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Every Tuesday and Thursday, we run down what’s going on in local Internet discussion groups.
On June 17, discussion topics included a plug for a “GREAT babysitter” and a thread started by Dodie about where to find reasonably priced curtain rods. “If I ruled the world, there would still be a Woolworth’s…with inexpensive spring rods for hanging curtains inside a window frame without having to install anything with screws,” she wrote. Sharon suggested Dodie try Home Depot then launched into a lament for TakomaDC’s rabble-rousing heyday. “The list is so quiet these days I’m wondering what happened. Did we resolve all the community issues and now we are happy valley, totally protected from developers, city incompetence, etc? All we need are babysitters, plumbers, roofers, and curtain rods? Or are we just tired?” Rich replied with “This is the dawning of the age of Aquarius; love rules the stars! Or perhaps it’s the summer doldrums.”
Dogs, cats, lizards—all sorts of animals are reported lost, missing, or stolen on neighborhood listservs all the time. And now, even inanimate ones are getting the all-points-bulletin treatment. “Our daughter’s beloved Teddy went AWOL near the NW corner of U and 13th, Sunday morning, approximately 11:30 a.m.” wrote Carolee. “He’s a little bit raggedy…but dearly beloved…and wearing a distinctive rabbit costume. $50 reward for his return.” That’s 50 more bucks than was offered by ustreetnews poster Gayle just last month for the safe return of living, breathing “tabby-ish” cat Decca.
Tennis player KK serves up a rant about etiquette at the courts on Van Ness and 45th Streets NW. “I’m writing because I noticed some very rude behavior, and I wanted to express my disappointment in a neighborhood that is usually friendly and easy-going. During the course of a recent match, two of my tennis balls were taken – not borrowed; not asked for – one by a child and one by a baseball coach. In both cases, the balls were simply taken right from my court, apropos of nothing.…Now, tennis balls are cheap and abundant. It’s not a huge loss to lose a few, and one usually does during a match, due to mishits or holes in fences. But the ball is not the issue here. The issue is that in a community playground, not one but TWO people did not have the courtesy or decency to ask if they could share with us. And for that, I am angry.” Final score, KK vs. community: no love–no love.