Friday, June 19, 2009

Thanks to Washington Blade and... the Anti-RWDC blog still thinks I am a shill?

Joe Reindeiro has a nice little writeup of the faux controversy over Real World Dupont here:

He quotes me (anonymously) and also some of the Anti-RWDC folks, who still think I might be affiliated with MTV. Trust me folks, I'm not. Just because people have a counter-opinion doesn't mean they are shills.

Seriously... if MTV were running this pathetic blog, I'm pretty sure they could do a much, much better job.

Anyway, thanks Joe.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Where's the Outrage? Adams Morgan to be shut down for movie filming...

Actually this sounds like a pretty sweet cast.

From DCist:

Streets to Close as Film Crews Heads to Adams Morgan Thursday

We heard from several readers that the film crew for the James L. Brooks-helmed Owen Wilson/Reese Witherspoon/Paul Rudd flick were camped along 7th Street NW in Penn Quarter today, and word from DDOT is that they'll be in Adams Morgan tomorrow. Several road closures will be in effect in the post-rush hour morning due to the filming.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

What if?

Just throwing this out there. I just read on Perez this morning (I know, I know) about a show CBS is filming in Atlanta where a whole block was WALLED OFF to force the neighbors to, um, interact.

Here's the link to the Perez posting

And for those morally opposed to clicking a Perez Hilton link here's another story about it.

Anyway, this got me thinking about whether or not I would be anti- or pro- living across the street from a walled off block. I mean if they walled in the block where the Real World will be filming I would be forced to (1) walk a block further and go to a different dry cleaner; (2) no longer have La Tomate as an option when Sette is too packed (because it's better); (3) find a new place to count the coins in my piggy bank while TD Bank was closed; and (4) re-sample the neighborhood Chinese food joints until I found one as good as City Lights (which I wont). These are sacrifices I am just not willing to make for the reality TV show next door.

Could you handle it?

Sunday, June 14, 2009

A Starter Top 10

As of now, 2000 S Street NW is just a house under construction; let’s save the complaining for when there are complaints to be had. That said, here’s a starter Top 10 from the blogger across the street:

Why Not To Freak Out About The Seven Strangers Next Door . . .

10. If it turns out we don’t like the cast, at least they’ll have to deal with DC’s famous dog days of summer.

9. DC has more security cameras than anywhere else in the world; some accidental Real World footage isn’t going to ruin your political career.

8. Maybe the Secret Safeway will be outed, but at least the planets orbiting the American Geophysical Union (whatever that is) will remain shrouded in mystery.

7. The cast members are the perfect subjects for a social science experiment: Will they find anything else in NOVA besides Costco, Target, and Ray’s the Steaks?

6. No chance of these cast members’ security clearances being approved; your chances are looking better already.

5. As if there isn’t a police car 24/7 on our corner anyway.

4. Seven new victims for Dupont initiation – how hilarious would it be if everyone in the ‘hood showed up with a basket of muffins or a yard sign for the cause célèbre?

3. Finally the bullshit that is the DC cab system will be exposed for all the world to see.

2. It’s not like the parking spots they blocked off were zone spots anyway.

1. What if the token gay is hot?

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Response to AntiRealWorldDC

I have absolutely nothing to do with MTV. I haven't even watched more than 5 minutes combined of MTV in the last 5 years. In fact the last time I watched MTV was Real World: Las Vegas, I think, and that was 2002.

Second, I do live in Dupont Circle and have lived here for many years. I am just a few short blocks from the Real World house, and yes I do have some concerns about disruption.

That said, I don't see all the unnecessary hubbub and trouble-making about this. What's the big deal? We lose a few parking spaces? A little more foot traffic near the house and camera crews at bars a few nights a week? You doomsday bloggers seem to think that the show is basically going to ruin the whole neighborhood -- every restaurant, bar, and quiet street is suddenly going to be inundated with camera crews. It's absurd. I think the disruption will be quite minimal, and it will bring good publicity to the area. I am at least willing to wait and see...

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Not everyone in Dupont Circle is anti-real world

Most people are in favor of it.