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December 1, 2005

electric boogaloo, fondue & herring too

Awww yeah, representin' Point Beer DC style y'all, ready ta break it down on tha pitch.
rock your body

Some hip new joints in tha DC:

Busboys & Poets
2021 14th St., NW

Fondue on Wednesdays, anyone?
Washington Plaza Hotel
10 Thomas Circle NW

Busboys & Poets is a reasonably priced and nicely mixed place just North of U. It's a bit crowded but the people there are cute. Washington Plaza has a new fondue special on Wednesday nights at the hotel lounge, the same place that brings you fabulous summer discos at poolside and a place for the M.A.L. crowd. They seemed to have done some work to the lounge area and it's a really nice feel. Both places are great for a date or to just hang out with friends.

The National Park Service releases improvement plan for Rock Creek Park. [Final General Management Plan / Environmental Impact Statement - Rock Creek Park, Volume 1 and Summary.] Immediate changes pointed out in the WaPo article linked above involve a reduction in the speed limit, which is a good thing because local drivers can barely handle the curves, wet roads, fog banks and ('gasp!') wildlife collisions that are a novelty in this area. As a young driver in Wisconsin you quickly learn to just run over anything smaller than a fawn, for even if you try to avoid them you could end up swerving and killing yourself - and the fawn too, regardless of your efforts.
this is an American ShadI'm excited about the part of the proposal that mentions "removing stream blockages to ensure that herring and shad can migrate north to a Maryland lake to spawn." I'm assuming they mean removing that useless dam at Pierce Mill, just north of Porter, which blocks the migrating fish from getting anywhere close to Maryland via Rock Creek. The shad run is the closest thing to salmon migration in this area, an anadromous affair which can be viewed from the bridge just south of the Zoo Tunnel on this handy Rock Creek Parkway map in early spring. If you are observant, you can also spot golfish in the slow moving shady areas of the creek adjacent to the National Zoo, especially near the Amazonia exhibit, which is in dire need of a makeover, fyi.

Meet your woofy civic administrators, including the adorkable District Department of Transportation Director Dan Tangherlini, and the also-adorkable yet smouldering mayor of College Park, Maryland.

Posted by jimbo at December 1, 2005 10:33 AM


1.> I officially love that picture.
2.> By mixing fondue and MAL in one thought, you've put the image of a cigar stubbed out in a pot of melted cheese in my head.
3.> Short-sleeved dress shirts with ties are not adorkable. Never. Nope. Nada.

Posted by: chrisafer at December 1, 2005 4:35 PM

Hey now, I just got a new roof for Amazonia not 12 months ago.

I am always amazed at how quickly you can reach quasi-wilderness from DC . . . Rock Creek Park being just one location. I use the Parkway rather often (both the road and bike trail), and speaking of spawning, my favorite game is Spot the Illicit Sexual Encounter in the Trees Game. I've only spotted three in two years. Is that a bad record?

For the record, I don't intentionally go searching for them, but when you're driving along admiring the nature, and then there are people in that nature admiring each other's nature, well there you have it.

Posted by: Boo Augustus at December 1, 2005 5:20 PM

So Chrisafer, short-sleeved dress shirts simply say 'dork' but not 'adorkable'? I thought it was the short-sleeved dress shirt that qualified Mayor Brayman as adorkable.

Posted by: jimbo at December 1, 2005 6:27 PM

Is there any reason, besides funding, that there aren't salmon ladders (or ladders for any fish species) at these dams?

Posted by: copperred at December 2, 2005 11:02 AM

Great photo!

Heard horrible things about Busboys and Poets. Great idea, great concept. Horrible service, horrible food and drink, and generally way too popular for them to handle right now. I guess that's a good thing, but not likely to make me want to go there. And its smoky!! I thought that was a Jimbo no-no!

Posted by: stebbins at December 2, 2005 12:41 PM

i love that picture too. very huggable ruggable.

Posted by: myke at December 4, 2005 12:04 AM

Ok I got a question - I always thought salmon-type fishies returned to where they were born (hatched?) to spawn. So if a dam has been in the way for years and years, how do the salmon-types know to go further upstream when the dam is finally removed?

Posted by: Andy at December 4, 2005 3:25 AM

That's a good question...and I don't know the actual answer but I'll try to find the answer if work is slow next week. Anadromous fish like salmon and shad prefer certain sites in which to spawn. I know the rock creek population of shad prefers very shallow water (4"-6") in a fast moving water with medium-sized pebbles. They lock on a site by substrate preference (gravel) and by scent of the water chemistry and of other fish.

As to how adults find a new site, if available, I don't know. But I'm sure it happens and that someone has done a study on it. I can guess that there are a few maverick shad (brave souls or evolutionary freaks) that would try to venture up beyond Pierce Mill on Rock Creek once they sense that the water flow has changed upstream due to the dam being removed.

I do know that stocking an area upstream with young fish (salmon fry or smolt in the case that I know of) before a certain age will imprint them to that upstream area. Feeder ponds of young salmon fry or smolt have been established, they leave the pond when they are big enough and travel back to sea, and will return to the artificially introduced spawning areas from where they were first established, but not born.

Posted by: jimbo at December 4, 2005 4:01 PM

Nice hat

Posted by: Michele at December 5, 2005 11:53 AM