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by Prince Of Petworth April 18, 2018 at 9:45 am 0

Thanks to Nick for sending this morning’s sighting spotted in Navy Yard. I’ll echo what I said during our last sighting in August:

Be not alarmed and for God’s sake somebody please tell POTUS, this is simply our friends from Air Photos Live balloon who seem to be spotted every year or so. You can see a closeup shot from a previous sighting here.

Our first sighting was back in October 2009. Last year we learned “The balloon was launched by Digital Design and Imaging Inc. to take aerial photos of the District’s skyline as part of the joint Height Master Plan the DC Office of Planning and the National Capital Planning Commission are conducting in response to a Congressional request.”

Though I wonder if the explanation is still accurate. Why is the survey taking so long?

by Prince Of Petworth April 4, 2018 at 10:45 am 0


Photo by PoPville flickr user Eric Spiegel

A reader inquires last night around 9:30pm:

“Seems to be happening every 5 minutes or so. Not metro related. Almost seems like they switched the flight path into one of the airports or something. You can hear a large rumble overhead. We heard this morning and then not until about 30 minutes ago.”

by Prince Of Petworth March 23, 2018 at 10:15 am 0


Photo by PoPville flickr user Clif Burns

“Dear PoPville,

I’ve lived in the Van Ness neighborhood for 13 years and have seen motorcades on Connecticut Avenue many times. But the one that went by at 8:00 this morning was very odd. In addition to a few black SUV’s and DC police, there were several Montgomery County squad cars. And the centerpiece — instead of several black limos — was a tractor trailer carrying a large square container under a tarp, with a couple of hay bails strapped to the back. (Sorry, I wasn’t fast enough to get a picture.)

What could this have been?”

by Prince Of Petworth February 13, 2018 at 9:55 am 0

Michelle Goldchain with this head shaking find from Reliable Tavern:

“Only in D.C. can you buy ice cubes for approximately $1 to $2 each.”

Jason remembers Jessica Sidman’s classic The Ice Is Right: Is Artisan Ice the Final Frontier for Craft Cocktails?:

“Not all ice, it turns out, is created equal. While the cubes in your freezer (and many bars and restaurants) are clouded with bubbles and cracks, the premium stuff is dense and clear, so it melts slower and won’t water down your drink as quickly. Hand-carving allows bartenders to create larger blocks that fit the glass, rather than lots of smaller cubes, which means less ice surface area and less dilution. “If you’re going to spend $10 to $15 for a cocktail and it’s on the rocks, you should have the best ice you possibly can,” Ambrose says.”

by Prince Of Petworth February 8, 2018 at 9:30 am 0


Hinckley Hilton at 1919 Connecticut Ave, NW. Photo by PoPville flickr user Josh

Prince of Westend and many others asked:

“intense policy activity this morning starting at 18/Florida all the way down to Dupont circle. Including a chopper. Anyone know what’s up?”

I gotta get better at this – of course it was the National Prayer Breakfast at the Hilton!!

by Prince Of Petworth February 7, 2018 at 2:10 pm 0

“Dear PoPville,

I found this curious and thought you might too. The pic is of an envelope taped to Sticky Rice’s door on H St. NE that says “Confidential for Owner.” The same envelope was taped to the doors of most businesses this morning between 13th and 10th (and maybe more but those were the streets I walked between).”

What do you guys think, some sorta marketing thing? Or the key to the collusion?

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