Northern VA Chatter Thread

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by HBN, Feb 18, 2010.

  1. SxyRdr

    SxyRdr Been here awhile

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    Mission is good BBQ. Their business plan/ethic is outstanding. The one opening up in Gainesville spent the last month taking/donating their "work out the kinks" food to the local PD and FD stations. And on Dec 7th, they're hosting a fundraiser to support the Prince William chapter of Law Enforcement United.
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  2. CaptnSlo

    CaptnSlo Derelicte

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    Nice. There can never be too many bbq spots. I'll have to check it out since it's not too far.

    Give Myron Mixon's a shot if you're ever in Old Town.
  3. SteelB12

    SteelB12 Our Purity of Essence

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    See, I knew it was him!!
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  4. bierfahrt

    bierfahrt Adventurer

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    I had to work hard to lose interest in the Mission BBQ in Chantilly. It's less than a mile from my house. They've started throwing salmon in the smoker so I'm back a couple times a week
  5. Butters

    Butters Kwyjibo

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    Ok, I know I am going to get flamed hard and called a communist, but . . .

    At Mission, every day at noon, everything stops, you stand up and they play the National Anthem. I have nothing against the National Anthem, the flag, our country, chevrolet or apple pie. But if I get there at 11:45 and am halfway to a BBQ-induced coma, I really don't like having to take a break in the middle of throwing BBQ down my food hole. I mean, for like 2 minutes, freedom is standing between you and brisket!

    I felt shame. But then I realized that ALL my co-workers (all law enforcement, half of which are former military) all hate the interruption as well. We probably go to Mission a couple times per month but always plan it so we avoid the National Anthem. I know, it pretty much makes us Canadian. But the point is, go at noon if you want to participate in a patriotic observance (or right before so you can do it while waiting in line), or work around it. (I wouldn't recommend taking a knee if you happen to be a professional athlete)

    I know, I'm a bad person. I bet Joey Stalin even is going to shame me!

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  6. abnslr

    abnslr rides a motorcycle

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    No flame from here — sometimes such observances do seem a bit contrived.
    I’m all for love of country. I’m not for marketing that takes advantage of that sentiment.
  7. biker128pedal

    biker128pedal Super Lurker

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    In India they play their national anthem before each movie.

    Something interesting. In 2008 the flag code was changed so that ex military are to salute the flag during the playing of the national anthem. Civilians put right hand over heart still.
  8. Joey Stalin

    Joey Stalin Been here awhile

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    You won't get flamed by me. I won't be going there again for lunch. Feels like walking into a cult meeting. I also think the Pledge of Allegiance is pretty weird, too.
  9. Ken Hooligan

    Ken Hooligan Getcha' Pull

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    Funny you should mention that. I enjoy their food too, but I think their branding is a bit over the top and contrived as mentioned. I'm active duty but find this type of "military/LE worship" culture a bit annoying...
  10. ORexpat

    ORexpat Oregon Expatriate

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    Butters, don't feel bad at all. Look at all those buffoon politicians and politician-wannabes who sport a flag pin in their lapel. 99% of those assholes never served a minute, except for maybe serving themselves. Self-serving fake patriotism doesn't do much for me either.

    I wore that flag on my sleeve for 25 years and proudly saluted during the anthem. I agree wholehearted with you; don't cheapen those ceremonies that ought to be so meaningful.
  11. XDragRacer

    XDragRacer Long timer

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    I was unaware Mission BBQ's custom of playing the National Anthem at noontime.

    FULL DISCLOSURE: I took advantage of a, "RESERVED FOR VETERAN," parking place in the Kingstowne lot!

    Reckon singing the National Anthem is optional with customers (I wouldn't hold their silence against them); maybe even taking a knee is permissible.

    Heard tell some professional athletes take offense at playing the National Anthem at sporting events, perhaps elsewhere also.

    While I'm no fan of capitalizing on patriotism (e.g., How about a retired admiral flacking for loans on TV?), but doubt Mission BBQ's anthem custom will drive me, screaming, from the restaurant; YMMV. BTW, Mission BBQ had a flagpole installed on the shopping center parking lot where an American flag is flown; I won't impugn the firm's motive; hoping it's not totally commercial.

    Regardless, appreciate the heads-up about the noontime playing of the National Anthem at the eatery, denying the chain the ELEMENT OF SURPRISE! :lol2
  12. Barry

    Barry Just Beastly

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    As much as I agree with the sentiments above saying it's a bit much, I wonder... I can't remember a business I've been in recently where exactly 100% of the people are nailing customer service, appear to be happy, not standing around slacking, and just doing a bang up job.

    Mission has that. I've never seen a sour puss in there, everyone appears happy to assist you as a customer.

    I can't argue with that, however they achieve it.

    Barry

    Ps - but will still avoid 12noon....
  13. SteelB12

    SteelB12 Our Purity of Essence

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    I think I would freak out if I went in there not knowing this happens,.

    How about people that stand when some stupid ass hillbilly song plays. I think its that "Proud to be an American" one. Its redneck noise, why stand for it??
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  14. rgc1248

    rgc1248 Advrider wannabe

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    The anthem caught me by surprise a few years back in the Mission BBQ near the Baltimore Harbor and it made me proud. I don't find it a nuisance.
    I also like radio stations that play the anthem at noon.

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  15. Riteris

    Riteris Dessert Runner

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    If they were “REAL” Americans, they would do it every hour, on the hour.

  16. Joey Stalin

    Joey Stalin Been here awhile

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    Don't even get me started on how I feel about cops! :rofl
  17. bierfahrt

    bierfahrt Adventurer

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    Crabby employees go in the smoker. Look for "long pig" on the daily specials board.
  18. Creekgeek

    Creekgeek Master Finger Painter

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    I’ve been happy enough with Willard’s. Spoon bread. Pecan Pie. Oh, and they sell meats too.
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  19. XDragRacer

    XDragRacer Long timer

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    Not to belabor National Anthem discussion; just FYI!

    White's Travel Center (largest truck stop in the eastern USA), 2440 Raphine Road, Raphine, VA (https://www.whitestravelcenter.com/), just off I-81/64, has its own "radio station." Music and news is "broadcast" throughout the facility's public address system.

    Anyhow, at noon each day, the National Anthem is played on this communication system. No particular ceremony (when I was present), no standing at attention or saluting noticed (no knees taken); however, a few patrons sang along. I was told the noon anthem was customary in other Petro truck stops.

    Otherwise, should your travels take you down the I-81 corridor, I found the food in the main restaurant's all-you-can-eat buffet excellent (chain establishments, e.g., Popeye's, Caribou Coffee, etc., are also on the property). The truck stop once housed museum-quality firearm and knife exhibits; sadly absent now with ownership changes. Also, a racing motorcycle exhibit once graced the parking lot at the fuel desk and restaurant entrance.

    Wouldn't try to crash the, "Truckers Only," dining room, without a Commercial Driver's License or a Diesel fuel ticket in my pocket, but . . . your call!

    Motorcyclists welcome, and . . . prices within KLRista travel budgeting, SteelB12!

    DISCLAIMER: Please don't shoot the messenger. :lol2

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    For Creekgeek: Agree; Willard's is EXCELLENT! Brisket, greens, spoon bread--"The stuff dreams are made on!"
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  20. DCrider

    DCrider Live from THE Hill

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    ^^^ Used to stop in Whites on occasion back in the '80s on my many trips from NOVA to Va Tech and the gun and mocyc display were awesome, too bad its all gone.

    Just looked at their website, man they are like a small town now, have their own dr office and adding a campground in 2018.
    https://www.whitestravelcenter.com/in-the-news