I know there's been a lack of posts here recently, Mr. and Mrs. 14thandYou have been busy doing whatever it is hip, trendy kids living in a hip, trendy neighborhoods do. Namely, vacuuming, doing laundry, working late hours and cleaning cat puke off the carpet. Ah well, who said the cool life is always interesting? Anyway, there's been a number of thoughts kicking around Mr. 14thandYou's (mostly) empty head, and he finds The Internets a great forum to express these thoughts. (He occasionally also makes use of The Google.)
- So, has the crime in Columbia Heights gotten worse with the opening of the Target store and its DC USA box store retail brethren? Some people seem to think so. Personally, I'm of the opinion that ColHeights hadn't turned the corner as much as some people (namely, area real estate tycoons and government cheerleaders) thought it had. Yeah, it's miles better than where it was a decade or so ago, but so long as people are getting mugged in broad daylight on Metro escalator steps, well, that's totally not alright. But, yeah, it will continue to improve, and one can only hope with a sizable investment now taking shape in the neighborhood the city will have a greater impetus to crack down on violence and crime there. (Sad, but unfortunately true.) Oh, and all of the "gentrification" talk--come on, the development includes a Target, a Marshalls, and a Giant. That's about as "high end" as our 1998 22" color TV with the broken picture tube.
- When in the world is the Q St. destruction, er, restructuring going to be completed? They're at least three months behind schedule--at least according to the original project timeline. Really makes Logan residents wet their pants with anticipation over the pending 14th St., 11th St. and P St. projects, eh?
- "Heat pumps" are like "fast food": wrong on both counts.
- Hillary Clinton is accusing Barack Obama of having ties to shady real estate investment deals? Golly, who else does that remind me of? Thinking...thinking...
- The 14thandYous are looking at upgrading our household technology--which could only be fairly described as "Pre-Cambrian". Chief among this project is an upgrade from our current computer, a 1982 Commodore 64, replete with a 5 1/4" floppy drive and pre-installed versions of Oregon Trail and Where In the World is Carmen Sandiego. We've done a little research, but if anyone has any tips or suggestions--we're all ears. (Serious suggestions only, please--no "Speak and Spells" or "IBMs").