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.
New census numbers reveal that more than half a million Asians live in the D.C. metro area. To put that into perspective, that's a growth of 60 percent over the past decade. As a major fan of diversity, this boom pleases me greatly, because beyond their populations, these communities have brought their traditions and amenities to the area, too. The Post's Carol Morello and Dan Keating break down where the region's Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Korean and Vietnamese are living. There's also a tremendous graphic with a fun map.
Jiffy Lube Live has gotten nothing but bad press in the past couple weeks. Ever since they
idiotically 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?"
Memorial Day is around the corner, which means folks all over the country are dusting off their grills. Many of said grillers will be guys pounding their chests and loading huge slabs over their heat sources to mark the unofficial start of summer. But for Victor Arguinzoniz, an electrician-turned-chef at Asador Etxebarri, a restaurant in Axte, a small village in the Basque region of Spain, grilling is a far subtler science. The Gastronomer's Andreas Viestad points out how fire plus food equals deliciousness, with delicate recipes included.
In the last two games, the Nationals have been victimized by an opposing pitcher hitting a home run and a catcher that can't catch. Yesterday, Zach Greinke, a former Cy Young winner who snubbed the Nats in the off-season for the Brewers, went yard, and the day before a routine relay play to the plate was flubbed by Wilson Ramos to give up a lead. In short, this team stinks and is playing like it. The Post's Adam
Kilgore reports that former Phillie and current right-fielder Jayson Werth isn't happy at all about it and has no problem saying so.
• 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.
• Wale wore one of the Wizards new uniforms on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night. Specifically, a Jordan Crawford road jersey.