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by ARLnow.com | January 9, 2013 at 8:45 am | 1,926 views | 50 Comments

D.C. and the Capitol building at night, as seen from Skyline Towers

Arlington’s ‘Bicycle Man’ Dies — Arlington resident Randy Lokke, 62, died late last month. Lokke was known as a prolific follower of local high school sports, riding his bike to games in and around the District. Lokke was a graduate of Wakefield High School. [Georgetowner]

Ovie Returns to Arlington — Alexander Ovechkin and his Washington Capitals teammates are back on the practice ice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Ballston. The Capitals and other NHL teams are expected to begin a 48-game regular season on Jan. 19. [Washington Post]

Chick-fil-A Offers Free Breakfast – D.C. area Chick-fil-A restaurants, including the locations in Ballston and Crystal City, are offering free breakfast entrees through Jan. 30 to those who make “reservations” online. [Chick-fil-A]

Catalog Opt-Out Service Saves Paper — Arlington County says Arlington residents have saved 35,855 lbs of waste by participating in the county-sponsored “Catalog Choice” service. The free service allows residents to opt out of unwanted mail, catalogs and phone books. [Twitter, Arlington County]

Arlington Couple Promoting Phone Holder — An Arlington couple who spent several years and $25,000 to design “DashIT,” a car dashboard hold for smart phones, is selling and promoting the gadget at the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas. [Washington Business Journal]

Flickr pool photo by GmdVT. Hat tip to Brendan Lilly.

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  • ArLater

    Locations in Ballston and CC are already “sold out”. Never had their breakfast and wasn’t planning on it but are they really that good? Or do people just really love anything they can get for free?

    • JamesE

      little bit of both

    • Hurley

      I just went out by work in Fairfax, just chicken on a biscuit. It’s the most amazing thing ever.

    • Lola

      Just got back from my free chicken minis. The biscuit part was slightly buttery and sweet. Along with the chicken nugget, it was nothing short of delicious — made even better because it was free!

      • BBMS

        They really do get their food “right”. It’s a great menu for a fast food place.

  • Swag

    “Make reservations” = Give us your name, address and e-mail so we can sell it to marketers.

  • gay guy

    Can I take my boyfriend?

    • novasteve

      Why wouldn’ t you be able to?

    • Hollywood

      I’m not sure, you should see if drax is busy.

      • Wow

        Super intelligent and relevant comment there Hollywood! (Except not).

  • BBMS

    I had seen that guy Randy all over the place and never knew there was such an interesting story about him.

    Reminds me a lot of Yorktown’s Big Jim.

    • BBMS

      Rather, Big Joe.

      • Lee-n-Glebe

        Anyone know the story of the Salvation Army lady who hangs out at Kettler all the time?

  • Captain_Obvious

    Bout time hockey is starting again…

    • bulb

      Damn right.

      Ovie was at the Georgetown/Pitt game last night (for the first half at least). The boos from the Pitt fans were amusing. Trolling Penguins fans at a college basketball game… priceless.

      • JTIII

        LOL I was there. That was classic. The Hoyas sure stunk it up last night.

    • JamesE

      Thank jebus!

  • Nancy

    Dashit……seriously?

  • CW

    The DashIt device looks cool; much better than the thing they are advertising on TV that goes on the windshield.

    • B22201

      I’m no industrial designer, but that thing shouldn’t have taken $25k and several years to design. Unless there were several $5k trips to find a factory in China to make it.

      • CW

        You would be surprised. Patent searches are not cheap, and they’re essential. Unless the person who came up with the idea is proficient in using modeling/design software you have to pay someone to do that. If the thing is injection molded that is not cheap either to get started; you have to pay for the tooling. And then any sort of advertising, going to trade shows, etc. 25k seems very reasonable.

    • AndyPhone

      Wife has iPhone, I have android. We share 1 car, need 1 mount. So the best solution we found is the Mountek nGroove Universal CD Slot Mount, look it up on amazon. We no longer play CDs so that slot has once again become useful.

      no worry about theft, crooks know that its a cell phone mount when its empty. actually informs them that no GPS unit is likely in a glove compartment.

  • South Awwlington

    The Catalog Choice article may be the best PSA ever on ARLnow.

    • rt

      except you get re-routed everywhere

    • SARL

      Yeah thought so for a hot second as well, until I got all excited and tried doing it just now. They don’t make it easy enough to be useful, in my opinion–you need to search for one individual company at a time and click multiple buttons to actually opt out of it … and then do that for every single company from which you want to opt out. I get too much junk mail to keep track of all the companies and then bother to use this to *potentially* actually stop receiving junk mailings.

      • thebrickwall22

        I signed up for this on Sunday. Managed to stop phone books, but it was a pain involving multiple websites and giving out email, which they will probably use to send other junk. For catalogs, every time I get one I’ll pop it into the system. Maybe six months from now I can be rid of it all.

      • drax

        Just recycle them.

        • Deadite

          Still wasteful and energy intensive, though much better than throwing in the trash.

          • thebrickwall22

            I generally just burn them with my leaves and other trash.

      • cranky crankypants

        I signed up with them several years back. I made a habit of sitting down at the computer with my junk mail every couple of days, and it made a huge difference. Most companies complied and we were able to keep what we wanted coming. It’s a good program.

    • Suburban Not Urban

      So – will I be able to stop all the junk advertising from AFAC and other bleeding heart nonsense – that I started recieving after attending my first county function?

      • drax

        You’re in deep denial.

  • Chris (no not that one)

    Just bought me a smart phone holder. Have been looking for a new one since the horrible suction cup one I had broke.

  • Arlingtron

    I just watched the DashIt video. Looks like a good product. Still may slide off during turns depending on the type of material used.

    I’m sure they considered the double entendre that may reveal it as “Da Shit,” which is an adulation.

    I wish auto makers would install hard points on the dash board. The sleek plastic panels look great but not very useful. Many drivers today are using their portable devices during their travels. The closer it is to the view out the windshield (without obstructing it) the safer it is to view.

    • CW

      Lol, I just noticed that reading of the title as well. Certainly they thought of the joke.

    • andyphone

      Mountek nGroove Universal CD Slot Mount is a better solution if you don’t load CDs constantly.

  • PearDPea

    The phone holder looks pretty cool. I think it is time as a society to admit that the concept of the suction cup has failed and we should move on to superior technology.

    • R. Griffon

      Agreed. I really like how simple and unobtrusive it is. And no moving parts. The suction cups eventually let go of every GPS mount that I’ve ever had, and as many as not have also broken at the points of articulation. Bonus points for not having to wrestle with some kind of sliders to accommodate different devices.

      They should find a store to sell them locally too. I’d easily snag a couple, but don’t really wanna sign up for another site and give a credit card.

      Side note/nit – Their video says “When the iPhone launched in 2008…” It launched summer 2007.

  • novasteve

    Given most states will eventually have hands free laws while driving, how much use will you have for these holders if it’s illegal to touch them while in the car? yet somehow apparently these laws don’t apply to playing around with your car stereo, the AC, your trip computer or whatever.

    • drax

      steve.

      Seriously.

      Think, then post.

      This IS a hands-free device. Just like your radio and the AC. Hands-free means you don’t hold it all the time. It doesn’t mean you can’t touch anything.

      • facepalm

        Zing

      • b

        he does have a point in one area… the ‘hands free’ laws are a pretty weak method for addressing distracted driving. whether it’s playing with the radio, ac, gps, ‘hands free’ phone, having a dog in your lap, or eating… all legal and all potentially more dangerous than holding a phone to your ear while watching the road.

        • BBMS

          Yeah, that is the point. The spirit of distracted driving laws would say that you don’t use your device at all while driving, whether it is in your hand on held on your dash.

          • R. Griffon

            The point of this mount is so that smartphones can be used as a GPS device – something that doesn’t require you to touch or interact with it while driving. These hands free requirements (and distracted driving in general) are also why so many smartphones these days have voice-activated features.

        • drax

          Yeah, b, perhaps that’s what he was struggling to say.

        • dumn logic

          Yet another example of the “this doesn’t cure absolutely everything therefore it isn’t any good” philosophy of legislation so popular on the right these days.

    • Captain_Obvious

      lets just eliminate cars since it takes hands to steer too. I’ll keep mine cause I have perfected the driving with the knee technique.

      • R. Griffon

        Or better yet – let’s keep the cars and get rid of the drivers! Not really kidding – I can’t wait to own something like Google’s self-driving cars.

        • googler

          That would be aweseome – a system crash would actually be a crash!

  • http://www.arlnow.com Lauren

    Randy, the bike man, was a member of the Cathedral of St Thomas More and he always rode his bike to Mass. It seems we all knew him and I saw him at Mass and at several classes taught at the Cathedral. He seemed like a quiet, gentle man. I was sorry to see he died and was happy to see a big note inviting parishioners to attend his funeral Mass on Monday morning. He will be missed – apparently many of us saw him riding around town in his bike with his plastic bag on the handles. Rest in peace.

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