-night reception on January 20. The exhibition runs through February 13. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Luis Gomez

The 2011 gallery season at Long View Gallery starts with a beautiful collection of images created by D.C. photographer Ernesto Santalla. “Symmetries” captures Washington’s heavy snow storms of February 2010 and Santalla’s images are turned into a kaleidoscope of views of the city creating unique pieces, almost like snowflakes.

From Long View:

“Ernesto Santalla’s photographs from his collage series uniquely document Washington’s record-breaking snows of 2010. With camera in hand, he trudged through the inhibited landscape and captured monotonous images from the storm. His shots were not wholly unlike the thousands of photographs many amateurs captured on their camera phones, but, according to Santalla, his otherwise ‘uneventful, uninspired and often mundane images evolve into fascinating kaleidoscopic photographs.’ Santalla’s process of repeating and mirroring images results in a view of our city, under the blanket of a blizzard, unlike anything you’ve seen before. The images that emerge from the process are images that speak to the viewer on an individual level, from the prurient to the metaphysical, similar to inkblots.”

by Borderstan.com January 5, 2011 at 5:00 am 1,124 0

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What do steak, drag queens and snow have in common? Get those dirty minds out of the gutter, they are all stories you may have missed yesterday!

Redistricting: When, How and Why

Look for the City Council meetings to heat up, as members are slated to receive Census information that will impact how ward lines are redrawn for the next election. The Washington Examiner reports changes are likely to be lesser than the previous round of redistricting due to a relatively stable population in the District.

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by Borderstan.com December 15, 2010 at 7:10 pm 1,076 0

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On the evening of Thursday, February 4, the doors closed 30 minutes earlier than expected at Whole Foods on the 1400 block of P Street NW. Some locals were caught off guard, setting off a low-level panic outbreak at the entrance. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Editor’s note: There is a possibility of a snowstorm in the DC metro area tomorrow, almost one year after the first big snowstorm of the 2009-2010 winter. However, the one that hit in February was much bigger and the terms Snowpocalypse and Snowmageddon came into use. So, in honor of Washingtonian’s penchant for purchasing food and basic household supplies at the slightest hint of snow (how much toilet paper do you need for a few days of snow?), we are running the following March 12 story again — with links to our favorite February Snowpocalypse stories and photos. Now, go out there and so some panic buying! But do remember to shovel your sidewalks — if we actually get that much snow tomorrow.

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March 12, 2010 — The back-to-back February snowstorms–the Snowpocalypse–were rich opportunities for bloggers to provide endless updates and photos (guilty!). We put together the Top 10 posts in terms of page views and the winner, by a country mile, was “LET ME IN!” Whole Foods Closes Early; Urban Hipsters Panic with 17th Street Safeway: The Essentials Update in a respectable second place. The Top 10 list is below the fold.

Also, be sure to check out the 760 photos contributed by 68 readers at the Borderstan Snowpocalypse flickr pool.

As for “Snowpocalypse,” if you search for it on Wikipedia, you are redirected to “Snowmageddon“– under which are two separate and lengthy entries for the North American Blizzards of 2010:

Snowmageddon

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
(Redirected from Snowpocalypse)Jump to: navigation, search

Snowmageddon, Snowpocalypse and Snowzilla are portmanteaus of the word “snow” with “Armageddon”, “Apocalypse” and “Godzilla” respectively and can refer specifically to:

Top 10 Borderstan Snowpocalypse Posts

  1. “LET ME IN!” Whole Foods Closes Early; Urban Hipsters Panic
  2. 17th Street Safeway: The Essentials Update
  3. DC Crime Plummets During Snowpocalypse
  4. Unshoveled Sidewalks Generate Anger and Activism
  5. Will DC Enforce the Law on Shoveling Sidewalks
  6. Dupont Snowball Fight to be Televised… with Wine
  7. 15th Street Snow Sculpture: A Fort and an Igloo
  8. Open Thread: What’s Open and Happening?
  9. Borderstan Area Cancellations and Postponements
  10. Snow Emergency Takes Effect at 9:30 a.m.

by Borderstan.com March 12, 2010 at 7:00 am 1,080 0

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On the evening of Thursday, February 4, the doors closed 30 minutes earlier than expected at Whole Foods on the 1400 block of P Street NW. Some locals were caught off guard, setting off a low-level panic outbreak at the entrance. (Luis Gomez Photos)

The back-to-back February snowstorms–the Snowpocalypse–were rich opportunities for bloggers to provide endless updates and photos (guilty!). We put together the Top 10 posts in terms of page views and the winner, by a country mile, was “LET ME IN!” Whole Foods Closes Early; Urban Hipsters Panic with 17th Street Safeway: The Essentials Update in a respectable second place. The Top 10 list is below the fold.

Also, be sure to check out the 760 photos contributed by 68 readers at the Borderstan Snowpocalypse flickr pool.

As for “Snowpocalypse,” if you search for it on Wikipedia, you are redirected to “Snowmageddon“– under which are two separate and lengthy entries for the North American Blizzards of 2010:

Snowmageddon

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
(Redirected from Snowpocalypse)Jump to: navigation, search

Snowmageddon, Snowpocalypse and Snowzilla are portmanteaus of the word “snow” with “Armageddon”, “Apocalypse” and “Godzilla” respectively and can refer specifically to:

The Top 10 list of Borderstan Snowpocalypse posts is below the fold.

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by Borderstan.com March 10, 2010 at 10:00 am 1,107 3 Comments

We ran a reader opinion poll last Wednesday, “Poll: Grade DC’s Snow Removal Efforts this Winter.” We asked readers to grade the city’s snow removal efforts for the entire winter:

How did the DC Government do in its efforts to remove snow from the city’s streets this winter? When giving your grade, consider the December snowstorm as well as the back-to-back storms in February that comprised Snowpocalypse.

A total of 129 readers responded. The city got Excellent or Good marks from 34% of readers while 41% gave Poor/Failing marks. In the middle were 25% of readers who gave the DC government a fair mark for snow removal efforts. Here is how Borderstan readers graded the effort:

  • A/Excellent – 8%
  • B/Good – 26%
  • C/Fair – 26%
  • D/Poor – 25%
  • F/Fail – 15%

by Borderstan.com March 3, 2010 at 3:00 pm 1,009 0

How did the DC Government do in its efforts to remove snow from the city’s streets this winter? When giving your grade, consider the December snowstorm as well as the back-to-back storms in February that comprised Snowpocalypse. Be sure to check out the photos that Borderstan readers contributed via Flickr in our Snowpocalypse Gallery.

Note: We ran a similar poll in early February and you can view the results. You may vote in this poll even if you voted in the first one.


by Borderstan.com February 23, 2010 at 11:59 am 2 Comments

Good news on the post-Snowpoalypse. The DC Department of Public Works has resume collection of recyclables as well as trash pick up from alleys. From DPW:

The DC Department of Public Works announced today that it is resuming alley collections for trash and recycling.  Last week, residents were asked to put their trash at the curb through today because the alleys were impassable.  However, the high temperatures over the weekend produced some melting, which will allow the collections to be made from the alleys once again. Collections are being made from both the curb and alley Mon., Feb. 22.

Normal collection schedule resumes this week. Residents are asked to put their trash and recycling containers at their point of collection between 6:30 pm the day before their collection and 6 am the day of their collection.

by Borderstan.com February 16, 2010 at 11:00 am 1,098 15 Comments

Some interesting, amusing and newsworthy posts at other blogs around town…

DCmud, which reports on DC real estate development, reported last week that the condo project for the southwest corner of 14th and R Streets NW may get underway in April: “That New Condo Smell: Coming Soon to a Parking Lot Near U.” (See November 19 post on the project.) The space at 1638 14th is currently a very small parking lot next to AYT Auto Services. The seven-floor building will have around 30 units and first-floor retail is planned. In terms of retail street traffic, this intersection is a dead zone, so hopefully the plans for “mixed use” will ultmately mean some retail at that corner. DCmud also notes, “The project may also have some direct competition from JBG one block north, which has plans for its own, much larger condo on 14th Street.”

Who can resist a headline like this at New Columbia Heights? “Be careful in the snow! Burned car blocking alley on 11th,” seems to sum up the frustration of this winter’s ongoing snowfall.

At 14th & You, Mr. 14th & You has a fun post, “News Flash: Ex-Manhattanite Finds DC Lacking.” The headline tells you what you need to know before clicking.

Over at why.i.hate.dc, Dave Stroup has a posting from Friday on the derailment of the Redline Metro train, “Was a destination error the cause of Friday’s derailment?”

“Forget the Snow – Garbage is the Big Issue Now,” says the Prince of Petworth. (I would add snow-clogged alleys to the list of issues since the city does NOT plow alleys.) What are you seeing around the Dupont-Logan-U area? Are the public trash cans overflowing onto the ground? Has anyone gone out and bagged up the trash and left it for city crews to pick up?

by Borderstan.com February 16, 2010 at 5:00 am 1,206 4 Comments

The federal government is opening two hours late today; employees may also take unscheduled leave, according to OPM. Other than that, it’s pretty much business as usual in DC. However, the city snow emergency is still in effect, so remember those parking restrictions. Metrorail is open at all 86 DC metro-area stations.

However, be careful to watch for icy patches on sidewalks and streets. It’s called black ice because it is transparent and takes on the color of the surface beneath it. So, on black pavement, it looks like… black pavement. It is often impossible to see–you only realize it’s there when you slip and loose your footing.

by Borderstan.com February 15, 2010 at 5:45 am 1,223 2 Comments

DC Snow Emergency at 9 a.m. After lifting the previous snow emergency on Saturday, DC is putting another snow emergency into effect at 9 a.m. this morning. The city will begin treating city streets for the expected light snowfall today. Remember the no-parking rules on certain streets during snow emergencies.

No DC Trash Pick Up Today. Today is President’s Day, which means there is no trash pick up. The Department of Public Works has more details.

by Borderstan.com February 14, 2010 at 3:12 pm 1 Comment

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Not in Borderstan: Snow removal on Gallatin Street NW on Saturday. (Stan Cowan)

If your car disappears off a DC street, it may not have been stolen: Your car may have been towed to make room for the plows, end loaders and trucks to haul away snow. The DC Department of Transportation sent this tweet around 1 p.m.:

DDOT – If your car is relocated during hauling operations call 576-6071 or Mayor’s Call Center at 311.

Get DDoT updates on Facebook… and Twitter at http://twitter.com/DDOTDC.

by Borderstan.com February 14, 2010 at 6:20 am 1,683 11 Comments

Over at Greater Greater Washington, Dennis Jaffe has a post calling for volunteers to shovel out DC bus stops today. Jaffe is asking people grab a shovel and go clear out WMATA (Metro) bus stops in the area. You can read his post and the reader responses in the comments.

What do you think?

  • Is clearing the snow from bus stops something that Metro should figure out how to do… no matter how overwhelming the two recent snowstorms have been?
  • Are you willing to shovel out a bus stop this time, but not never again?
  • Or do you believe that residents should regularly help out with this type of volunteer action, the same way we are supposed to shovel our sidewalks?

So, is anyone going to shovel out a bus stop today? We have plenty of them in the area.

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by Borderstan.com February 12, 2010 at 9:48 am 2,234 17 Comments

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Thursday: 15th and S Streets NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Sidewalks left unshoveled by residents and businesses in the wake of the city’s two recent snowstorms are generating anger and activism in DC.

Tuesday’s post, “Will DC Enforce the Law on Shoveling Sidewalks?” generated a healthy number of reader comments about residents and businesses who do not shovel their sidewalks. DC states that property owners are responsible for removing the snow on sidewalks abutting their property within eight daylight hours after a storm stops; read the regulations here.

But the law is not working–the Dupont-Logan-U Street area (and much of the city, undoubtedly) remains a hazardous collection of snow and ice-ladden sidewalks. To be fair, many residents and businesses have shoveled their walks, but a walk anywhere in the area shows that many have not done so.

Why have snow- and ice-clogged sidewalks been such a problem during the recent heavy snowstorms? It is probably due to the fact that property owners face no real penalties and there is no mechanism for enforcing the regulation and the fines, which are miniscule.

Local resident Josh Glasstetter has a good post at Next American City titled “Snow Excuse,” in which he outlines how DC can revamp the law on sidewalk shoveling to actually give it some teeth and make it effective–and it obviously is not effective in its current form. He suggests a system in which non-shovelers would be issued tickets, similar to parking tickets.

In a sign of how important clear sidewalks are to Washingtonians, especially those in densely populated downtown neighbohoods, local groups have sprung up to handle the problem.

Moreover, local blogs and community listservs have given the issue attention. Unshoveled sidewalks is generating many messages and spirited discussion over at the Dupont Forum on Yahoo! Groups. Other sites, including 14th & You and Greater Greater Washington, have written about it.

At GGW there was a Wednesday post, “Tenleytowners digging each other out,” about a community effort in Tenleytown to shovel sidewalks on Thursday (“Tenleytown Insurrectional Snow Cleanup and Snowball Fight” on Facebook). The group also used shame as a tool against residents and businesses by posting pre-made signs where sidewalks were not shoveled. The sign is great; you really have to read it.

There was even a group formed on Facebook to get volunteers to shovel sidewalks yesterday. “SHOVE(L) IT, DC!” was formed especially to help the elderly and disabled by Will Stephens, an ANC 2B/Dupont commissioner.

This is a real issue for urban neighborhoods, especially downtown ones such as Dupont-Logan-U Street. We shop and commute via our sidewalks, which are as important to us as streets. Our neighborhood has many residents who walk to work–they do not take public transportation, let alone drive. Local businesses depend on customers being able to get to their stores.

This makes the issue of sidewalks a quality of life issue, not some boutique issue that only affects a few Washingtonians. In short, it matters.

My advice to DC politicians and officeholders would be to pay attention to the issue of sidewalks, especially unshoveled ones during snowstorms.

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