A proposed zip line that would sail from Mount Washington to the North Shore has been awarded a grant. It would cross the Ohio River at 50 miles-per-hour with a 400-foot drop.
A ride would take about a minute and cost $30. I wonder if there would be a commuter discount.
I have no idea if there is a business model for this but I’m intrigued, because if it works there, perhaps it could work elsewhere. I’m skeptical D.C. can get one (Rosslyn to Georgetown?) because of the National Park Service and well, tophography. Who knows, maybe one from the Jersey Palisades into Manhattan would work. Perhaps a re-purposing of the Roosevelt Island trams…
Thomas Boswell, the long-time Post columnist and Washington Nationals fanboy (though he denies it) has been columnizing daily or close to it since he arrived in Viera, Fla. for Spring Training. Here is his preview video:
Boswell wrote one column that essentially said “The excellent baseball players on the Nats are mostly introverts and SO AM I” in addition to his usual stuff. Since he has a good team to write about, he doesn’t have to spend as much time finding ways to make player stats to rationalize his homerism. All fine and good, but those are edited columns and I want BOSWELL UNCHAINED to tell us what he really thinks of the current Nats. Apparently, he’s got a chat at 11 a.m. today. Sometimes those things get posted and nothing happens — that was going on throughout January, so don’t get your hopes up.
If you were hoping that the Washington Nationals would tone done the Racing Presidents following last season’s long-awaited victory by the Theodore Roosevelt character you are probably disappointed. After the Nats finally “Let Teddy Win“in the final regular season game of 2012 they decided to expand the roster in the offseason. William Howard Taft (“Bill”) is now part of the Presidents Race as a foil to Teddy which is historically accurate — Taft had been Roosevelt’s hand-picked successor, but Roosevelt found himself outraged at the Taft presidency.
Since every idea worth doing is worth overdoing, the Nats are going big with the Presidents Race, traveling over the past week to Mount Rushmore, stopping at several spots along the way to South Dakota. Let Teddy Win has been covering “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” which includes them riding snowmobiles (the baseball equivalent of “I see Abraham Lincoln on a personal watercraft” I suppose) and Teddy in Deadwood playing poker. There was twitter taunting between @Teddy26Nats and @NatsBigChief27 They reached Mt. Rushmore yesterday: