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Friday, September 3, 2010

Labor Day Weekend: Smell the Excitement

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Two Reston residents -- Victor Camcho and Edwin Cisneros -- show the appropriate enthusiasm as summer draws to a close and fall, with all its attendant pleasures such as football season, prepares to arrive. What's shocking is that these two Restonians traveled to Detroit to watch a Lions-Bills preseason game, which goes to show you the ends to which some people will go to watch a team worse than the Redskins.

Closer to home, the South Lakes High School football team now has two female players. Think that's a recipe for disaster? The Seahawks won their first game 37-0.

Discuss your own Labor Day weekend plans, or whatever, in the comments.


  1. Crazy Like a Fox MillSeptember 3, 2010 at 10:12 AM

    School supply shopping, lunch at the Macaroni Grill, back-to-school clothes shopping, dinner at the Macaroni Grill.

    How very Reston.

  2. Do the mysterious proliferation of large man eating sharks just 70 miles away in the Potomac River have some RA officials wondering if they pose a threat to swimmers in the upcoming Iron Man contest during their upcoming swim in Lake Audubon? Are RA officials even now thinking to fly in a consultant from some where like Nantucket Mass where the large beasts are more common or should they just cancel the event to be on the safe side? Meanwhile salty looking characters that look like they escaped from The Deadliest Catch have been seen gathering in sports bars in the area some occasionally muttering things like things like "Wanna catch that fish? Gotta talk to me."

  3. Reston Lakes scoreboard:

    Prokaryotic Cyanobacteria - 1
    Sharks - 0

  4. Citizens in Fairfax County venturing into tick infested areas are advised to wear long slacks and to tuck their pants into their socks, wear light colored clothes so that they can detect the ticks and spray their exposed skin with DEET and clothing with .05 permethrin. After exposure to a tick infested areas they should look for ticks everywhere on the body, especially the scalp, armpits and groin, removing and disposing of unattached ticks. If they find an attached tick it should be grabbed by the head with tweezers as close to the skin as possible.

    People initially infected can experience a red ring rash and "fatigue, chills, fever, headache, muscle joint aches and swollen lymph nodes. And if untreated the infection can spread to other parts of the body causing loss of muscle tone on one or both sides of the face, severe headaches, and neck stiffness, shooting pains, heart palpitations, dizziness and pain that moves from joint to joint. After several months about 60 percent of untreated cases have intermittent bouts of arthritis with severe joint pain and swelling. Up to five percent of untreated cases develop neurological complaints"(Fairfax County Booklet on Disease Carrying Insects).

  5. Rod, my body is simply covered in blood-sucking parasites -- the County, State, and Federal government, plus the Reston Association. They are causing me fatigue and exhaustion. How do I scrape them off?

  6. From the Uplands of RestonSeptember 4, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    Anon 1232,

    There is a linear correlation between poverty and the length of time a community has Democratic Party legislators. Think Detroit, California, East St. Louis, Zimbabwe. The Left's map on prosperity is fatally flawed, and has been for 93 years.

    So vote them out. The new crop of Republican seem to get fiscal responsibility. Mac Cannon is a much better fit for your wallet that Ken Plum.

    And if the new crop screws up, vote them out also. Repeat as needed, or run for office yourself.

  7. California???? How soon we forget....isn't Awwwwwnold the fiscally crazy Republican..running Cali into the ground??? hmm...."deep thoughts " or not so deep, just accurate...oh wait, how fiscally conservative was the "W", not so much....hmmmm.. you're going as far out as Zimbabwe??? Why don't you just look around you, our home prices became ridiculously inflated just when Dubbya decided everyone, rich or poor should go out and buy a house and the "R" Congress helped deregulate the mortgage industry to help his, "big idea" happen. Unfortunately as most recent Republicans can't really plan ahead, they failed to see what 8 years of deregulation can do in this greed filled economy...and so here we are with our home values almost the same as when Dubbya took office....just minus whole lot of people's life's savings....(just my 2¢ of the millennium) it's funny how Republicans have SUCH a short memory when comes to THEMSELVES.

    Sorry for the off-topic response to the off-topic comment.

  8. Well went to the Kenelworth Aquatic gardens which I'd wanted to for years. Tinnitus Eastern Market. Memorial day VPI Marching Band at Okton H S then our Cul de Sac picnic a forty year tradition.

  9. From the Uplands of RestonSeptember 4, 2010 at 8:37 PM

    Anon 5:56

    You're embarrassing yourself. The California State Legislature, which passes all the laws and budgets, have been entirely Democratic for over 40 years (since 1970). The Governor of California is the head of the executive branch. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger can't stop the Democratic lawmakers because his vetoes are overridden.

    Similar analysis on other legislators underly my assertion of linearity. The US Congress came under Democratic control in 2006. Data shows that economic decline started with the arrival of Democratic committee chairman.

    You left out the decades of Democratic leadership in Detroit. Zimbabwe's leader was placed in power by President Carter.

    It's relevant because I'm spending my Labor Day holiday looking at Reston's future. Only Democratic legislators represent Reston.

    I'll let you find out for yourself how much of Reston's tax dollars even find their way back to Reston. You act like the facts are irrelevant to your emotive argument. Taxes are needed, but the return on equity of our taxes is low. The current Reston Democrats squander your tax dollars and mine.

  10. Re South Lakes football

    It is absolutely amazing what a competent coach can accomplish.

    So why did Juicy Brucy and Lazy Linda stick with John Dumboburger for so many frustrating, wasted years?

    Were they waiting to let him finish his graduate degree or did they love the piece and quiet from the crashing attendance and revenue at the games?

  11. Anon 9:41

    Falls Church is hardly a NoVa football power.

    Let me know how he does against Herndon. South Lakes has only beaten them 3x(?) in 25 years?

  12. How short-sighted, Uplands. Our local income tax dollars go to Richmond. The state legislature is controlled by the Repugs, who seem to believe that we only deserve about $0.30 of every dollar that we send to them.

    Even if the Demwits that comprise the BoS waste our money, well, guess what? At least that money is spent 100% on our own residents. Besides, even if Reston is poorly run and wastes our money, Reston is STILL a prime place to live as is evidenced by the resilience of our property values during the housing downturn relative to, say, the overwhelming majority of the Repuke controlled areas of the state. Within the Commonwealth, it seems that the economic powerhouses tend to be run by the Dems and the poverty stricken areas dependent on the tax proceeds from the economic powerhouses, tend to vote for Rethugs.

  13. I came to post a snarky comment about the female football players, but after reading the article, I am inspired to say "you go girl"!

    And I think it's great that they idolize Troy Polamalu, the most beautiful woman playing in the NFL.

  14. This blog gets very random--ticks, CA politics, so strange.

  15. "Within the Commonwealth, it seems that the economic powerhouses tend to be run by the Dems and the poverty stricken areas dependent on the tax proceeds from the economic powerhouses, tend to vote for Rethugs."

    LOL, that's only if you're deluded enough to believe that Federal employees are part of an "economic powerhouse" instead of what they are, which is a parasitic drain on the national and state economy. It is not an accident that the areas depending on government are getting "richer" while all others get poorer, since government is nothing else but a scheme to transfer wealth from the politically unconnected to the politically connected. Northern Virginia is "richer" not due to any particular economic merit, but because that's where the politically connected people live who are forcibly milking the rest of the state and the country of their wealth. And yes, they tend to be Democrats because the Democrats are the party of forcible wealth transfer (which less sophisticated people call "theft"). The government worker bubble is bound to collapse soon, as the Democrats are running out of productive citizens to plunder. This bodes ill for long-term local property values, but oh well.

  16. Thank You Glenn Beck !

  17. 11:19-
    Northern VA transfers their wealth to the rest of the Commonwealth, not the other way around. The only people getting milked in VA is Northern Virginia (which less sophisticated people call theft) BTW- if NOVA goes, so goes the whole state. Toll roads throughout the state! State schools collapse! Pretty much any state supported entity disappears! Woo hoo!
    I favor Fairfax County and Arlington County seceding from the Commonwealth.

  18. "Northern VA transfers their wealth to the rest of the Commonwealth, not the other way around."

    Uh huh. So the rest of the people of VA do not pay Federal taxes that in turn pay the bloated salaries of Federal workers in northern VA?

  19. Yes, they do. What's your point? Are you trying to say that the thousands of Federal employees, contractors and others who provide support services to the Federal government don't actually work and deserve to be paid for their labors JUST because it's paid for with tax dollars? That somehow these people should provide their time and expertise for free? Or that, maybe, if the Federal government were more efficient, they could get by without having to pay a penny in salaries and compensation?


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