Knowledge on the March, Slowly
Well you guys were absolutely no help yesterday in honoring John Nestor--late vigilante of the left lane--on Wikipedia. I understand: You all have jobs and lives while I sit around all day looking at YouTube. Last night before going to bed I posted an entry on Mr. Nestor--and the practice that came to be known as "nestoring"--on Wikipedia. I think I'll mention him in my column tomorrow so I can add another source to the listing. And thus knowledge expands...
Speaking of expanding, my column today is about how the Smithsonian probably doesn't want your stuff. You may think your stamp collection/butterfly collection/DeFranco Family memorabilia is world-class but curators probably don't agree. My late friend Kevin McManus did a similar story years ago for Weekend. He was bitten by the bug and managed to get the American History museum to accept his ratty canvas Lands End briefcase--as an example of late-20th century business attire, I suppose. I wonder if they still have it. And what would you donate to the Smithsonian?
They're doing some roadwork on a street near my house, installing a sidewalk and putting up a bus stop. Here's the sign that warns motorists:
"Bus stop improv." It sounds like a scary theater game, Second City meets the Ride-On. "Okay, we need some characters. A nun, a gangster and the president of Peru? Good. And a setting. A bus stop? Great." I think I'll walk.
In Other News...
Ex-Smithsonian Indian Museum director W. Richard West Jr. must repay the Smithsonian $9,700 for payments he should not have received. The report outlining West's transgressions includes a detail I hadn't seen about the former director's going-away video, produced at a cost of $30,000: "The bulk of the DVD's cost went to film the last 60 seconds, during which West transforms in appearance as he walks out of the museum, according to the [Inspector General's] report. At first, West is wearing a business suit and then outside the museum is donning full tribal regalia, including headdress." Special effects! Doesn't that sound cool if rather, um, unnecessary?
There's an interesting story nestled in The Post Food section today about a laudable charitable impulse that is colliding with reality. Some of Washington's top chefs agreed to develop frozen dinners as a way of raising money for the nonprofit D.C. Central Kitchen. But beyond the difficulties of developing a frozen dinner (or a good frozen dinner, anyway), there's the problem of getting it into supermarket shelves.
Over on the Flex Your Rights blog is a 7-point checklist on how to legally refuse a Metro station search (fedora tip to DC Blogs). It'll mean not riding Metro, or at least not entering that station. Flex Your Rights has one detail wrong, however. It says a man was shot by police on the London Tube in 2005 after running away, when, in fact, Jean Charles de Menezes was sitting there minding his own business, a horrible case of mistaken identity. A tragedy for all concerned, though more for the person who's shot than the ones who did the shooting.
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