Category Archives: Fairfax County

The most populous jurisdiction in the Washington D.C. area with over 1,000,000 people. Known for its public school system, Fortune 500 companies, government contractors and possibly being the Silicon Valley of the East.

29 Tastee Diner, circa 1995

Fairfax’s 29 Diner saved

After I initially became aware of the closure of the 29 Diner (nee 29 Tastee Diner, my photo above is circa 1995), I CC’ed a couple of loval Post columnists about the demise. Both indicated that 29 Diner would return. The Post still hasn’t reported anything, but yesterday I found that Northern Virginia Magazine has details:

New owner and Fairfax native, John Wood hopes to reopen the doors of this iconic establishment in late July. “We just signed the lease,” says Wood. “As soon as we get all of our marching orders from the Virginia Board of Historical Resources we will reopen. It is going to be the same classic diner that it has been for the last 67 years.”

From Iconic 29 Diner in Fairfax Plans to Reopen in Late July Under New Ownership

UPDATED 6.19.2014: John Kelly has a column in today’s PostFairfax City’s 29 Diner is getting a makeover; fans of late night eggs and grits rejoice

As a much-needed renovation progresses over the summer, the diner’s parking lot will host events, including food truck visits and car shows. They hope the diner itself will reopen by Labor Day.

And when it reopens? There will be diner food, yes, John and Billy said, but also artisanal food served by a rotating cast of acclaimed chefs. There’s likely to be a barbecue component, too. Ambitious.

John said the plan is to work with groups that help veterans and the homeless. He said the Lord inspires him to give back.

There were several comments on Facebook about the closing of the diner. I’ll admit to some nostalgia and will probably take a visit there sometime now. My wife’s never been and I think my six year old may enjoy it too. Adding barbecue makes me want to go back more. And artisanal food, why not? Though I’d just be happy if it’s less greasy than before.

By the way, Wikipedia mentions that the diner has been featured in a few Zippy the Pinhead comic strips over the years, including this one from 2003.

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Britain on the Green is this Sunday at Gunston Hall

SUNDAY, SUNDAY, SUNDAY is Britain on the Green, the region’s premier British car show, sponsored by the Capital Triumph Register. The weather forecast is sunny and clear all day. Over 250 cars spanning the last 100 years of automotive technology are expected. Included in the price of admission is a tour of the historic Gunston Hall, the famed home of George Mason a founding father of our nation – irony! Food trucks and entertainment will be available on site.

BOG Spectator Admission Prices:
Adults: $10
Seniors: $8
Children 6-18: $5
Children under 6: free
Family of 5 (2 adults, 3 children): $25

My brother Christopher will be showing Tommy, the Triumph TR250 our dad bought new in 1968 in Arlington and owned the rest of his life — he was probably the only original TR250 owner left! Come on down and vote for Christopher. They’ll be other cars there too.

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Tysons, Va. December 10, 2013 snow fall total at 10 a.m.

TYSONS, Va. — It is kind of hard to believe, but after last winter’s snow drought was followed by some measurable March snow, we’re already into our second winter storm of the 2013-2014 winter. In as many days, no less. The snow wasn’t really measurable yesterday; just enough to make it pretty before the mixed precipitation started. Today though, there is enough, only I had a problem — I can’t find my ruler at work. A co-worker offered this solution:

PROTRACTOR IN SNOW!

The official WWN Weather Bureau reading – 3 inches, though some may be from yesterday. I hope to have one more protractor-measured reading around lunch time.

Also: Alexandria, Va. December 10, 2013 snow fall total at 10 a.m. & My commute

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R.I.P. Mayo Stuntz

This Was Vienna, Virginia by Mayo & Connie StuntzThe Town of Vienna, Va.’s preeminent historian Mayo Sturdevant Stuntz, aged 97 years, has died. Stuntz was a lifelong resident and co-author of the book “This Was Vienna, Virginia” that was published in the late 1980s. He visited my social studies class and shared with us his memories of the town.

My brother Christopher, who provided a photograph of the book included here added “the town of Vienna will owe him a debt of gratitude for generations to come.”

FROM VIENNA PATCH

Remembering Vienna’s ‘Unofficial Historian’

Obituaries: Mayo Sturdevant Stuntz, Sr., 97

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Northern Virginia, D.C. should not get too many Brood II cicadas

Fairfax County to see minimal number of cicadasWTOP/AP
Recently, a co-worker was wondering when the cicadas would come out. I remembered the Brood X appearances in 1987 and 2004, but did not remember the Brood II cycles. Now, I know why — BeltwayLand is on the outskirts of Brood II’s range. I am not disappointed by this at all.

Stay tuned for our next cicada update, eight years from now.

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Britain on the Green at Gunston Hall – a celebration of British cars this Sunday

British Racing Green TR3
This Sunday at Gunston Hall near Lorton, Va. is Britain on the Green (BOG) a celebration of British cars. It looks like it will be a nice day, so if you love Triumphs, Jaguars, MGs and so on like I do, stop on by. The Capital Triumph Register description:

Past shows have featured nearly 200 British cars registered in 25 Classes and image003hundreds of spectators. The British Car hobby and motor industry are extremely well represented. Dozens of Triumphs and MGs are joined by Austin Healeys, Jaguars, Rolls and Bentleys, Minis, Lotuses, Land Rovers, and cars you’ve probably never seen before, such as Jensen, Riley, and Wolseley. The show is a participant’s choice voting for class awards plus special awards such as Best of Show chosen by the BOG committee. The price of show car registration includes a dash plaque, a commemorative poster, and a tour of Gunston Hall. Spectator admission will be at standard Gunston Hall prices, which includes a tour of the house and grounds as well as the car show. British car regalia and food vendors are available for your enjoyment all day long. Plus you will have an immersion in American Colonial history with the period reenactors giving demonstrations in outdoor cooking.

If you have a British car you’d like to show, the cost is $35.

Admission – Adults: $10, Seniors: $8, Children 6-18: $5, Children under 6: free, Family of 5 (2 adults, 3 children): $25

My brother Christopher will be showing our father’s 1968 Triumph TR250 that was bought new in Arlington and restored multiple times. We have great memories of going for rides with Dad from the time we were toddlers strapped in the passenger seat together and up until last year. Christopher now owns “Tommy” as he “held the light more” when we were growing up. He’s an excellent steward and eager to be participating in his first BOG. VOTE FOR HIM!

Also, there is the irony of celebrating British cars at the estate of an American patriot!

I got a sneak peak of the Triumph contribution to BOG last weekend when I joined my brother in a ride up and down the George Washington Memorial Parkway with almost a dozen Triumphs. I took a few photos of that too: [flickr : Photos of Capital Triumph Register ride/slideshow]

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Silver Line progressing with a possible late year opening

New Silver Line map
In the last few weeks, Metro rail cars have begun traveling up and down the Silver Line. The tracks, at least east of Tysons, have been energized and testing is ongoing.

[flickr : Photos tagged with silverlineopenhousemaps/slideshow]

Big changes are coming when the Silver Line opens, some of them outlined in this Dr. Gridlock update from earlier in the week. The Metropolitan Washington Area Transit Authority (WMATA) discloses that Blue Line riders will experience a decrease level of service as a result of the Silver Line, but argues that five riders will see benefits for every one rider who sees repercussions.

Last month, I went to an open house about the Silver Line in Crystal City hosted by WMATA. I jotted down some notes and took some photographs. A few notes:

  • Increased shuttle bus service in Tysons will be concurrent with the Silver Line with current West Falls Church buses being reassigned to serve Tysons stations.
  • Car parking and secure bike parking will be available at the Wiehle-Reston East station, but not any of the Tysons stations. Bike-sharing is a possible solution in Tysons.
  • Of great interest in the long-term is that Metro is evaluating adding a second Rosslyn station that would restore blue line trips to Rosslyn with a Silver line “interface” as well. Another option is a wye from Orange to Blue.
  • A new downtown line (M Street corridor) isn’t in long-term plans, but height-limit revisions could accelerate need. WMATA believes that additional rail cars could delay the need for expansion for another 15 years or so.
  • 64 new 7000-series rail cars entering service to replace 1000 series cars which date to the systems launch. Another 64 are being allotted to the Silver Line.
  • The Silver Line will extend to Largo, paired with the Blue Line.

It will be interesting to see how this all shakes out – I’m kind of skeptical they can get it operational by end of 2013.

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Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project– DC to Dulles Metrorail

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