June 18, 2010

Smile, Mister Bus Driver. You’re on YouTube

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

He’s witty. He’s crude. He has no filter.

He’s your Ride On bus driver, and he’s unstoppable.

Check out the video below

If you’ve been on his bus, you’d know it. He works the Silver Spring–Takoma route.

It starts like this: The doors close, you’re trapped. There’s silence. Suddenly, the driver yells out, “Who knows what bus this is?!” and he starts speeding down the street. The passengers unaware of the routine begin to panic. “Am I on the wrong bus?” their gaping mouths seem to ask. They frantically look from one fellow passenger to another for help. Just before they explode, the driver yells out: “Well, it’s the THIRTEEN bus! Ha Ha!!!” (which is, after all, correct). Much laughter ensues.

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June 17, 2010

World Cup: With Halftime Auction This Friday

Posted in events tagged , , , , , , , at 1:29 pm by silversprung

This just in from a reader:

For all you soccer buffs, the Catholic University Men’s Soccer program is hosting a viewing party in The Sprung on Friday at McGinty’s (remember sprungers? The bar Silver Spring Singular deemed the place to watch World Cup in Silver Spring?) Doors open at 9:30am.

An auction will be held at halftime to benefit the Cardinals’ eight day training tour in England this fall. Auction items include gift certificates and sports memorabilia, our reader passes along.

8407: Service With a Sneer

Posted in food restaurants, silver spring businesses tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 9:12 am by silversprung

The blogosphere had me really amped try 8407 Kitchen & Bar for the first time.

Maybe my expectations were too high? Maybe I’m picky? Maybe it was just an off night or a freak situation. You be the judge:

My guest and I showed up promptly for our reservation at 8407. I was digging the decor: the exposed ceiling, and the stylish booths on the second floor where we were seated. “This menu look great!” we said to one another, then turned to the wine list.

Ten minutes later, we’d made our selections and were ready to order.

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June 11, 2010

World Cup: Where to Go in The Spring

Posted in blogs, events, silver spring businesses tagged , , , , , at 3:03 pm by silversprung

I’m sure there must be hundreds of local lists detailing “Where to Watch the World Cup,” but Silver Spring Singular was kind enough to identify what will obviously be the best Silver Spring place to take in the action: McGinty’s.

On a side note, if you’re in the District, I know of some friends who are taking part in the public viewing that’s being set up in Dupont Circle.

Drink of the Day: 3 (Drink Like You’re in the Islands, Mon)

Posted in musings, recommendations tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 9:54 am by silversprung

St. JohnI haven’t posted a new drink recipe in a while, I know. So, inspired by a recent jaunt in the Caribbean, here’s a sampling of some of my favorites. Oh, and one non-alcoholic punch at the end for all you non-drinkers (and the rest of you can feel free to add some rum to that one.) Enjoy!

The Soggy Dollar Bar in St. John claims to have invented the following drink. Their recipe contains dark Rum, Cream of Coconut, Pineapple and Orange Juice, topped with fresh grated nutmeg. Of course, they keep their exact recipe a secret. Here’s a decent substitute: Read the rest of this entry »

June 10, 2010

Snack Attack!

Posted in musings, recommendations tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 10:39 am by silversprung

I was talking with friends about the weird spontaneous snacks we favor in moments when there’s just enough time to snatch and grab. You know — the snack attacks that happen when you’re standing in the kitchen with the fridge open (a fingerful of peanut butter, a drink from the OJ carton and voila!)

Here’s a sampling of some tried and true rando-snacks from myself and friends:

  • Using pretzels to scoop cream cheese straight from the container
  • A single slice of lunchmeat and a single slice of cheese rolled together in a tube
  • Margarine spread on a tortilla
  • Cheese dipped in a salsa or tomato jar Read the rest of this entry »

June 9, 2010

To Weed or Not to Weed

Posted in musings tagged , , , at 3:20 pm by silversprung

First off, the following post is about gardening, not illicit drugs.

So I’ve got this new yard filled with a panopoly of new stuff. The grass if pretty obvious, so are the dandelions, clover, flowers that were obviously planted, but beyond that, some if it’s green, some of it has leaves, some of it looks like flowers, some of it could be weeds. You get the idea. I have no idea what I’m looking at. Read the rest of this entry »

May 24, 2010

A Guide to Acting Like You’re Not From Around Here

Posted in musings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 12:34 pm by silversprung

I recently had guests in town and had a few good laughs about the things they said or did because they weren’t local. So below, I’ve written a short guide on how not to fit in with residents of the Washington, DC metro region, especially Silver Springers.

10. Call the metro the “subway.”

9. Wear clothing marked “FBI,” “CIA,” or the presidential seal.

8. Block people from walking on the metro escalators (stand right, walk left, folks.)

7. Ask if Chevy Chase, Maryland, Chevy Chase Bank, etc. are connected to Chevy Chase the actor. Read the rest of this entry »

Back on the Sprung

Posted in musings at 9:32 am by silversprung

Sorry for the impromptu hiatus, sprungers. I’m back and I’m blogging. Stay tuned for posts this week!

April 29, 2010

Jackie’s Got a Brand New Chef

Posted in food restaurants, musings, silver spring businesses tagged , , , , , , , at 10:22 am by silversprung

We stopped by Jackie’s the other weekend and sampled food from their new chef, Diana Davila. Actually, we had no idea when we showed up that the chef and menu would be new, but our very very verbose waiter laid it all out for us.

She’s new to Jackie’s, but not to the restaurant world, having started cooking in her family’s restaurant in Chicago. Our server idolized the woman — he told us all about her history, her energy, drive, creativity, he even extolled her professionalism in the kitchen and her personality (yes, it was a very long “welcome to Jackie’s” speech.) It was a little weird, but we rolled with it. Read the rest of this entry »

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