This week, readers had plenty to say about the T.J.Maxx/HomeGoods store that just opened in Georgetown, and about the news that Reston recently became the first place in the Washington area to ban the use of e-cigarettes in public spaces. Read on for some of our favorite comments from Twitter, Facebook, and Disqus.
On the opening of the T.J.Maxx/HomeGoods store
Catherine Donovan: That's beyond depressing. No point in shopping in Georgetown anymore. Nothing unique there.
Salma Malik: HOMEGOODS TO THE RESCUE!!!!
On Reston’s e-cigarette ban
From Facebook:Loren Willcock: Sorry, no stupid people allowed in public...we prefer to watch them on c-span and fox news.
Drew Xeron: Reston = the town in Footloose
mnberty1 − In the news today, General Motors develops a new engine that emits a vapor exhaust which eliminates ALL carbon monoxide and 99% of the carcinogens in former models......In other news, Reston Association board of directors voted unanimously to ban them from public spaces because it looked strange to its residents.
tch − Wait, Reston Council didn't understand something, so they banned it? Did that actually just happen?
@washingtonian For real? Or are all just being trolled by Living Social?!— Lyndsey (@LNWCinDC) August 29, 2013
On the opening of Tom Power’s Baby Wale on Ninth Street, Northwest (no, not this Wale):
On contention surrounding a planned apartment building in Northwest:
On the news that Adams Morgan bar the Reef is permanently closed after a stabbing incident:
On the weekly Well+Being Food Diaries series:
.@washingtonian's well+being food diaries are an internet k-hole.— Kara McIver (@kbmciver) August 27, 2013
On spotting Oprah, in town for the March on Washington anniversary ceremonies, enjoying a cocktail at Proof:
Well, here's something you don't see every day: Metro Transit Police tweeted Thursday morning that a baby had been born on the platform at the L'Enfant Plaza Metro station. Within minutes, #metrobaby was trending as Washingtonians delivered (hehe) their best jokes about the occasion. See below for some examples—and leave yours in the comments.
Baby will go down in history for being the first person to ever arrive ahead of schedule at a Metro stop.— delrayser (@delrayser) August 1, 2013
sounds like that kid was in a RUSH PLUS, amirite?!?!? RT @metrotransitpd: A baby was just delivered ON THE PLATFORM at L'Enfant Plaza.— Aaron Morrissey (@amorrissey) August 1, 2013
@saralang will she have to wait 22 minutes for the next train to take her to the hospital?— Evan Halperin (@Evan_Halperin) August 1, 2013
Stupid baby, probably doesn't even know to stand to the right.— delrayser (@delrayser) August 1, 2013
"Excuse me, is that your baby?"— Sarah N. Emerson (@SarahNEmerson) August 1, 2013
When informed of the birth, the L'Enfant Plaza stationmaster shrugged, said there's nothing he can do, went back to reading BBW magazine.— monkeyrotica (@monkeyrotica) August 1, 2013
Metro baby later arrested for eating on platform. Mother cited as accomplice. #MetroBaby— John Fleury (@Buffalo_Theory) August 1, 2013
As an online editor, it would have been much better for traffic if the #MetroBaby's parents had boarded that train yesterday.— Benjamin R. Freed (@brfreed) August 1, 2013
There’s little sympathy for Redskins coach Mike Shanahan today, but it can’t be easy having his job in the last week of the preseason. This is when tightening the roster forces decisions such as cutting beloved veteran Chris Cooley. He’s been a fan favorite because of his game but also his involvement in the community (and it didn’t hurt that he vocally hated the Dallas Cowboys). Kicker Graham Gano also got let go, but that didn’t prompt the fan wails that greeted the Cooley release.
Of course, Shanny’s decision might be forgiven if he’s shaping a team that shows some fierce resolve in the regular season, starting with a trouncing of the Saints on September 9. Tonight the Redskins have their last preseason game, at FedEx Field against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Alas, rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III will not be playing, but the team’s other rookie QB, Kirk Cousins, will be and, hopefully, showing some of the same pluck he did against the Colts. It’s still to be decided whether Cousins or veteran Rex Grossman, who had a good game last week, will be the official backup to RG3.
But back to Cooley, who has been topic A among the sports chattering class today; the news of his departure even scored the front page of the Washington Post. We took to Twitter to capture a selection of comments, and noticed a trend toward nominating Cooley for practically every team in the NFL. Of course, like so many, we hope he gets picked up soon and comes back to visit often. Future touchdowns on Redskins turf is one way to say, “Thank you, Coach Shanahan.”
Back in March, when Newt Gingrich was presumably mulling over his presidential prospects, Daily Kos reported that somebody had erased the majority of Gingrich’s Twitter archives. Not only is this a tragedy for the Library of Congress, which will no longer be able to add Newt’s musings on Japanese food, Ronald Reagan, and Wii bowling to the annals of history, but it’s a tragedy for us: Gingrich’s Twitter feed offered frequently hilarious insight into the mind of a compulsively energetic multitasker (and amateur restaurant reviewer). Luckily, in 2009 The Washingtonian chronicled some of Gingrich’s more memorable tweets in our weekly roundup, Tweet Beat, so here are some of our favorites. If you’re wondering whether any of Gingrich’s tweets these days are actually composed by him, here’s a hint: He isn’t generally partial to using capital letters, even if his staffers are.
Week ending April 10, 2009:
@newtgingrich: I am doing greta van susteren tonight at 1030
@newtgingrich: The electric grid cyberpenetration story is a powerful reminder how dangerous the world is. Think of a world without electricity
@newtgingrich: I am on the way to fox to do chris wallace sunday morning show This morning reports that the $400 million “emergency” aid to mexico failed
@newtgingrich: I am doing hannity tonight on fox