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“Dear PoPville,

My husband and I are leaving DC in the new year after 10/6 years respectively to move to Europe – it’s definitely bittersweet. Now I’m getting anxiety that we’ve not ventured out from our area and explored enough. Could we start a discussion about unmissable activities/places/restaurants in DC and we’ll try and check them all before we leave?!”

Ed. Note: We looked at some fun things to do here and here a few years ago – but given all the change probably time for a refresh. I’d say be sure to hit the Renwick.

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This week’s is a two-parter both reader requests. Should 16 year old District residents be given the right to vote? The Washington Post reports:

“But under the proposal in Washington, the nation’s capital would go further than any state or municipality by allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to vote in federal elections.”

I see this and think – jeeze I was an idiot when I was 16. But then I think – I was also an idiot when I was 18 so I’m conflicted…

Now for the second part from another reader – are you registered to vote in DC, MD or VA? Did you vote in the last election? Local and Federal? For those who aren’t registered, how long have you lived in the area? For those who were registered but didn’t vote – do you think you’ll vote in 2016?


This week’s question is a reader submitted one:

“What’s the general feeling on tattoos these days? Still taboo or now widely accepted? What about [visible] tattoos in the “typical” DC work environment?”

For those that have one (or more) I’d also be curious to know what is it of? I used to do a Tattoo of the Week feature years ago and there were some awesome stories. Anyone have regrets? Anyone have visible ones?


Thanks to a reader for sending the photo above yesterday “Time stamp: 12:21. PM, not AM.”

Anyway it just got me thinking how much we’ve been griping about metro lately – so as a result do you ride it less than you used to? For those that use metro to commute to work – anyone now use another form of transport? If so, what type? Do you use it on the weekends?


Well, the last several months we’ve seen a lot of crime reports and it’s starting to depress me. I’ll continue to post about it because I think ignoring that it is happening is not helpful either. But anyway, that’s not what I want to talk about today. Seriously. There will, sadly, be plenty of chances in the future but not for this post please. What I want to talk about and remember is why we love living in DC. I’ve been walking a lot in Rock Creek Park and it’s been making me incredibly happy. I also love visiting the rivers – both in Navy Yard and in Georgetown. I can’t wait to see how the 11th Street Bridge Park turns out. And the other night I had dinner at Izakaya Seki and it continues to be freaking amazing. And on the food front I’m also super eager to see how Slim’s Diner turns out. But anyway, I’m wondering what you guys are loving most about DC these days?

Photo by PoPville flickr user Jeffrey Morris

I really enjoy our random questions so bear with me again this week. Every morning one of my favorite things to do is ask my daughter what she dreamed about last night. Most common answers are cows and horses and occasionally dogs. Sadly I can’t seem to remember my dreams too often anymore so I wonder about you guys. Do you still remember your dreams in the morning? What was the last dream you remember? I was walking by a homeless man who was sleeping and I couldn’t get the thought out of my head – I wonder what he was dreaming about. Anyway, I’m super curious – what was the last dream you remember having (good or bad)?



Photo by PoPville flickr user Caroline Angelo

With the passing of Yogi Berra the great baseball player and arguably, greater wordsmith – it got me thinking about quotes I love. Bob Marley’s “In the abundance of water the fool is thirsty” is one of my favorites. So in honor of Yogi Berra – what are some of your favorite quotes of all time?