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A regular summary of irregular news and notes from neighborhood blogs and email lists around the District.

I’m In Love With a Stripper: Park View DC has found a stripper even Grandma would welcome in her home. After buying a used radiator to put in a newly renovated back sleeping porch, the blogger was looking for a way to make the radiator look new. Enter the Stripping Workshop at 411 New York Ave NE. “They can really make an old radiator look new. They also have a variety of finishes available. While we chose to go with the polished metal, they will also repaint a radiator in white, gold, or black,” the blog writes.

Good Penmanship: A member of the Chevy Chase email list is in need of a pen and pencil set for her son’s Christmas gift. “Does anyone know where I can buy a good pen & pencil set. My son has requested one for Christmas & I don’t know where to look,” the member writes. She follows with an equally antiquated question: “Is that pen shop still at Montgomery Mall? Any help would be greatly appreciated.” While another member has a bevy of brick-and-mortar suggestions—”You could try an art supply store such as Plaza Art, on Old Georgetown Road in Bethesda. Sullivans Toy store, which carries art supplies, might have something like this. They are on Wisconsin Ave north of Van Ness”—a third writes simply, “Look at Levenger’s online.”

Ease on Down the Road: The Georgetown Metropolitan has an updated map of the proposed bike lanes scheduled for construction in 2012. The proposed M Street NW cycletrack will run all the way to Pennsylvania Avenue NW. “GM predicts that this lane will get heavy use, particularly once DDOT installs the planned Capital Bikeshare station at M and Pennsylvania. DDOT saw a large increase in bike traffic after the 15th St. lanes were installed, and there’s no reason to think the M St. lanes won’t start attracting a lot of the crosstown traffic the way the 15th St. lanes capture the north-south traffic,” writes the blog. One reader wasn’t impressed with forthcoming addition of lanes, saying there should be different lanes for the different modes of transportation. “Americans are bad at traffic engineering. Anyone who has had the pleasure of visiting København or dozens of other European cities know the best traffic engineering – separate lanes for cars, bikes, and pedestrians, separated by concrete barriers.” The lanes will be separated from traffic by thin pylons which, to be sure, aren’t concrete. But another commenter is excited nonetheless: “This is amazing. I go from Scott Circle to Georgetown everyday. A protected bike lane like this is exactly what I need.”

Traditional Christmas dinner includes foods like turkey, mashed potatoes, and candied yams. But a member of the Cleveland Park email list is looking for a more international cuisine during the holiday. “Does anyone know where to buy good tamales for Christmas?”