FoBo in the News

This week we’re bringing you a news round up for all things FoBo.  We’ve got FoBo holding on to post offices, the FoBo Shore, crazy old men, and pony parties.  Miss something?  Let us know.

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The Foggy Bottom Association reports that rumors of the Watergate Post Office closing may have been just that, rumors. (PDF)
(Also check that link to read about how Trader Joe’s will be giving shoppers a 5 Cent credit for each reusable bag they bring with them.)

Thomas Friedman may have been at Lisner last night, but Tuesday night at McFaddens got more people excited, as Jersey Shore’s Pauly D and J-Woww made an appearance.  Though some reported disappointment after finding out all too late that sold-out VIP tickets were required to actually chill with the Jersey celebs. (Though our very own Rich managed to get a high-five from Pauly-D without any such ticket.)

GW students weren’t the only ones with an off-kilter Haiti message, Pat Roberton’s “deal-with-the-devil” comments brought back memories of craziness past, like the time he suggested dropping a nuke on Foggy Bottom.

We really wish that there were Pony Parties in our Foggy Bottom as well.

GW Students to Haiti: “Get Well Soon!”

To be clear, what happened in Haiti was and continues to be a tragedy.  Many are doing good work to aid Haiti, some with their pocket books (see GW’s Swipe for Haiti) and some through other means (see Anderson Cooper being badass).

And then others are sending what appears to be an oversized “Get Well Soon” card.  For real.

On G Street between 21 and 22 today you could find a jar of markers and a large, “GW Hands 4 Haiti” emblazoned paper banner with dozens and dozens of signatures and small notes written on it.  GW Hands 4 Haiti, by the way, appears to be the brand for GW to slap on Haiti relief efforts, though it seems it may be connected to the GW Caribbean Student Association as well.

There’s something terribly tragic/sad/funny/cruel about the notion of some of the most privileged college students in the world sending an over-sized get well soon card to people (or maybe the entire nation somehow?) whose country was literally just shaken to the ground.

I’m going to refrain from commenting on exactly what I think about some of the messages that were left on this banner.  Please feel free to tell me what you think in the comments.

Update: The GW Hatchet posted this video about a candle light vigil that includes some more information about the banner.  Check it out:

Weekday Round Up

I hope everyone had a service-y MLK, Jr. Day yesterday and is ready for a four day week! There are a lot of events this week where you can drink & raise money for Haiti simultaneously, so consider adding some charity to your weekly happy hour excursions.

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