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by ARLnow.com — August 5, 2011 at 8:30 am 2,450 52 Comments

Pinkberry Opens in Clarendon — The new Pinkberry frozen yogurt store in Clarendon officially opens its doors at 11:00 this morning. Yesterday evening, people queued up around the block as the store gave away free frozen yogurt to anyone willing to wait in line. The giveaway didn’t seem to be hurting Red Mango, Pinkberry’s froyo rival. One block away, Red Mango was still doing brisk business as the Pinkberry line grew.

Dems Plan Dunk Tank at Chili Cookoff — Arlington County Democrats have a new weapon in their fundraising arsenal — a dunk tank. County Dems plan to roll out the dunk tank during their annual Labor Day Chili Cookoff, with the goal of collecting cash from those who want to dunk elected officials. [Sun Gazette]

Residents Raise Money for Nat’l Park — Dominion Hills/Bon Air residents Jason Andelman and Kelly Holland are “regular city folks with a hankering to get back to nature,” according to the Shenandoah National Park Trust. That’s why the pair — friends whose kids go to school together at Ashlawn Elementary — is planning to hike 100 miles through the park in September to help raise $5,000 for the Trust. In addition to being an avid hiker, Andelman is also the owner of Clarendon chocolate shop Artisan Confections (1025 N. Fillmore Street). [Shenandoah National Park Trust, Crooked Trail 100 Blog]

Rustico Plans ‘Family Table’ Sunday Suppers — Rustico restaurant in Ballston (4075 Wilson Blvd) is planning a weekly family-style supper, inspired by Executive Chef Steve Mannino’s Italian-American upbringing. The ‘Family Table’ meals will start this Sunday and continue every Sunday from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Each week will feature a different Italian main course from Mannino’s collection of family recipes. The meal is $20 for adults and $10 for kids, including bruschetta and salad to start and biscotti for dessert.

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  • http://www.exactcom.com.au/proofs/KombiPics/Wrecks/bayBushOvergrown.jpg Overgrown Bush

    Can I just throw the baseball at the elected officials instead of the dunk tank target?

    • Bluemontsince1961

      +10

  • BerryBerryCold

    Can we drunk them instead of dunk them? They already spend like drunken sailors, I can’t imagine they’d be any worse.

    • Bluemontsince1961

      LOL!, get ‘em schnockered…

    • PikerShorts

      Both sides spend like drunken sailors. No one really wants to cut spending on what they think is important to their corporate backers and campaign financiers – they just want to shift the spending to benefit themselves and their agendas.

      • ZoningVictim

        So true…

      • Bluemontsince1961

        There’s some truth in that. My paternal grandmother and great aunt summed it very well…”They’re all a bunch of crooks”. Seems an honest politician is as rare as snow in Alabama in August.

        • whatever

          Wow, really astute there. Deep political analysis, guys.

          • ZoningVictim

            Gee, sorry we didn’t supply you with some riveting, in-depth analysis of the policy differences between the two wings of our political system in the comments section of an article about a dunk tank.

          • Bluemontsince1961

            +100, ZV!

          • normal

            You should provide NO political analysis in a comments section of an article about a dunk tank.

          • PikerShorts

            Dunk tank story analyses really aren’t what they used to be in the days of yore.

      • BerryBerryCold

        I’m only talking about the local level, and we have only one side in Arlington.

      • arglebargle

        This is Arlington. There is only 1 side.

  • LP

    Pinkberry was a sh*tshow last night – I’ve never seen so many desperate people lined up for free frozen yogurt. The line was still around the corner after 9 last night.

    • JamesE

      that picture is quite sad

    • BerryBerryCold

      That’s pretty nuts. How much do they value their time? If they really needed some yogurt they should have gone down the street. Even if it cost them fiat money, its still less than the value of their time.

      • John Fontain

        This could be a case study in human behavior. Assume the folks had to wait in line for 30 minutes and the yogurt has a retail price of $5.

        If any of these people were asked on another random day to stand on the sidewalk for 30 minutes in exchange for $5, I’ll bet there is a slim chance that any of them would do it. Yet, here they are doing essentially that.

        • normal

          Not all things can be valued simply on monetary or time terms. People do stuff like this every day to prove that.

          • Aaron

            The truth of the matter is that half the population grossly overestimates what their time is worth — it’s simply an excuse for laziness. oh, I’ll take a cab instead of Metro because I can’t stand around on a platform for an extra 20 minutes; whew, I got home in time to catch all of my second-favorite dance competition show!

            @JohnFontain: There’ve also been numerous studies that show that people traditionally devalue currency as well. The Washington Post reported on one a few years ago that was absolutely terrifying. At the end of a fake research study, the study participants were offered either $100 cash or a $50 gift certificate for a luxury spa/salon in compensation for their time. Nearly every female participant took the gift certificate.

          • normal

            :lol: Now that gift certificate thing is just rank stupidity.

    • DCChughes

      I happened to get a sample when I arrived at Gold’s last night. My reaction was “Enh – why are so many people waiting in line for this?” It was a little icy and frankly just not as good as Red Mango. I know that’s probably sacrilege to say or something. But I can’t say I was impressed.

  • Southeast Ben

    So is it safe to say there will be no bank robberies today?

    Two yesterday, three in the last two days.

    • Lou

      First one today happens before noon. Book it.

  • Richard Cranium

    Hey – I have an idea. I’m going to go on a week long hike in the remote mountains with my neighbor’s wife for a “cause” – anyone want to contribute?

    • normal

      Sure, depending on your cause.

  • charlie

    bank robbers vs. yogurt freebies
    each says please
    each waits their turn
    each goes to clarendon
    each is desperate
    each is stupid
    no one really gets all that much
    your picture makes it into arlnow
    no, not priceless, worthless.
    seriously, waiting in line for free yogurt that costs five bucks.
    times are hard even for the hipsters.

    • Jen

      Yuppies. Clarendon is fully of yuppies, not hipsters.

      • BerryBerryCold

        I would agree. I think the hipsters, what/whoever they are, stay in DC.

      • Brandon C

        There’s still a few at Galaxy Hut, but they have to be bussed/metro’d in.

  • CW

    Does anyone know how that chocolate shop does most of its business? I’ve never really seen anyone in there, never heard anyone I know mention going there, never seen it in an article or heard of it sponsoring/hosting any kind of event, etc. Seems kinda low-key to stay in business in such a high-cost area. I am wondering if they sell through some channels other than the store?

    • charlie

      it is good chocolate. i was in there once and there was a steady line of three people. once someone left a new person came in. very steady. and if that goes on for the whole day, ka-ching.

    • Tre

      I often wonder the same but I think that it is an order ahead/pick-up intensive business, so the customer is literally in and out. I’ll buy a couple of boxes a year for presents, and I know people have ordered them as wedding favors. They are also a delivery location for Michel Patisserie macarons (a la Ladurée) which I also utilize a few times a year.

      • CW

        You sold me with your last sentence…nom nom nom…

      • We go there

        It’s not order-ahead. People just go in and pick out what they want. The chocolate is great. They have very innovative flavors, many of which they change from time to time. Last time I was in there they had a bourbon-walnut chocolate. So good…

        The customer base skews slightly older than the rest of Clarendon–never seen anyone in their 20s there, mostly 30s-50s. Many who followed them from the old Lee Hwy location.

    • normal

      They also give chocolate-making lessons.

  • Rustico

    $20 to eat with strangers–and their CHILDREN? No thanks.

    • normal

      You eat with strangers every time you go to a restaurant. Or maybe you don’t go out.

      • Lou

        Not at the same table. That’s why this event is different.

        • Rustico

          Bingo, Lou.

          I picture awkward small talk, whining kids with indulgent parents who fail to chastise them when they get up and run around, and one guy who hogs the main course. And some nut who wants everyone to pray together first.

          • normal

            Then by all means stay home where it’s safe.

        • david

          Where does it say you’ll be sitting at the same table? I just assumed the family style meant a larger portion that can feed everyone at their own table. The Majestic calls their Sunday dinners Family Style and they serve per table – there is no communal table.

  • Burger

    Here let me fix this sentence

    –Yesterday evening, losers with no life queued up around the block as the store gave away free frozen yogurt to anyone willing to wait in line.–

    • CW

      Saw it with my own eyes. I was flabbergasted. Do they have some sort of national following, or groupies who come from around the country a la Chick-Fil-A? None of the other new places got anything like this sort of reception on opening day.

    • Carmen

      I wonder if they felt it was worth it after getting the sample. I had some Pinkberry yogurt last year in CA. I didn’t like it.

  • YTK

    Dunk Tank at Chili Cookoff? Hopefully its not filled with Chili.

    • charlie

      or hopefully it is…

  • YTK

    Re: Jason Andelman and Kelly Holland — it’s great that youa re heloping the Shenandoah Trust — but how about working with Arlington residents and Arlington County to help bring nature back to THIS area – too many old tall shade trees being cut down for pollution producing McMansions and more traffic — in addition to THREE hi rises recently built within 2 1/2 blocks of one another adding more traffic and funneling/trapping the exhaust effluent from tall the buses and cars on Columbia PIke. Arlington needs tok now when to stop building with Tyvek, board and brick,and start building some parks and planting trees in this area.

  • Bluemontsince1961

    “too many old tall shade trees being cut down for pollution producing McMansions and more traffic — in addition to THREE hi rises recently built within 2 1/2 blocks of one another adding more traffic and funneling/trapping the exhaust effluent from tall the buses and cars on Columbia PIke. Arlington needs tok now when to stop building with Tyvek, board and brick,and start building some parks and planting trees in this area.”

    +50, YTK!

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