A regular summary of irregular news and notes from neighborhood blogs and email lists around the District.
But Do the Brakes Hiss? New Columbia Heights writes, “I was walking at 13th and Irving when a guy rode his bike past me on the sidewalk. He had a live snake around his neck. It was pretty funny watching him ride down, as everybody who passed him would do a double take, some folks smiling and others looking scared or disgusted.” Commenters recount similar experiences: “Pretty sure I saw this guy recently as well. Last year I actually saw a guy in the neighborhood skateboarding with an iguana on his shoulder. Unfortunately by the time I understood what was going on it was too late to take a pic,” writes one. Another says, “I saw this guy walking down the street a couple months ago. Very nonchalant. ‘Oh, hai. I have snakes around my neck…what’s up?'”
And He Paints, too? Penn Quarter Living is really jazzed about a painting by Frank Sinatra that’s up for auction and “expected to fetch between 6 to 8 thousand dollars, this is possibly the coolest damn thing we’ve ever seen. There is a part of us that can almost justify the cost, going through the calculations of exactly how many vacations we’d have to skip, how many PB&Js we’d have to consumer, in order to claim this work as our own.”
Hopefully Residents are Better Conversationalists: Councilmember Tommy Wells is resuming his “office hours,” today at 8 p.m. at Sova Espresso & Wine. The Hill is Home writes: “If you’ve never been, swing by. Wells could talk to a fencepost and make it feel comfortable. Plus you’ll meet his staff that know all the secrets to getting things done.”
Development Not Quite Deferred. A member of the LeDroit Park email list says the mayor won’t be taking $1.44 million from a project to develop the stretch of Georgia Avenue that runs past the neighborhood. “The next step is to understand how these funds can best be used to benefit our community,” they write.