Self-Validation “If you consider yourself important, consider yourself acknowledged.”—D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams, announcing he’d skip the traditional round of political thank yous from the podium and get on with a speech Oct. 21 to National Trust for Historic Preservation conventioneers. After drawing a laugh, Williams went on to acknowledge numerous people.
Cab From Hell When the Robbie Williams show let out of the 9:30 Club after midnight last Friday, concertgoers flooded V Street NW to find taxicabs. One young woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, headed to the corner of Georgia Avenue and V Street, where she hailed a Five Star cab. She hopped in, gave an address in Tenleytown, and sat back. She straightened up when the car reached the corner of Georgia and Florida Avenues, and the driver made a left. “Then, when I noticed he turned on O Street, I knew he was way off,” says the woman. Moments later, the cab pulled up to the Howard Johnson Motel on New York Avenue NE, where the driver pulled out room keys and implored her to “come on in.” The woman quickly headed for the motel lobby, where an unsympathetic desk attendant told her to take her chances hailing a new cab on New York Avenue. People are going to think I’m a prostitute, she says she thought. Instead, she flagged down a 5th District patrol car, which escorted her home. Five Star Cab Association officials refuse to take any responsibility for the incident. “[The D.C. Taxicab Commission] will handle it,” answered a dispatcher. Taxicab Commission Hearing Examiner Bill Fesson says the commission will investigate the wild ride.
Out of Pocket This Week at Metro, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s weekly roundup of events, offers a somewhat counterintuitive event for Metro police officers: “October 27, all day Pickpocket Training Class.”