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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Unruly, if Well-Dressed, Mobs: When Restonians Agitate

We Restonians are a peaceful bunch for the most part, the descendants of gentle people from the far-away 1960s who left the city to settle in earth-toned townhouses that weren't technically in a town. But take away our bookstores sense of social justice, and we get a bit piqued.

2 percenters.jpgFirst, we have the tale of how a group of Restonians are rallying to avert the "fiscal cliff."

Dozens of Virginians gathered on Saturday to rally for an end to the Bush tax cuts for the top 2%. The activists gathered at Reston Used Bookstore to hear from community members on the issue before going door-to-door to urge neighbors to contact Congressman Wolf. Those gathered expressed concern that middle class taxes could go up over $2,000 a year if leaders in D.C. don't compromise and put the middle class before millionaires.
We're sympathetic, but we doubt too many members of the 2 percent are hanging out at a used bookstore. Or Lake Anne, for that matter. Or even Reston. Try heading north of Rt. 7, is all we're saying.

Another Confidential Restonian Operative shared this shocking firsthand account of what happened when RCC's online registration promptly melted down on its first day this past weekend.
There are middle-aged ladies in pajamas standing in long lines at RCC-Hunters Woods this morning. RCC’s new-fangled registration system went into complete fail. They changed from a lottery system to a first-come, first-served (because that's just so much more egalitarian) as well as launching a sparkly new online registration gizmo. December 1 at 9 a.m. marks the start of resident registration. The online system promptly crashed, and all those affluent middle-aged mothers and fathers desperate for good-value swim lessons were forced to dash over to RCC and register in person, along with masses of other Restonites who don't want to miss out on choice seats at Arena stage.
There are no words.

And finally, and somewhat predictably, a fancy online petition to save the Barnes & Noble already has 157 signatures, the end.


  1. Well, at least there was a Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts to steel them during their interminable wait.

  2. I guarantee you that a demonstration of radical liberals and small-time democratic party activists trying to publicly hone their street cred in front of a used bookstore ("Soak the rich! But save my personal tax break!") didn't amount to hill of beans...
    Oh yes, "Save the Barnes and Nobles?" What a complete waste of time and thinking...
    All typical Reston bullfeathers.

    The Lake Anne Center should be demolished and rebuilt as a modern, convenient retail center that can actually keep its tenants and make some money.

  3. If we were a demonstration prone community, we should all get out and have a say about the thick headed governor who wants to rambo-ize our school janitors with weaponry, yet no training. Where are the protests against the governor who wants to put bushwackers in your school supply cabinets? Is this not madness worthy of some voice of concern in public? How abouut a grass roots meeting to discuss? or are we all too busy gutting our christmas deer kills?


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