Good Morning, RVA: Candy hangover

Peanut butter cups for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

Photo by: Bob.Fornal

Good morning, RVA! It is and will be 59 °F with a dang good chance of rain today.

Water cooler

There are elections tomorrow, and you should vote in them! Here’s our quick explainer in case you’ve remained blissfully unaware for the past several months. Unaware no longer, you now have zero excuses.

Council has a special meeting tonight with a short, three-item agend that you can find right here (PDF). Item #3 is interesting and would require the CAO to submit monthly financial reports to Council (PDF)–which theoretically would help avoid the whole “Wait, how much money do we even have again?” situation. However, if I were to hazard a guess, this item will probably be continued until a later date. Check back tomorrow for the exciting conclusion.

Remember when the VMFA got tired of dealing with the Confederate Flaggers and yoinked back control of the Confederate Memorial Chapel? First, that was awesome. Second, this year’s InLight will take place at the VMFA and one of the major installations will be held at said chapel. The potential for something rad/interesting is high!

Here’s a neat piece in the RTD about librarian / art-sleuth Meghan Townes’s work to identify a man in a mysterious WWI-era portrait. Librarians are real-life Batmans.

Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act began yesterday. You can now wade through the nice-looking but far-from-straightforward website if you’re angling for coverage in 2016.


Yesterday, Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer announced that he would retire at the end of the 2015 season. As a Hokie, this makes me feel emotions. David Teel at the Daily Progress has a nice sports eulogy for the guy that put Virginia Tech on the map.

  • With their win over Albany, the Spiders are now 7-1. That’s 6-0 over FCS teams.
  • Hokies handled Boston College, 26-10.
  • Wahoos picked up a win against Georgia Tech, 27-21.
  • D.C. United lost the first of their two playoff games against the New York Red Bulls, 0-1.
  • Kansas City won the World Series 4-1, thus ending baseball.

This morning’s longread

The Case for Bad Coffee

This could totally be titled “The Case for Miller High Life.”

But perhaps my newfound allegiance to the House of Maxwell is that I simply prefer it over the expensive stuff (which, don’t get me wrong, I still occasionally enjoy). Cheap coffee is one of America’s most unsung comfort foods. It’s as warming and familiar as a homemade lasagna or a 6-hour stew. It tastes of midnight diners and Tom Waits songs; ice cream and cigarettes with a dash of Swiss Miss. It makes me remember the best cup of coffee I ever had. Even though there was never just one best cup: there were hundreds.

This morning’s Instagram

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