City Paper is not for tourists
A regular summary of irregular news and notes from neighborhood blogs and email lists around the District.
Your Plus-Sized Pets: A member of the New Hill East email list learned her dog may be more than just big-boned: It could also have a bladder problem. She writes, “Does anyone need a pack of X-Large female doggie diapers? Apparently my sweet gal is a little larger than X-L so we don’t need the ones I bought. Free to anyone who can use them. (I believe there are 11 left in the package).”
Pepco Guy Scaring the Children: A member of the Burleith email list got a visit from a Pepco worker, apparently without notice or a scheduled appointment. She writes, “I just had a man with a Pepco laminated badge let himself into my back yard, come to back door and announce that needed access to the house to switch over to a ‘wireless’ meter unit? Thank goodness my kids had enough sense to run up and get me out of the shower instead of just letting him in. When I tried to call Pepco to inquire I was told the wait time is 18 mintues, so no help there. I’m tempted to call the police, but don’t want to be an alarmist.” The same member later notes, “I have called the police. He likely is legitimate, but the whole episode was so unsettling that I’m glad I did. I’m thankful my dog wasn’t out there because the Pepco guy may have gotten an unwelcome, albeit memorable, surprise!”
Cannonball!: In the midst of the closing of Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the Army’s flagship hospital, members of the Shepard Park email list shared their last words under a thread titled, “Thoughts on closing Walter Reed.” Sentiments aside, one member writes: “I would be thrilled if the swimming pool was open to the public at Walter Reed in the interim. How do we lobby for that?”
When This Boat’s A-rockin’: At least two boaters were plucked from the Potomac near the Georgetown waterfront, according to the Georgetown Metropolitan. No injuries or collisions were reported, says D.C. fire and emergency medical services spokesman Pete Piringer. He explained that the passengers may have fallen overboard after the boat made an “abrupt move.” It is not clear what caused said “move.”