Thank you to everyone who showed up for last night’s party at Cava and a big thank you to our host committee: Anne Brady, Jessica Brady, Charles Chamberlayne, Sara Diaz, Robert Grant, Blair Milligan, Marissa Mitrovich, Lauren Torlone, Brian Walsh & Tom Williams.
A special thanks to Jim Billimoria for snapping pictures.
Also spotted at last night’s recess bash: Ron Bonjean, Virginia Müller, Brian Kaveney, Susan Crabtree, Greg O’Neill, Jeff Ostermayer, Bill Kiniry, Henry Kurusz, Elvis, Luke Marchant and his crew, Brooke Ryan, Allison and Richard Cunningham, Liz Eddy, Ryan and Karen Howell, Bryant Avondoglio, Brian Kaveny, Lindsey Mask, Julia Lawless, David Lungren, Ed Mullen, Ted Prill, Matt Lira, Chris Frates, Kermit the Frog, Sean Spicer, Mark LeMunyon, David Popp, Mike Lurie, Doug Andres, Reid Wilson, James Kotecki, Erskine Wells, Mike Steel, Fred Miller, Tim Ryan, Mollie O’Dell, Dominic Morrocco, Jackie Kucinich, Jared Allen, Steve Place, Becca Glover, Jay Perron, Erin McPike, Julia Silver, Erica Elliott, Papa Smurf, Patrick Ryan, Chris Treanor, Rachel Bauer Taylor, Jack Mahoney, Akilah Joseph, Lauren Tate, Xuan Thai, Shannon Varroney, Lindsey Melander, Brad Dayspring, Mollie O’Dell, Matt Haller, Chris Gindlesperger, Sergio Rodriguera, George Rogers and Becca Glover Watkins
We’ll rally again next recess! [view the party pics]
We hope you will join us this Thursday at Cava (527 8th Street, SE).
It’s Cocktail Time!
FamousDC presents … The Recess Bash
Thursday, April 21
6 – 9 pm
Cava’s Rooftop Bar
527 8th Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003
Let’s Make This Recess Famous!
Where will the next FamousDC mug show up?
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- Meet @RollCall reporter John Stanton http://j.mp/dCZs9Q #Famous5 #FDC #DC #
- Top 5 Rooftop Bars in DC h/t @BlairDC http://j.mp/aQuEWg #
- @BlairDC is the best. Thanks for hooking us up. Great stuff! http://j.mp/aQuEWg in reply to BlairDC #
- @cajunjen You only "guess" that you're flattered? Great write up… in reply to cajunjen #
- If you like booze and don't have a fear of heights, you'll love this: Top 5 Rooftop Bars in DC http://j.mp/aQuEWg #
- In case your boss can't keep it in his pants, we've come up with a press release template for when they resign: http://j.mp/aDUe0G #
- Public Service for Congressional Press Secretaries http://bit.ly/aTkoSa #PR #Congress #DC #
- Friday yet? Best #DC Rooftop Bars http://bit.ly/bVD4Fg #
- Obama visits #ChatRoulette http://bit.ly/d8pk9e #
- Mexico, DC http://bit.ly/c5lCix #
- only in America // RT @BlainR: Unbelievable! RT @WSJWashington: A Reason ATM Bill Is Stalled? http://on.wsj.com/dbehYm #
- Bored on the House floor http://bit.ly/9B21jK #
- Congressional floor speeches are boring http://j.mp/axofFR #DC #Congress #hilarious #
- Call your mom http://j.mp/cjHYYN #
- "They're too small." http://j.mp/cQc5wv #
- Examiner headline: "DC teens want bigger condoms: say government handouts small, poor quality" [via @michaelturk] http://j.mp/aZ8cje #
- The week that was: http://bit.ly/ad1XyA #DC #FDC #
- @CollegeHumor Extreme Beer Pong Jump http://j.mp/ddHYwj #College #Idiots #beerpong #
- Beautiful day in DC (@ Eastern Market w/ 7 others) http://4sq.com/2mmXbD #
- Can't stay away. (@ Eastern Market) http://4sq.com/2mmXbD #
- @DCRadioDan 107.3 is a block from Eastern Mkt? #
- @PatrickRuffini where are you watching the U.S. vs. England? #WorldCup in reply to PatrickRuffini #
- I'm at Lincoln Memorial (Lincoln Memoral Cir SW, Washington) w/ 4 others. http://4sq.com/2jky0p #
1. Gagnon dropped the ball on organizing. As outgoing champ, it was his job. We just forgot to tell him.
2. We came in an inch of our lives last year because some folks didn’t like the results.
3. We think people should spend more time with their families instead of on Twitter.
4. We’re still pissed about Foursquare and can’t concentrate.
5. Like Rangel, we’re really busy these days.
6. We all know Matt Lira would win.
7. If something is a huge success, shouldn’t you just can it?
8. We had Notre Dame going to the Final Four.
9. We’re in secret negotiations to sell FamousDC. Highest bidder: this guy.
10. Blizzards this winter slowed down our productivity.
Do you have plans Saturday? Would you and a friend like to attend Shamrock Fest at RFK and hang in the Club VIP tent with free beer all day?
You have 48 hours to win these tickets.
Print out the FamousDC logo and upload a picture of it onto Twitter at the most outrageous place in DC. The best picture wins the tickets. The deadline is 4 pm on Friday, March 12, 2010. [*Note: placing it on cop cars is not a good idea]
Please use the #FDC tag on Twitter so we can all follow along.
10 stages, 40+ band & DJs, Irish Pub Games
March 13, 2010, 1 PM – 9 PM
The VIP ticket grants you VIP entrance to the Festival with access to all Main Event and VIP areas and amenities. (Must be 21 or older to use VIP ticket)
Can it get any better?
Yes it can.
VIP Ticket Amenities:
You must be at least 21 to enter VIP areas and receive VIP benefits.
Tickets only available through ClicknPrint, via the methods listed below
There is a very limited supply of VIP Tickets
VIP Ticket includes access to all Main Event party areas, as well as access to multiple VIP areas featuring:
All your beer is included in the VIP ticket price!
Premium viewing areas of major performance stages
Private VIP band stage with special performances by major acts
Club VIP tent featuring famous international, as well as local DJs
Exclusive college hoops viewing areas
A complimentary, limited-edition ShamrockFest ’10 souvenir cup
Separate VIP entrance
VIP seating areas (limited)
UPDATE: We’ve been told that we’re discriminating by not allowing email entries. Because we realized the entire world isn’t on Twitter, you can email entries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The rest of us are just paying rent.
Cox currently has 1,051,254 followers – which means #FDC is a mere 1,047,329 from catching up.
She even tweets while on vacation:
Congrats to Matthew Gagnon and Michael Turk on making it so far.
Although today’s competition was about as exciting at Cloris Leachman’s dating life, we figured as much since voting counted 75%. In the end, because original content was few and far between, the winner is the same man who worked up the most votes.
As for Mr. Gagnon, congratulations on the victory, and thank you for playing so hard on behalf of Cystic Fibrosis . Here’s to hoping the boss-man buys his fellow mates a round or two of Mr. Yogato yogurt in the next few days. [insert “it’s for a good cause, Mr. Snyder”]
And if we could be honest for a moment, we never figured @MichaelTurk would be such a good sport and play along, but we’re flattered he did. And we hope his kids aren’t too disappointed.
As for all of you who stopped by to watch or participate, thank you. This competition was far better than we ever thought it could be – and that’s because you guys came along for the ride.
Now, back to the blogging…
It all comes down to this.
We’ve seen battles, we’ve witnessed the verbal assaults, we’ve even seen pictures and updates from the White House briefing room.
Several story lines here folks:
NCTA vs. NMS
Kung Fu Quip vs. The Howard Stern of social media
Kid endorsements vs. Kid endorsements
Who will come out on top? We’ll know in few hours. And we know both of these twitters will leave it all on the field interwebs.
The battle starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m.
Voting counts for 75% of the final tally. Points are also awarded for: #FDC posts, endorsements, celebrity posts, videos, pictures, rap battle lyrics, on location updates from Mr. Yogato , and amounts of Mr. Yogato yogurt consumed today.
Remember, we’re playing for charity. The winner gets a yogurt named after him at Mr. Yogato – not to mention the fine folks at Mr. Yogato have agreed to donate all of the yogurt proceeds to the charity of the winner’s choosing.
What started as a dream to get the beltway all a Twitter during March Madness has been a huge success. Thank you to everyone who has played along. To everyone else (NM, JW), don’t worry — this will be all done today.
The battle begins now!
Congratulations to all the players. Unfortunately there can only be two winners.
@mkhammer vs. @michaelturk
@levydr vs. @matthewgagnon
Although Captain Dave had a lot of global support, he didn’t show his face much today. Matt on the other hand spent the entire day FDC tagging. The donuts helped too. So did the Byrd lap dance . He also managed to rope in quite a few endorsements himself.
But don’t take it from us. Watch this wrap up video featuring the Queen.
Meet Mike Madden, Salon.com’s Washington correspondent.
Luckily he’s decided to spend a few minutes answering five random questions from faceless bloggers for all of us to learn about the wired Fourth Estate.
1) If you had the chance to hop in a nice American made used car and take Obama to dinner – where would you go and why?
Depends who’s paying. If I’m paying, maybe Red Rocks pizza, to show our Chicago-loving president that D.C. has pretty good pizza too (even if we don’t handle snow that well). I’d suggest Ben’s Chili Bowl, to show off a great D.C. institution, but Obama’s already discovered the place, which is why it’s now impossible to get in the door for a half-smoke. If Famous DC is paying, Komi, because the food there is great, whether you’re eating with the president or not. Actually, if Famous DC is paying, I might just head to Komi on my own, and let Obama fend for himself.
2) If Salon.com provided salon services as perks to be handed out by its journalists, who would be the first recipient of your largess, and what service would you suggest to them?
We actually do receive, at Salon’s Washington bureau, all the magazines you might usually find in salons of the other sort — as I type, several week’s worth of US Weekly, People and Allure are stacked up in a corner of my desk, and I think my colleague Mark Benjamin is perusing last month’s Lucky looking for cheap bargains and investigative reporting tips. Our name has clearly gotten us on some sort of list for free subscriptions. If Salon.com provided salon services, though, no one would really want to use them; neither of us would make very good hairdressers, masseuses or nail stylists.
3) Who’s your favorite political twit? [both sides of the aisle]
Dem — Sen. Claire McCaskill, who actually breaks news in her Twitter feed (she was posting live from closed-door negotiations on the stimulus a few months ago). GOP — Sen. Chuck Grassley, because his spelling and punctuation are more suited to a 13-year-old with a text-messaging addiction, but his updates are all about where to find the best $7 meals in Iowa (like this one ).
4) What’s your proudest moment as a journalist? Least proud moment?
The whole experience of covering last year’s crazy election was a pretty proud moment for me and for most journalists, which is good, since by the time 2012 rolls around, we will all have been replaced by a combination of Google News alerts, unpaid Huffington Post contributors and a small group of Bangalore residents working night shifts combing campaign Twitter feeds for news they can publish remotely back to Web sites in the United States.
My least proud moment came a while back, when I was the Washington correspondent for Gannett’s Sioux Falls (S.D.) Argus Leader. Two colleagues and I broke a story that ran on the front page with a huge headline that said "He’s running" — the story was that Tom Daschle would seek the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination. You may recall that didn’t happen. In our defense, the story had more than a dozen sources confirming that Daschle had told friends he would run, and it was right when the paper went to press; it only turned out to be wrong when he changed his mind by the time the paper actually got delivered in the morning. Daschle went on to bigger and better things, like becoming the lucky winner of this year’s "1,000th person nominated to join the Obama administration who didn’t pay their taxes properly" contest.
5) How do you really feel about losing to Patrick Ruffini in the FamousDC Twitter Challenge?
It was a blow I may never recover from. All my childhood dreams and aspirations, crushed, 140 characters at a time? How could anyone get over that?
*BONUS QUESTION – (from Huffington Post’s Ryan Grim ): Who’s behind this site and why are they interested in what you have to say? Bonus, tougher question: Why do they care what I have to say?
As always, Ryan Grim is onto something here — the answer to both of those questions escapes me completely. Though that may be because I’ve never really paid enough attention to Famous DC to wonder who’s behind the site. As for the bonus question, that probably helps answer the first question — anyone who’s interested in what I have to say is obviously not particularly prominent or well-respected, so that narrows down the possible candidates. Actually, if Famous DC is interested in what I have to say, the likeliest suspect for who’s behind Famous DC is probably me.
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Famous 5 Questions: Ryan Grim
Famous5 Questions: Pamela’s Punch
Famous5 Questions: Grooming Lounge
Famous 5 Questions: AskMissA
Famous 5 Questions: Project Beltway
Famous 5 Questions: Suspicious Package
Famous 5 Questions: Jackie and Dunlap
Famous 5 Questions: Patrick Gavin
Famous 5 Questions: The Hot File
Famous 5 Questions: Chef Spike [part 2 ]
Famous 5 Questions: Matt Harding
Famous 5 Questions: Nicole Sexton [part 2 ]
Famous 5 Questions: Nora McAlvanah
Famous 5 Questions: Howard Mortman
Famous 5 Questions: Superdelegate [part 2]
Final Four Matches begin now and last until 3pm . The Championship game will be Monday.
How points are awarded for the Final Four matches:
1. Celebrity endorsements. Yes, Dorris from the Longworth cafeteria is considered a celebrity.
2. Endorsements from politicians not yet in jail. [*You automatically advance if Jim Traficant endorses you.]
3. Video[s] of you/or someone else mentioning FamousDC.
4. A picture of you sitting in Robert Byrd’s lap. [or a picture of Bob sitting on your lap]
5. Spelling out FamousDC in donuts. [or any cake product]
6. Endorsements from journos. Dead or alive. Preferably alive. Preferably John Stanton.
7. FamousDC Retweets
8. Video of you ambushing Pat Gavin w/ your video camera and asking him about his personal life.
9. And more than ever, supporters who drop #FDC tags. It’s about flexing your influence.
NOTE: You have to reveal your Yogurt flavor by the close of the competition at 3pm today. Funny = more points.
And as always, remember, we’re playing for a good cause.
It’s been a long, hard road for some of our contestants, but the FamousDC Final Four is finally here. Congrats to all the players [Frank Luntz included] for taking the time to flex your Twitter muscles. We hope this contest has not only helped you reshape your self-worth in the form of new followers, but taught you that Democrats and Republicans do have one thing in common – they’re both way more popular online than in real life.
Throughout this contest we’ve seen it all. From stories about Sean Hackbarth shaving his man region, to MK Hammer flexing her guns, to Sally Albright risking arrest by peppering the entire city with #FDC tags, to pleas for David All and his Revolution to join the fun, to Ana Marie Cox dropping the ACORN bomb from the White House briefing room and all strange points in between – it’s been one intense ride.
But the fun is not yet over. For the lucky four still left, there’s work to be had. Below is a tip sheet for the finalists. Remember, creativity counts more than ever.
PS: We’re still waiting on the homeless guy holding the #FDC hashtag.
Final Four Matches begin Friday at 10am and last until 3pm . The Championship game will be Monday.
How points are awarded for the Final Four matches:
Celebrity endorsements. Yes, Dorris from the Longworth cafeteria is considered a celebrity.
Endorsements from politicians not yet in jail. [Although you automatically advance if Jim Traficant endorses you.]
Video[s] of you/or someone else mentioning FamousDC.
A picture of you sitting in Robert Byrd’s lap.
Spelling out FamousDC in donuts.
Endorsements from journos. Dead or alive. Preferably alive.
Video of you ambushing Patrick Gavin w/ your video camera and asking him about his personal life.
NOTE: You have to reveal your Yogurt flavor by the close of the competition at 3pm. Funny = more points.
And as always, remember, we’re playing for a good cause.