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December 10, 2007


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Saturday night, over 200 packed into the DC home of Perkins & Will local head Rusty Meadows, right, for a black tie holiday bash, although we cannot help but note that Rusty and MRP’s Bob Murphy have ties that in fact are not black, and Gensler’s Gigi Webb appears to have no tie at all.  Later this month Bob will dress down as he heads to Costa Rica for Surfing 101 with his three kids. 

Tishman Speyer’s Kristen Boyle and Jones Lang’s Greg McCavera tell us they’re hitting the slopes in Stratton, VT this Christmas with family and friends.  Although some at Rusty’s were still smoking cigars into the wee hours, Kristen couldn’t stay out too late because she had to be up early Sunday morning to help host 150 brokers and families seeing the Nutcracker at the Warner Theater.

Okay, we’ll make a New Year’s Resolution not to publish pictures of Rand founder Linda Rabbitt (right) and DC Chamber prez Barbara Lang’s picture in every single issue, but until then, their festive attire weakened our steely resolve.  With them, Orr Partners founder Dave Orr and Rand president Jon Couch.  Dave (who developed the Marriott, AOL, and SAIC headquarters buildings), started lessons for a pilot’s license in August so he can fly himself in a Cessna 172 down to Savannah where he’s building 1M SF for Gulfstream.  Jon’s a pilot already but doesn’t fly anymore because he busy helming his 106’ boat.


Also on Saturday night, we stopped by the holiday do in Potomac that Kane Company’s John Kane (second from left) puts on every year at his sprawling house in Potomac (the rooms have rooms).  Kudos to John: On Thursday he was named 2009 Chairman-elect of the Greater Washington Board of Trade.  With him, from left, former Lockheed Martin CFO Chris Kubasik, now head of its 40,000 employee electronics division; Maryland Senate president Mike Miller; and Wachovia regional president Sam Schreiber.

Also at the Kane party, WDG Architecture principal John Lowe, Ad Agency president Debi Gasper, International Limousine’s Richard Kane, and Kane Construction’s Dennis Kane. These Kane brothers don’t seem to have enough entrepreneurial genes.

And now for a more substantive interlude.  Last week, we went to the Tysons Ritz for a CRESA transportation roundtable (above, CRESA’s Leah Tarpley, Rich Rhodes, Bethany Studdert, and Steve Schaumberg in their Bethesda office) with Virginia secretary Pierce Homer, who stated about Tysons Metro:  “I’m here to tell you Phase I is going to happen” and added it would be above ground.  He said a tunnel is not only way more expensive but that it’s potentially dangerous due to soil quality:  “This is not bedrock like in Midtown Manhattan.” Assuming they move forward early in ’08, he said, heavy construction would be done by 2012, though the most disruptive early stages (service road closings along Route 7) would finish by 2010.

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