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I actually haven’t given much thought to Alexandria since that day so long ago when I popped out of mommy at Alexandria Hospital on my way to, well, whatever my life has become.

(I was a crank in many ways even then, but there’s no truth to the rumor that when the obstetrician spanked my bottom, I popped him back with a right to the jaw. At least those court records are still sealed, as far as I know…)

We’re going to travel over to Alexandria today, because there was an interesting poll — non-scientific — taken by the Alexandria Times newspaper.

To back up, the city’s superintendent left in something of a surprise not long ago, and the Alexandria School Board decided to appoint the newish director of human resources to fill the spot for the coming year.

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Herewith the question posed by the newspaper to its readers: “How do you feel about Melanie Kay-Wyatt’s appointment as [Alexandria’s] interim superintendent?”

Well, that got ugly in a hurry, as 57% said “I am not in support of her appointment,” 13% said “I’m skeptical but willing to give her a chance” and 20% said “I don’t care either way.”

Only 10% said “I’m excited about her appointment.”

Yipes. The Welcome Wagon, it was not.

Ah well, she may not have the love of her new public, but she does get some solace from the more than $20,000 a month she’ll receive while she fills in.

AND THAT’S A WRAP: More than a quarter-century of Arlington residency came to a formal end earlier this month when I sold out, took the money and ran … well, ran as far as my chubby little legs would carry me, which means Falls Church.

I’ll be in the Little City, within walking distance of Sun Gazette World Headquarters, for another year, based on the lease extension I just signed. (I’d been staying in F.C. since renovations on the Shirlington condo began earlier in the year, in preparation for the sale.)

I wish the new owners well — it’s been turned over in good shape, but while I could and did put in a new stove, washer/dryer, flooring and the like, I can’t protect you against the ravenous elected officials and the non-stop tax increases. Good luck with that.

As for me, all that condo moolah currently sits in a 26-week T-bill earning 3.1%. Not exactly keeping pace with inflation, but a good spot for it to hide out while I plot the future. Mwa-hahahahahahaha!

Maybe I’ll buy the house next door to a random Arlington County Board member and build an eight-plex 🙂

  • Scott McCaffrey

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