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Morning Notes

by ARLnow.com August 15, 2011 at 9:10 am 3,607 34 Comments

Sun Sets on Arlington County Fair — The rides, food stands, and carnival games that made up the Arlington County Fair are all packing up and heading out. Last night was the fair’s last night. In case you missed it, Patch has published 21 separate articles on the fair since Thursday.

Arlington’s ‘Karaoke Cab’ Featured on NPR — Arlington’s ‘Karaoke Cab‘ was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered over the weekend. [NPR]

Pakistan Kidnapping’s Arlington Connection — An American development expert kidnapped in Pakistan on Saturday was the Pakistan director of J.E. Austin Associates, a consultancy based in Courthouse. [New York Times]

Arlington Stingy on Diplomatic Gifts — Arlington only gives gifts to visiting diplomatic delegations “on rare occasion,” and when it does, the value of those gifts is in the “tens of dollars, not hundreds of dollars.” Arlington’s policy on diplomatic gifts contrasts with that of the District; D.C. officials are “re-gifting” a set of donated plates to foreign dignitaries. [Washington Post]

Arlington Art Attacker Arrested Again — Susan Burns, the 53-year-old Arlington woman accused of attacking a Gauguin painting at the National Gallery of Art back in April, has been arrested again. This time, Burns is charged with slamming a Matisse against a wall at the same museum. [MyFoxDC]

  • Southeast Ben

    They should let Susan Bruns be the manager of the Artisphere. She would save us thousands.

  • I got that PMA

    Sure, I guess we should knock down the Artisphere, put in a Walmart and let Susan Bruns be the manager.

    Burns also said: “I am from the American CIA and I have a radio in my head. I am going to kill you.”

    Sounds like the GOP might need her.

    • ArtIdea

      Someone should do a painting of her smashing the painting of her smashing the painting.

  • jack

    Maybe the National Gallery of Art should invest 5 cents in a photocopy of her mug shot to keep at the front desk? Cheaper than the repair bills every time she comes in and tries to destroy something.

    • Aaron

      This ticks me off. NGA and the other Smithsonian galleries have such ridiculous levels of “security” posted at the entrance, digging through purses and backpacks, etc., but they can’t actually provide security to the building they’re merely pretending to guard.

      • art

        Don’t forget the guards riding around the outside of the buildings in little carts and faux Segways.

      • charlie

        it is as stupid as the searches for riding a plane.
        because 90% of the cargo hasn’t been searched.

        • normal

          Except you don’t know which 10% will be searched.

  • jack

    Advanced Towing spends more on gifts than Arlington, but then they’re income is growing all the time.

  • CW

    I mean I know art critics can be harsh, but jeez…

  • Tabby

    I can’t believe the woman in the white shirt is walking away from the deep-fried Oreos.

    • CW

      That is mean.

      • Tabby

        Look at the pretty pink sky!

        • CW

          LOL. I only said it was mean, not that I didn’t agree. 🙂

    • Maria

      You know, some thoughts should remain thoughts.

      • Tabby

        You’re right, Maria.

        • CW

          Yeah, Maria, you should see the ones Tabby DIDN’T post…

          • Maria

            I can imagine!

  • Mr. Brown

    I am also from the American CIA. I have ARLNow in my head. I’m going to make fun of your comments, but no real harm will come to you.

    • Michael H.

      I shall spit in your general direction. So there.

  • Southeast Ben

    Arlington is run by Dems…of course they are not going to go expensive with the gift-giving. It’s similar to their charitable donations. Republicans spend too much in these areas and not enough for schools and underprivleged.

    Let the political discussion begin!

    • normal

      Creative spin – you found a way to bash Dems for not spending enough taxpayer funds.

  • Hi. On another note, the Shirlington Village Blog (link on name)reported that the Hardwood Artisans is scheduled to open at 10 AM on Thursday, August 25th. The location is the big corner at Campbell Ave and S. Randolph in the Village at Shirlington.

    • Tabby

      I can’t wait to take out a home equity loan to buy some beautiful nefw furniture! Oh wait, I have little equity.

  • Louise

    Shouldn’t it be a good thing that we don’t spend a lot of money on gifts to visiting diplomats?

    • AllenB

      You may be new here but the prevailing sentiment of most commenters on this site is that if the county board does it, then it’s wrong and if they don’t do, then they should have.

      • Southeast Ben

        I actually applaud our county board if they truly give inexpensive gifts and Allen B is 100% correct. The county board can not win.

  • Tabby

    Great corn dogs at the fair!

    • AllenB

      Pictures like that are the reason I’m gay. But maybe if I pray really, really hard I can be an ex-gay (like her husband).

      • CW

        If Mrs. Bachmann gets elected, you might not have a choice!!!

        🙂

        • AllenB

          Mrs Bachmann won’t be elected President. I’ll take bets on it. If the republicans were stupid enough to nominate her, the campaign against her writes itself. You could do a series of ads and commercials just with her quotes and clips of her. The independents would flock to Obama.

          • CW

            Let’s hope you’re right.

          • Tabby

            Crispy on the outside. Chewy on the inside.

  • John Andre

    How about a two-week County Fair–like the one in Montgomery County???

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