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by ARLnow.com February 7, 2011 at 6:00 am 1,711 93 Comments

Examiner Promotes Virginia and Maryland Stereotypes — Maryland is for “white wine and brie” liberals and Virginia is for gun-toting “backwoods” conservatives, according to the Washington Examiner. Residents of each state are reluctant to visit the other because of the “culture clash,” the paper says. [Washington Examiner]

Power Outage in North Arlington — Residents who live along Lee Highway between North Veitch Street and Military Road lost power for a period of time Saturday morning. About 1,360 Dominion customers were affected. The lights were back on by 11:00 a.m.

Arlington Population Rises — The latest census figures put Arlington’s official population at 207,627, nearly 10 percent higher than the county’s population in 2000. Arlington’s population growth is slightly below that of the state, which experienced 13 percent population growth between 2000 and 2010. [Sun Gazette]

Arlington Man HiJacks Bus — Investigators say an Arlington man hijacked a bus near Charlotte, N.C. on Thursday, claiming he had a gun and a bomb in a bag. No one was injured, but it did scare everyone on board. [WRAL]

Flickr pool photo by Mark C. White

  • Blueloom

    quoth the Examiner: “Residents of each state are reluctant to visit the other because of the “culture clash,” the paper says.”

    What a load of baloney.

    • Stanley

      No, it’s true. Havent you ever noticed. There is no traffic on the CJ, Wilson, Chain, Key, Memorial, or 14th Street bridges. The reluctant people make it all the way up to the shore of the potomac, look across, get frightened, and turn back.

      • Westover

        It is no the northern Beltway river crossing is longer refered to as the Cabin John Bridge, it is now the American Legion Bridge. Returned from my time in the military and WTOP had me all messed up for a few months. 😉 Still refer to is myself as the CJ though while among natives. 😀

        • Cabin John

          Aw crap.

      • Blueloom

        Oh. Right. I forgot. There’s never any traffic on any of the bridges. No one goes from VA to MD, and no one goes from MD to VA. Silly me.

        • Observant1

          The Examiner needs to investigate a little further. I wonder if they happen to have driven through PG or Howard counties lately? Don’t see a lot of White wine and Brie types there. More like Ripple (wine) and government cheese types. Facts are hard to swallow.

  • 632

    Maryland is a beautiful state. However,I rarely cross the Potomac. Call me backwoods and conservative,but I will not go to a place that does not allow me to protect myself and family.

    • mehoo

      So you carry a gun at all times?

      • Ted Nugent

        You betcha…them Marylanders better watch their backs!

    • borf

      Okay: you’re backwoods and conservative.

    • Westover

      There are a heck of a lot more firearms waiting in residences’ nightstands, closests and safes in Montgomery County than there are here in Arlington County.

      • KalashniKEV

        Of course there are- MD when the sun goes down is like gang-on-gang street combat. I wouldn’t live in MD unless I could keep a few hand grenades in my dresser.

    • DouroRouro

      632: You sound backwoods and conservative.

      • DouroRouro

        Oops, you beat me to it, borf.

        • borf

          I shot first, you could say.

          • KalashniKEV

            You can’t miss fast enough to WIN.

  • MIchael H.

    How many residents of Northern Virginia and suburban Maryland are actually from the D.C. area anyway? Many of them are transplants from other states and regions, or from other countries. Hard to say there’s a true Virginia/Maryland divide in the immediate D.C. area.

    • Westover

      Born in DC, raised in Bethesda for my early years, and my grandparents thought my parents were going to be raising rednecks when we crossed over the river while my siblings and I were in elementary school. There are still a lot of DC Area natives around, we are not totally out numbered.

      • SB

        Have to agree with you. I was raised in Fairfax and now that my friends and I are returning to the area we’ve stuck in Virginia, a couple have moved to DC but we would never consider Maryland. Its not like we conciously think about it.. just doesn’t seem like a valid option.

        I do disagree with the idea that VA is the backwards state.

        • Westover

          Arlington/Alexandria/McLean just makes it so much easier to get downtown than Bethesda/Rockville/Potomac. But the nightlife is pretty much equal as are the schools and other amenities. Might as well go with the easier commute and cheaper taxes.

    • Blueloom

      Me. Born in DC. Went to DC public schools (won’t say how long ago). Live in Arlington. Can still find my way to nearly any corner of DC and most parts of Montgomery County.

  • Captain Obvious

    I’m so glad someone is finally pointing out how conservative Arlington is….

  • SoArlRes

    I avoid Maryland due to crazy drivers.

    • CrystalMikey

      I’m with you! It seems every time I get cut off, it’s by vehicle with MD tags. 😛

      • Kate

        So true.

    • jan

      ever notice that when Md drivers have a choice to pass you on the left or right, they usually pass on the right?

      • Westover

        Maryland drivers need help, but if they are passing you on the right, YOU are going too slow in the left, or even center, lane.

        • jan

          pay attention. If they have the choice of passing on my left, obviously I’m not in the left lane.

          • Westover

            Obviously you are not keeping up with the flow of traffic if a Maryland driver is passing you on either side.

          • local

            If someone has a chance to pass you on the left, your speed and position are just fine. Stop making excuses.

          • Westover

            You are part of our congestion problem.

          • local

            Glad we now know that you learned to drive in Maryland, it explains alot.

            People who drive like jerks and blame others are responsible for the congestion problem because they end up causing multimile backups while the towtruck and ambulance come to clean up the mess they make.

          • Westover

            No, folks driving slower than the prevailing speed on multilane roads are often the cause of accidents involving those behind them. It is a general problem with Maryland drivers, so if they are passing you, most likly you are going at least 10 MPH under the speed limit, unless you are a truck you can be fined for that here in the Commonwealth.

          • local

            That may be true, but you can’t assume that ALL accidents where someone is passing someone else is due to a slow driver instead of a fast passer. A slow driver is not an excuse to be a bad driver. The assumption that bad passers only pass slow drivers going 10 MPH under the speed limit is silly. I almost never see anyone going 10 MPH under the speed limit, ever. If they are, they’re usually in the right lane as they should be.

            But that’s irrelevant to this discussion anyway. If, as we’ve stated multiple times now, a passer has a choice between left or right, he should choose left.

          • Westover

            Unless their right turn is coming up, and the slow middle lane driver keeps them from being on a safe and efficient path to the turn.

            Passing on the left is NOT the rule of law, moving right to allow someone to pass is. In other words, once three lanes are involved it is a moot point if you are passed on the right. It might be an indication that the passed vehicle should move over one more lane to the right.

          • local

            Well, of course if they have a right turn coming up. But not otherwise.

            It’s generally safer to pass on the left. If a car is going too slow in the center lane, you should have no problem doing that.

          • CW

            jan:
            February 7, 2011 at 10:09 am
            pay attention. If they have the choice of passing on my left, obviously I’m not in the left lane.

            You’re underestimating the insanity of the maryland drivers.

        • local

          He said “when they have a choice of passing from the left or right.”

          If someone is blocking the left lane to passing, the right thing to do is flash lights behind them first and give them a chance to move over.

          • JamesE

            People go crazy if you flash your lights to pass around here, I usually just downshift and do a nascar type takeover because they will never get over.

          • Maria

            Ugh, I wish it was that easy. I was on 66 when someone cut in front of me in the left lane for no reason I could see, then eventually slowed to about 50 mph. After about a minute, there was no one in front or to the right of him, so I very politely flashed my lights and gave him time to move over. He didn’t, so I pulled out to the middle lane to pass. Naturally, he sped up to almost 70 to keep me from passing him. He failed, but yeah. Jerk.

    • BoredHouseWife

      I was almost hit by a truck moving into my lane adjacent to my van. He didn’t miscalculate and move over after he thought he cleared me. He started moving over as soon as he was in my blind spot. It was as if he was being a a douche on purpose. Thank gods I have good hand eye coordination.

      • Westover

        Learn to regulate you minivan’s speed and you would not have that problem.

        • local

          Um, no.

          • Rick

            I don’t think he was talking to you, local

          • local

            I was too lazy to type my full comment, which was “um, no, you can’t blame others for your bad driving habits.”

  • KalashniKEV

    I’m not backwoods at all! 🙂

    • CrystalMikey

      But gun-toting, as your name suggests? haha

    • DouroRouro

      Haha, riiiiight..

      • KalashniKEV

        Honestly, I’m not. I do enjoy outdoor sports, but I’m not “backwoods…” despite having spent a good portion of my life sleeping on the ground (or perhaps because of it!)

  • Vik

    Marylanders hate Virginia way more than Northern Virginians hate Maryland.

    • Westover

      They don’t hate us, they are just too scared to drive across the bridges that their state, and the District, is responsible for maintaining.

      • Vik

        That’s just how it seems to me, having grown up in the DC area like you. While MD is on the receiving end of jokes, mainly dealing with crime in PG County, I don’t think think it’s the butt of jokes as much as Virginia. I have a number of friends from MD and NW DC who have basically said they were “raised to hate Virginia”. I can’t say the same for many people I’ve known from Virginia. I think most of it is a North/South, Liberal/Conservative thing.

        • borf

          It’s a “people who live across a river or an artificial line on a map are somehow inferior to me for no rational reason” thing.

          • KalashniKEV

            You can feel the oppression in the air MD… over time that weighs on the spirit. Borders aren’t just “lines on a map” either, but I’m sure you did that to stir emotion. It worked! 😉

          • mehoo

            You can feel the oppression? Like you feel the chip in your head?

          • KalashniKEV

            I can certainly feel it. You can see it on the people’s faces too- dull, uninspired, seemingly without thought. I would never want to live like that.

          • mehoo

            Too late.

          • KalashniKEV

            I’m pitching softballs today b/c I don’t like the other topics… I’m disappointed you couldn’t do better with that one.

          • mehoo

            Hey, I thought it was decent. Alot of punch in just two words. I’ll try harder next time though.

  • Westover

    We are twice as big as Green Bay, WI. If Dan Snyder is not going to give up the Redskins to a more friendly and caring owner, Arlington should get our own team!

    • cj

      What sport’s uniform includes brown flip-flops?

      • Westover

        Natives don’t wear brown flipflops. 😉

  • BoredHouseWife

    PG county is enough reason to avoid MD.

    • Westover

      Why? While PG has a few neighborhoods to avoid, and you don’t want to be in a confrontation where there cops, they have some of the most beutiful land in the area. Seen Upper Marlboro before?

      • Glebe Roader

        … and Suitland, MD is fabulous!

        • KalashniKEV

          Do they all wear suits there?

  • OX4

    I didn’t know people actually read the Examiner.

    • educated

      I stopped reading it when they repeated the idiotic “carbon dioxide is harmless because you breathe it” thing.

    • MSNBC FAN

      Hmmm, let me guess, you watch MSNBC and believe its viewpoints are mainstream, am I Right?

      • local

        Well, no. You don’t have to think that liberal media isn’t liberal in order to think rightwing media is rightwing. That’s silly.

    • 22201

      I’m guessing you didn’t know anyone who voted for Bush?

      • PghBigDog

        I do, but I’m embarassed to admit it.

  • Burger

    Why would someone from Virginia go to Maryland or vice verse unless for some specific reason? I don’t go to Maryland because I have almost everything I need in Virgina. I go to Maryland to visit friends or there is some specific in Maryland that I need otherwise I’m not going to drive to Maryland to shop in general because they have higher taxes on purchases and it is longer drive than places closer to me. I wouldn’t expect someone from Maryland to drive to Virginia for the same reason.

    This article is essentially, we have nothing to print to day so lets see if we can generate some hits on our website.

    • Hattie McDaniel

      I agree. But why are there so many MD tags on Arlington streets?

      • KalashniKEV

        Car Tax Scam.

        • CW

          +1,000,000

          Report them via the county web site…you can get sweet revenge, and the county gets more money for dog parks.

          • KalashniKEV

            I’m one of the only ones in my garage with VA plates, but I would never turn in another citizen, especially a neighbor, just to feed a corrupt (and poorly thought out) system. That’s how the Nazis used to operate…

          • Westover

            Comparing the reporting of tax dodgers to turning in neighbors to the Nazis is a stretch I thought only Dan Snyder would be capable of.

          • CW

            Yeah, jeez, I mean would you consider it Nazi-esque to “turn in” someone you just saw snatch a purse?

          • CW

            Also, I realize now that your original post was saying that they are avoiding the scam that is the car tax, while as I instead took it to mean that they were scamming the car tax.

            Got it.

  • Well, today’s picture certainly doesn’t scream out, “hey visit Arlington”

  • JimPB

    Look at Federal office holders and demographics when comparing Northern VA and suburban Maryland. Similarities seem to exceed differences.

  • TheTruth

    The worst driver is:

    Asian
    Female
    Old
    Has Handicapped parking placard
    Marlyand Tags
    Drives a Volvo
    Al Gore Bumper sticker

    • old Asian female Volvo democrat

      Bite me.

    • CW

      Hmm, I’d keep the maryland part of course but i was thinking more young, early 90’s civic with oversized exhaust tips, bondo, cell phone…

      • PghBigDog

        +1,000,000

  • SoCo Resident

    Dan Kain Trophies RIP

    • KalashniKEV

      Was it a taxidermist? Or like bowling trophies???

    • Westover

      Still have my old swim trophies from there sitting at my parents house.

      • SoCo Resident

        Well hold on to your swim trophies because they apparently award gift cards now to the kids instead of those prized trophies, according to the trophy shop before they moved way out to Fairfax. They were bounced out of their long-time location in that round trophy-like building where Lyon Hall is now located, moved to Pershing Dr. only to face the wrecking ball. A gift card instead of a trophy, unbelievable how low we have sunk!

  • Local1

    We all know the reason Va and Md don’t hang together is fear of getting stuck on the beltway…

  • 632

    Backwoods- yes,self sufficient- yes,a belief that all of the bill of rights apply to all people- yes, a belief that government is by the people and for the people-yes.I do not like party or idealogical labels.

    • mehoo

      You said “call me backwoods and conservative” so I did. This is the thanks I get for doing what you asked.

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