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“Dear PoPville,

I’m writing with a suggestion for a Friday Question of the Day: how often are DC residents called for jury duty?

I get called every 2 years pretty much like clockwork (and I’ve lived in DC for 20 years), whereas my husband has been called maybe twice in the 11 years he’s lived here. In fact, this year I got called twice – once for District Court and once for Superior Court. However, I was excused from Superior Court jury duty because I had served as a juror for District Court (technically didn’t serve, but got credit for having to go into Court one day, wait around, and ultimately was not selected for a jury panel).”

I’ve lived in DC for 19 years and I’ve been called four or five times and served once (a drug case.)

Crowds of January 20th, 2009

“Dear PoPville,

I’m wondering if others in Washington are thinking of renting their homes out for the inauguration. We have never rented our out before, but are thinking about it for this year. Wondering what pitfalls to be aware of when doing short-term rentals, and what those who have rented their places out before for big events usually charge per night (for reference, we have a 3 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom about 10 min walk from Columbia Heights metro stop.)”

For those who are considering it, when will you list yours and who will you list it with?

Ed. Note: Reminds of Eric Nuzum’s post about what it will take to rent his home out for the inauguration during the frenzy of 2008.

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A few weeks ago WTOP reported:

“Amazon will be required to collect sales tax [5.75%] in Washington, D.C. beginning on October 1,” Amazon said in a statement emailed to WTOP. When asked for clarification as to why, Amazon responded it would have no further comment beyond the one-line statement.”

There was speculation that this could mean a brick and mortar Amazon could be coming but for today I’m just curious if you think this will effect your shopping habits. So do you think still order from them as usual?

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We talk about a lot of good stuff that goes on in DC and we talk about a lot of bad stuff that goes on DC. We all have different perspectives on what “better” means so the more you can explain in the comments the better. Since we’re hot in the political season, I’ll be interested to see these poll results turn out:


An interesting discussion about the recently opened Tenleytown Chick Fil A started on the Cleveland Park listserve and I’m curious where you guys stand. One resident reports:

“Wife went to the new Chick-fil-A on Wisconsin Avenue yesterday around 3PM and was told she could not sit down to eat, could only order to take out. She asked why and someone purporting to be the manager told her that due to problems with Wilson students they are not allowing any patrons to sit down and eat between the hours of 3-5 M-F.”

I put a call into the store and was told that the to go policy is from 3-4:30pm and is only temporary. They are working on “solutions” to deal with the “situation” but are still brainstorming. So in the meantime do you support the temporary solution of only to-go orders between the hours of 3-4:30pm or are you against the policy?

Do you think there are better options? It’s not clear exactly what happened but let’s assume the students were rowdy and loud – what policy could work to ameliorate that situation?

Maybe this will force the students to eat healthy quinoa salads up the block…

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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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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…

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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.”

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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?