Weekly Record: 2-1 (4 pts)
Overall: 30-17-10 (70 pts)
+10 pt advantage for playoff spot
Alex Ovechkin has been a force of nature this season. He now leads the league in goals scored (36) after scoring two against the not-so-mighty Ducks on Sunday and another one against the Kings on Saturday.
The Capitals continue to play well enough to win. Their only loss this week was a road game against the Kings. No shame in that.
February 11, 2015: Sharks at Capitals – WIN (5-4 OT)
February 14, 2015: Capitals at Kings – LOSS (1-3)
February 15, 2015: Capitals at Ducks – WIN (5-3)
Feb. 9-15 Weekly Report Card: B
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Weekly Record: 3-1 (6 pts)
Overall: 28-16-10 (66 pts)
+9 pt advantage for playoff spot
The Caps beat the defending champs, the Kings, 4-0! That’s one way to get their mojo back.
Then they beat the Senators. That’s an A+ for winning against Canada.
But after a three game winning streak, they slipped against the Flyers to close out the week.
Still a good effort.
February 3, 2015: Kings at Capitals – WIN (4-0)
February 5, 2015: Capitals at Senators – WIN (2-1)
February 6, 2015: Ducks at Capitals – WIN (3-2 OT)
February 8, 2015: Flyers at Capitals – LOSS (1-3)
Feb. 2-8 Weekly Report Card: B+
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Weekly Record: 1-3 (3 pts)
Overall: 25-15-10 (60 pts)
+8 pt advantage for playoff spot
Anytime the Capitals beat an actual Canadian team (like say, Montreal) at Canada’s own sport (no, not Maple Sugaring), that deserves a perfect A+ grade.
It makes zero difference that 13 of the Capitals’ players are from Canada, including both goalies.
Well, that didn’t happen. The Caps lost in overtime, 1-0, to the Canadiens on Saturday, and then lost another heartbreaker on Sunday to the Blues, pretty much ensuring the worst way to start the 2nd half of the season. Silver lining, they did get one point for the OT loss.
There’s always next week.
January 27, 2015: Capitals at Blue Jackets – LOSS (3-4)
January 28, 2015: Penguins at Capitals – WIN (4-0)
January 31, 2015: Capitals at Canadiens – LOSS (0-1 OT)
February 1, 2015: Blues at Capitals – LOSS (3-4)
Jan. 26- Feb. 1 Weekly Report Card: D+
A Brooklyn-based shop specializing in chocolate-covered pretzels will pop up in Union Market (1309 5th St. NE, DC) in February.
Look for Fatty Sundays in a temporary shop on Feb. 5-8 and again Feb. 13-15.
“Fatty Sundays at Union Market will offer the brand’s signature salty-sweet mashups, including the PB&J, Salty Toffee, and Birthday Cake pretzel rods, the delectably crunchy pretzel brittle and the dark chocolate, generously dipped strawberry licorice, among others. The gourmet sweet shop will also serve up a tasty selection of indulgences for gluten-free customers,” the shop said in a press release.
Customers also can choose to dip and top their own pretzels during “Do It Yourself” workshops. You also can buy your own DIY Pretzel Kit to take home.
Founders and sisters Ali and Lauren Borowick started Fatty Sundays in 2010. “Since 2010, we’ve spent many Fatty Sundays together as a family tasting, testing and modernizing a sweet and salty classic,” say the New York natives. “We can’t wait to pop-up at Union Market and share the sweet and colorful world of Fatty Sundays pretzels with DC.”
For more info, visit http://www.fattysundays.com.
Outside the Newseum
We’ve been remiss in mentioning that the DC Public Library has an interesting 10-day series of events on government transparency and personal privacy, Orwellian America, being held in municipal libraries and other locations.
On Saturday, Jan. 24 at 2pm, the DC Public Library hosts the next event in the series at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library (901 G St. NW, DC)
From the DC Public Library: “Join Frontline producer Mike Wiser for a special screening and discussion of United States of Secrets, Part 1. Learn about the evolution of “The Program”: a top secret surveillance operation that began in the Bush administration and continued at the National Security Agency until Edward Snowden’s revelations in 2013. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Wiser.” (This program is made possible thanks to a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Studies.)
Another event is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 31 at 2pm: Orwellian America: Government Transparency vs. National Security. This event is hosted by the Newseum (555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, DC) in its Knight Studio.
From the DC Public Library: “Join us at the Newseum’s Knight Studio as representatives from the International Spy Museum and the Newseum Institute discuss issues of government transparency and national security, moderated by the Newseum. Voice your opinion afterwards with our electronic voting system. See a TV studio in action as the conversation is live streamed to the DC Public Library, Newseum and International Spy Museum websites.” (This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.)
For more information on other events in the Orwellian America series, visit http://dclibrary.org/1984.
Wondering what to do with that stack of books you’ve long since read?
Try exchanging them. Or leave them for a neighbor. On the street.
Well, not on the street exactly.
Look for a Little Free Library, a “Take a Book, Return a Book Library”, in your neighborhood.
Little Free Library is a global movement that started in Wisconsin in 2009 to promote the love of reading by building free book exchanges. Often, these look like tiny schoolhouses or cabins.
The first Little Library appeared in DC in January 2013 in the NW.
By my count, DC now has 27 of these Libraries throughout the city, and many more can be found in Virginia and Maryland. See the map.
I recently took a stroll around Capitol Hill to see what the four neighborhood Libraries had to offer.
Each one that I visited was easy to find and had about 15-20 books.
My Book Exchange Log