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Morning Notes

by Katie Pyzyk December 12, 2012 at 8:55 am 3,044 33 Comments

Tejada Named County Board Chair — The Arlington County Board has announced its intent to elect Walter Tejada as its chair for 2013. Tejada, who was first elected to the Board in 2003, served as the chair in 2008 and vice-chair in 2007 and 2012. Jay Fisette has been chosen as vice-chair for 2013. [Arlington County]

Lost Item Found in Library Donation — The library is trying to track down a mystery person who donated items to the Friends of the Library book sale. The donation contained something of “significant value” that the donor must have mistakenly included and likely wants back. In order to make sure the correct person comes forward to identify the item, the library will not release any more details. If you are the mystery donor, call Central Library Manager Margaret Brown at 703-228-5952. The library asks that people do not call with wild guesses in an attempt to claim the item. [Library Blog]

November Boost in Real Estate Market — A combination of higher sales and increasing average sales prices boosted the Arlington real estate market by more than 50 percent in November, compared to the previous year. The average price of single family homes rose by 6.3 percent to $753,408. The average price of condominiums increased by 13.4 percent to $404,063. [Sun Gazette]

  • G Clifford Prout

    Attention sign police.

    Isn’t having pictures of art on a building that houses an art store a sign?

    • Not only that, but the artwork on the right clearly will influence children to drink alcohol. Where’s Mrs. Lovejoy when you need her 😉

      • G Clifford Prout


      • DCBuff

        And artwork on left encourages drinking of large, sugary drinks influencing obesity epidemic in U.S. Where is Mayor Bloomberg?

    • Parser

      Maybe since it is just pictures of art, rather than actual art, it’s OK ?

      • Ren

        What it needs is a whimsical, magical whale…that makes everything ok!!

        • ACDC Hack

          Or possibly some dogs……er wait a minute….

  • Sock Puppet Fan

    Congratulations to Chris Zimmerman for having the Chairperson position again!

  • Zimdog Millionaire

    Dear Library,

    I would like my AECOM Employee of the Year award back.

    Thanks bunches,

    The Zimster

  • Joe Hoya

    Oooh-oooh-oooh. Is it a signed first edition of “Great Expectations”? A Gutenberg Bible? Aristotle’s lost Book on Comedy!?!?

  • novasteve

    Hmm, I almost did that with a book I was going to donate. I didn’t realize I had something of value in it, but decided to keep the book. If it was in any travel guides, it was probably mine. I donated some Israel, Quebec, Thailand, and some other guides.

    • Library Manager

      Ok, you’ve convinced me. Come pick up your democratic party membership card.

      • novasteve

        Ironically I am a registered democrat.

        • Douglas Parker

          Somewhere a donkey just keeled over and died.

        • drax

          Not in Virginia, you’re not. Virginia has no party registration.

          You’re not voting in a state where you don’t reside, are you, Steve? That would be illegal voter fraud.

          • novasteve

            Wouldn’t you need a photo ID to prove your claim, and thus you are a racist?

          • He is just trying to be a hipster by doing something ironic just for the sake of it (and to be seen doing it by other hipsters).

          • novasteve

            Why do the libs send me mailings and the repubs dont? I signed up for something here back when I was stupid.

          • Glebe Roader

            As already pointed out, you are not a registered democrat in the Commonwealth of Virginia, as the Commonwealth has no party registration. Look at your voter card — there is no party designation.

            As for you signing up for “something here back when I was stupid.” That I cannot refute.

          • drax

            The Dems probably send you things because you live in an overwhelmingly Democratic county. Did it occur to you that maybe everyone gets those things here? You’re not the center of the universe.

            If you want to get mailings from Republicans, call them and ask them to be put on your list.

            It’s not surprising that you have such little understanding of the political process though.

          • Mike

            Drax is surely right – I usually vote Republican, but I’m always getting mailings from Democrats and interest groups that assume I’m a Democrat. I particularly love the “emergency appeals” telling me that if I don’t send them $50 RIGHT NOW some Republican is going to take away all my rights. Sometimes I take their letter and inserts, and mail it back to them in their postage-paid envelope.

  • jackson

    I was just looking for my signed early draft of the Declaration of Independence! Must have been in that pile of Mad Magazines I donated!

  • Valpo

    Gun in a hollowed out book?

    • Gunnut

      Oh dear how am I going to rise up and protest that courthouse building now?

  • CountryClubHillsGuy

    JUST FYI – the framing place featured above has the best prices in town!!! They even beat Michael’s 60% off daily “deal”. They also have nice staff and quality framing….just sayin

    • Lee-n-Glebe

      Agreed. Very friendly and helpful people there too.

    • ArlingtonWay

      Perhaps, but its not exactly too hard to beat Michael’s price. Talk about over priced framing. And they ALWAYS try to up-sell — “What, you wanted regular glass in your frame instead of the NASA patented gamma ray deflecting space shuttle glass? Oh sorry. I’ll recalculate the cost …” They are also slow. The end.

      • Peter Parker

        Wait – there’s glass that deflects gamma rays?

        • Bruce Banner

          I could have used that during my “accident”

  • Chris Zim

    Dear Library:
    I lost my ethics. I don’t really need to have them returned, as I much prefer the kickbacks. Please donate it to Babs, as she lost hers first.

    • novasteve

      There was a 1980s twilight zone episode about this called Wong’s Lost and found Emporium.

  • Mack

    Darn it! I accidentally donated my termite collection!


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