Digging In

Bartleby's Books to close July 2

June 22, 2011

Bartleby's Books lost lost their lease at 1132 29th St. in Georgetown when the building's owner announced unexpectedly that he was putting a restaurant in the space. The antiquarian bookstore will close on July.  The store is offering a 30% discount on its store inventory.

Like Bartleby, the store isn't really going away, but is taking a strong presence online.  Check out  Bartlebysbooks.com


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Georgetown Father’s Day 8K fun for the whole family

June 19, 2011

M Street bustled late Sunday afternoon, with its usual mix of walkers, cars, shoppers, eaters and visitors.  But just to the south, about 300 men, women and children gathered with a single purpose.  They were there to run a race, the annual 8K Father’s Day race organized by the Georgetown Running Company on M Street. 

A family of runners: Mary Parker with husband Andrew and son Greg (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) A family of runners: Mary Parker with husband Andrew and son Greg
It wasn’t just for fathers – whole families were running, mothers and fathers with their sons and daughters, along with a mix of younger and older runners, men and women.  In fact the winner, Andrew Dumm, at 24 minutes, 58 seconds, was joined by his father, Ken, and his mother, Meredith. 

The official timekeeper for the 8K, Jay Jacob Wind, and possible Olympic marathoner Michael Wardain  (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) The official timekeeper for the 8K, Jay Jacob Wind, and possible Olympic marathoner Michael Wardain
Also racing was Olympic marathon hopeful Michael Wardain. He has qualified for the 2012 trials in Houston, the next step on his way to London.

The race was along the C & O Canal, starting and ending at Potomac and Grace Streets.  After the race, the runners were treated to Georgetown Cupcakes and Skinny Water and a happy hour at nearby Chadwick's for the over-21 set.

 

 

Potomac Runners: Ephrem Minasse, John Scharer, Angela Hopkins, Bill Ewald, Judy Grobstein, Ken Loy  Caroline Merena and William Ewald (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Potomac Runners: Ephrem Minasse, John Scharer, Angela Hopkins, Bill Ewald, Judy Grobstein, Ken Loy Caroline Merena and William Ewald


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Coming soon to late-night cable??

June 13, 2011

For awhile, a group of Georgetown editors mulled over the idea of doing a scandal survey ranking men in power behaving badly. It went something like this:

Rank the following alleged actions from 1 - 4, with 1 being most objectionable and 4 being the least: 

* Assaulting a hotel chambermaid while attending a monetary conference.

* Sending crotch tweets to women you don’t know.

* Fathering a love child with your nanny and keeping the nanny in the family home.

* Cloistering your baby’s mama while your wife is fighting illness and you're running for president.

But that survey was dumped in the virtual toxic bucket as it became clear that such a wide scope of trouser-dropping incidents could not be contained to a mere list of four.

Then the editors thought: perhaps a fashion story on men’s briefs and boxers, what styles are popular, and what turns women on.  Too trite.  And too much like current Michael Jordan ads for Hanes.

Then a non-editor friend hit upon an idea based on Rep. Anthony Weiner’s photographs of himself as a gym rat and published Sunday by the gossip website TMZ.  Weiner purportedly took the photographs himself with his smart (dumb) phone as he posed in his shorts (a hand on his private parts) in a mirror--allegedly in the House members’ gym.  

Should we do a TV quiz show like Jeopardy!, called “Match the Crotch”?  There would be a series of crotch shots of powerful men in their underwear.  Contestants would have to ask “Who is [man of power]?” to match the on-screen crotch shot.  

We’re still refining that idea.  So far, we know it’s for cable, not network.  Now if you have some photos to drop in to the suggestion box for the pilot series  . . .


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