July 1, 2010

Panhandlers in Silver Spring

Posted in musings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 9:36 am by silversprung

Like many commuters who walk in and out of the Silver Spring metro each day, I usually encounter people asking for money at the station. Sometimes no one is asking. Sometimes it’s several people. Regulars include the elderly white man with long hair who is usually smoking and holding a sign, and the black, middle-aged woman who is usually seated along the construction site.

I used to commute through Bethesda where the woman who lived in the tunnel was a mainstay. Some of the homeless in Bethesda would walk over to the metro from the shelter on Cordell in the mornings and others were downtown to visit the Bethesda Cares office.

So here are some questions for all you old time Silver Springers:

Have you seen the number of panhandlers increase or decrease in The Spring? Are there shelters or assisted living facilities in downtown Silver Spring? Do you know any of these metro folks’ stories? And any recommendations if readers are interested in volunteering or assisting other Silver Spring organizations?

June 30, 2010

“No Train on Wayne”? The Purple Line Saga

Posted in musings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 9:37 am by silversprung

They dot the lawns and front entryways of many homes across Silver Spring- the purple “No Train on Wayne” lawn signs. I’m well-aware of the longstanding Purple Line metro project, but decided to do a little research on the reaction Silver Spring residents have to the plan.

I’m sure all you longtime residents know the story, but for all those readers new to the area and those who’ve never visited, here goes…

The proposed purple line would connect Prince George’s county in the east with Montgomery County in the west offering commuters a mass transit alternative to the Beltway. 

Last August, Gov. Martin O’Malley announced his choice of a Light Rail Transit system over a rapid bus system as the preferred method of transportation for the line. O’Malley said last year that LRT is favored because it’s more “cost-effective and rider-friendly” and argued that light rail has made many advances and won’t be as disturbing as other, older light rail systems.

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June 25, 2010

Weekend in The Spring

Posted in entertainment theater, events, silver spring businesses tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 9:03 am by silversprung

Last night, I was taking stock of what’s happening locally this weekend, so I thought I’d share my findings. Feel free to add your own in the comments below! See you Monday!

ALL WEEKEND

  • SilverDocs The eighth annual SilverDocs festival, celebrating documentary films, is being held June 21-27, 2010 at the AFI Silver Theatre & Cultural Center and other locations in and around Silver Spring. For serious movie buffs, there are a range of packages available that offer you access to multiple events. For less commitment and less money, you can buy day-of tickets for a single show for $10. There are WAY too many film events happening for me to name, so just check out this link instead. $10 per film or purchase package deals
  • Pygmalion: See this George Bernard Shaw comedy classic at the Silver Spring Theater. General admission $20.
  • Frida Vice Versa: See this one-woman show about Frida Kahlo at the Round House Theatre in Silver Spring. $15. Saturday or Sunday. Read the rest of this entry »

June 23, 2010

Surprise, New Homeowner! Your AC Is Broken!

Posted in musings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 10:23 am by silversprung

Ah. It’s a monumental week for silversprung. Our first major unexpected home repair.

I’m sure all you longtime homeowners remember the first time your basement flooded, or when the pipes burst, the ceiling caved in, or the fridge stopped working. And I’m sure you fondly remember those unexpected major expenses.

Well, ours started with some condensation. Little drops lined the pipes leading to and from the indoor portion of our central air unit. The problem persisted, so I searched the Internet for an A/C company with good reviews and made an appointment. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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 »

April 14, 2010

A Tribute to Town Mascots (Penguins Not Included)

Posted in musings, photos tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 10:01 am by silversprung

I received an inordinate amount of feedback on my post about Silver Spring’s penguin mascot.  (To readers in far away places — see what I mean? I even managed to humor a seasoned local blogger with my naivete on penguins. I’m just happy he’s reading.)

So I decided to dedicate today’s post to all the other town mascots out there in North America (I’m not even going to start on all those UK soccer mascots, there’s one for every single team and town.) So bring us your weird, your senseless, your disturbing.

See photos below (and yes, it was fun collecting these.)

Bow Island, Alberta’s Pinto MacBean

“Designed by Jane Osborne and unveiled to the public in 1992, Pinto MacBean was created to promote tourism and signifies the importance of the dry edible bean industry to the area.”

Um, okay. Regardless, I want to own this printed on a t-shirt. (Note: contact Bow Island tourism board.)

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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 25, 2010

Anniversary Dinner in Silver Spring?

Posted in food restaurants, recommendations, silver spring businesses tagged , , at 3:18 pm by silversprung

I’m counting on your help, sprungers! Silversprung spouse and I have an anniversary coming up. We had our hearts set on a place in D.C., but it’s been booked up for months and so far they haven’t had any cancellations.

What restaurants would you recommend in Silver Spring for an anniversary dinner? From cheap to chic and in-between. I want to hear it all!

Discuss.

March 22, 2010

Amusing Picture of the Day

Posted in photos tagged , , , , at 11:40 am by silversprung

We were dropping off a few clothes on Sunday at the Giant. Couldn’t resist the photo op:

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