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Every Tuesday and Thursday, we run down what’s going on in local Internet discussion groups.
A Brooklander asked the list for information about a helicopter circling her neighborhood on Thursday night. Daniel Wolkoff responded with noise rage: “When it’s quiet in this neighborhood, you have to ask “What’s wrong?” People die young from the sleep disturbance and the adrenalin from the noise, I’ll tell you one thing, they are working on me. What is infuriating is that things do not have to be this way. The rest of the world does not live this way. What’s going on in our neighborhood is like a lousy joke, constant hysteria, overheated “services”. Police cars with distracting lights flashing all the time, brilliant idea! Whose city is it?
Also in Brookland, poster Elizabeth Cavendish tried to unload her kids’ guinea pigs, Frappuccino and Mini Bunny, while her clan takes off to South America for the summer. She offered all kinds of tips and selling points, including:
- “The girls like to let them run around the yard, but be careful not to let them get into dense foliage as they can be hard to find.”
- “They don’t stink unless you let the cage go too long.”
- “They can calmly sit in a kid’s lap for a long time (use an old towel on the child’s lap, in case the guinea pig poops).”
A posting about the Central Union Mission’s possible move to Georgia Avenue inspired some 85 comments. The conversation degenerated into citizens’ comparing homeless people to nuclear waste. The low point came at 2:02 p.m. on April 25, when a poster named Chris stood up for NIMBY pride: “Ok, the reference to nuclear waste was intentional. The point is that I am proud of my NIMBYism. Call me selfish, I don’t care. I’m concerned about the safety of my children. And my own safety for that matter. Bottom line is that just like I don’t want nuclear waste buried in my backyard I also don’t want a homeless shelter in my backyard. I’m sorry for the confusion. I would however, like a bookstore, a coffee shop, some more restaurants…”