Friday, January 21, 2011

Dickson Wine Bar | DC

The Post panned this place in a September article, but I had a great experience at Dickson last night with friends before catching a show at the 930 Club.

We had no reservation.  The place was completely full.  The GM made us comfortable at the bar and we tried several of their boutique cocktails: me the warm mulled cider thing that was really delicious.

Granted the flatbreads were not the star of the finger foods, the rest of the meal we shared was tight, personally I tried and liked the:
I would go back, the menu changes seasonally.  Here are the details:

Dickson Wine Bar
903 U Street NW (9th and U Streets)
Washington, DC, 20001

Monday, January 10, 2011

Targeting like ...A Surveyor

I generally avoid commenting on anything political; I find nature and the galaxy a far more compelling topic for discussion.  But I do like the Onion for its satire, and I read the Post, the NYtimes and the WSJ when they are in front of me, mostly the business sections.

Today, in the Post's Style section, I came across a quote from the Palin camp that actually made chuckle.  It was their response to the shooting of Arizona Rep, Gabrielle Gifford and other US citizens in Tucson by a gun-toting lunatic, and any possible linkage to frequent combative language across party lines.  (Incidentally, my opinion is that there is no straight connection, but public figures should have integrity and understand how their conduct adds or detracts to civility in our nation).

Anyway, the Post's article, addresses both party's propensity to punch below the belt or incite public outrage whenever possible:
On Sunday, Palin's camp issued an awkward response: "We have nothing whatsoever to do with this," Rebecca Mansour, an aide to Palin, said in a radio interview on Sunday. "We never ever, ever intended it to be gun sights. It was simply cross hairs like you'd see on maps," like, she suggested, a "surveyor's symbol."
I took the antecedent to "this" in her statement to be "the shooting."  They were not suspects in the case, but I am glad they cleared that up.  And like George Washington himself, Palin must love the cross hairs of surveying.  Not retreating and reloading are common surveying parlance also.

Here is the rest of the article:

After tragedy, toxic talk in the media cross hairs

By Jason Horowitzand Lisa DeMoraes
Washington Post Staff Writers 
Monday, January 10, 2011

Since the post above a few people provided some links and graphics that fill in the back story:

Sunday, January 2, 2011

When Marketing Was Easy

Liz recently commented that there was a time when you could simply say, "Ask for  _____"  And that was a marketing campaign.  What do you think about that?


My mother-in-law forwarded me this review of All Things Shining, a recent book by two distinguished philosophers, Hubert Dreyfus and Sean Dorrance Kelly.  I have not yet read the book, but plan to.   As a DJ, artist and team leader, I can attest to the power and diversion of potent group experiences.

Read on...


The Arena Culture

Saturday, January 1, 2011