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Morning Notes

by ARLnow.com August 24, 2012 at 9:05 am 3,881 38 Comments

Author Event to Discuss Soldiers –Arlington Public Library is holding an author event next week with George Mason University Professor Christopher Hamner. Hamner, author of “Enduring Battle,” will discuss the evolution of the American soldier from the Revolutionary War to the Civil War to World War II. The talk is scheduled on Aug. 30 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Arlington Central Library (1015 N. Quincy Street). [Arlington Public Library]

Street Sweeping Underway — Arlington County has begun its annual street sweeping program. The sweeping is being grouped into 11 different “street sweeping zones.” Parked cars must be moved from the streets in each zone on the days designated for street sweeping. About 814 “lane miles” will be swept by the time the program ends on Oct. 29. [Arlington County]

O’Connell to Open New Field — Work on Bishop O’Connell High School’s new stadium and synthetic athletic field is complete. The first major event at the stadium will be a varsity football game at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 31. [Sun Gazette]

Resident’s Fact-Checking Org ProfiledPolitiFact, a journalistic organization dedicated to fact checking politicians and political ads, is turning five years old. The organization, which is currently busy assigning “Truth-O-Meter” rankings to statements from the U.S. presidential race, is headed by Bill Adair, an Arlington resident. [Nieman Journalism Lab]

Photo courtesy Captain Pup McPuppo

  • CrystalMikey

    Strange things are afoot with the Captain submitting a picture of his mortal enemy, cats.

    • LOL i know it.

      but they’re my friends, they posed like this while i painted them. *howls*

      • Civ War Buff

        Ahh, the infamous 22nd Kitty Zouaves … drawn from the back alleys of Vicksburg. Thanks for the fond memories, Pup. LIttle known fact that the Yankees broke the siege of Vicksburg by spreading catnip down Baldwin Ferry Rd. Gen Moore lost half his reserves this way.

        • Dave


        • Dan

          Very clever……

      • Wilfred

        “His green lawn made freshly mowed. Sprinkler rainbows, dazzling in the sun. A fluffy tail swaying in the breeze. A welcoming purr. An invitation? A game? I wagged my tail, and smiled on approach. That’s when… a hiss, a scratch, so fast. Open paws smash to the face, again and again. I just wanted it to stop and all I could hear was the words of my attacker, Meow. Meow! MEOW! Well, who’s meowing now b:tches!”

    • … and my mortal enemy is anything that encroaches on my freedom. *puts on sunglasses, howls & darts off into the wilderness*

  • novasteve

    Wow, I have a feeling some of our readers will go insane seeing those confederate battle flags.

    • South Side Chris

      FALSE! It’s either the Battle Flag of the Army of Northern Virginia, the Battle Flag of the Army of Tennessee or the second Confederate Naval Jack depending on dimensions and year portrayed.

    • moderately sane

      sorry, steve. flags or no flags, we just won’t be able to keep up, bud.

  • NoVapologist

    Worst Morning Notes pic ever.

    • novasteve

      I see we have our first wolf attack victim.

    • o i’ve def seen worse. hater.

    • B22201

      I think this is actually the best one ever. I’m not even a fan of cats, but this one is pretty good.

      • B22201

        though looking at it again, the Union Kitty on the right confuses me.

        • they’re kitty civil war reenactors, i painted them after our mock Battle of Kittysburg last weekend. we’re all buddies!

          • South Side Chris

            He’s got crossed sabers like he’s cavalry and infranty kit so he’s a Dragoon? I always suspected cats couldn’t fight from horseback.

          • O Newton

            and Konfederate Kitty on the left is also confusing me, he’s got red piping, meaning he’s Artillery, but yet he carries a Springfield Model 1861 rifled musket made for infantry kitty regiments???

            bad kitty!

  • Gen. Stonewall Kitty.

  • MC 703


  • Hollywood

    Maybe the fact checker could set his sights on the promises made about the street car…

  • novasteve

    I’m curious, Barton street was just repaved, and I saw them street sweeping it. What’s the point? It’s brand new. Couldn’t they save money by NOT sweeping recently paved streets?

    • Josh S


    • thelevyisdry

      That would require some sort of coordinated effort. Reminds me of the work they did to Walter Reed south of Colombia pike (adding those damn sidewalk hips) mere months after repaving the whole thing. Then they resurfaced it a few months back.

    • Quoth the Raven

      I’m no paving genius, to be sure, but doesn’t the paving process leave a lot of stuff (dust, debris, very small rocks, etc) behind? Maybe the cleaning is part of the overall repaving process.

      • John Fontain

        Yep, my street was top coated as well and the process left behind a surprising large amount of small, loose pieces of asphalt.

        • Rick

          I vacuumed the chicken-mobile last week after a slurry sealing, it was nuts. So many rocks…

  • Mario

    What’s the purpose of those two “guard towers” built next to the new O’Connell field? Two-story public bathrooms, his and hers?

  • ArlingTony

    Um, is that picture available on a shirt, mug, anywhere else? What VA gift shop do I need to find to sell me something with those cats on it?

    • John Fontain

      It’s a tattoo on novasteve’s right bicep.

      • moderately sane

        + 1863

  • Rick

    I’m glad we found the money in the budget this year to polish all the potholes.

    • Becoming indifferent

      Gotta spend that Obama stimulus money before it goes away!

  • Rick

    And the new O’Connell field is very nice. The outer track has been painted that odd shade of running track orange, and hopefully the lines go down soon.

    • YTK

      Hooray 4 Street Sweeping!

      Now how about sidealk cleanup — Cr*p (pebbles &other detritus) from Snowmageddon is still on some sidewalks.

  • Bluemontsince1961

    Great picture, Captain Pup McPuppo!

  • YTK

    Am reading “Enduring Battle” — very good book

    • kitty

      I liked “Enduring Kibble.”


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