March 31, 2010

Silver Spring: It’s Penguin Fever and You’re Going to Like It

Posted in history, musings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 10:43 am by silversprung

It’s been impossible for me to ignore the ubiquitous penguins of Silver Spring. We turned a corner the other day at Cedar and Ellsworth, and there, plopped in the middle of the median, stood a waxy, penguin-like statue, its head cocked to the side, giving us the eye.

“What the heck?”

They’re hanging out at the metro, too. The uber-confusing “Transit Info” signs posted around the giant construction zone that is the current Silver Spring Metro are adorned with fat, little cartoon penguins donning construction hats. (See image left. Yeah, that fat little bugger.)

This isn’t the arctic, it’s Maryland. Read the rest of this entry »

March 19, 2010

Kitty (Catty?) Corner

Posted in history, musings tagged , , , , , , at 10:11 am by silversprung

As we’re describing our new neighborhood to friends and family, we keep using versions of the phrase “kitty-corner.” Frankly, it sounds kind of wussy.

I decided to look up the etymology (because that’s how dorky I really am.) Read the rest of this entry »

February 24, 2010

As Visions of AstroTurf Dance in My Head

Posted in history, musings tagged , , , , , , at 7:15 am by silversprung

Grass- The Kind That Grows

Yesterday, I remembered a bizarre experience of arriving in Silver Spring to find throngs of people gathered on hard, scratchy AstroTurf — eating ice cream cones, playing frisbee, picnicking and everyone was acting like they were frolicking in real grass. It was like something out of Soylent Green out there.

This must have been sometime in the spring/summer of 2007.

I just Googled to find out if I’m losing my mind. Turns out, I’m not. (At least not about this…) Read the rest of this entry »

February 23, 2010

What’s in a Name? That Which We Call ‘Silver Spring’

Posted in history tagged , , , , , , , at 3:13 pm by silversprung

When we first began searching for homes in Silver Spring, I became curious about the city’s flashy name.

History suggests the name comes from a local spring flecked with mica. From the Silver Spring Historical Society timeline — year 1840:

1840 – Francis Preston Blair, his daughter, Elizabeth, along with their thirsty horse, Selim, discover the spring after which Silver Spring takes its name.  Sparkling flakes of mica in the water give it the appearance of silver.


If you scroll back on the timeline, you’ll see that the city was close to becoming “Simpsonville.” …Doesn’t exactly have the same ring to it.