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Sightings…

Fear and Loathing in Tunnicliff’s Tavern

We’ve had our issues with WaPo’s Gene Weingarten in the past. While Gene is capable of brilliant writing, his weekly column has been as stale as the beer spilled on a barroom floor. Each week, he churns out recycled, hackneyed garbage that isn’t funny or interesting. So, we take a look at his ramblings and analyze them in our weekly feature, “What’s Weingarten Writing?”

After months of covering Gene, I felt like I knew the man. But, I’d never actually had to come face to face with the legend until Thursday evening. Read more

Spotted: Sec. of Labor Shuts Down Neighborhood for Hair Apppointment

Earlier today around noon Sec. of Labor Hilda Solis was spotted walking out of Michael Anthony Salon at Eastern Market. When asked if her hairdo looked good, our spy replied, “Hell yeah, girl!” Traffic in the neighborhood was blocked off.  “Her hair looked normal.  Nothing major,” the tipster noted. “Probably just a blowout.”

A blowout at the salon costs between $42 and $55. A shampoo set is $50.

Spotted: Politico Head Honchos at Four Seasons

This morning at approximately 9:30 we spotted Politico‘s Editor-in-Chief John Harris (a rather distant, unfriendly bloke in person), reporter Alexander Burns and Mike Allen in the luxurious Four Seasons dining room. They were all dressed meticulously in suits and ties. Allen scampered up the stairs after Burns and Harris, so unfortunately we didn’t get a chance to engage him in light banter. Other publication communications executives such as Beth Lester were spotted in the dining room. They were warm and smiled. When asked, Burns, who would only engage in friendly chatter with us when Harris wasn’t around, said they were there to meet with “Embassy” personnel. Whatever that means.

(Pssst…anyone know what they were really doing there? Write us at fishbowldc@mediabistro.com or Betsy@mediabistro.com.)

 

Whose Shoes: Revealed

Yesterday we held one of our famed “Whose Shoes” contests for two female media types. The photograph was taken by ABC7′s Rebecca Cooper at a recent district sale. The shoes in question belong to BrandLink’s Barbara Martin (owner of the sandals) and Poshbrood travel blogger Elizabeth Thorp (owner of the tiger print low heels).

Several readers guessed correctly, but some thought the sandals belonged to Washingtonian‘s Kate Bennett.

Now for details on the shoes.

Barbara’s sandals: “Shoes are Pucci.  I think they were $300?  I got them at the Gilt Warehouse Sale.”

Elizabeth’s Tiger print heels: “My shoes are also from GILT can you believe it? Got them online 2 years ago and they are the Kenneth Cole G series pumps (looks like a pump feels like a sneaker kind of thing…)  I believe I got them for $250? Typically they’re around $400 or $500.”

Dan Rather Makes Apperance At GOP Convention

WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza is down in Tampa for the Republican National Convention. He’s been running around snapping photos (which he runs through Instagram filters) and then tweets them out.

Most are uninteresting and poor in quality (like these white couches, this waterfront and this hazy bar). But there was this one of newsman Dan Rather. Cillizza said it was the back of a cab receipt.

“Probably picked them up super cheap at an auction,” one of Cillizza’s followers tweeted in response. “I am going to hope this is a joke,” said another.

Dan Rather is perhaps most known (at least among right-wingers) for jumping the gun as anchor of CBS’ Evening News and reporting on documents purporting to prove former President George W. Bush had skipped out on National Guard duty. The docs turned out to be inauthentic and the misreport lead to Rather’s resignation from the Evening News in 2004.

FBDC reached out to Cillizza to see if the receipt tape was old or some kind of novelty item. He hasn’t responded.

By the way, anyone wanting to stalk Cillizza while he’s in his hotel, it appears he’s staying at the Sailport Waterfront Suites. Many of his tweets are tagged “@Sailport Waterfront Suites.”

Spotted: Maureen Orth in Nantucket

On Thursday afternoon Vanity Fair‘s Maureen Orth, mother of NBC’s Luke Russert, was spotted buying Sunflowers at Moors Farm in Nantucket. She was wearing bright red pants and a blue and white striped nautical shirt. She drove a green jeep with a Buffalo Bills bumper sticker on the back.

Our spy tells us she had a pretty adorable pug in tow: “Her dog jumped out of the jeep and was wandering around, with his leash on, and very cute.”

Nantucket is a huge NBC haven. Bob Wright, chairman of NBC Universal, has a place here, MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough was on the cover of N Magazine last summer, Kathy Lee Gifford has a house here, as do a lot of NBC execs. FNC may be invading though. Greta Van Susteren now has a place and a boat in Nantucket. She was spotted at Osana’s auction last Saturday.
Correction: We previously reported that Van Susteren had sold her boat. Not true! Our sources were apparently hallucinating on that one. It’s alive and well and in Nantucket. Picture above.

Spotted: A Seemingly Undead Mike Wallace

Elvis is still alive. Big Foot is real. And Mike Wallace isn’t dead.

We can dream, can’t we?

This morning at a Starbucks in Dupont Circle we couldn’t believe our eyes when we saw a gentleman reading today’s WaPo who just had to be the legendary TV journalist of 60 Minutes fame. Unfortunately, it was a mere look-a-like, wearing mid-calf socks, khaki shorts and what appears to be an amazonite ring. Wallace, after all, did leave us for that big newsroom in the sky back in April.

Dana’s Birthday Bash

While many of us experienced a double whammy of losing power in unspeakably hot temperatures, no one suffered worse than CNN’s Dana Bash. She lost power on an important weekend, as she let us know via Twitter.

Forget the elderly lady without A/C down the block! Let’s all rally around Baby Bash to make sure it has the best birthday party that it will NEVER remember. Don’t get me wrong. A baby’s first birthday is an important milestone. It means you made it 12 months without misplacing your child. Hey, it’s more common than you think. But, you have YEARS to go before this child will retain these memories, so you should just make the most of it because it’s just any other day to this kid.

We were curious to know if the baby daddy, CNN’s John King, would be making an appearance when we received a perfectly timed tip about his whereabouts. King was spotted walking along Bethesda’s Elm St. wearing a blue T-shirt with a young, late-teens or early 20s young lady with long brownish hair. Who knows? Maybe he and his new lady friend were shopping for a baby gift?

Spotted: Al Sharpton on the Shuttle

Who says the Rev. Al Sharpton isn’t a man of the people?

The MSNBC host was spotted in first class on the 10 a.m. US Airways fight from La Guardia to Reagan National Airport this morning after appearing on “Morning Joe.”

Fellow passengers appeared to be leaving him in peace and not approaching to chit chat.

Sightings in the Fishbowl: CNN’s Brazile Turns Heroic

The weekend brought numerous media sightings around the city.

Thursday gave way to Bill Kristol, who FBDC saw wander out of the CVS on 17th and P Streets. It struck us as slightly odd to see the conservative editor of The Weekly Standard casually stroll up 17th, given the abundance of gay pride paraphernalia on display. No need to be alarmed, however. Kristol, who is married (to a woman), stopped at the Turkish restaurant Agora, not one of the other establishments on 17th such as JR’s, where bartenders have been known to serve drinks half nude or DIK Bar (exactly how it sounds).

At Eastern Market on Saturday we saw nothing short of an act of heroism by Democratic Strategist Donna Brazile, a CNN contributor. We spotted Brazile dressed comfortably in sandals, a T-shirt and what looked like sweat pants walking her fluffy black dog. A separate dog that was obviously lost padded over to Brazile, who yelled out to a woman in the crowd, “she’s over here!” The woman, apparently familiar with Brazile, approached and said “Donna, I’ve never lost her before.” A happy ending.

On the same day, also at Eastern Market, we spotted a distinguished gentleman walking alongside his bright red Schwinn bike. Our first guess was Pee Wee Herman, but it turned out to be Jimmy LaSalvia, co-founder of GOProud, a gay Republican group.

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