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  1. The points per game say it all: 2003-2004: 21.0 2004-2005: 20.8 2005-2006: 26.9 2006-2007: 28.5 2007-2008: 25.7 2008-2009: 22.8 2009-2010: 28.2 2010-2011: 25.6 2011-2012: 22.6 2012-2013: 28.7 2013-2014: 27.4 2014-2015: 24.2 2015-2016: 21.4
  2. I know it's just shy of Thanksgiving but could y'all chime in where one could go for a festive atmosphere to dine on Christmas Day? Looking for places that are richly saturated with Christmas decor, and lights. The brighter the better. I know several families that will be heading to the District, as well as Baltimore, to celebrate Christmas and are looking for something spectacular! I am thinking that a bunch of hotels will be serving dinner on Christmas, but since I have not lived in the District for some time, I am out of the loop. Food is a factor, but honestly I am just looking for some place festive. If the hospitality delivers, the food will taste better if not solid. Thank you as always for any recco's you may list. Elf, Kat
  3. Scott Johnston

    Richmond, VA

    I am spending more and more time in Richmond Va and have noticed we do not have a thread on wonderful city. Look here for information on one BBQ place http://www.donrockwell.com/index.php?showtopic=38 I had a great meal at "The Hard Shell" located downtown on Cary Street. I started off with Calamari, fresh, fried, lightly dusted with corn meal. My main meal was a pasta and seafood dish. The seafood was fresh, pleantiful and full of flavor. The light tomato and basil sauce was a perfect accompliment to this dish.
  4. Hello all. I guess I'm the newest member. My name is Jeff and I'm one of the owners and the Vigneron for Glen Manor Vineyards, a Virginia farm winery. I found this site after a friend forwarded to me a copy of the City Paper where Don recommended my Sauvignon Blanc...Thanks Don! I'll lurk for a little while but you will hear from me now and again. --- Edit - Readers, here are a whole bunch of links to Glen Manor threads, the most important being the first one where Jeff blogs for an entire year (Jan 1, 2010 - Dec 31, 2010) about the 2010 Virginia vintager. It should have won the James Beard Award for best writing on the internet, but somehow it didn't. Amazingly, there are no specific threads on Jeff's Sauvignon Blanc which is my favorite Glen Manor wine of them all. Happy reading! Don Rockwell The Virginia 2010 Vintage <--- This is the single best thread ever written on donrockwell.com 2007 Hodder Hill 2009 Hodder Hill 2010 Hodder Hill 2014 Virginia Governor's Cup Winners Glen Manor Tasting at Whole Foods (2010) Glen Manor Spring Barrel Tasting (2011) Glen Manor Winemaker Dinner (2011) Glen Manor Winemaker Dinner (2014) Glen Manor Vineyards (This Thread)
  5. I've been heavily into podcasts lately. One of my favorites is Radio Lab and this story blew me away. I had never heard of Henrietta (Henrietta Lacks), but evidently, there's a best-selling book about her life and HBO will soon premier a movie based on her life starring Oprah. In a nutshell, it's the story of scientists trying to make human cells live and reproduce outside the body. They failed over and over again until they got a hold of Henrietta's cells from a cervical cancer biopsy. The resulting "HeLa" cells marked the beginning of BioTech by serving as the catalyst for all kinds of major medical advancements including vaccines and chemotherapy. The story goes on to tell us about her family and how this impacted them. To check out the podcast: "Henrietta's Tumor" on radiolab.org Movie Trailer on rollingstone.com
  6. I'll be spending November 13-15 at a cottage on a farm in Brightwood, VA, which is about 20 minutes southwest of Culpeper, with my (non-foodie) husband and toddler. I looked at the Virginia - Small Cities and Towns thread but am a bit overwhelmed because I'm not familiar with many of the small cities and towns and don't know how far they are from Brightwood. I started looking the cities and towns up in Google Maps but can't keep them all straight! I'm thinking it's unlikely I'll get my husband to drive more than 45 minutes or so to get anywhere -- maybe an hour. Does anyone know of anyplace tasty within about that length of drive from Culpeper (or 20 minutes southwest of Culpeper)? The only place I remember visiting in the area is Foti's many years ago, and as I recall that's probably a little too fancy for our purposes this time. Needless to say, with our toddler in tow, we're not looking for fine dining. Just some solid options for a couple of lunches and dinners would be great. Also, if anyone knows of any fun toddler-appropriate activities near Culpeper, I would appreciate knowing about those as well. We're planning to help feed the animals on the farm early Saturday morning, but I'm starting to feel like we'll have a long day ahead of us after that. :-) Thanks in advance!
  7. Ralph *whom*? Ralph Dalton College Stats on sports-reference.com "Player Bio: Ralph Dalton (1982-1986)" on hoyabasketball.com Nov 14, 2003 - "Twenty Years Removed" by Erin Brown on thehoya.com Apr 13, 2014 - "Ralph Who? The Basketball Great You've Never Heard Of" on koehlerlaw.net Ralph Dalton at Barclay: Also, Ralph, if you ever see this, please email me at donrockwell@donrocks.com, or sign up here to engage our readership - we have many people who'd love to hear from you, about basketball, about investments, about your life in general. We have a similar thread about your elder Hoyaman, Craig Esherick.
  8. Firefly Hill growers were set to harvest Tuesday morning; arrived to find vines picked. "Winery Reports Overnight Theft of Grape Harvest" by Mike Gangloff on roanoke.com
  9. "Arthur Was Always Different": Reflecting on Ashe's Legacy, 50 Years after U.S. Open Win" by Ava Wallace on washingtonpost.com I remember pulling for Jimmy Connors in the 1975 Wimbledon Finals - had I only known better ... I am *so glad* Ashe won that match, and it took a lifetime of living (not just being a tennis player) to understand *why* I'm so glad Ashe won.
  10. For my sins, I get to spend the weekend in Williamsburg with a 10, 8, 6 and 4 year old. While Busch Gardens is likely to feature prominently in our agenda, I was wondering if folks has any tips for family friendly, but good eateries in the Williamsburg area. TIA
  11. A white supemacist organization called "Identity Evropa" has made their presence felt in Arlington, VA today. "Flier for a White Supremacist Group Spotted in Clarendon" by Alex Koma on arlnow.com NOTE: The article states that this group in based in Alexandria. Here is their online application: And this is under their "Education" tab - I urge people to go there, and to click on "Human Biological Diversity," Then on the article entitled "Race - Stalking the Wild Taboo." (While you're there, do a find on "chimpanzees.") --- I'm going to be making an important announcement on this website in the very near future.
  12. Neal, I listened to "When the World's on Fire," and it's absolutely amazing - Woody didn't do much at all with this one, did he. That said, I still don't know if he was proud or ashamed to be an American - I can see it both ways, which is probably the point. Although I didn't quite understand all the words (I'm sure I could find them on the internet), there's a certain innocence to The Carter Family's song that I find sweet and charming. Trivia: June Carter is a distant cousin of President Jimmy Carter (!)
  13. AMTHoya

    Charlottesville, VA

    On October 22nd, I'm going to be going to Palladio, the restaurant at Barboursville Vineyards, where Cesare Lafranconi, the chef from Tosca, is going to be guest chef for the night. Has anyone been to these wine dinners at Barboursville before, and would you recommend them?
  14. In one of my OCD, "nobody-cares-but-me" moments of fret, I've been stewing about whether to continue calling this area "Tysons Corner," which it will always be for me, or the newly coined "Tysons," which seems to be what it's turning into. Although I don't remember what things were like before 1968, when Lerner Enterprises (the family which owns the Washington Nationals, and the largest private landowner in the Washington, DC area) built Tysons Corner Center, I do remember comfortably driving there from Silver Spring in about twenty minutes (really - even during rush hour, when cars would go at 45 mph instead of 55 mph). What I didn't realize this morning is that Tysons Corner Center is larger than Potomac Mills; I had always been under the impression that Potomac Mills is substantially larger; not only is Tysons Corner Center larger, it's fully 50% larger! It's also the largest mall in Virginia, the 9th-largest mall in the USA, and the 51st-largest mall in the world. Does anyone else notice a slow-moving effort to rename "Tysons Corner, VA" as "Tysons, VA?"
  15. "Naismith Hall of Fame Finally Does Right by Lefty and Votes in Driesell" by John Feinstein on washingtonpost.com Brian Magid's Facebook Status regarding the announcement Pam Driesell's Facebook Status regarding the announcement Some insider trivia: The Driesells lived right across the street from Springbrook High School in Silver Spring, MD - I went to school with Pam since 5th grade (when they moved up here from Davidson, NC), as well as Chuck (who played for Maryland), but here's the really esoteric, insider trivia: Their house was literally right next door to the family of Harold Solomon. who is the only tennis player from Maryland ever to be ranked in the World Top 10 (excluding Fred McNair in doubles) - the Solomons (with son Harold, and daughter Shelley) were, as incredible as they may sound, the best-of-the-best in terms of Maryland Tennis - now, having been next-door neighbors (although I think the Solomons might have moved to Florida before the Driesells arrived in the early 1970s) these two families can perhaps boast the only next-door homes whose family members are in the Maryland State Athletic Hall of Fame (although my former tennis coach, rival, and friend, Gil Scheurholz, who was ranked #1 in the United States in the 35-and-over division for several years, has a father *and* a grandfather who are both in as well - if you ever go to Camden Yards, look on the wall - they're both in there, and I assure you that Gi III deserves to be also - he is the most devastating tennis player I have ever faced in person; not the best, but the most devastating).
  16. I have been chauvinistic to Virginia wineries for a long time yet only recently have I found reds that I like (i.e. Hillsborough Onyx, Glen Manor Hodder Hill). I have not tried Chateau O'Brien's $80 tannat although we've been to the winery. RdV seems to be another level though. Rutger de Vink is something like Virginia's version of Washington state's passionate Charles Smith (Parker 99 points for several of his wines.) He has an absolutely incredible setting for his wine. This may be as impressive of a winery as I have been to anywhere; certainly sitting at the top of the steep hillside vineyard with its thirty plus mile view is breathtaking. I'm not so sure that anywhere in Greve or Panzano is more beautiful. The tasting room itself sits in front of an almost cathedral like silo that tops the caves underneath. This is a setting that could be worthy of a last taste ever. Forgive my hyperbole but the setting is indeed spectacular. This is also a totally unique winery in a number of ways: it is not easy to buy a bottle of wine. You have to either go to it or be on its mailing list. And it's not easy to get in. You cannot just walk in the door and ask for a taste. Tours and tastings are by appointment only and they are booked up on weekends into December. They also cost $40 per person (personal tour, tasting and reception). My guess is that you may not be able to find it either: there is no sign and it is on a scenic Virginia byway. The land wasn't purchased for Interstate convenience, rather for its rocky soil. The drive to RdV is also special. Out route 50 to Upperville and then a left to Delaplane through countryside that will confirm how beautiful this area is. There are rewards for planning the trip and the $40 is a real investment. Rutger de Vink spent an hour with us today; anyone who visits is escorted around the winery and the vineyards by either him or his winemaker. Rutger is truly an impassioned ambassador-and a believer-who has accepted the challenge of attempting to gain national (if not international) recognition for Virginia wine. For him it was not just a matter of building a winery in Santa Barbara or Napa. Rather he picked Virginia in large part for the rocks in the land underneath his vineyards. He also welcomed the opportunity to make a great Red...in Virginia. This is not easy. So far I believe only two restaurants serve his wine: The Inn at Little Washington and the Ashby Inn. He is going to find resistance. Virginia does not have the image of Napa or Bordeaux or even Walla Walla. It's a hard sell for a $30 wine let alone an $88 bottle of red. (RdV is his signature 85% cabernet based wine aged for two years in French oak. He also makes a $55 merlot blend, Rendezvous.) I'll save details about his winemaking or the consultants to others. I should note that he couriers samples weekly to France for tasting and confirmation. Certainly most important is what the wine is like. Is it worth $88 a bottle? Is this a wine that Mark Slater should feature at Ray's the Steaks or Vincent Ferraud at his tastings? Is this the red that would break through onto the menu at Trotter's or even, incredibly at San Francisco's Danko's? I didn't buy a bottle. I bought a case. I loved it. There may be a number of dinners that we'll postpone for this extravagance but we reasoned that we'll have twelve evenings to recapture the memory and the taste of today. His approach may be risky. Yet it might also be necessary to separate his wine and Virginia's image to take it to the next level. People are going to have to make an effort to taste this-they are going to have to want to try it. (Weekday appointments are available.) This is not a casual sip nor was it a casual effort to make it. It's a world class effort. In Delaplane. Virginia. _______________ Jancis Robinson on RdV with a video: http://www.jancisrobinson.com/articles/a201109122.html Website: www.rdvvineyards.com
  17. File this away for future visits to the Newseum: Online tickets are 15% off (substantial when you consider general admission is $24.95). Even at full price, this museum is worth the admission - I suspect attendance is dropping off, and it may not be around forever. Also, the tickets include the "next day free" - useful for those (like me!) who quickly develop Museum Fatigue. I went back for the second consecutive day yesterday, and I'm glad I did (I combined day two with a trip to the National Archives - nothing like strolling down the street to see the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, an original copy of the Magna Carta, and the Emancipation Proclamation. These documents aren't terribly beautiful, but just being in their presence is positively awe-inspiring). Make sure to follow their suggested itinerary: Go downstairs to the bottom floor, look around (make sure to see the FBI exhibit down there), then take the extraordinary hydraulic elevators (the largest cars in the world, I believe) up to the 6th floor (where you can go outside onto a large balcony, giving you perhaps the best views in all of Washington, DC), and work your way down a floor at a time. Must-sees include the 9/11 exhibit, the Pulitzer Prize Photos exhibit (one in particular cut deeply into my psyche - a starving child, who collapsed on the way to a food-relief center in South Sudan, with a vulture just sitting there, waiting - do not click on this if it will bother you, and it might). The famous photo of South Vietnamese Police Chief Loan is there - believe it or not, he ran a *PIZZA PARLOR* in Burke, Virginia, called "Les Trois Continents," for fourteen years, until his identity was made known, and was forced to close down. (I couldn't believe it when I first heard this, but I verified it to be true.) There's a strong exhibit about the Kennedy family, in honor of JFK's 100th birthday, but I'm a little "Kennedy'd-out" of late, so I didn't spend too much time there). Also, there's a 100-foot-wide movie screen which I didn't get to see, but you should check on its schedule. And if you've never seen pieces of the Berlin Wall (which started going up the very night I was born!), they have the largest display of it in the Western Hemisphere, alongside an intimidating, three-story, guard tower. I'm probably missing a couple of things, but this list is a pretty good starting itinerary. I remember so well when this museum was in Rosslyn (it opened there in 1997, and moved to its present location in 2008) - it was small, free, and really amazing even then - the outside portion was something people often stumbled upon by accident - but now it has had some serious money pumped into it, and is a major tourist attraction in DC.
  18. Poplar Springs, Casanova I saw a mention of this in "The List" email and it looks really interesting. Perfect for a tranquil weekend getaway, plus the restaurant looks excellent. Anyone been or heard anything positive and can report back?
  19. IMHO, Patton Oswalt is one of the funniest comics out there. His new stand-up special on Netflix, "Annihilation" is riotously funny and at the same time tremendously poignant. During the first third or so of the show, Oswalt lays down some jokes about the current POTUS that are freakin' hilarious. I have copied and pasted one of my favorite jokes below and whited it out so you can view it by highlighting. I don't want to offend anyone who doesn't appreciate humor regarding this topic. The rest of the show is devoted to his experience, over the last year, of dealing with the unexpected death of his wife and impact on his young son. Obviously a heavy and personal topic, but Oswalt pulls it off without being maudlin or undignified. I've never seen any stand-up routine quite like it. Actually, I feel bad about calling it a stand-up routine-- it's much more. I highly recommend it. A review from the AV Club Now the joke: --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- "And by the way, I feel bad — I feel bad for Trump.The poor guy — look. Here's what happened.They had that, that, uh, the journalist dinner, the correspondents dinner. Obama went up, made fun of Donald, very mean. And Donald said, "I'm takin' his job. You don't make fun of me. I'll take your job." Spent all this money. Now he has the job, and he's sittin' there, goin', "This job sucks. My life before this was amazing, it was golf and hookers and jets." Donald Trump taking Obama's job would be like if the head of linguistics at Rutgers made fun of David Lee Roth. And David Lee Roth was like, "I'm gonna take his job,zibbly-bobbly-boop." And then he spends 40 million dollars. And he goes into that first meeting like, "All right, I'm the head of linguistics at Rutgers! Bring on the hookers and the cocaine!" And they're like, "No, we're gonna talk about the lack of recursion in German Romantic poetry." And he's like, "Humaly-bebaly-zibbly-boobly? What just happened?"" ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  20. This human pogo stick deserves his own thread. I can think of three unstoppable shots off the top of my head in NBA history: Elvin Hayes backing in to the basket on his strong side, then turning around and shooting a fadeaway bank shot; Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's sky hook, and Kevin Durant's jump-back from 25 feet. Critics say all he needs to become the "total offensive weapon" is to put on some upper-body muscle; I disagree. Let him wait until later to muscle up; right now, he's so quick that he can do anything - drive past you and tomahawk it, or back off and shoot a three. When he's in his 30s, then he can hit the weights - let him stay slender while he's young. The only comparable player I can think of, style-wise, is Dirk Nowitzki. Tonight, he broke his string of 12 consecutive 30-point games, and he did it by scoring 24 points, going 10-for-12 from the field, sitting out the entire 4th quarter, and dishing out 7 assists - many of them to Serge Ibaka who went 12-for-12 from the field: the two combined to go 22-for-24! This is just crazy what we're witnessing right now. Jordan, Bryant, Maravich, Erving, Bird, James - I've never seen more jaw-dropping highlight reels (although some of Jordan's and Bird's come close). All Durant needs is longevity, and he could well become the NBA's all-time leading scorer.
  21. cjsadler

    Harrisonburg, VA

    Any recommendations for Harrisonburg (JMU) for dinner?
  22. Believe it or not, there are two communities of Markham, Virginia - Heartland Orchard is in Fauquier County, and the other is in Pittsylvania County. Fauquier County was founded in 1759, and named after Francis Fauquier, Lieutenant-Governor of Virginia Colony. Pittsylvania County was founded in 1767, and named after William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham.
  23. ktmoomau

    The Homestead

    I spent a long weekend at the Homestead this past weekend for my Brother In Laws wedding. I will admit I am a little biased against the Homestead, as I am a Greenbrier girl. But if you are paying essentially $700 for a weekend, I expect the quality to be like the Greenbrier, and every stay I have ever had at the Homestead it just isn't. The Greenbrier even in bankruptcy just knocked it out of the park. Having said that- the new outdoor pools at the Homestead with the lazy river area, is really nice and if you had kids, I am sure it is a great way to get them worn out. Our room had a lovely view of circular fan, which fine, we got a discounted room from a wedding room block, fine. But the clock in the room was blinking and had the wrong time for the whole entire stay, clips from the curtain weren't attached so you couldn't pull the curtains all the way closed over the blinds, which meant our room was never really completely dark. There was only one outlet in the room, and one in the bathroom for plugging in things to charge. The worst was our first night we were woken up by an incredibly loud buzzing and banging sound at 3:00 am. All the rooms around us probably got woken up too, as it was really loud. We had to call a maintenance person at 3:00 am it took over 15 minutes for them to get there, and this sound was so loud, I wanted to go somewhere, but was in my pjs and couldn't. Apparently they forgot to switch our room over to AC, it was still on heat and for some reason that made it made this sound, even once we turned the unit completely off. So at that point our room was really hot, we were really tired and annoyed. They didn't do anything to acknowledge this, no note the next day with some vouchers for a coffee, nothing. MK is part of the omni club so we were supposed to get two items pressed for free and shoe shine, but you had to take your shoes down to the bell stand and then get them, and they took over 30 minutes to get the shirt, and Matt had to go to a groomsmen event, so he had to take the shirt down to concierge, I got a call an hour later, they still hadn't sorted out where the shirt was, despite us asking the concierge to please call them and let them know we had to go to events and were dropping it off. My Mom booked on Hotels.com because the room block expired and the deal they would give her was more expensive than hotels.com and it said on the charge it covered the resort fee, but the Homestead charged it to her anyway, Hotels.com apologized and is sending her a refund, although they didn't get the money, the Homestead did, but they just nickel and dimed everything and didn't have great service. Anyway, the wedding itself was lovely. And there is a restaurant in town called Sam Snead's that they just reopened which was very good. I had steak, asparagus, Brussels sprouts and Caesar salad which were all very good and they had nice foccacia bread. Anyway, still not convinced to ever go back to the Homestead. I just don't get why people are so smitten with it.
  24. It's ironic that I received a citation this morning, and I'm writing this about the person who wrote it, but this world needs more officers like John Alford. I'd just had a minor medical procedure, and was hell-bent on getting home, so I made a BS turn, and wouldn't you know it: Even though I was "certain" that I had renewed my registration, and simply lost the decal, my registration had actually expired. Officer Alford pulled me for the turn, and found out about the expired registration. I told him that just ten minutes before, I was having a device removed from my spine, and he believed me (thank goodness, because it was true). However, I'd been driving with an expired registration for awhile now, and he (justifiably) wrote me a citation for it. Please note: I'm going to pay the ticket, and not go to court, so this isn't some lame effort to get out of a traffic citation. Apr 17, 2012 - "McLean Police Officer Honored for Outstanding Service" by Regina Garcia Cano on patch.com --- I've been pulled over numerous times in my life, and I knew that Officer Alford was a good person, and a good officer, from the way he handled this. He showed compassion by understanding that I had just left the physician's office, but common sense in writing a citation for the expired registration, which had happened several months ago. But commending Officer Alford isn't the reason I'm writing this - I looked him up on the internet when I got home, and discovered that he is an amazing man: He runs a 501(c)(3) charity for fallen police officers, and it's one that deserves your support. --- Jan 3, 2013 - "John Alford Honors Virginia's Fallen Officers, Firefighters" by Whitney Wild on wjla.com Mar 1, 2015 - "Arena Racing Police Officer Honors Fallen Heroes" on vivatysons.com --- "About John Alford" on 911racing.com <--- This is the charity's website. @91-1Racing on Twitter --- Don Rockwell
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