Posts tagged Cheryl Thompson
“ It’s not officially listed on the menu at the Shake Shack burger joint on Dupont Circle, but if you ask for “The Michelle Obama Special,” counter staff will place an order for a ShackBurger, French fries, chocolate shake, and Diet Coke without asking for further details.”
That’s Obama Foodorama on the new and improved way to order at D.C.’s Shake Shack. Ever since first lady Michelle Obama stopped by and rocked the world with her calorie-happy order, business has been booming for the burger joint.
“ I think that D.C.’s full of fantastic stories, but I’ve never lived here. I think that’s for somebody else to do.”
Is this “Sex and the City” author Candace Bushnell’s kind way of saying D.C. is more city than sexy? At a signing for her new book “Summer in the City,” Bushnell shared that Carrie Bradshaw probably won’t be hitting the streets of D.C. anytime soon. The District has proven to be a dull backdrop for failed reality shows, but scandal-happy politicians would actually make for some entertaining literature. Just ask TMZ.
“ On an overpass just as the temple comes into view, someone would always spray paints in big letters “Surrender Dorothy.” The line was from “The Wizard of Oz,” and I’m fairly sure it reflected the graffiti artist’s impression that the temple was reminiscent of the spires that Dorothy and company saw as they approached the Emerald City and their subsequent fear when the witch wrote the phrase in the sky. While I recognize that it was illegal to do that, I marveled at the writer’s ability to write it so boldly as to be seen from the highway.”
That’s Germantown resident Christine Mulligan expressing appreciation for the reappearing “Surrender Dorothy” Beltway graffito. No one really knows who the perpetrator(s) are, but since the late 70s “Surrender Dorothy” has become an amusing sight to Beltway drivers. State highway workers would say otherwise though, as they have the irritating task of removing what is thought to be a distraction to drivers. So what do you think: Is Beltway graffiti more humorous or dangerous?
“ Here’s something you never knew about Elmo: He’s secretly a 50-year-old African-American man from Baltimore.”
That’s the Washingtonian’s Sophie Gilbert spilling the beans on “Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey. ” Sure to leave audiences tickled, the documentary offers a rare glimpse of the man behind the Muppet, Kevin Clash, and what it’s like to be the voice of the world’s most beloved fuzzy red star.
“ A county inspector busting up a lemonade stand run by children that are raising money to fight pediatric cancer because they didn’t have a license! Mansions charging people $30 to park on their front lawns, when the bus costs $1.50! These pants! Yes, we’ve always had an inkling that Montgomery County was a tweak or two away from full-on collective dementia, but it appears as if the U.S. Open golf tournament at Congressional Country Club may have pushed it over the edge.”
“ Permanent exhibits on slavery would be snug between two sacred white memorials to founding fathers George Washington and Thomas Jefferson — both slaveholders. Awkward!”
That’s the Root’s Natalie Hopkinson on the National Museum of African American History and Culture integrating “Washington, D.C.’s whitest address.” Earlier this month, Virginia Rep. Jim Moran protested federal support for ethnic museums, calling them un-American. Moran implied that white people might not go to a black museum. Such a position overlooks the fact that the National Museum of African Art already pulls in a racially diverse crowd.
“ You live amongst hip coffee shops, with white people where white people never dared to go before and patronize yoga studios that were once corner stores. Face it: you’re a gentrifier.”
Do you get a prize with that? Why, yes, and that would be guilt. DCentric’s Elahe Izadi describes it as a feeling that “can be almost akin to white guilt – your very existence can make you feel bad.” To help guide you through the DC hipster haze, Izadi has “five ways to be a good gentrifier”. Shockingly, get rid of your “take me seriously” glasses did not make the list. What do you think of the tips?
Because We Love the 80s! Provided the world still exists post-May 21, Pac-Man will celebrate its 31st birthday on Sunday. Over the years, the pop-cult icon has graced cereal boxes, radios, gumball machines, books, Saturday-morning cartoons, and practically every gaming platform. So if anything could survive the end of days, it would be this yellow pellet-muncher. That and maybe Cher.
Bob Marley died 30 years ago today, and many on Twitter have been paying tribute to the legendary reggae star by sharing his songs, lyrics and quotes. Personally, “One Love” has always been one of my favorite songs by Bob Marley & The Wailers. With its unmistakable steel drum and “why can’t we all just get together and feel all right” vibes, it’s impossible not to feel anything but happy and the power of change. (Even with lines about impending Armageddon.) The song has become Jamaica’s best travel jingle, a staple in mainstream pop culture (cue: spontaneous singing from the “Glee” cast), and voted song of the millennium by the BBC. One love indeed.
Your Turn: What’s your favorite Bob Marley song?
“Trenchtown City” isn’t awful.
Hellllooooooooo Congressman! If more congressmen had abs like Representative Aaron Schock of Illinois, our nation’s obesity problem would be solved. Deeply committed to health and fitness, Schock bares his six-pack abs on the June cover of Men’s Health magazine. And if the cover isn’t enough for you, there are more shirtless shots of “America’s fittest congressman” inside. Reason behind the peep show? Schock is challenging America to shape up.