Sunday, July 31, 2011
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Friday, July 29, 2011
But one of the things you're advised to do to keep you cool has it's own hazards, and I don't think I've seen a better, and more powerful explanation of the dangers of over-hydrating (hyponatremia) than the one offered by A Girl On Her Bike. Check it out: and take it easy out there.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Check out the latest CaBi stations coming on line by Fall of 2011.
Will this affect how you ride? When you ride? How often or even whether you will ride? Inquiring WTOP reporters like me want to know...
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Friday, July 22, 2011
Hot Down on the Farm, a set on Flickr.
Not at all bike-related, unless you'll be heading out River Road to Poolesville in which case, Rocklands Farm has fresh eggs and produce for sale. They also head to local farmer's markets on the weekdays.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Sunday, July 3, 2011
I have known her since we worked together at both WTOP and WASH-FM back when dinosaurs roamed the earth. How can so much time have gone by? How can someone be here one day, sharing a joke on the way in to work, and then be gone the next?
There are a lot of aching hearts in the WFED/WTOP Hubbard Broadcasting group right now.
When delivering the news to us last night, Joel Oxley, the Senior Regional VP for WTOP/WFED ended with this: "Be safe and please take care of yourselves and those close to you."
So this is one of those days where you hold those you love a little longer, a little tighter, than usual. And tell stories about this wonderful coworker you had...
Saturday, July 2, 2011
My job isn't just about talking on the air. It's also about listening. And sometimes, that involves music.
...you've seen--and I hope heard--the interview I did with musician Ben Sollee not long ago on WTOP, 103.5 FM and on this blog. If not, check it out. It was a really nice talk.
Well, I made sure I got to his gig at Iota in Arlington, and yes, I biked there.
Regarding the bike part:
Um, can I just say that leg of the Custis Trail from oh, Nash to Veitch St is not made for my heavy Dutch bike? Wish I'd taken my Jamis. That said, I did burn some calories, so thanks for that.
And folks, is it me? Maybe my expectations about bike-friendly Arlington were too high, but I didn't see many bike parking facilities along the stretch of Wilson Boulevard where Iota is located, just one or two U-stands. Let me know if I simply overlooked something, and I'll know where to look next time.
Ok, but this isn't really about me. Really. It's about the show that Ben Sollee put on. Wow. And I think the crowd was with me on that one.
What struck me was Ben's obvious generosity in sharing the stage with the super-talented Phoebe Hunt, a musician from Austin, TX who was a perfect complement to his style. She was new to me and the pairing made it feel like you got a two-for-one deal with the ticket.
During the interview I did with Ben about his Ditch the Van Tour, he mentioned how they hauled 'the merch', all the stuff usually found at tables as you head into a show.
Like every good musician, Ben Sollee sells tee-shirts, and CD's but unlike many, he also has bikey stuff. I couldn't resist a hand-made bike bell: a little work of art for my lovely Dutch Gazelle bike.
Thanks, Ben Sollee, for a great interview and a great show!
And yes, concert photographers: your jobs are safe. As a reporter on a hard news story, I have no problem making my way to the front of a pack to get the vital sound or--now thanks to the internet--photos--but when folks are trying to enjoy a show? I'm loathe to get in the way.
Daniel Valentine of the Gazette Newspaper in Prince George's got the story ahead of everyone else and had correctly reported that she would likely enter a guilty plea more than a month ago, (credit where credit is due) but that date was delayed.
I got word last week that the June 30th date was a go and broke that. After I reported it, the US Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland issued a press release.
This past Thursday, Mrs. Johnson, a Prince George's County Council member and wife of the former County Executive Jack Johnson, had her day in court. This photo shows her flanked by her attorney Shawn Wright and an unidentified man, heading into the courthouse.
I snapped this photo as Mrs. Johnson walked into federal court. No matter what you think of the person involved in a case like this, I can never help wondering; what is it like--on the basic human level-- to have the experience of walking past a crowd of reporters and photographers, head into a courthouse and stand before a judge?
Mrs. Johnson will be sentenced October 13th. Her husband, who pleaded guilty to taking more than $400,000 in bribes, will be sentenced in September.