Friday, November 30, 2007

is "somoco" the new phrase or something?

WHAT'S UP THE PIKE: Delegate Jane Lawton dies of suspected heart attack; Rams Head's owner throws hat into Silver Spring Music Hall fray (at Silver Spring Scene.)

"SoMoCo"? Just when I thought I knew what the lingo was, someone throws a curveball my way.

Check out this fresh Google Map of "SoMoCo", "Downcounty", and all your favorite abbreviated MoCo territories.


In our fast-paced, time-starved world, referring to things by their full names has become a luxury available only to the few. That's why we've shortened the name of our fine county to "MoCo." What better way is there to say "seventh-wealthiest county in the nation" in so few syllables?

Nonetheless, I was quite shocked to hit up the Colesville Giant last week and see this flyer for "Relay For Life of SoMoCo 2008," organized by the American Cancer Society. It goes on to read "including the cities of Aspen Hill, Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Colesville, Gaithersburg, Kensington, Potomac, Rockville, Silver Spring, Wheaton."

What?

At Just Up The Pike, there are very few things I can hold self-evident. Times change, opinions change, but my location always stays the same. So far as I know, I live in East Montgomery County. This blog was founded on my living in East County and being frustrated about The Rest of The County. Before that, I wrote in my high school paper about the East-West divide, even if there isn't a place we call West Montgomery County.

westward ho? or not? there's so much more AFTER THE JUMP . . .

And you - the American Cancer Society (the "ACS"), whose unfailing commitment to saving lives should be commended - just dropped a new iron curtain over MoCo, a place already grappling with so many arbitrary boundaries. But this one goes right over my house and through the places I spend the most time in, not to mention right across The Pike. I do not quite live in the City of Colesville ("C-Ville," as some people call it), nor do I reside in the great Metropolis of Burtonsville ("B-Ville," as other people call it): I live in between them.

Though my address still reads Silver Spring, I may soon find a trip to the Majestic - or to the Amish Market in Burtonsville, to my job in Rockville (just plain "the 'Ville"), or even to the Giant in Colesville! - a lengthy and arduous border crossing. I'm glad I got my passport photos taken, even though they're at the Moto Photo in Downtown Silver Spring - I mean DTSS. (After this week's Gazette stories on the frustrations of straddling the P.G. County line in Hillandale and Takoma Park, we can only wonder what they'll have to go through now.)

There used to be a time when the Upcounty was up and the Downcounty was down and between them lay a great swath we called the Midcounty. And it was to them I would commute from my own East County, bereft of its own Things To Do other than hanging out in one of our many parking lots. I suppose those days are gone.

Well, SoMoCo Relay for Life 2008 will be held this coming June, and we've got six months to tear this wall down before all those runners knock into it.

Will you join me? (Or are there other nicknames you've been throwing around?)

Check out this fresh Google Map of "SoMoCo", "Downcounty", and all your favorite abbreviated MoCo territories.

4 comments:

Sligo said...

Dan, I'm shocked you haven't heard of SoMoCo before! I've used that term (and to a lesser extent, NoMoCo) for years, although mostly as a joke.

rtsind said...

Whats next--Silspri, Whio, Burvil, wheat, ashil,K-sing-- when does it stop

Sligo said...

rtsind, are you advocating No Mo So Mo Co?

MD4Ever said...

When did this whole abbreviation of Mont. County into MoCo (and various subdivisions) begin anyway? I am a Takoma Park native who sadly had to emigrate away from MD about ten years ago, but until 2004 I would visit Mont. County for at least 3-4 months of any given year. I only started to hear this MoCo stuff around 2004-2005. (That's about the same time I heard of a "new" part of DC I never knew existed, "Penn Quarter" but that's a gripe for another blog)