Lunchline: Summer is around the corner

It's been sort of sweaty for about a week straight, the long weekend is coming and the pools are opening up. This all makes me very happy, because I can start shopping for sunglasses and swim trunks again. What are you looking forward to this summer?

If you don't know who Lance Wyman is, he created the original Metro map back before it opened in 1976. So when the transit blog Greater Greater Washington decided to hold a map contest to illustrate the changes coming to the system, many fancied themselves as worthy of recreating Wyman's iconic work. The Post's Dr. Gridlock was one of the jurors who voted on the winning design, which doesn't really stray that far from the 30-year-old standard. He also wrote about the entire experience, highlighting how the system's complicated turnback schedule created design issues.


Soo-kyung Jung of Centerville, Kyu Beirne of fairfax, Cherrie Wang of Vienna and Jung Heo of Vienna are enjoying the Red Clay Room at Spa World in Centreville, VA, which has a very large Asian following. (Sarah L. Voisin/THE WASHINGTON POST)

Jiffy Lube Live has gotten nothing but bad press in the past couple weeks. Ever since theyidiotically smartly banned tailgating in their parking lots to cut down on drunk driving after concerts, the Bristow, Va., venue has been the target of a Facebook-driven smear campaign. The group is called "Boycott Jiffy Lube Live" and boasts more than 7,000 fans complaining about the hypocrisy of the tailgating policy, considering that the facility sells alcohol inside the amphitheater. The State of NoVa's Tom Jackman investigates the question: "Is it The Worst Concert Venue in America?"


Grilled rib eye steak at Asado Etxebarri. (Mette Randem /For The Washington Post)

Washington Nationals' Roger Bernadina steals second ahead of the tag by Milwaukee Brewers' Rickie Weeks (23) in the fifth inning. (Jeffrey Phelps/Associated Press)

Extra Bites

• Another fun summer tradition in D.C. is watching movies outdoors, which is more popular than ever. This used to be the purview of Rosslyn and the National Mall, but now you can catch a flick outside almost anywhere. Express Night Out has a comprehensive Summer Film Fest guide.

• Sure, when Barack Obama goes to Ireland it's all smiles and beer toasts. But the Root's Teresa Ridleylooks back on what it was like to visit as a regular black person.

• Wale wore one of the Wizards new uniforms on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night. Specifically, a Jordan Crawford road jersey.

Check out my daily Lunchline Live chats at noon, or anytime on my Facebook fan page, or you could drop me a line at clinton.yates@wpost.com.

Clinton Yates is a D.C. native and an online columnist. When he's not covering the city, pop culture or listening to music, he watches sports. A lot of them.

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