Welcome to ITBest of the Week, a new series that looks back at what I deem to be the most important events of the last week. Keeping up with everything on the internet is almost impossible these days. This weekly post should help you catch up on anything you’ve missed. It’s sort of like if an e-mail newsletter and Buzzfeed (who follows me on Twitter) had a baby at Rex Hospital.
In this inaugural edition we’ll cover the first two weeks of January.
New Year, New Car Crashes
2018 kicked off with a boom, especially in North Hills…
Fortunately, no one was injured. There was a lot of speculation on the cause of the crash. Many of us had flashbacks to the mom who had a meltdown and drove up the steps of Hayes Barton Baptist on the first day of school. Some thought the reports of the upcoming snow were to blame. Speaking of snow….
Snow had been in the forecast for a few days, but nothing was confirmed until the Winter Weather Wine Watch from Seaboard Wine was released.
Here's the latest wine forecast brought to you by @seaboard_wine. Looks like Raleigh residents are going to need between 1-2 cases of wine to make it through the weather event. Stay safe out there. . . . . . #wx #winewatch #winter #winterweather #weather #wine #raleigh #raleighnc #nc #northcarolina #shop #shoplocal #local
theSkimm, like, totes reported it was obvi super cold in “Raleigh-Durham” which is NOT A PLACE.
— Natalie (@nathobz) January 4, 2018
Many were still skeptical of the forecast, thanks to the Raleigh weather dome.
— Emilee (@emrenk) January 3, 2018
— Tyler Craft (@tycraft) January 4, 2018
Bonner and I talked long and hard about it and decided to retract the weather dome and let the kids enjoy the snow.
Doubt the weatherdome and cancel school?@WNFIV and I will immediately make it snow to prove our power.
— Bonner Gaylord (@BonnerGaylord) January 4, 2018
Parents were not pleased.
ShopITB Customers Treated Like Royalty
Customers of ShopITB.com, the hottest online store in Raleigh, have been receiving handwritten thank you notes with their orders. Now, those thank you notes will be on personalized ITB stationery. You’re welcome.
Just got a ton of stationery because every Shop ITB order gets a handwritten thank you letter. Thanks to @katiebryant for the design and @ifitspaper for ordering it. #penpals . . . . #stationery #thankyou #letters #craneandco @craneandco #shoplocal #local #raleigh #raleighnc #nc #northcarolina #pic #picoftheday #photo #photography #photooftheday
Development Beat Gets High Praise
People love the Development Beat.
Excellent update on some new/upcoming businesses in downtown including pizza, bagels, hotel, restaurant/bar, and some demolition on Cargill site. https://t.co/hHnPIX4d0a
— Bill King (@kingbill24) January 3, 2018
— Bill King (@kingbill24) January 10, 2018
Dogs of ITB Returns
Dogs of ITB is back and better than ever after a brief hiatus.
@goldendaysofsampson is officially the most ITB golden pup in Five Points. Cute AF. 100/5 beltlines. #dogsofitb . . . . #dogs #dogsofinstagram #dogsofig #dog #doggo #gooddog #dogsofinstaworld #dogsofinsta #raleigh #raleighnc #nc #northcarolina #downtown #downtownraleigh #dtr #pic #pictureoftheday #picoftheday #photo #photography #photooftheday #fivepoints
La Croix Tweet Goes Viral
At least a dozen people sent me this garbage meme.
Hi friends. Just letting you all know that I have seen this meme. Thank you for thinking of me and sending it to me all day yesterday. I love memes, and I love La Croix. However, I find this meme to be distasteful. La Croix is a delicious part of my daily life and I will not stand idly by as heathens with underdeveloped palates call into question its flavor. I am still not sponsored by La Croix, but that doesn't mean I'll ever stop loving it, and defending its honor. @lacroixwater . . . . #lacroix #lacroixwater #essence #flavor #meme #memes #palate #honor #picoftheday #pictureoftheday #pic #photo #photography
The Broughton baseball team is looking for sponsors for the 2018 season. E-mail Coach Morton at firstname.lastname@example.org to donate.
Your chance to help the program. Thanks! @CameronVillage @WNFIV @ItsJustRaleigh @DowntownRaleigh @CFA_TheVillage @CameronBarGrill @FBIBaseball @DiamondFitNC @DSBofNC @turfplanerNCSC @TPAnc #CapitalSupport pic.twitter.com/WJAzWJfG4D
— Broughton Baseball (@BroughtBaseball) January 6, 2018
NC State beat Duke in basketball, 96 – 85.
State students about to get hypothermia at the bell tower.
— William Needham Finley IV (@WNFIV) January 7, 2018
The Panthers lost to the Saints for a lot of reasons, including wide receiver play.
— William Needham Finley IV (@WNFIV) January 8, 2018
Alabama won the college football national championship against Georgia. Note: This picture is from the 2012 BCS championship they won with Broughton legend Jeremy Shelley.
— William Needham Finley IV (@WNFIV) January 9, 2018
NC State had a 90s night against Clemson.
— William Needham Finley IV (@WNFIV) January 12, 2018
They started off in the right direction. However, I was disappointed by the lack of any mention or reference of Saved by the Bell, Boy Meets World, Clarissa Explains It All, 90210, Step by Step, Goldeneye for N64, NBA Jam, Sonic, Guts, Double Dare, Doug, Rugrats, Chumbawamba, Goo Goo Dolls, Hanson, Jurassic Park, Air Bud, Power Rangers, and much more. I appreciate the effort, but hope they make some changes for next year. It really shouldn’t be that hard to set up an Aggro Crag during halftime.
That’s all for the first edition. Thanks for reading. Have an ITBlessed weekend.