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by ARLnow.com — June 22, 2012 at 8:45 am 3,578 113 Comments

Kaine Coming to Arlington — Former Virginia governor and current U.S. Senate candidate Tim Kaine (D) will be in Arlington this afternoon. Kaine is scheduled to have an economic discussion with local Latino business and community leaders at 4:00 p.m. The closed event is taking place at The Salsa Room (2619 Columbia Pike).

Cancer Charity Event This Weekend — The second annual Erica Paul Fabulous event will be held at the Clarendon Ballroom (3185 Wilson Blvd) on Saturday. The fundraiser runs from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. and benefits the Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation. The ‘Fabulous’ event also celebrates the life of Erica Paul, who died last year, at the age of 29, from metastatic colon cancer. [Clarendon Nights]

Ham Operators to Have a ‘Field Day’ — Arlington County will host its annual “Field Day” exercise for amateur radio operators this weekend. The exercise, held at Minor Hill Park (3400 N. Powhatan Street), is described as part of a nationwide event “during which thousands of Hams across the United States and Canada will operate portable radios and antennas to contact each other, simulating emergency conditions.” [Arlington County]

HOT Lanes Suit Costs County Transportation Funds –Virginia is contributing more than $16.5 million to Arlington’s road maintenance and construction budget for fiscal year 2013, which starts on July 1. But that figure is $100,000 less than it otherwise could have been. The Commonwealth Transportation Board has stripped $100,000 from Arlington’s allocation as retribution for the county’s costly lawsuit against the proposed I-395 HOT lanes project. The money will be used to help pay the legal bills of a former state transportation official who was sued by Arlington as part of its fight against the project. [Sun Gazette]

  • South Awwlington

    That picture is everything.

    • lorenzo

      mostly clown

      • nunya

        id love to see those clown claws drive around

        • lorenzo

          clown claws or cars? i would prefer cars

      • DarkHeart

        Carfeul, Bryce has trademarked it.

    • JamesE

      I want that truck, I would sell everything I own to have it.

      • Hank

        I’ve got some crabs I’ll share with you for free.

  • DarkHeart

    Mostly claws

  • DarkHeart

    Henry Hill said the best thing to steal was a truck full of lobster. Sell the stuff to restaurants and all the evidence gets eaten.

  • Big Spender

    Have fun with your 395 congestion and under maintained roads Arlington. Another fail by the Arlington County Board..

    • daniel

      I don’t get comments like this one and those posted by many others. Arlington roads are above average compared to most cities and states I’ve driven in….and far better than the Alex., FC, and FFX streets maintained by VDOT.

      • Pentagonian

        Agreed. Big Spender is wearing cranky pants this morning. The civil rights aspect of the lawsuit aside, I’m not sure how adding HOT lanes in Arlington adds more bridges into DC and widens roads on that side of the river.

        Also, Arlington will still receive more more money next year: “Despite the $100,000 cut, Arlington will still receive about 2 percent more funding in fiscal 2013 than it did in fiscal 2012.”

        • MM

          I think big spender is talking about the road improvements that vdot was going to foot most of the bill for as a result of the hot lanes. Now no additional funding from that project and budget cuts for our side of the road means crappier roads now and in the future because who knows what else they will cut next-

          • drax

            Then that’s Richmond’s fault.

          • Big Spender

            But that’s exactly the point, instead of working together with Richmond we would rather draw our battle lines against them and shun all outsiders. Bravo!

          • drax

            Is their job to create an efficient statewide network of transportation? Or get revenge?

            Lawsuits should be judged by their merits, not their political impact.

          • WeiQiang

            Shun all outsiders??? Like the gajillion cars that we accomodate when they pass through and come to the County on a daily basis? The ones whose drivers and passengers work and spend in the County?

            How about we get the same percentage of funding support from Richmond that we pay to the state budget?

            Richmond is just angry that we won’t help Fairfax and counties beyond empty their roads quicker by adding parking space to 66 and 395. The roads are full. Bridge and arterial capacity in to DC isn’t going to grow. I believe that Arlingtonians understand this. Take your $100K. Give me my fair share of my taxes back.

          • Big Spender

            drax, why would a government ever want to create an efficient network of transportation? lol

          • Suburban Not Urban

            Sorry it’s not – the money to defend the lawsuit against a public official in the performance of their job had to come from somewhere – would it have been better to take it out of school money in VA beach? It’s AC’s fault and in only the most selfish way are the state’s actions not justifiable.

      • Tacito

        You must be new here.

        I just file it all under “1st world problems”

      • drax

        The whiners always have something negative to say, reality notwithstanding.

    • drax

      Thank God for the county board for refusing to go along with the mindless highway-car dependent-pollution culture.

    • http://cache.ohinternet.com/images/2/24/I_see_what_you_did_there_super.jpg BoredHouseWife

      i’d agree with your sentiment if the hot lanes continued on to 295.

  • John Fontain

    So what’s the story with the truck? It looks like it’s parked next to North Side Social (or NSS as all the cool kids are calling it these days).

    • SomeGuy

      I think the story is that if it were parked next to a seafood restaurant, the county would consider it illegal signage. Good thing “NSS” doesn’t sell seafood.

      • John Fontain

        Yep, NSS better think twice about painting murals depicting the North, the side of anything, or of people being social.

        • SomeGuy

          Sometimes you’re clever, John. Good point.

    • BMoody

      I actually went to a yard sale once where this guy lives and got the story on the truck. The guy is an artist that Red Lobster contracted to fabricate this lobster on a truck as part of a cross-country promotion. At the end of the tour, Red Lobster didn’t know what to do with the truck because of possible liability issues with the lobster…..so they just gave the truck (along with the lobster!) back to the guy, free of charge. He now just uses it as his weekend truck…

  • DM

    Yes, it was parked outside North Side Social last night. I was walking by around 10:30 and the lobster tail was extended and people were sitting in there. No idea what the story is

    • Justin Russo

      Did something excite it?

  • CW

    Does amateur radio have a purpose? Is there something about it that people find interesting?

    • sunflower

      it was the precursor to blogging and tweeting

      • CW

        And commenting on news stories??!

        • trevham

          That’s a clown transmission, brah. Signing out.

        • Tacito

          uhu.. although BBS were the in between step..

    • JamesE

      At night you can talk to people from Russia

      • CW

        In Soviet Russia, radio talk to you!

    • CourthouseChris

      Hah, and I thought your username “CW” was a reference to amateur radio. CW is a type of radio transmission typically used in the sending of morse code.

      • CW

        Sorry to burst your bubble, I like HAM sandwiches though.

        • spanky

          If you like ham, you are going to love today’s daily special at Sam’s Corner featuring cappicola, proscuitto and proscuittini hams with aged domestic provolone cheese on a crusty baguette with lettuce, heirloom tomatoes, sweet onions, and a sweet and hot pepper mix that has been marinated in an Italian style vinaigrette. Only while supplies last.

        • DarkHeart

          So did Mama Cass.

      • drax

        -. — .–. . –..– / –. ..- . … … / -. — – .-.-.-

        • sunflower

          nope gw/guess /nom. ??

    • WeiQiang
  • Roover

    Thats why we need to seperate from Richmond. We give them money and they cant return it back to us. Its a shame how politics get involved when u are trying the improve the state that you govern. Thanks Robert F.

    • ArlForester

      Or the board could have been smart enough to not sue over the HOT lanes. Arlington makes its own bed in Richmond.

      • Lee-n-Glebe

        Dead on right. Making that lawsuit personal was unnecessary, petulant, and wasteful as it was highly unlikely to succeed. Using the funds to reimburse the defendant’s legal costs is absolutely the right thing to do.

      • Roover

        @ ArlForester

        Bro why should be be forced to pay for something that were not going to get any money in return. Arlington is now a car free county. We shouldnt be tolled for using the expressway and we dont receive any money back for using it. I applaud Arlington for doing this. But like I said its politics behind this.

        • Big Spender

          A car free county? That’s such a load of bs. There is no such thing in the DMV area. It would be great if we all lived and worked in Arlington, and around a metro station and had no friends that want to visit us. Reality is that many of us either live in Arlington but have a job elsewhere, but can’t get out because of 66 congestion, or live elsewhere and can’t get into Arlington! And no one wants to visit us because of congestion coming in and not enough public parking! This county is ruined and has become the red-headed step child of Virginia. Its quite sad that its come to this and the politicians of this county think its so lovely here.. ignorance is bliss I guess

          • Garden City

            Yes, I saw lots of cars at the DMV. The parking lot was full.

          • Roover

            @ Garden City

            I hope that was sarcasm. If not welcome to the DMV.

          • Roover

            @Big Spender

            Where do u live in Arlington. I get around perfectly without a car. If we had a blue governor than we wouldnt be treated as a step child. We will be the king. hopefully this will change soon. It sounds like u have a car dealing with 66 congestion. I work in DC and I still dont need a car. Life is fun for me without one. Enjoy paying that car insurance while I enjoy spending that money on something else!!

          • Big Spender

            I’m glad to see that someone is fine without owning a car, that’s great! But this is America, not Japan. You must not have any friends either, or at least none outside of the confines of the metro otherwise you won’t be able to visit them, not without hitching a ride from someone else. Sorry for the sarcasm but getting around is all but impossible unless everyone and everything you care about are within 1/4 mile of a metrorail station.

          • Roover

            @ big spender

            Bro I have family in Philly, Richmond, Maryland(DMV area) and other parts of the East coast. Its called either renting a car or car or use Amtrak. Also I have friends out in western fairfax(herndon, reston) and i still get out there with no problem. In case u didnt know its via bus(metrobus, Fairfax connector). I dont have to rely on my thumb to get around. I been like this for ova 5 years and i havent missed out on anythingd. Bro its not hard.

          • Big Spender

            @Roover

            So that’s what you spend all your “car insurance money” on? Have fun paying, err, spending your time getting there, I’ll spend that on something else!!

          • Roover

            @ Big Spender

            Wrong again son!! I dont go out to these places often. I barely go outside the beltway. While u spend money on car insurance, gas and car note. I will enjoy taking public transportation. Saving me a lot of money homie. A bus ride to Pentagon City and Tyson Mall $1.60 while u put gas in your car and have to find parking. Enjoy ur ride son.

          • Big Spender

            @ Roover

            You don’t visit family and friends often? Wow no wonder you keep calling people “son” and “bro” all the time!

          • nom de guerre

            Roover-It all makes sense now-you are from Philly. As such, you can never be considered a bro around here.

          • drax

            Same old “all or nothing” mentality.

          • Roover

            @ drax

            You must be old. Welcome to the 21st century. U dont have to have a car to enjoy life.

          • Henry

            @ Roover. When you grow up, you might realize that some things require a car. Like, say, kids. Pretty tough getting kids to school on a bike in a rain / snow storm. Not everyone lives in an apartment 2 blocks from the metro.

          • SomeGuy

            @Roover, I suspect that almost everyone on this site will seem old to you considering your comments are written in the style of a 14 year-old’s text messages.

          • Roover

            @ Henry

            Yes I dont have any kids but I don’t live within blocks of the metro. Im a young professional understanding how to save money. I also dont ride a bike.

            @some guy

            Wow great slap shot. Only u thought it was funny. Sorry you dont understand the 21st century way of communicating

          • SomeGuy

            @Roover, no offense homie. But if the “21st century way of communicating” includes persuading your audience to think you have a learning disability, then I have mad respect your grasp of it, bro.

          • Roover

            @ Some Guy

            Slim, I dont have a learning disibility. I have a GRASP on Life and I’m achieving everything including the comma’s in my bank account.

          • SomeGuy

            @Roover, good to know about the “comma’s” in your account. Because it doesn’t appear you’re achieving much with punctuation elsewhere.

        • drax

          Wait, Arlington is car-free now? I missed that.

          • ArlForester

            If you close your eyes you won’t see any more cars. Roover must live in the Manhattan section of Arlington.

          • Roover

            @ Arl Forester

            Yeah i am son its called South Arlington( along the Pike) around diverse people who do the same thing.

          • ArlForester

            Son? My father lived in Arlington for 50 years and always had a car. You aren’t man enough to call me son.

          • Roover

            @ ArtForester

            My bank account can call you son!!

          • ArlForester

            No one who has a bank account worth mentioning ever mentions their bank account. Also, people with gobs of money own cars. Pwned! (a reference I am sure you use often, child.

          • Big Spender

            Roover that doesn’t even make sense man.

          • Roover

            @ ArtFoster

            That meant that I can show you that I’m man not ur son. Put your think tank on

          • Roover

            @ ArtForester

            “anyone who uses “ur” isnt a man” Wow!! Who came up with that. Hopefully now you. The last time I checked you are commenting on a blog and I dont see you writing articles for newspapers. So you need to chill son

          • ArlForester

            I am not sure what the record here is for nonsensical posts but you should be getting close. Job well done, child.

          • Just Sayin’

            You seem to consider avoiding car expense as significantly contributing to your “bank account.” Unless you’re talking about a Jay Leno type of car collection you are avoiding, color me less-than-impressed.

      • drax

        The county shouldn’t stand up for its legal rights? Legal rights are subject to politics?

        • Big Spender

          Are you kidding me? That lawsuit was clearly about Arlington politics. And the fact that it drew so much criticism from unbiased 3rd parties further demonstrates how politics driven it was.

          • South Awwlington

            I’d have to agree with Big Spender here. Arlington is part of regional transportation planning board and HOT lanes passed that board. Arlington then got pissed off and decided to wage their own war against Richmond.

            For a regionally focused jurisdiction as Arlington professes to be, this was not a regional decision. They didn’t like the outcome so they went their own way. Now it’s time to pay the piper.

            Don’t forget, the state employees they are suing were part of a DEMOCRATIC administration in Richmond.

          • drax

            All that matters is the merits of the case. I’m not saying it had merit, just that it’s a legal matter, not a political one.

          • South Awwlington

            Drax – it was political. They made it legal by suing when they didn’t get what they wanted.

          • Mike

            Lack of merit is why the county shouldn’t have sued. It was not “standing up for its rights” – it was pretending to stand up for non-existent rights.

            I agree that taking the money to defend the lawsuit out of Arlington’s transportation funds is appropriate, though the best way to fund it would be to take it out of the salaries of the County officials who authorized bringing the lawsuit. That wouldn’t be legal, of course, but if the county can bring a BS lawsuit against a government official in his personal capacity, why not turn the tables and bring one against them?

        • Lee-n-Glebe

          There are lawsuits, and there are lawsuits. Arlington filed a suit to “stand up for its legal rights” (I’ll just take that as read, my own opinion on the merits notwithstanding). Fine. Have at it.

          Adding a government employee in their personal capacity as a defendant was ridiculous and uncalled for. Arlington should absolutely pay that person’s legal bills.

          • Lou

            They should pay, and then some. Just being a former defendant in civil rights litigation is enough to tarnish someone’s reputation. A public apology from Zimmerman would be a nice gesture. Even a private one would have helped.

            Luckily he’s moved on, in the literal sense, and found good work in the private sector. Personally, there is probably some lingering bad feelings towards the officials in Arlington, and always will be. I don’t blame him.

  • Becoming indifferent

    If the streetcars looked like the lobster truck, I might support them.

  • Richard Cranium

    Lobster Truck vs Weiner Mobile in a Battle to the Death! It’s like Godzilla vs Mothra, only more edible.

  • TJLinBallston

    There’s no getting around how interesting that lobster truck is.

  • Lobsta Lover

    Must be for the Screwtop event on Saturday. The real lobsta truck!

    http://www.screwtopwinebar.com/

  • TJ

    Where’s the news story of the GIANT FREAKING LOBSTER EATING CARS IN CLARENDON!!!?

    • FrenchyB

      The lobster’s doing something to that truck, but it’s definitely not ‘eating’.

      • WeiQiang

        “Hey Daddy, the lobster is wrestling with that truck like you wrestly with Mommy.”

    • Ballstoni

      I agree! I walked past this dying to know.

    • Elmer

      Been there; done that. It was a popular drive-in sci-fi movie in the early ’50s.

  • Sanbuttsky

    You bunch of ignorant yankee transplants, it’s a crawfish, not a Lobster.

    • Dr_Klahn

      Oh really? How do you figure? You can find other images of the front of it on someones flickr account if you google “lobster ford pickup”, and in those shots you can see the claws which are rounded like a lobster, and not narrow like a crawfish.

  • Roover

    @ BIg Spender

    It has nothing to do with visiting my family often.I guess u must have an AARP card. You sound like an old guy( maybe a farmer)You probably wouldnt understand anyways. Enjoy listenting to ur old 1960 songs while u ride in your car. I will enjoy my rap/pop/go-go on my ipod.

    • Vikram

      still buzzed from that half a beer you drank up at Wakefield this morning?

      • Roover

        eat crow!!

        • Matty

          That sounds like something a farmer from the 1960s would say.

          • Roover

            @ Matty

            Welcome to the show

    • Big Spender

      Enjoy that go-go son-ie boy. I’ll listen to my 1960s songs in my 1960′s car and smoke you on the sidewalk. Gotta love this “he has a car so he must be old school” mentality

    • Big Spender

      Oh wait I forgot to add that I must be a 1960′s farmer living in Arlington. With an AARP card. lol

      • DarkHeart

        Ghost of Nelson Reeves is posting here?

      • Roover

        @ Big Spender

        Yeah I laughh at that too when I typed the AARP part

    • ArlForester

      What are you some hipster wannabe? You’re in the wrong town, kiddo.

      • Roover

        No Im not. Just bc im not caucasan doesnt mean that I’m in the wrong town. Have respect for diviersity old timer

        • ArlForester

          Wait, so all white people are old? How did this happen?

          • Roover

            @ ArlForester

            Thats not what Im saying. You referred my to a hipster. Thats a noun that I dont take too kind of sir. Im now calling no general race old. I respect everybody ethnicity. But calling someone a hipster is not cool

          • Washingtony

            That is about the only thing you have said on here that I agree with

          • ArlForester

            I am guessing that, much like grammar, you don’t actually know what hipster means.

  • Wiz

    I liked the convertible Buick next to the lobster truck. It has a surfboard sticking out of the back seat.

    • DarkHeart

      If it was a Chrysler we’d probably have a Fred Schneider sighting.

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