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  1. The Dunk & Egg stories are a ton of fun, IMO. They also color the "current" story in several ways I won't mention. I think the first 3 are coming out in their own volume this fall. Might want to wait until then. Previously, they were scattered across different anthologies.The two "Dance Of Dragons" stories recently released are, as far as I know, only available in anthologies as well. They're set well before the Dunk & Egg stuff. They're ok, but they feel abbreviated to me (like Martin's holding something back). You can get the gist of those two stories in The World Of Ice & Fire, along with the rest of the known history of Westeros (& some across the pond). That's a fairly expensive book in paper form, though - and I wouldn't waste the money for an e-book version of it. I think the artwork makes it worth the price if you're into Martin's world. But there's a #### load of backstory, too, including some that run right up to Robert's Rebellion. I read all the D&E stories and know the theory of how they may/may not affect the current story. I also bought all those anthologies you referred to as well as TWOIF (all as ebooks).I really liked the back story, although keeping all the participants in the various battles of the different sides of the Targaryen family straight was difficult. But some of the stuff about how difficult it was to become a dragon rider fits very neatly into the present story.
  2. Back in the olden days, all books were written and published in serial form. Of course it was only a week between chapters, not 5 years, but the point is the same...
  3. Have you guys read the Dunc and Egg short stories and the various other "histories" (authorized or otherwise) of Westros and the Seven Kingdoms?
  4. I'm not totally ready to throw in the towel. They need to finish this road trip at least 4-3 I think and hopefully get home with the deficit no greater than 4 games if the Pirates and Orioles provide a little more resistance for the Mets than the Rockies have. The good news is that I think they can do it. Rotation finally looks like it we hoped it would, and the two guys I have the most faith in- Scherzer and Strasburg- will start four of the last seven games on this trip. The offense looked to be coming around a bit before the Kershaw/Greinke buzzsaw and Harper's knee injury (he was clearly still hurt yesterday, missed three center cut fastballs in one AB at one point). Now if they come home 5 or 6 back next weekend it might be time to turn our attention to the Redskins. I'm sure that will go well. So unless I'm wrong, they are now 1-3 on this roadtrip out west, they've scored 1 run in 27 innings and find themselves 4.5 games back of Los Metropolitans. They are 2 games over .500 and are 7.5 out in in the NL wildcard. Zimmermann and Strasburg have just lost back-to-back. The "we've had injuries to key players" argument is about played out since everyone except Span is back from the DL. Oh, yeah, and Storen is now essentially useless after being "demoted" to an 8th inning guy, and the big time closer sits in the bullpen because they can't get any leads to protect. Bryce, if you want a ring, you'd better "went to Jared"... You know I'm not Bryce Harper, right? I'm not even on the team. I'm sorry you're disappointed. Unfortunately I'm not really in a position to do anything about it. Sorry! Actually, I'm not that disappointed. I'm an O's fan and we have our own issues to worry about.
  5. Yeah, they need to go like 8-2 on this homestand to stay in touch with the playoffs. And I don't see that happening.
  6. I'm not totally ready to throw in the towel. They need to finish this road trip at least 4-3 I think and hopefully get home with the deficit no greater than 4 games if the Pirates and Orioles provide a little more resistance for the Mets than the Rockies have. The good news is that I think they can do it. Rotation finally looks like it we hoped it would, and the two guys I have the most faith in- Scherzer and Strasburg- will start four of the last seven games on this trip. The offense looked to be coming around a bit before the Kershaw/Greinke buzzsaw and Harper's knee injury (he was clearly still hurt yesterday, missed three center cut fastballs in one AB at one point). Now if they come home 5 or 6 back next weekend it might be time to turn our attention to the Redskins. I'm sure that will go well. So unless I'm wrong, they are now 1-3 on this roadtrip out west, they've scored 1 run in 27 innings and find themselves 4.5 games back of Los Metropolitans. They are 2 games over .500 and are 7.5 out in in the NL wildcard. Zimmermann and Strasburg have just lost back-to-back. The "we've had injuries to key players" argument is about played out since everyone except Span is back from the DL. Oh, yeah, and Storen is now essentially useless after being "demoted" to an 8th inning guy, and the big time closer sits in the bullpen because they can't get any leads to protect. Bryce, if you want a ring, you'd better "went to Jared"...
  7. I agree that I'd try to resign Davis over Wieters. I think Caleb Joseph is a decent enough catcher to not go all out to keep Wieters. Chen is going to go too, and I'd guess O'Day will get some big FA offers. Could he close somewhere? Should they make a try at signing Fister when he walks from the Nats?
  8. Well, he will get to play on the weekend... To finish his 2nd round that is...
  9. He backed up his "lucky" 64 with a nice little 66 to stand at 14 under. Maybe it all falls apart on the weekend, but... he didn't hit any into the trees today that cost himyesterday 3 times he was dead right but still had shots. not saying he isn't playing well, he's playing amazing I didn't see a shot of his round today, so I was only going from the score.
  10. He backed up his "lucky" 64 with a nice little 66 to stand at 14 under. Maybe it all falls apart on the weekend, but...
  11. I think that posting that chapter broke the interwebs. I've been trying to access the chapter without any luck for about 15 minutes.
  12. It is 75 degrees in DC right now. Big cold front is due between 6-10 pm and it won't get out of the 40s tomorrow and low 40s Saturday.
  13. The "Old Man of the River" seemed pretty cool, for a giant turtle, that is...
  14. Griff has to get greyscale from saving Tyrion at the Bridge of Something...
  15. If there are any Littles who listen to Tony Kornheiser's radio show podcasts, they are now available immediately after the end of the show, not 24 hours later. The former program director who insisted on the delay got fired and Mr. Tony changed the policy.
  16. My sister was born in Philadelphia on 4/23, and it snowed that day. Anything is possible, GB. Yeah, I meant looking at the models and teleconnections, I don't think we have any storms coming. I know that we can get snow, I just don't think we have to worry about it this year. So no snow in November or December. Good to know for holiday plans.
  17. Hey DC, do you remember life on the mall before the Washington Monument was erected? No, but I I did go to Tysons Corner when the mall first opened.
  18. When the WaPo moves to Franklin Square those places might shut down for lack of business from Posties.
  19. Good stuff congrats! Not a huge craft beer drinker and Dulles is a bit of a hike from Arlington but will keep you guys in mind if I'm out that way and/or have some free time in May to attend the grand opening. We hope to be on tap at any bar in Northern Virginia that has a craft beer focus. We are targeting a few places in Arlington. I'll let you know if we land those accounts. Congratulations! Man, you guys just made me feel old. I worked at 15th and M, 13th and I, 16th and K, and 20th and M over the years. Post Pub was the smokiest dingiest best place to grab a beer and lunch.... Heh. A bunch of the old timers I worked with used to rally for the old-school three-martini lunch at that place. I went with them once or twice and felt like I'd been thrown back into the 50s. There was an even better lunch time dive at Vermont and L. I think it was called Stanley's and you went down a flight of stairs to get into the place. There was usually a platinum blonde of indeterminate age sitting at the bar drinking a martini and a bunch of beefy older gents in short sleeve dress shirts hitting on her. Also, any of you oldertimers remember Blackie's House of Beef and the various off-shoots around town, like the Black Orchid?
  20. Supposedly Reid and Paul both signed contracts before the show was cancelled. So they probably will get paid regardless. If anybody reads www.dcrtv.com, this site has info about the events.
  21. The CWG forecast for the end of this week for DC Metro: A LOOK AHEAD Temperatures on Wednesday are a good 15-20 degrees cooler than Tuesday. Despite lots of sun, highs probably stay below 50 – with mid-40s in our cooler suburbs to the upper 40s downtown. Winds from the northwest around 10 mph in the morning become light and variable in the afternoon. Clear to partly cloudy and cold Wednesday night, with lows in the 20s to near 30 (downtown). Light winds. Confidence: Medium-High Clouds increase on Thursday with a slight (20-30 percent) chance of rain late in the day, or mixed rain and snow in our colder suburbs. Highs are mostly in the 40s. Rain and/or wet snow (mainly in our colder areas) are possible Thursday night with lows in the 30s. Right now, any snow that falls does not look like it will accumulate much but keep an eye on the forecast. Confidence: Medium Friday and Saturday should both be mostly cloudy and cooler than normal. A front stalled to the south keeps a small chance of rain in the picture (20 percent chance) but it’s probably mostly (if not totally) dry. Highs both days are near 50, with overnight lows 35-40. Confidence: Low-Medium On Sunday, a new cold front from the northwest zips through the region. There’s just a small chance of shower early in the day, before it turns partly to mostly sunny but blustery. Highs are in the 40s to near 50, but it feels colder than that. Confidence: Low-Medium
  22. You geeks might like this post mortem on yesterday's storm from the WaPo CWG: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/wp/2015/03/06/polar-meets-pineapple-the-meteorology-behind-a-unique-winter-storm/
  23. Needwood? Lake Frank? Not quite up that far, but the Rock Creek Park Trail west of Veirs Mill Road.
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