Redskins fans keep it creative, even in times of woe

December 1, 2013

TEAM SPIRIT SPECTRUM

Redskins Fandom

It was a sad moment for Redskins fans last month — and not just because the team fell into last place in the worst division in football. No, it was the discovery that fed-up fan Brian Korody planned to sell his beloved burgundy-and-gold Fanbulance. The vehicle, a converted 1992 ambulance, has been a fixture at Redskins’ tailgates. Sadly, we don’t have $38,000 to buy his Fanbulance and keep the party going. But at least Korody isn’t the only fan with a creative streak. Check out these inventive ways fans have found to show their devotion to the team through good times and, more often, bad.


WARM-UPS

Icy Treats, With an Adult Twist

D.C.’s new Dolcezza gelato factory, which is set to open Dec. 7, serves as a reminder that ice-cold sweets aren’t just for kids. Upon hearing the glorious words “Meyer Lemon Grey Goose,” one of Dolcezza’s flavors, we realized we’ve been doing it wrong. Pouring vodka into a McFlurry makes a fine frosty-but-warming treat, but why do it yourself when these spots can do it better?

Milkshake: Bacon Bourbon Float at The Diner in D.C.’s Adams Morgan

Ice Cream: Stout Ice Cream at Island Style Ice Cream in Mount Rainier, Md.

Sorbet: Mulled Beaujolais Sorbet at The Dairy Godmother in Alexandria’s Del Rey neighborhood

Vegan Option: Orange Rummsicle Vegan Milkshake at Sticky Fingers in D.C.’s Columbia Heights

FACT CHECK

Breaking Down the Height Limit

Changing D.C.’s Height Act has been the talk of the town lately. But proponents of a change were dealt a major blow last month: The National Capital Planning Commission decided not to recommend easing the 1910 law, which says D.C. buildings can’t exceed a certain height. Do you know the real rule?

THE MYTH: No building can exceed the height of the Washington Monument, which stands at 555 feet high.

REALITY: Building heights must be proportionate to the width of the street, with a give of 20 feet in certain situations. Thus, the tallest buildings in D.C. (with the exception of monuments) are 160 feet on a small stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue.

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STACKED UP

Millennial Invasion

We’ve heard it before: The millennials are coming! The millennials are coming! Or, rather, they’re already here. The D.C. area has seen the largest gain of 25- to 34-year-olds in the country, averaging an annual net gain of 12,583, between 2010 and 2012, according to a report last month from the Brookings Institution. But not every locality surveyed was inundated with the craft-brew-toting types, according to stats compiled by The Washington Post. Check out where your county stands when it comes to population growth among millennials from 2010 to 2012 to the left.

 

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Marissa Payne · December 1, 2013