friday question
Photo by PoPville flickr user nevermindtheend

Just curious about this after some of our discussions lately – On your block how many neighbors’ names do you know? How many pets’ names do you know? Be honest, do you know the dog’s name and not the neighbor’s? If you live in an apartment/condo building – how many neighbors do you know on your floor/hallway? If you don’t mind sharing in the comments, please say how long you’ve lived in your neighborhood and what neighborhood you live in.

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Erin

With the Rio Olympics kicking off, I’m just curious how many folks plan on watching. For those that will, what are you most looking forward to? I remember watching Michael Phelps swimming for a gold in the 2008 Beijing Olympics when he was going for the record 8 golds and it was absolutely electric. It was at the Argonaut and the whole place went nuts when he won. Ever since then I’ve loved watching most swimming events. But truth be told if Netflix releases a new season of Broadchurch, I’d probably watch that instead…


freedom
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A reader requests:

“I was hoping PoPville could provide some advice to some local parents getting their first extended taste of freedom in a long time. Our kids are FINALLY old enough to spend a week at their grandparents house by themselves, so my husband and I get something we haven’t had in 9 years– a full week in DC with no children. I can’t even wrap my head around it. We aren’t hermits or anything– we get sitters often on weekends and get out of the house. But we don’t get out much during the week so I’m looking for some ideas of what to do on a random Tuesday. I have a couple other friends in the same boat and we’d love to hear from people who are in the know. I feel like there is probably some cool stuff that goes on during the week that I never hear about due to our parental status.”

picnic
Photo by PoPville flickr user Erin

Lobbing a softball today (because I’ll be at the beach) but I am genuinely curious where your favorite spots are. I’m stealing this question from the New York Times – so for the District where are your favorite picnic spots? Maybe we can split this into two categories – one with an event like Jazz at the Sculpture Garden or one of the many outdoor movie or concert series and the second category will be just chilling with a picnic with no planned events beyond listening to the birds and cicadas?

VP Pick
Photo by PoPville flickr user Adam Fagen

It’s summer and it’s hot and we live in DC so let’s have some fun today. With Trump’s pick looking like Pence – who will Clinton pick for her VP? To the polls we go! And for the comments (for those into this sport) say who you would like the pick to be vs who you think it’ll be.


favorite local filter tweet

On Wednesday when we spoke about Starbucks coming to Brookland and Filter Coffeehouse had a great reply on twitter:

“@PoPville yup, were pretty “excited” about it. Maybe we’ll put it out of business like we did at 1919 Penn Ave NW… Bring it”

I loved that response and it got me thinking about other locals that I love – thankfully, there are many. So I thought it’d be a fun Friday Question to highlight some of our favorites. It can be a restaurant, bar, coffee house, clothing, artist, really any type of retail – it just has to be local. So who are your favorite businesses born and bred in the District (or inside the Beltway)?

parking
Photo by PoPville flickr user Eric P.

“Dear PoPville,

We had made dinner reservations and were having a hard time finding parking. We were five minutes past our reservation time so we decided to just pull into a garage and park. It was an early dinner because of some travel, so a lot of the street parking wasn’t open yet.

At first we didn’t see anyone in the attendant booth at the garage, and then we saw the attendant stand up. He was clearly doing his evening prayers as he bent back down again and so forth a few times. (more…)