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Wilson Boulevard Shut Down in Clarendon

by ARLnow.com January 25, 2011 at 11:13 am 2,890 73 Comments

Update at 3:30 p.m. — The road has reopened.

Wilson Boulevard has been shut down in the area of North Jackson Street and Washington Boulevard in Clarendon.

A vehicle collided with a utility pole, splitting it in half near the Hess gas station. Dominion is on the scene replacing the pole, which has transformers on it, complicating the process.

No word on when the street will reopen.

  • mehoo

    I hope that means the pole split in half and not the vehicle.

    • strunk & white

      read much?

      • mehoo

        Yep. You write much?

        It’s not clear what the “it” refers to. Your hasty assumptions don’t change that.

        • Sam

          It’s very clear. If you read the entire passage and use the fantastic concept known as “context”, you’d have no problem understanding. Why would Dominion Power arrive on scene to repair a car? When does it ever get reporting that a car was split in half in an accident? When does metal ever get “split” in general? Anyone with a 3rd grade education would have been able to tell whether it was the vehicle or the utility pole that was split in half.

          • mehoo

            I was simply noting that ambiguity exists. Of course I figured it out.

            But here’s your context, genius:

            Dominion Power could quite obviously have a reason to show up at a scene where a car hit a pole, even if the pole wasn’t reported as splitting in half.

            Cars are split in half in accidents all the time (just google “car split in half accident” for dozens of examples, including photos). Even metal ones! Wow, you can split metal.

            If you had any sense of context, you’d realize that you’re taking my post way too seriously, and that you’re being an enormous jerk about a lighthearted comment.

          • Jaun

            http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/traffic/west-palm-beach-man-dies-in-violent-bmw-1205635.html

            More regularly than you might think.
            Also, if you dont know much about exotic sports cars, some (IE Ferraris) are actually engineered to shed pieces, and sometimes even “split” in high speed, high velocity crashes.

            http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2009/03/ferrari-crash.html

        • strunk & white

          grammatically, a pronoun refers to the noun preceding it, which in this case was pole.

          • mehoo

            Ah, but there are two nouns preceding the pronoun, not one.

        • LP

          Hoo got owned?

        • strunk & white

          here’s a good test for you, since you choose to find ambiguity in a sentence that was properly written to avoid ambiguity — i.e., the pronoun and antecedent were in their correct positions — see if you can rewrite it to satisfy your obtuseness

          • mehoo

            No, here’s a test for you – write the sentence for a case in which a car hits a pole and then the car is split, not the pole. Make sure the sentence is in the same order and format as the one in the article, and is unambiguous. It must follow the same order of events – the car hits the pole, then the car is split, only you would use a pronoun.

    • Yes, the pole.

    • A good pole will do the splitting.

  • strunk & white

    directly preceding the pronoun. Pole was antecedent. You would reverse them if you wanted to refer to the car. I suppose if both were split in two, you would say “they”. That would be quite a crash!

    • mehoo

      But the car precedes pole because the car hit the pole first. Let’s try reversing them like you said: “A utility pole was hit by a car, splitting it in half.” Now assuming you’re willing to use passive voice like that, context STILL leads you to think it’s the pole getting split, simply because a pole getting split is much more plausible than a car. Yet according to you, there’s no way a reader wouldn’t know it’s the car.

      You write me the perfect, unambiguous version. You’re the expert.

  • strunk & white

    In the example you’re asking for, you would just use a noun to convey what you wanted.

    A vehicle collided with a utility pole NEAR THE HESS STATION, splitting THE CAR in half.

    grammar talk. Is this a great website or what šŸ™‚

    • mehoo

      Exactly. So the sentence could be improved upon to make it more clear than it is now.

      You finally get it.

      • strunk & white

        Sure, don’t deny that: the clearest thing would be to use a noun, but you are being deliberately obtuse, because the writer did what he or she was supposed to — put the antecedent right before the pronoun. It’s kind of odd to assume the writer made a mistake and actually interjected another noun, pole, when he was referring to the vehicle, and the structure of the sentence correctly indicated that.

        • mehoo

          Yes, I’m being deliberately obtuse – obviously. It was nothing but a lighthearted, offhand comment. YOU are the one who has blown it way out of proportion. The sentence was slightly confusing, to mildly comic effect. Big deal.

          Next I can make a simple joke about a typo and you can swoop in and say “well obviously he meant to write “The Steelers will BEAT the Packers” not “EAT the Packers” – read much?

  • JamesE

    Can we get confirmation this was caused by a runaway frat boy with Maryland tags?

    • mehoo

      …driving as fast as he can to get out of Arlington before he’s caught in the middle of another minor grammatical construction dispute.

      • Charlie

        to get his cupcakes and pizza.

  • K

    And this is why so many people in Arlington suck, getting all bent out of shape about things like a grammatical error, thinking they are holier than thou. I’m sure someone will tear apart this comment as well.

    • ClarendonKing

      I bet you live in South Arlington, or at the very least Ballston.

      • K

        What does that even mean? Is that a racist comment? I live in Clarendon asshat.

        • mehoo

          How dare he make fun of where you live, huh?

        • ClarendonKing

          I bet you live in the Clarendon fringes. most likely you really live in Virginia square, or maybe even “the projects” they call the Lyon Village apartments.

          • ClarenSchnob

            I actually think the Lyon Village apartments are cute.

            But that’s really a low blow to imply in lives in Virginia Square !

          • ClarendonKing

            Yeah, you’re actually right on that one. They look cute and are just across the street from a 24 hour CVS, the Italian store and the Giant. If I made 100K less I would probably live there.

          • JackAss

            You wish you could live in VA square. Great school districts, 1/2 mile to Clarendon and VA Square metros, and 3/4 mile to Ballston – truly a neighborhood where you can walk everywhere – and not as pretentious as Lyon Park and the newer homes are much bigger than Lyon Park (and a bit less pricey). We like being off the beaten path from the overflow of Clarendon nightlife but still being able to walk there for a night out, having great parks for kids, library, GMU Law, etc.. Just keep your eyes on the area, with all those 1940s homes priced in the $700K range, there will be a lot of gentrification in the coming decade.

          • mehoo

            Virginia Square? Total ghetto. Only one Starbucks and one Cosi!

      • K

        But your comment just drives my point home even more. Douchebags.

        • mehoo

          It’s actually an inside joke. Stick around and you might get it, and even like it. Or just drive by and bash us for our dumb posts by adding your own.

        • R

          +1. Douchebags…couldn’t have summed it up better. Whenever I read the comments it’s the same posters bitching and moaning. Get a life.

          • Welcome to Arlnow.

          • mehoo

            I absolutely love it when posters bitch and moan about posters bitching and moaning. More please!

    • mehoo

      The only thing worse than getting bent out of shape over grammar is getting bent out of shape about getting bent out of shape over grammar.

      • ClarendonKing

        lol, indeed. K was asking for it with his (or her) “Iā€™m sure someone will tear apart this comment as well” statement. Not sure why (s)he thinks I was being racist. Classicist? Probably, but certainly not racist. My own wife is a Latina.

        • mehoo

          Perhaps he thought you meant the bad part of Ballston.

          • ClarendonKing

            that reminds of love actually “I live in Wandsworth, the dodgy end”.

          • Tater Salad

            What part’s the good part? The McDonalds in the food court? Mmm… McDonalds …..

  • ClarenDriver

    There are so many power poles in that area leading to and surrounding the power substation and that intersection is so crazy with the Hess station with curb cuts on all sides, the slip lane on the eastbound right etc etc – it’s not surprising that one got taken out. Actually its a pretty regular occurance that the light poles next to the slip lane get taken out.

    Any more information on which pole it was ?

    • strunk & white

      it was a car that got split in half šŸ™‚

  • K

    Annnnd on that note I’m done commenting on here as it seems you people have no life. Enjoy patting yourselves on the back for your witty banter.

    • ClarenSchnob

      Full-contact internet forums are not for everyone.

    • mehoo

      Thanks for coming down into our parents’ basement where we still live to let us know we have no life and then leaving in a huff, K. We’re humbled. Can I come with you to your cool party? No? Okay, can we be Facebook friends?

  • Oh, Sarah.

    I think mehoo should change names to Sarah Palin. You just can’t not comment can you…

    • mehoo

      We got that America thing goin’, that American feelin’ like it’s new again in this country, where you can have your participatin’ and your workin’, workin’ hard for that dream, the thing where you dream about the future. And we got liberals who want to tear down the dream, put the dream down, not thinkin’ about hard work and the elites, liberals and elites refudifying everything we do, liberals. Gettin’ back to work, this country, back to work without the refudifiers tellin’ us we have to put people in death panels, panels for death, gettin’ them in those dead things. We’re takin’ this country back! From the liberals and the snakes. Don’t have snakes in Alaska, too cold there, where there’s people who are hard workin’ people, not lookin’ at Russia but at their bottom line, workin’ and strugglin’ at the liberals. Too cold for snakes.

      • c-line

        It’s the last line that makes it art.

  • wat

    please don’t confuse lyon park with lyon village.

    • Charlie

      yeah, lyon village doesn’t have the splinter SOCO to remind it of itself…

    • JamesE

      That’s in France right?

  • notahoo

    Please stop ragging on Lyon Park: Lyon Village is like the upper east side: Yawn full of people who make you yawn.

    Lyon Park is quite possibly the best place to live in Arlington:
    1. Can walk to Clarendon (note: hard to avoid the ex frats, so hold your nose or you might get a gulp of Axe Body spray). Note to North, North Arlington – Lee Highway is a dump.
    2. Ashton Heights serves as a buffer to Virginia Square/ Ashton Heights serves as a buffer to Ballston (yuck).
    3. The parks in Lyon Park are much, much better than Lyon Village – the community center is like 1000 times better than Lyon Village’s.
    4. You don’t have to deal with Colonial Village (sorry Lyon Village).
    5. No splash park.
    6. Sort of gritty around the edges (see the recent crime wave on Garfield), I like to think of Lyon Park as the Columbia Heights of Arlington.
    7. Much, much better overall tree coverage in Lyon Park than Lyon Village / much better buffer from the taller buildings.
    8. Quicker to the airport, with multiple ways to be quicker than Lyon Village.
    Like meehoo I could prattle on forever with this.

    • ClarendonKing

      I like this a lot. šŸ™‚

    • ClarenSchnob

      Yeah, Lyon Park is pretty cool (Astor Restaurant, Tallulah etc). The people there seem pretty nice as well. On the other hand, the people I actually know in Lyon Village are much much nicer than the public image portrayed by a few community ‘leaders’ there.

      Oh, and Ashton Heights has way better Halloween decorations.

    • Lindsay

      6. Sort of gritty around the edges (see the recent crime wave on Garfield), I like to think of Lyon Park as the Columbia Heights of Arlington.

      LMAO. Are you freaking kidding me. You think Lyon Park is “gritty around the edges” and comparable to Columbia Heights?

      Dear gawd help us.

      • JamesE

        It is more like the Anacostia of Arlington

        • ClarendonKing

          I like to think of Ballston as Arlington’s Camden.

          • JamesE

            As a Ballston resident I am offended by this, it is more like South Central LA.

          • Westover

            Too cold to be South Central today.

      • notahoo

        Have you ever been on 10th Street??? Car lots and gas stations and townie bars! Don’t get me started on the check cashing place at 7th and Washington! I’m not trying to insult Columbia Height, so sorry about that!

        • Lindsay

          Seriously…wow. Get a clue.

          • ClarendonKing

            Well I am a grown man, and I surely do not like to walk around there by myself.

        • Lindsay

          The million dollar houses and all them white people sure is scurrrry!

          You want real grit in Arlington? Go to Columbia Pike or Four Mile Run.

        • Ballston

          I heard that all the ex-sorority girls go up to Jays Saloon on 10th in their sweats with no make up on. And I heard they have good cheesesteaks, can someone vouch for either?

    • shirley

      but like, why is like, y’know, named after Ashton Kutcher? Did he grow up there?

  • Valerie

    Funniest set of comments ever! Just the thing for a grey day.

  • KArlington

    Between this and the snow/salt report comments, I commend all the regulars for a freaking bangup day on ArlNOW. Well played, gentlemen/women.

    • GeorgeOrwell

      +6.3
      so do we have to work today?

  • Westover

    The road has been re-opened.

  • Lotus

    Why is everyone so nasty on this site? I mean get over yourselves!

    • GeorgeOrwell

      lotus, hang out for a bit. it is mostly healthy fun. not always. mostly.

  • mehoo

    72 comments on a story about a car hitting a pole. Awesome.

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