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Photo of Jazz in the Sculpture Garden by PoPville flickr user Lucas Keene

T-1 week to this year’s Jazz in the Sculpture Garden (Jazz in the Garden every Friday evening May 22 – August 28, 2015, 5:00pm – 8:30pm) got me thinking about favorite outdoor series. Off the top of my head besides the Sculpture Garden is the outdoor music and movies in Yards Park and Canal Park in Navy Yard, NoMa Movie series, Adams Morgan Movies, Screen on the Green on the Mall, Union Market Drive in Movies, Cinema in the Circle in Dupont, U Street Movies Series, what other regular movie, music, or other series are there? A particular farmers market? What’s your favorites?

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Another just cause I’m curious one this week. Can’t believe I’ve never asked this one in all these years – nice and easy – do you have a pet? Dog, cat, other? Did you have a pet growing up? I’ve got a 20 gallon fish tank with tropical fish and a fearless cat named Dingo. I have to admit though that lately I have an itch for a dog… What about you guys?


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Last week @gingermoored tweeted this startling fact:

“CFO’s office predicts the average DC home will cost $938k in FY19, up from $771k this year.”

Last year we spoke about how much we pay in rent and since we’re able to maintain a certain level of anonymity and because I’m just curious – if you feel comfortable sharing – how much did you pay for your house/condo? Of course, please include the neighborhood and year bought for some perspective. If you can include number of beds/baths that’d be helpful too. Condo/coop fee? And anything else you think would provide some perspective.

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With patio season upon us and the changes made at Chez Billy – I got a simple question this week – for outdoor patios do you prefer private tables or shared benches/picnic tables? Where’s your current favorite patio? For me, maybe cause it’s the first one I truly loved, Wonderland’s patio will always be tops. Though outdoor seating facing a river is gonna be tough to beat…


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Today’s question has been brought up recently in the rant/revel and another reader writes in asking if we can address it again. Sure. You can see the results from 2012 here. So time for an update. How long have you lived in DC and do you think you are here to stay? Hard to believe but I’m coming on 18 years in DC this summer. Unless my company transfers me I’m probably here for the long haul – what about you guys?


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This week’s question comes straight from the forum:

“With the rising living costs in the District, I’m curious what people would consider a “livable” salary in DC. Obviously many factors play into this, but let’s say for a single person.”

Like the OP says “many factors play into this” – so let’s say rent for a small 1 bed/studio or even a group house, student loans, plus drinks and/or dinner a couple nights a week/month, an occasional concert, movie etc. plus all the other regular sundries. What does that come out to for a yearly salary?

What makes up your definition of “livable”?

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Time for another random fun Friday question. Yesterday’s royal visit got me thinking about famous people. What’s your favorite celebrity encounter? Your worst?

When I was 12 years old I met Joe DiMaggio at a baseball card convention. I think I paid like $40 for an autograph which was obviously a ton of money for a 12 year old back then. Anyway, when I went to get his autograph the handlers at first wouldn’t let him sign my baseball because baseballs cost extra. I went nuts screaming at the handlers how long it took me to save this money, how hard I worked for it etc. Joe DiMaggio finally waved them off, called me over and said “kid you remind me a lot of me” and signed the ball. His seat was on a platform (probably so folks couldn’t take photos with him) so he was up way high and at the time it felt like God was speaking to me. Of course, many say Joe D wasn’t a particularly warm person but it remains the best celebrity encounter of my life.

What about you guys? If no story, who’s the most famous person you’ve met? What were the circumstances?

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Rendering Atlantic Plumbing project by 9:30 Club

This week’s question comes from @ChloDubs:

“@PoPville idea for Friday Q: if you had the $, which building in DC would you most like to live in?”

We can make it a two parter – rental and/or condo building. Personally I’m pretty jealous of the new Atlantic project buildings going up by the 9:30 club. Though I’d also be pretty happy in one of those buildings in Navy Yard by Yards Park. And in terms of older buildings I have a soft spot for the Cairo in Dupont and the Dresden in Kalorama. What about you guys?