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Number of Times We Have Unsubscribed
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
Sunday, May 25, 2008
I decided to be one of the first guinea pigs to get my DTV converter boxes. As soon as they were released, I signed up to get my two free DTV gift cards from NTIA - a $40 value each. When they arrived, I promptly put them in the drawer and forgot about them.
And then I was at some conference where a very kind lady from NTIA pointed out that the cards expire in 90 days. Oops. Gotta use those cards.
Being an educated consumer, I first searched for reviews of the different converter boxes. Bupcus. Nada. No Reviews. I guess I was in front of the buying-wave and there weren't reviews yet. So I decided to buy a brand name I liked.
I checked my favorite ecommerce sites. Some had boxes, but they were built by companies I had never heard of before. Others listed boxes, but you could not use your DTV gift card online. So I had to rediscover where the local electronics box store was - boy it had been a long time since I had been there.
I went into the box store - I am the type of person who doesn't like the store salesman-buy-the-extended-warranty help - so I tried to find the DTV converter myself. No dice. Not to be found.
So I conceded and asked a salesman. He had no idea what I was talking about, and tried to sell me a DTV tuner. Finally he resorted to ask a fellow salesperson -- sales guy #2 knew where the boxes were, and showed me where they were, when he was done with his first customer. And then he walked away. I am guessing there is no commission on DTV converter boxes.
Having accomplished my quest, I marched to the checkout line and presented my coupons. The checkout guy was not too sure, but the cards authorized, so he asked that I sign for the charge. I thought this was odd because the cards did not have my name on them, and I was paying for the excess price over the $40 card in cash. Whatever.
The DTV box was extremely complicated and involved an extensive installation. There is an in-jack from the rabbit ears and an out-jack to the tv. Very complicated.
The box installed great. It took a few minutes, turned the tv to channel 3, and boom, the converter box detected all of the digital channels. The picture was crisp. The remote had a nice zoom button that toggled through framed, cropped, squeezes, and “set by program” choices.
Now the bottom line - reception. This chart compares the channels I could receive before the digital box, and the channels I can receive after the box. With digital, if you can get signal, you get a great picture. But if you can't get enough signal, instead of getting your program with some static or snow, you get nothing. This means channels you use to receive sort of okay before, you may not receive at all with digital.
|4 NBC||Good|| |
|7 ABC||Good|| |
|9 CBS||Good|| |
|26 WETA||Good|| |
I can receive MPT 22 with a little bit of snow over analog; I do not receive it with digital. I receive a hand full of Baltimore stations poorly; on my upstairs TV the reception can actually be quite fair. But when I switch to digital none of these stations are received.
The big surprise is WETA 26. The station is not far from me and the digital tower shows up through Wikipedia/Google as quite near also. The picture, however, pixelates and regularly freezes. On occasion, I get a “no signal” screen. I could not get a confirmation of the problem from other online forums. Not sure what the deal is.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
I'll be at the festival with my tub of low fat lightly salted pop corn - will you??
Arlington Youth Film Festival
May 2, 2008 - Arlington Independent Media together with the Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth, and Families is pleased to present the fifth annual Arlington Youth Film Festival. This festival encourages youth to share their ideas, perspectives and creativity through moving image.
The 2008 Arlington Youth Film Festival will be held at Kenmore School Theater, on May 28th & 29th. All middle school entries will be showcased on Wednesday May 28th and all high school entries will be showcased on Thursday, May 29th. This event is free and open to the public.
For more information contact Jackie Steven at 703-524-2388.
The sign on the door says Opening Soon and there are lots of folk buzzing about. The Sports TV is on and the Menu is posted on the door. All that's left to do is invite the local bloggers in for a free meal and a review (hint hint), and they'll be in business.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Hurricane season begins June 1 and a "well above average" cyclone season has been projected for the Atlantic basin this year. To encourage citizen preparedness, the Commonwealth of Virginia is holding its first-ever Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday from Sunday, May 25 through Saturday, May 31. During this period, purchases of certain emergency supplies and equipment with a sales price of $60 or less will be exempt from sales tax. That means now's the time to stock up on batteries, flashlights, , radios, first aid kits ... and even certain generators and power inverters (under $1,000). For a complete list of eligible purchases, go to
www.vaemergency. com/threats/ hurricane/ 2008taxholiday. cfm
Another way to be better prepared is to complete Community Emergency Response Training (CERT). This eight-week course, which is free to those who live and/or work in , is offered twice a year and covers such topics as disaster preparedness, fire suppression and utility shutoff, disaster psychology, disaster medical operations and terrorism. For additional information, contact ArlingtonCERT@ aol.com.
CERT members make good neighbors!
Monday, May 19, 2008
Check it out. Add you biking wisdom. It's only just a beginning but it could be a great cooperation.
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- HB Woodlawn #16
- Washington-Lee #64
- Yorktown #74
- Wakefield #420
An excellent job by all the High Schools and APS! And Tip of the Hat to HB Woodlawn. There is a big lesson here about how HB Woodlawn follows a different educational path, and how that environment fosters excellence by bring out the best in the students!
"A Word to the Wise is Sufficient"
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Intervention from the strongest military county in the world (Arlington is home of the Pentagon) has yet to arrive. At the rate of casualties we are suffering, I… I just don’t know how much longer we can hang out against this invading force!
We continue to fight on – our spirits undaunted. We will continue to update you on our plight until we are victorious against the siege – or we get bored and move on to something else.
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Wednesday, May 14, 2008
First question, where is the Lee Shopping Center?? Wouldnt it be on Lee Highway? Apparently not. Apparently it is at 2201 North Pershing Drive, Arlington, Virginia, in the Lyon Park Historic Preservation District. According to Arlington County, the Lyon Park History District is "Lyon Park Historic District, Bounded by North 10th Street, Arlington Boulevard (US 50), and North Irving Street."
Here is what the APVA says about the Lee Shopping Center
The Lee Shopping Center was originally designed in 1941 to complement the adjacent garden apartments of Lee Gardens. Its construction was held up by World War II and it was redesigned in 1949, following the same footprint. The Lee Shopping Center buildings are contributing structures in the Lyon Park National Register Historic District. The County is currently conducting a survey of all historic buildings to create a Historic Resource Index as the tool to implement the recently adopted Historic Preservation Master Plan. The Lee Shopping Center was rated Essential, the top of four possible categories. Only three other commercial districts achieved that status.
A developer has proposed to buy the Lee Shopping Center, on the condition that the County Board approves a change in the General Land Use Plan, a change in the zoning, as well as an insensitive site plan that proposes consolidating the site with a contingent non-historic commercial site. As a result, the Lee Shopping Center would be demolished to build a mixed use project of four and five story apartment buildings with retail businesses on the first floor.See also coverage by WTOP. The Recent Past Preservation Network has also highlighted the Lee Shopping Center.
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June 23-27 - Washington Capitals Youth Camp (ages 7-12)
July 21 - July 25 - Kettler Capitals Iceplex Girls Week (ages 8-12 and 13-18)
July 28 - Washington Capitals Youth Camp (ages 7-12)
Monday, May 12, 2008
Of course she did not tell me why the kind gentleman was delivering the paper at all. I am quite sure my driveway never subscribed.
She did not tell me why it would take 2 to 3 days to tell the delivery gentleman he need not waste his effort - I get the impression that the good folk at the Examiner do know how to use computers.
And knowing that my Driveway is particular about garbage gathering at the end of it, I had already canceled the subscription two or three times over what seems several months. She did not tell me why those unsubscription requests did not work.
And Arlington Assistant County Manager Shannan Flanagan-Watson had a chat with the Examiner suggesting maybe they should not be delivering the papers to driveways that would prefer not to receive them. She did not tell me why a chat from the government seemed ineffective.
Apparently other people have been sharing their concern as well. Other newspapers have highlighted the concern. Why there was even an article in the Examiner about the unwanted delivery of The Examiner!
The first time for me was several months ago. I found the Cancel Subscription page, and appreciated the kind service the paper was offering me permitting me to unsubscribe from the newspaper my Driveway never subscribed to.
And look what my driveway got this morning! Another copy of The Examiner!
In the time of Flowering Beauty and Arlington Azaleas and other excesses of Spring, my Driveway is a bit vain about its appearance. I tell my driveway that its a bit vain, and it should be proud to such a regular contributor to newspaper recycling - as The Examiner goes from Driveway to recycling bin every day without even a single page of the newspaper getting soil.
I made a deal with my Driveway - every day the paper is delivered, I would unsubscribe again and update the following scoreboard:
|Days Since I First Unsubscribed (actually I have no idea but I will make a wild guess that it was exactly 2 months ago):||60|
|Number of Time Unsubscribed:||5|
My Driveway and I have a side bet; if I unsubscribe 10 times and The Examiner still comes, my Driveway gets a special powerwashing!
Friday, May 9, 2008
Washington Examiner subscriptions
To unsubscribe from the Washington Examiner
If you currently receive the Examiner and wish to stop receiving it, call the Washington Examiner at .
If you have already called and are still receiving the paper, you can contact the Examiner's customer service and distribution managers:
Mr. Donte Allen
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Ms. Theresa Browne
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Ms. Becky Browne
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In addition, you can call JoAnn Harrison on the Arlington County 's Constituent Services team at .
To subscribe to the Washington Examiner
Send subscription requests to Circulation Vice President Michael Barnum at .
In response to the recent increase in the number of complaints received from residents, Assistant County Manager Shannon Flanagan-Watson recently met with Michael Phelps, President & Publisher of The Examiner newspapers in the Baltimore/Washingto n region.
Several strategies were discussed to decrease the number of unwanted deliveries to Arlington County residents. An agreement was made to work together to identify “hot spots” in where there have been complaints and to reduce the route sizes in these areas.
Other mitigation measures are in effect including carrier fines, spot checks, upgraded GPS system and new carrier training.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Whether you're one of those gusto bikers cruising in multiple days per week, or the occasional pedaler hoping to compensate for the rest of the day as a desk-jokey, Friday May 16th is the one day to make sure you bike to work! It is a great day to demonstrate biker solidarity and send a message to local governments on the importance of supporting cyclists.
Join thousands of area commuters for a celebration of bicycling as a clean, fun and healthy way to get to work! Meet up with your neighbors at one of 26 pit stops all over the region, ride into the city with experienced commuter convoys and meet your colleagues at Freedom Plaza. Washington Area Bicyclist Association and Commuter Connections invite you to try bicycling to work as an alternative to solo driving. Help the Washington region become a better place to ride. Bike to Work Day is a FREE event and open to all area commuters. Free Bike to Work Day t-shirts will available to the first 7,000 registrants who attend the pit stop they registered for.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Capital Ultimate Camp Ages 10-14
Campers will work on individual skills like throwing, catching and cutting, team skills like stacking, forcing and zone, and most importantly, personal skills like self-officiating, conflict resolution and social responsibility. Each participant will receive a shirt, official Ultimate disc and great instruction!
Staff to participant ratio: 1:12
Session 1 July 21 - 25
Session 2 July 28 - Aug 1