City Paper is not for tourists
A regular summary of irregular news and notes from neighborhood blogs and email lists around the District.
Drag City: “Can someone from MPD shed light on the high speed chase that occurred on D St NE last night around 8:40 p.m.?” writes a member of the ANC 6A email list. Explains the MPD 1D commander, “Yesterday evening First District units monitored a lookout for a vehicle wanted in a Carjacking in the Fifth District. The wanted vehicle was located in the First District. The vehicle fled and a pursuit of the vehicle was aborted by decision of the First District Watch Commander. The wanted vehicle continued to flee at a high rate of speed with no police unit in pursuit. Approximately 9 blocks later the driver of the stolen vehicle lost control and struck several unoccupied parked cars. The driver of the vehicle was subsequently apprehended.”
Dog Problems? A member of the New Hill East email list writes in a thread entitled “Stuff,” “The other day I saw a woman walking with her children, dog and cat (or at least the cat appeared to be with her and seemed very familiar with the dog). Her cat jumped into a neighbor’s vegetable garden and used it as a litter box. To the woman’s credit, she did try to shoo the cat away and cleaned up behind it but if you know your cat is prone to doing things like that, you probably should either leave it inside or put it on a leash. It was an edible garden. I’m sure our neighbors would like to feel free growing edibles without fear of E. Coli.” Quibbles a second member, “While I’m sure the neighbor appreciated your concern, what about other animals? Surely if the garden is outdoors it runs the risk of being used as a toilet by an entire host of local wildlife (birds, squirrels, chipmunks, etc.), correct?”
Takoma Problems: A member of the Takoma email list asks, “For the past few months we’ve been unable to get any real cold water from our faucets or showers, only cool at best, and the visit from the plumber didn’t resolve it. I know the weather has been hot lately but our problem predated the heatwave. Anybody experience a similar problem and have any suggestions? Thanks.” Several other members of the list respond quickly with anecdotes, some with quite literal answers: “My water never gets cold. I don’t know why but it was the same in the winter.”
Chevy Chase Problems: “I want to buy the perfect chair to use at the computer,” writes a member of the Chevy Chase email list. I’m looking for a wonderful comfortable supportive chair with high back and arms that swivels and rocks. Suggestions for great chairs and where to buy appreciated.” “It is not as simple as just buying an expensive chair,” counters another member. “When dealing with a computer chair, the entire work area must be addressed. First the height of the workstation, where the monitor is positioned, the location of the keyboard and mouse. Then a person’s size is a major factor. Ergonomically, when we sit in the chair, the position of our feet, hand and head are very important so we do not cause back or shoulder strain. If you have a chiropractor or an orthopedist for an ergonomic consultation, contact them to see about a personal setup.” The first member shoots back, “I think people get my point. Be considerate with your pets.”