Let us give thanks for our home county. Feel free to share Arlington things for which you are thankful. I’ll start:
- Super Pollo
- the Custis Trail
- Dischord Records
- the bizarre brutalist fantasy that is Rosslyn and its skybridges
- lots of old single people like me to keep me from feeling like a loser
- our steadfast refusal to allow a third lane on either side of Rt 66
- being DC’s missing corner
Great list, Bard!
I definitely second your list, particularly Dischord Records. And we are DC’s missing corner, but we’ve got markers to remember. I’ll add:
- Arlington Public Schools
-Ragtime and its subsidiaries
-Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse
-Not having to own a car
-Gas stations that double as houses of worship
-ArlNOW and all of its hilarious/dysfunctional posters
-The fact that the right to raise chickens is one of the most contentious civic issues we face
-And I’ll throw out that most people I’ve met around this town are pretty rad in one way or another. As a transplant, I’ve found this is a swell place to make some great friends/sexual partners/and eventually families.
Bard....great thread subject
- community (ARlnow, my street, my civic association)
- the Arlington Way (okay....laugh if you must, but this county promotes civic input like no other)
- Cinema Draft House (can’t wait until they put up an art-deco marque)
- Ability (maybe) to raise two chickens for Super Pollo’s support of local farmers :-)
- dog friendly
can’t believe I forgot the Drafthouse. And speaking of the Drafthouse, I haven’t been there in forever.
I’ve enjoyed my Thanksgiving wine a bit too much and realized there were some things Arlington I forgot to add…
-Alex and Arlington Virginia Computer Repair. I know he’s an advertiser on this here site, but I love these types of home grown businesses and want to give him a non-Yelp, local shoutout (I hope this doesn’t violate what Bard is going for… sorry if so… but I was really happy with his work). Anyhow, I had some computer issues and folks on ArlNOW recommended his services. My friend built me a computer out of spare parts that I use for other reasons, but primarily for recording music. Boring story more boring, my computer kept crashing due to problems that were non-pornography related, and I was experiencing ridiculous latency issues. I’d assumed my techy issues were kind of niche and would require someone who specialized in recording software. However, Alex also happens to be a recording musician, and he knew exactly what was going on. He fixed every bug I was having and spent an hour explaining how to avoid future issues. Great dude. I’m thankful for him saving my sanity. I don’t know if there are other folks with home recording studios, but if you have any questions, I’d be happy to talk with you, and if I can’t walk you through recording issues, I’ll pass you on to Alex.
-Prostie busts at the Days Inn on the Pike
-Frame stores that also sell Chinese-built mopeds
-Folks who really love Columbia Pike and don’t tell me I’ve moved to an up-and-coming neighborhood that will be “nice in a few years.”
-Living here long enough to know the side streets that allow me to avoid 395, 50, Glebe Rd, and Wilson Blvd.
@Hank posted, “-Frame stores that also sell Chinese-built mopeds” HAHAHAHAHA!
and Frame stores that also sell Chinese-built mopeds and are always having 80% sales.
Hank – thanks for the welcome back!
I am thankful for the many old trees in Arlington and for every new tree that’s planted, especially when trees are removed. I don’t want Arlington to look like a new housing development with no shade trees!
Hater notification, please avert your eyes: Dischord records? C’mon now, sure they were all the rage back in the day, but they haven’t been relevant for decades. matter o’fact, the next time I see Ian in the whole foods I will pelt him with omega-3 enriched eggs while I yell over and over, Hunt these you millionaire ratfink, hunt these you millionaire ratfink,..
Oh, and I like the Thai lunch special in the Lee-Harrison shopping center.
yeah, sorry man, but if anyone in the history of independent music has kept it real, it’s ian mackaye. so he’s made some money — big deal. he deserves it. and he could have made 50 times as much if he’d sold out.
also, the dc area used to have an incredible music scene, and its relevance to rock and roll lies largely in dc hardcore and other movements that arose out of it (post-punk, etc). fugazi and dischord were major players in that regard. hating a dude because he’s an adult now and he isn’t playing $5 shows anymore is just silly. he’s as much arlington and dc’s music heritage as anyone else is.
You’re an ice cream eating commentbot aren’t you…I saw you outside eating ice cream. You’re tough now, but I saw you eating ice cream. You’re an ice cream eating commentbot.
No way, I have the straight edge, your creamed ice will never pass these lips.
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