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Blink your eyes and nine years have passed. 9 years of chickens, chicken fights, gun fights, other fights, lots of love, support, more fights, architecture, rants, raves, real estate, bars, restaurants, development, metro, gardens, doors, pets, more fights, more love – the beautiful life. Let’s celebrate 9 years of the beautiful life by drinking some beers at Solly’s (11th and U Street, NW) next Tuesday Nov. 17th. I’ll be downstairs around 5pm and upstairs opens I think 7 or 8pm. Stop by and say hi – there will be no cake but there will be lots of beer. And honestly I have deep deep gratitude to all of you who help make this site what it is today. Thank you. Thank you for all your tips, emails, tweets, photos, questions, advice and support. You guys are the best and I couldn’t do it without you. Sometimes you drive me crazy but at the end of the day I love you and what we’ve created very much. Let’s lift a glass to 9 more years or until my knees give out.

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Well it only took me two months to plan, not too bad! So if you are a caption contest winner – now’s your chance to pick up your shirt. I’ll be at DC Reynolds (block south of Petworth metro) from 5-9pm, incidentally that is also when DC Reynolds features Buy One Get One free drinks – purely coincidental… Also for those who’ve been looking for the onesies – I’ll bring a bunch with me as well. Nevermind the heat I’ll be on the back patio. Hope to see many of you a week from tonight!

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Well I consulted with my board of directors, actually just my friend Eric – the Lord of Petworth who advised me that my private life is my private life and I don’t need to post about it. But since I’ve been so publicly associated with Petworth I feel it’s important to let folks know because I’m not hiding anything (I can actually hear some of my haters salivating…) First off I love Petworth. It has shaped who I am today in many many ways and I will always love Petworth.

Before I went public about this to anyone, some folks started tweeting and emailing about my house being for sale – intimating that I was moving for safety reasons. That is simply not true. Am I thrilled with the recent occasional violence? Obviously not – but after 12 and a half years – I promise you it is way better today than when I first moved in. So let’s just get this out of the way – I moved because of schools. I have a 2 and a half year old daughter and was zoned out of my preferred elementary school last year. So basically my wife and I did some calculations – did we want to jump on the charter school lottery roller coaster (which has worked well for many, but has also been a disaster for others) or take the easier route (and recognizing that I am very lucky to even have this as an option) by moving into a different feeder school district. And because I’m being up front here – there was another calculation – we have another baby girl on the way too. So I thought if we are going to move – it would be easier now before the second baby is born. So after weeks of no sleeping, literally, I said let’s just see what happens and see if we can find anything in our price range. I also knew I could sell my house now pretty easily and spring/early summer is a good time to buy. I was lucky enough to find a house that my family loves. I’m happy to go into more detail with folks at the next happy hour coming up soon – but that is in a nutshell how it happened.

So, where did I move? (more…)

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Hope everyone has a fun/debaucherous or relaxing/restful (or whatever makes it joyous for you) but most importantly a peaceful New Years Eve/Day. Hoping your 2015 is filled with good food, friends, family and flowers. See ya Friday in 2015!

And it was excruciating to make this selection but here is my favorite post (excluding the animal fix and album covers of course) from 2014.

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It’s been an up and down week so I hope everyone has some time to decompress and have fun with family and/or friends or just relaxing on your own. Safe travels for those on the road and for those sticking in town I hope metro’s on time. Merry Christmas and happy holidays to everyone.