Bethesda Makes the International Press (and a Baseball Article Roundup)

June 22, 2008 at 10:59 pm 3 comments

From The Economist… The Big Sort: Americans are increasingly choosing to live among like-minded neighbours. This makes the culture war more bitter and politics harder.

“At a bookshop in Bethesda (one of those posh American suburbs), Steven Balis, a retired lawyer with wild grey hair and a scruffy T-shirt, looks up from his New York Times. He says he is a Democrat because of ‘the absence of alternatives.’ He comes from a family of secular Jews who supported the New Deal. He holds ‘positive notions of what government actions can accomplish.’ Asked why he moved to Maryland rather than Virginia, he jokes that the far side of the river is ‘Confederate territory.’ Asked if he has hard-core social-conservative acquaintances, he answers simply: ‘No.'”

Sorry, I am OK with spelling things British style, but I can’t bring myself to put the period outside the quotation marks…So that wasn’t a direct quote.

Continuing with my theme for the week, baseball & greatness (and all of these have a D.C./MD tie-in too!): This guy played baseball with an artificial leg (yes, Lauren, I’m creepy).

Also, but this guy isn’t dead yet, (even though he was born in Berwyn, MD and went to DUKE. Ugh. At least that other guy tried out for the Senators at UMD…) Oldest Living Major Leaguer Has Stories to Tell.

This guy had a huge front yard. So he built a baseball diamond for his son! In the front yard! And he wasn’t even a crazy baseball fan! (Too bad we have a hill in our front yard, right Dad?)

Ok, it’s not baseball, but it’s still a good sport: the Mystics’ Monique Currie has a great dad, read the WaPo article about him.

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Entry filed under: baseball, D.C., Economist, Montgomery County, New York Times, Politics, Sports, Washington Post.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. David G  |  July 17, 2008 at 6:27 pm

    Nerd: That article about how educated Bethesda is, is from 2002 and notes that Connie Morella is the Congresswoman. Get with the times! Oh, yeah, it is still the most educated town in America!

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  • 2. emgusk  |  July 17, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    Nerd’s Dad: Note that my formal education in Bethesda ended the same year as that article was written. (And you’re right, they haven’t found anyplace more educated, so the title stays.) Also, weird that you commented here, in an almost month-old post, because I linked to that article yesterday…

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  • 3. David G  |  July 21, 2008 at 5:46 pm

    Thank God that guy in OKC is fighting ALL of those gay, liberal good ol’ boys in OKLAHOMA! What a challenge.

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