Archive for February 2, 2009


Posted in Paintings, Presidents on February 2, 2009 by Kent

ObamaI went to the National Portrait Gallery yesterday, in part to see the iconic image of Obama that we’ve all come to know … and you know what, it brought to mind something that we used to talk about in art history class.

You know how you feel when you see the Mona Lisa? That image is plastered on everything. Tins, posters, candy wrappers, you name it. It is one of the most reproduced and better known paintings in the world, and you expect it to be larger than life. Then, when you fight the crowds to see the actual painting, you are face to face (if you are lucky enought to get to the front of the crowd) with a painting that is no more 30 X 21 inches … and you end up saying, “That’s It?”

Well, when I came face to face with the Obama painting, it was the complete opposite of that. I was expecting something much smaller. Everything I’ve seen so far has been no bigger than a poster, but generally its been an image online, with it being no bigger than my computer screen. Well, its far bigger than that, and so far, you don’t have to fight to see it. To get an idea of its scale, go here.


Chinese New Year Has Hitch

Posted in Chinatown, Parades on February 2, 2009 by Kent

Chinese Parade1The celebration of the Chinese New Year was as expected yesterday with one notable exception. The giant firecracker that was scheduled to go off at 3:45 pm was delayed, and then canceled.

As expected, the celebration included dragons, queens, kung fu, and music. A fairly good crowd showed up to partake and enjoy what turned out to be a beautiful day.

Lunar yearsOne of my personal favorites was the costumed revelers representing the entire pantheon to the years cycle. These furry friends also seemed to be a hit with smaller children.

Giant firecrackerAs 3:45 approached, the crowd gathered around the giant firecracker. Anticipation grew. Drums and music built up to a crescendo that we assumed would climax with the lighting of the firecracker. But 3:45 passed … to 3:55, and then 4:00. Shortly thereafter, it was announced that the lighting of the firecracker had been canceled. It was then that we discovered a strong odor of gas had been reported, and a gas leak could not be confirmed or dismissed. The non-lighting was a disappointment.

Norovirus Hits Catholic University

Posted in Brookland, Health on February 2, 2009 by Kent

The CUA Tower reports that norovirus has been confirmed as the source of illness for more than 23 students on campus after early test results, according to the District of Columbia Department of Health. Symptoms of the virus include nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. The illness cannot be treated by antibodies and is often accompanied by flu-like symptoms.

Norovirus is highly contagious, so if you live or work near Catholic University, take precautions. The full report is here.

In Honor of Park View’s New Website

Posted in Park View, People on February 2, 2009 by Kent

I though it only appropriate to celebrate the new Park View Website with a little trip down memory lane.

On Tuesday, June 19, 1917, Miss Margaret Wilson (daughter of President Wilson) was the guest of honor and Representative M. Clyde Kelly, of Pennsylvania, the author of the “bill to mobilize the whole nation through the community center use of the public schools,” was the principal speaker at the community election in the Park View Elementary School building. The photograph below captures Miss Wilson leaving the event.margaret-wilson(Image courtesy Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Image #LC-DIG-hec-09072)

Park View Has New Website

Posted in Park View, Petworth, Pleasant Plains on February 2, 2009 by Kent

It came to my attention over the weekend that a new Website was launched focusing on Park View, and in particular, ANC1A08. Created and maintained by newly elected commissioner Cliff Valenti, the site is divided into four main sections — Park View overview, Contacts, Initiatives, and Resources.

Some of the initiative listed involved bordering neighborhoods, so it may be worth a look even if you live in Park View proper.You can visit the site by going to either or Click Here to visit now>>

Work to Begin on Corner Store

Posted in Park View, Petworth on February 2, 2009 by Kent

Corner StoreIt appears that work will begin soon on the store at the southwest corner of Rock Creek Church Road and Warder Street.

Those familiar with this property may recall that in the early morning hours of August 9, 2008, fire erupted in this Park View neighborhood store. Neighbors were either aroused by the noise and commotion, or required to leave their homes due to the possibility of the fire spreading.

Dumpster noticeThe property has be shuttered since. Now, nearly six months later, we see signs of life. No parking signs have been posted on the Rock Creek Church Rd. side of the building, effective tomorrow through May 1st so that a dumpster can be parked on the street. This can only mean that work will soon commence on the structure.

I can only hope that the store will be better than ever when work is complete.

Happy Groundhog Day

Posted in Holidays on February 2, 2009 by Kent