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

Vomit Alley: A posting on the MPD 3D email list advertises the advent of “Operation Adams Morgan” (which will include, according to MPD, “…minor parking restrictions along 18th Street and gradually…a full compliment of uniformed and undercover officers conducting various operations while teaming up with several city agencies (DPW, DDOT, ABRA) in addition to members of The Guardian Angels. The collaborative effort will target underage drinking, drunk driving, alcohol and narcotic related offenses as well as many quality of life issues and concerns). One member snipes, “As much as I would like to say Bravo!, I will not. This looks like the same band-aid that the police have put on the issue for the past five years. Chief Lanier, you need to own the fact this is your fault and has grown worse under your leadership and policies. Your police officers doesn’t arrest people that are breaking the law, you don’t have a drunk tank and continue to ignore the problem…Bar owners, you need to own this issue and stop over serving drunk patrons.” They continue, “I am ashamed that 18th Street is known as vomit alley—and you should too. ANC and City Council—we need to shut down the bars in Adams Morgan. This is where we live and we vote. Drunk kids from Rockville don’t…come up with a long term plan to fix this problem or it will be THE issue of the next election.”

Fans Aplenty: It’s plenty hot outside, but the Chevy Chase email list isn’t necessarily complaining. Rather, members are trading what they find appropriate thermostat temperatures for the brutal heat. One asks, “I live in a big old house that’s notoriously difficult to cool…But for the sake of my budget, I leave my thermostat at 78, and have fans (ceiling as well as table/floor) running in the rooms that I use most…As my a/c is gas but also uses electricity to start, it does cut down on the total cost impact, and the fans really DO make a huge difference in the livability of the house, even when the temp is set at 78.” Another relays, “Thank you for compensating for those of us who can’t tolerate the heat. In spite of the fact that I spent most of my life in subtropical climates, it’s clear my internal thermostat has been reset since I moved here 10 years ago. I can’t fall sleep at night if the temperature’ s above 70 and I can barely tolerate it at 74 during the day. But in the wintertime, my thermostat’s set at 62 during the day, 58 at night.” “When it’s this hot I’m fine with 82,” a third poster says.

Missing in Takoma: “Within the last hour someone stole the tree watering bucket / ring from around the baby tree in front of my house. I know the tree is going to die if it doesn’t have this constant slow drip watering. I don’t think the DC Gov can get a replacement to me in time to save the tree in this heat – and even if they do the new bucket could be stolen as well. What should I do? Do you have a suggestion for a watering system that is difficult to steal?” asks one member of the Takoma email list. Another member suggests “a kitty litter bucket (or similar) and punch a couple of small holes in the bottom, fill with water, and place on the soil next to the tree,” to which the original poster responds, “Thanks, of course, I was so distraught I couldn’t think. A gallon jug is ugly, but at least no one would want to steal it.

Simplicity, for Pennies! Should you wonder what to do with those pesky piles of pennies, a member of the Cleveland Park email list suggests this: “Like everyone else, I’ve had a jar of pennies taking up counter space for years. This morning I made a discovery I want to share: I tried the money-counting machine at the Westbard Giant in Bethesda. It’s simplicity itself. The first choice was whether I wanted to donate the money to charity or get a voucher for the cash. I chose to donate. There were lots of good choices: the World Wildlife Fund, UNESCO, etc. I dumped in my pennies, the charity of my choice got a little over $5, and the machine printed out a tax receipt. I’d been eyeing that machine for some time.”