Saturday, October 1, 2011

Dear Arlington: The Check is in the Mail

CAPP is stupid.

I went to Arlington CAPP payment system to pay a parking ticket.  After a 15 minute argument with the login system that I am quite sure did not work the way it was suppose to, I finally got into my account.

When I tried to pay the parking ticket with a credit card, ArlCo wanted to charge me a convenience fee.  REALLY??  What are they, Bank of America??  If I pay by check in the mail there is no fee; but if I pay by credit card electronically online with the money going straight into Arlington's account and with no Arlington employee having to do anything, resulting in a cost saving for the county, they want me to pay them a convenience fee.  There is no way ArlCo can tell me that it is cheaper for the county for me to pay by check than for me to pay by credit card.  Doesnt the DMV discount your registration if you pay electronically online because of the cost savings?? Is a state agency smarter about these things than Arlington County?? Whatever.  I am not paying Arlco's stupid convenience fee.

Its time for Arlco to wake up to the new era of egovernment.  Whatever stupid fees you impose results in citizen behavior to avoid the fee - but its cheaper and more efficient if its done electronically.  Arlco should move in the right direction like (is it possible to say this) the DMV and dropping the fee.

The check is in the mail (along with the resulting costs)

Monday, September 26, 2011

Donaldson Run - a community blog

For the like two people who ever look at this blog, I have started a new blog called Donaldson Run.  The idea is to create a much more community based, interactive, information blog. 


Sunday, August 28, 2011

Reporting in from Lee Heights Arlington

Power is on in our neighborhood.  Mostly there are a lot of small branches littering the roads. On some roads the small branches create a thick carpet. As you approach Marymount University (near 26th St) you can hear generators.  Marymount University has a generator on.  The water tower had a generator on; but it may be off by now.  There were three bucket-trucks predeployed at the mulch pile; they were still parked there - I assume they have to wait for the winds to die down a bit more.  Over on 24th St near Wakefield Ct there is a house that has been crushed by a large tree.  Looks like the tree was in the backyard; the whole tree fell over onto the roof doing significant damage.  Neighbors were out talking with the home owner. Up at the Lee-Heights shopping mall, Starbucks is open and doing a stiff business. Arlington folk on Facebook are reporting that power is being restored. Lots of people are out walking and jogging.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Lost Dog 5K - Pictures from the Second Race

Lost Dog Rescue is celebrating 10 years of rescuing dogs and cats by having a series of 5K Fund-Raiser races in Bluemont Park in cooperation with Pacers. Last Friday I was accidentally in Bluemont when I was overwhelmed by 100s of puppies happy playing along with whatever this 5K Race thing is.  This Friday, I got pictures.  Well not really....  Didnt have the camera on the right setting... but it gives a cool effect of the dogs ZOOMING by!

Lead dog goes zooming by in a blur of golden fur!

Puppies of all sizes are out enjoying the evening.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Congratulations to Arlington's Lost Dog Rescue on Ten Years of Animal Rescue

Congratulations to Lost Dog Rescue for 10 years of rescuing dogs and cats, and 17,000 lives saved! We adopted a pup from about the first year of adoption events back in the day! At today's Alexandria adoption event eight dogs found new homes! Bentley, who is the sweetest dog in the world, is still available though!


Monday, August 1, 2011

Adopt Your Next Best Friend

Arlington has a number of excellent animal rescue organizations.  Lost Dog and Stray Cat Rescue is one of them.  About 10 years old and with its roots in the popular Westover pizza joint, Lost Dog has rescued and adopted... I think the flier said 14,000 dogs over the last ten years.  They frequently adopt out 40 dogs in a weekend.  Lost Dog gets dogs from a lot of desperate situations such as the West Virginia Railroad Crew.

This past weekend I volunteered at a Lost Dog adoption event and had the pleasure of handling Bentley:

Breed: Labrador Retriever Mix
Sex: Male
Age: Approx. 20 month(s)
Color: Yellow
Size: Approx. 76 lbs
Good with Kids?: Yes
Good with Cats?: Not Yet Determined
Good with Dogs?: Yes
Bentley is a big boy who enjoys running around the yard and playing with other dogs.  He had a rough start in life, but he loves being around people and is getting used to his new life in the Lost Dog family.  He’s ready for the next chapter in his life to begin, and with a little training and a lot of love, this guy promises to be the best dog he can possibly be!

You can go to the Lost Dog website and see the dogs currently up for adoption. It is a joyous thing to give a dog a new home.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

And Now for Something Completely Different: Desktop Destroyer (Google has Been Defeated)

I never cease to be amazed by the Arlington Public School system.  One of the gems of APS is the Arlington Career Center, which offers everything from auto repair classes, to animal husbandry, to graphic arts and video production.  It is an excellent program filled with great teachers and quality equipment.

And not only is a school program, it is also a Saturday enrichment program... and its a summer camp!  Now I dont know what type of kid looks forward to spending the summer by returning back to school, and sitting in front of a computer all day, working with the same teacher from the school year.  Oh yeah, that would be my kid.... because the Career Center programs are just that good.

This summer... my kid and my money went to the Arlington Career Center... and all I got was a stinkin video :-)