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Oohh’s and Aahh’s Update

When I moved to Florian Gardens over four decades ago, there were only a couple of grocery stores nearby and hardly any fast food shops. McDonald’s that sits on the corner of Georgia Avenue & Peabody was non-existent. Now, there are plenty of eating places throughout the neighborhood.

In addition to burgers, you can get Chinese Food, BBQ, and even a Thai meal. The ImmThai restaurant, located at the intersection of Georgia & Missouri Avenues, is on the ground floor of a building that for a decade housed the once popular IBEX club. The club which featured performers like Rare Essence, the Junkyard Band and Gil Scott Heron was shut down by the city following the heartless murder of D.C. police officer Brian T. Gibson in February 1997.

I don’t know if that corner has bad feng shui or is simply jinxed, but since the IBEX closed restaurant-life in that building is short-lived. I’ve seen a few dining places come and go including the Meridian and the Brightwood Bistro.

The most recent eatery whetting appetites along the avenue is Oohh’s and Aahh’s. Yes, it finally had its Grand Opening in mid-October, and it is not in the IBEX club building. It occupies space alongside Walmart.

The service at Oohh’s and Aahh’s is respectable and friendly. The meals are a bit pricey, but not unreasonable. For instance, a dinner with two sides will cost you nearly $14.00 including tax. But it’s worth the price. I’ve had the fish dinner with yams, mac & cheese, collard greens and a piece of cornbread a few times. I also had the ribs. I do not exaggerate when I tell you that the Oohh’s and Aahh’s meals that I’ve eaten are the closest thing to home cooking that I’ve consumed from a soul food restaurant. I’ve also asked others who have eaten there for their opinion of the food and so far I’ve not heard a single negative comment.

The 85-seat restaurant serves diners on the ground floor and upstairs. There is a small bar, and if you choose not to eat-in, you can order carry out. The restaurant is open from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays. For weekend hours and further information call (202) 882-2902.


A Joint Effort

Marijuana Blowing Smoke Cartoon CharacterAn article in the January issue of The Cooperator  recently stated: “Cooperate apartment corporations often confront situations where a particular shareholder’s behavior is offensive to others in the building.” Truer words have not been spoken and FGC is no exception.

Even before the District legalized marijuana in February 2015, FGC’s board was receiving complaints from some co-op members about the smell of marijuana. Reportedly, it was often prevalent in the hallway on certain floors and seeping into their unit. When the city made it lawful for DC residents to possess and use limited amounts of marijuana, it created an additional revenue source for the city and satisfied the appetite of potheads, but it also added to the problem for non-smoking residents living in multi-family housing. Adamant non-smokers object to inhaling any second-hand smoke, including weed. This presents a dilemma for a board that tries to appease disgruntled non-smoker shareholders without infringing on the rights of potheads, er, smokers in general.

The governing documents of cooperative apartments and condos typically contain provisions that prohibit disruptive and illegal conduct by a shareholder. These documents usually allow for termination of a shareholder’s membership for unacceptable behavior. But when the original documents do not contain a non-smoking policy, adding one could be like finding a sophisticated supporter at a Trump rally.

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Shutdown by Blizzard 2016

Blizzard 2016 and 2009

In the distant past, William (Skip) Davis maintained the FGC property including clearing the snow. Alfred (Moose) Coleman performed the task in recent years. Then, three years ago, the co-op’s directors and property manager had a light-bulb moment and hired e-Landscape to handle snow removal. It was a resourceful step because during the weekend of January 22–24 a blizzard dropped 17-plus inches of snow throughout the DMV, shutting down public transportation and bringing the city to a standstill.

Shortly after the monster storm ended, the snow removal company arrived with their equipment and went to work. Within a few hours FGC’s property was accessible to pedestrians and vehicles. Additionally, appreciation is owed to a couple of co-op residents who, before the arrival of the snow removal team, took it upon themselves to shovel narrow walkways among the buildings. And one more thing — to err on the side of caution — professionals were hired to clear the snow off the roofs of the 61-year-old structures.

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Baby Mearite is On the Way

Finally, some great news. FGC is expecting a baby girl. Okay, Tiffany and Anthony are expecting the bundle of joy, but their friends at the co-op are just as anxiously waiting the arrival.

In the meantime, some of Tiffany’s relatives and friends showered her with love and gifts at her baby shower on Saturday. Here is a slide show of that wonderful event.  (To pause a photo, place your cursor near the bottom center of the picture and click the pause symbol.)


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He Put A Ring On It

EricaBest wishes to FGC member, Erika Mercer-Epps, who got her M-R-S last weekend and now has a new name. Since many contemporary women — whether married or single — reject the title Mrs. in preference to the neutral alternative Ms., I’ll move on from my corny reference to titles and simply say  … Congratulations to the newlywed couple. Erica has promised to share some wedding day photos with us. Perhaps in the next blog post. Rings And on a different subject — some words about Listservs. Subscribers to various Listservs know that electronic mailing lists are an excellent and diverse source of information, especially concerning activities in the neighborhood. However, the downside to being a Listserv subscriber (especially to more than one) is that emails fill up your inbox faster than hot kernels turn to popcorn. Neighborhood Listservs contain information and discussions about nearly everything. They somewhat resemble a scaled down and modified version of Craigslist. Here are some of the topics that subscribers discuss:  reports about crime; inefficient city services, like trash trucks not showing up on schedule; local politics and politicians; yard sales; search for babysitters, nannies, roommates, and housing to rent or being rented; raccoon sightings, pets lost or uncollared dogs running loose; deaths of neighbors, and other miscellaneous subjects.

Thanks to my not so bright idea to subscribe to several Listservs, my primary email box stays busier than Georgia Avenue during rush hour. Over the years, I’ve gone from accumulating an average of 60 emails a week to over 100 emails daily. Add to the Listserv — correspondence from friends and associates, businesses, and junk email like newspaper coupons, and anyone can accumulate enough data to start a virtual library. For all of you Listserv junkies and avid consumers of information who also suffer from inbox overflow, I am going to share this tip:  How to quickly clean out your Inbox without reading every single email.

  1. After opening your Inbox, press and hold the Ctrl (control) button
  2. Beginning at the top of the page, scan the addresses in the From column and in the corresponding Subject column.
  3. As you move your eyes down the rows, if you see an unfamiliar email address, or if the subject line does not peak your interest, select (click) that line and continue moving down the list while holding the Ctrl key. If you come across an email that you want to keep to read later just skip it, do not select it. Move on to the next email. The purpose in continuing to hold down the Ctrl key is that it will allow you to skip lines; unlike holding the Shift key while doing this procedure. You do not want to hold the Shift key while selecting, doing so selects every line.
  4. As you proceed down the list, don’t stop to open any emails that you have not selected. When you have reached the end of the list, while still holding the Ctrl key, select Delete. All of your undesired emails will then be deleted simultaneously and those that you did not select will be left in place for you to read. If you accidentally deleted some emails that you did not intend to Delete, locate them in your “Delete” file and restore them to the inbox.


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