Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Bike Repair Shop Opening Soon

With all of the cyclists shooting down 14th Street during morning rush hour, it won't be long before a bike shop opens between Columbia Heights and downtown. I snapped a photo of this soon-to-be former video storefront at 1320 14th Street, NW, on my walk home today.

I haven’t mustered up the courage to bike into work again just yet. I still am recovering from my injuries after a tangle with a Metrobus last October. In a nutshell: I was in the bike lane heading north on 9th 11th Street at G Street, NW; the bus driver tried to get a head start on a right turn; the middle of the bus hit me and knocked me off of my bike; the bus dragged my bike half way up the block before a bystander persuaded the bus driver to stop. My bike has been fixed, and Revolution Cycles (all the way over in Georgetown -- not a convenient location for downtown cyclists) assured me that it’s roadworthy again. You should see my helmet, which got banged up. I'm glad I was wearing it. It probably saved my life.

Update: I incorrectly stated 9th Street, NW. The accident occurred on 11th Street. Thank you JS for alerting me to the error, which I have corrected. To ride northbound against the one-way, southbound traffic on 9th Street, NW, near the old convention center site would be pretty darn foolish.

Washington Area Bicyclist Association
1803 Connecticut Ave, NW, 3rd Floor
Washington, DC 20009
Fax: 202.518.0936

If You Are in the Market for Fine Second-Hand Furnishings, Also Try

. . . this place,
L & N Super Thrift Store
1830 14th St NW
Washington,DC 20009

It's a half block south of Ruff and Ready Furnishings. (See May 12, 2007 posting.) Thank you homeimprovementninja.

Just don't try NU2U Furnishings at 1830 14th Street, NW. It closed down. Buh-bye.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

More About This Later

Here is the excavation project I referred to in my posting about Ruff 'n Ready Furnishings, at the corner of 14th & T Streets, NW. It is placarded for a D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Board license renewal. More about it in a future posting.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

In the Garden District

The unpleasant heat and humidity of a Washington, DC, summer provide the perfect environment for a lush, colorful garden. I’m fortunate to have a postage-stamp plot in front of the house and space on the back patio for potted plants galore. Today the warm weather and forecasted evening thunderstorms made it the perfect day to work on the garden.

For plants, supplies and advice, your best bet is Garden District at 14th and T Streets, NW. And the best part about GD is their advice about gardening and philosophy of gardening. Two years ago, the owner advised me to try an exotic long grass that grows along the roadside all over the Midwest but is fabulous in an oblong pot on an urban patio. Last year, when I asked about flowering plants to add color, GD talked me into several species of leafy, non-blooming annuals that produced a melange of luscious leaves in various shapes and sizes and in shades across the red and green spectra.

GD’s prices probably are on par with other garden stores in DC. A trip to a large home improvement chain superstore in the ‘burbs to save a buck really won't. First of all, GD deals in quality. Secondly, have you ever had to ask for advice at one of those big chain stores? Thirdly, a trip to the 'burbs requires a car. Which is another great thing about GD: They have a fleet of wagons on loan so that you can haul your goodies back home.

In gardening, as with most things in life (unless you are dull-minded and do only dull-minded things), there is no absolutely right or wrong way to go about it. Even postage stamp gardens present innumerable possibilities and limitations. Because it's almost impossible to account for all of the variables that affect a garden, such as weather, soil composition and depth, animals, and sunlight, it's hard to know, from the start, what works best. Rather, you have to be willing to undertake some trial and error, and give it a couple of years.

Garden District
1801 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009

Ruff But Ready for Whut?

Don't you love this building? It houses Ruff and Ready Furnishings, at 1908 14th Street, NW. They are having a sale; everything in the basement is discounted. I hope that it doesn't have anything to do with the extensive digging project next door (not shown).

Power, Passion, Poetry

El Teatro de Danza Contemporanea de El Salvador, which performed last night at Georgetown University’s Gonda Theatre, is not your cookie cutter modern dance company. The company’s founder and director, Miya Hisaka Silva, has choreographed, danced, directed and taught everywhere except Antarctica.

The company's style skews more classical ballet-oriented than most. My favorite piece was Al Final . . . Tu Ausencia (In the End . . . In Your Absence), a pas de deux, which probably had the most classical elements in last night’s program. The audience favorite, however, was the world premier of Moments of Reflections, performed by the male dancers, set to a piece that the late James Brown narrates rather than sings.

Each and every one of the dancers (only one is Salvadorean) is accomplished in his or her own right and has an individual style. As a group, they lacked the tightness, of say, an Alvin Ailey or Phildanco. I suspect this is because they may not have not danced together long. That, coupled with a couple of surprise music stoppages and house lights being turned on in the middle of a number, gave last night’s performance a dress rehearsal quality. Tonight's performance should be well worth seeing, though.

El Teatro de Danza Contemporanea de El Salvador
Gonda Theatre
Georgetown University
36th and O St. NW
Washington, DC, 20036
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Tickets: $20-30/General Admission; $50/Sat. evening ticket + Post Performance Reception.
Call 202/687-ARTS or http://performingarts.georgetown.edu

Sunday, May 6, 2007

A Benefit of Living in DC

A couple of weeks ago, we received our income tax refund check from the District of Columbia. We had filed our DC and Federal tax returns a little early, but not that early -- the first week of April as I recall. It was a huge surprise to receive the DC refund SO promptly. Of course credit is due not only to Mayor Adrian Fenty (pictured above, at far right, shaking hands with a supporter at the January 2007 inaugural ball) but also to the Chief Financial Officer and the tireless employees of the Office of Tax and Revenue. THANKS GUYS!!!
In the meantime, we await our tax refund check from the Feds . . . any day now.
Photo by Maya Bernstein.