02/27/15 10:05am

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Person First Project is a photo blog that seeks to give those currently or formerly experiencing homelessness in D.C. the chance to share their stories. In doing this, we hope to reduce the barriers that separate people in D.C. and spark a dialogue. The Person First Project aims to connect us – and to make us all feel a bit more human.

“I joined the Navy in 1978 and I was honorably discharged because I have manic depression so my thoughts tend to race a lot. So when I first moved out on my own, I was smoking a lot with the mood swings and the drug addiction.

Before Saint Elizabeth hospital was taken over by the D.C. Government they had a lot of long-term programs. So when I was homeless and wasn’t doing too well, I’d be there. I’d spent months and sometimes years in there. So housing wasn’t a big issue; we always had someplace to go: psych ward, detox, or something. As these things started being cut out, I started realizing I’m actually homeless. I’m going to all these places but they’re discharging me and I have no place to go. I had no rental history. I had severe mood swings. I couldn’t stay sober. They called me ‘treatment resistant.’ The addiction was so strong. No matter how much I wanted to stop, I just couldn’t.

One of those particular times when I was in the psych ward and got discharged on the streets, I had an incident happen and I contracted HIV. I seroconverted* shortly after that in the street.”

-Waldon (formerly homeless at the Housing First Rally in Chinatown)

*Seroconversion is the period of time during which HIV antibodies develop and become detectable. Seroconversion generally takes place within a few weeks of initial infection. It is often, but not always, accompanied by flu-like symptoms including fever, rash, muscle aches and swollen lymph nodes.”

02/27/15 9:40am

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Photo by PoPville flickr user  John Sonderman

You can talk about whatever is on your mind – quality of life issues, a beautiful tree you spotted, scuttlebutt, or any random questions/thoughts you may have. But please no personal attacks and no need to correct people’s grammar. This is a place to vent and/or celebrate things about daily life in DC.

02/27/15 9:05am

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From the Mayor’s office:

“Today, the Bowser Administration, with the support of union leaders from American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) announced an “All Hanks on Deck” effort to catch up on trash collection that has been delayed due to hazardous conditions on weather-impacted alleys.

Additional trash collection crews will hit the roads tomorrow and throughout the weekend to collect trash that has not been collected. As part of the effort, the District has allocated the following resources:

· additional crews from the leaf team will be activated for trash collection;
· additional crews from private companies will be engaged to add capacity; and
· an unprecedented effort to salt alleys to make them passable for trash collectors.

“We apologize for the delay in service. We are committed to providing the best service possible to the District’s residents. This winter has been particularly challenging, but the District’s government and our employees are rising to the challenge,” said City Administrator Young, Department of Public Works Director Howland and AFSCME Leaders Andre Lee and Barry Carey. “Our crews are going all hands on deck and will work through the weekend to ensure that all trash is picked up in the next 72 hours.”

Due to public health concerns, crews will co-mingle trash and recycling to ensure that all cans are emptied as quickly as possible. Some winter precipitation may occur early next week; therefore, the start of the weekly residential street sweeping program will be postponed to Monday, March 9, 2015.”

02/26/15 10:05pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Cheikh.Ra Films

Congrats to PoPville pick textdoc with:

“Jim figured that as long as he was breaking the law by trespassing, he might as well violate the laws of fashion too.”

Congrats to PoP pick Peater with:

“The sidewalk wasn’t the only thing Jim couldn’t find that morning”

Honorable mention to Katie with:

“Dress for the weather you want, not the weather you have.”

Winners and honorable mention please email me at princeofpetworth(at)gmail for your shirts, onesies or tote bag.

02/26/15 10:02pm

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From a press release:

“Four stores in the Tryst restaurant group are proud to announce they will be teaming up with local Denizens Brewing Co for a Tap Takeover from March 4th – 10th, 2015. Tryst, The Diner, Open City, and The Coupe are excited to offer their communities the opportunity to try an assortment of these local beers on tap, as well as beer flights, assorted beer cocktails and unique food pairings.

Denizens Brewing Co is a microbrewery located right on the DC/MD line, just about 5 miles from the Tryst group’s stores. Denizens believes that everyone has a right to fresh, local craft beer and the Tryst group is making that more possible than ever with this tap takeover—bringing Denizens beers to three neighborhoods of DC—Adams Morgan, Woodley Park, and Columbia Heights.”

A Roundup of the week’s events:

March 4th 6-8pm: Opening Night Launch Party- [3415 11th St, NW] The Coupe; Meet and greet with head brewer and co-owner of DBC, Jeff Ramirez; Upon purchase of a DBC Beer, you will entered into a 7pm raffle for a DBC sweatshirt; beer flights, assorted beer cocktails and food pairings offered!

March 5th 5-8pm: [2459 18th St, NW] Tryst Happy Hour with DBC representative present; Upon purchase of a DBC Beer, you will entered into a same night raffle for DBC merchandise; beer flights, assorted beer cocktails and food pairings

March 9th 5-8pm: [2331 Calvert St, NW] Open City Happy Hour with DBC representative present; Upon purchase of a DBC Beer, you will entered into a same night raffle for DBC merchandise; beer flights, assorted beer cocktails and food pairings”

02/26/15 4:30pm

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On Friday I mentioned that I’ve joined Boundary Stone’s St. Baldrick’s Team – and to please consider donating $5 or $10 to fight childhood cancer. Thank you to all who have donated!

I realize I still have a long long ways to go towards reaching my fundraising goal so let me sweeten the deal for ya! Anyone who donates $20 or more will get a free special edition PoPville t-shirt (pictured above, real sign from 14th Street). We’re on the honor system here – so just come to the event March 15th at Boundary Stone (or a future PoPville happy hour) and I’ll get you a shirt. But I beg you again, this is a really good cause – so if you are able to donate anything even 5 bucks I’d be super grateful. And if you are fortunate enough to be able to donate more (or just want a t-shirt that’s cool too) please make your donation here. With all sincerity – thank you very much for considering. And come to the party at Boundary Stone on March 15th when we’ll all get our heads shaved.