At Week’s End: August 2, 2014

typekeys It’s been a dramatic week in our household.

Sunday night we saw 42nd Street at Dogwood Dell.

Thursday night we saw The Color Purple at Virginia Repertory Theatre.

Friday night it was The Dixie Swim Club at Swift Creek Mill Theatre.

And tonight, I’m seeing the Charitable Sisterhood of the Second Trinity Victory Church at Hanover Tavern.

This summer I’ve also seen Cabaret at Richmond Triangle Players, Hair at Firehouse Theatre and Pump Boys and Dinettes at Henrico Theatre Company. All of this to say, if you’re not taking advantage of the amazing theater that Richmond has to offer, you’re really losing out.

Let’s move on to other stuff you should know. Remember this is not an exhaustive list. You should be doing your own work to keep informed as well.

Eric Cantor’s Goodbye

Eric Cantor stepped down as House Majority Leader last week and promptly announced he’d be leaving Congress in August. Our farewell note is here.

Cantor has asked Governor McAuliffe to make the November 4 election a “Special Election” so that his replacement can take office immediately.

Peter Galuszka at Bacon’s Rebellion isn’t so sure that’s such a gracious move. He writes, “As might have been expected, Cantor made his announcement in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, his lapdog newspaper. Editors gushed that his announcement “features an extraordinary column by an extraordinary human being…It shows extraordinary cluelessness as well. Cantor, the Main Street Republicans and the TD’s club of Richmond elites don’t seem to understand that it is their very exclusivity that helped do Cantor in and give an upstart like Brat the edge.”

Wildfires are raging on the West Coast

It’s a soggy day here in RVA, but NBC12 notes “Wildfires burning through dry terrain in West Coast states have forced scores of evacuations as fire teams worked to corral the blazes.”

This is not Pedro’s South of the Border

The U.S. House of Representatives approved a $694 million emergency spending bill to address the illegal immigrant crisis on the southern border of the U.S. [USAToday]

But was it a good move for the Republican controlled House? The Wall Street Journal says, “The bill should have been a moment to redirect attention to President Obama’s cynical handling of the border problem and to the Democratic Party’s immigration divisions. Instead the GOP again gave the country the impression that its highest policy priority is to deport as many children as rapidly as possible back from wherever they came.”

It’s National Ice Cream Sandwich Day

Just think, you don’t have to worry about your tasty treat melting. You might have to worry that it’s not really “food.”

Goodbye Foursquare, Goodbye Swarm

On the tech side of things this week, last night I deleted both Foursquare and the horrible new Swarm from my iPhone.

Foursquare was fun. Swarm made it a pain in the butt.

I was not alone. NPR notes, Some Loyal Foursquare Users Are Checking Out After Swarm Spinoff.

Big mistake, Foursquare.

Truth be told, in the decluttering that I’m trying to do, Foursquare was starting to get in the way. If I really want to “check-in” somewhere, I can do it with Instagram or Facebook.

Or maybe the novelty of telling you where I am all the time has worn off.

And finally… Don’t forget, you still have time to buy your back to school corsets. Quotes of the Day


All in the Family was intellectual; it was art.

– Actor Carroll O’Connor, television’s “Archie Bunker”, Born on this Day in 1924, died June 21, 2001

My favorite food from my homeland is Guinness. My second choice in Guinness. My third choice – would have to be Guinness.

– Actor Peter O’Toole, Born on this day in 1932, died December 14, 2013

Image: S. Zolkin via Unsplash

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