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In the DC baby name post a reader requests an update summer reading list post because they:

“Have a 21-hour flight coming up and I’ll need some good ones.”

Do you have any specific ones you’d recommend for a long flight? What’s on your regular summer reading list this year?

For fellow soccer fans or just those interested in the World Cup, I recently started Eight World Cups by New York Times sports columnist George Vecsey and it’s off to a strong start.

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File this one under – I’m just curious. I’d say among my friends it’s nearly evenly split 50/50. So I’m curious about PoPville. Do you believe in God? Do you go to Church/Temple other house of prayer? If so where do you go?

Update: Maybe impossible because of the subject matter, I was honestly just curious, but anyway let me be very clear – if you feel one way or the other please don’t be rude to those who feel differently. You can make your point with being rude or insulting. Or better yet, just skip this post if the subject matter is too sensitive. Thanks.

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I’m in a music mood this week – so maybe we should update one from back in 2008 – What’s the first concert you ever went to? Mine was Bon Jovi Slippery When Wet – 1986 at Nassau Coliseum. I’m still recovering from that epic show… Who was your first show? I’d also be curious to know what’s the best show you’ve ever seen live?

And the other day I was talking to a buddy how much I regretted never seeing Beastie Boys live. So if you could have gone to any show (living or dead) who would’ve it been? I kick myself for never having gone to a Beastie Boys show and while I was way too young – I would’ve loved to seen a Bob Marley show in person. What about you?

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Spotted this sign, rather randomly, outside Meridian Hill Park

After a few of this week’s rant/revel threads a reader writes in suggesting a separate thread for Friday:

“What has your dating experience been like in DC- gay or straight?

-What’s your age range? 21 and younger, 22-25, 26-30, 31-34, 35-39, 40+
-Are you looking for a relationship or something more casual? Do you generally find your dates wanting the same thing?
-How do you find your dates? OKCupid, Match, Meetup, friends, work or related events?
-Is it possible to find dating happiness in DC before age 30? Several comments believe that you’re a “dating disaster” until you hit the age of 30, no matter if you’re male or female.
-Any success stories or useful hacks?”

And I’ll add one too – for those who are married – at what age did you get married?

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Not sure how many oenophiles we have out there but I’ve recently been enjoying a grape or two. Despite having taken a vitology class about 19 years ago, I sadly have retained nothing from it. Well I do remember something about the bend in a river affected the light which affects the terroir or something like that but anyway, it doesn’t help me when I’m at a liquor store staring at 1000 bottles and having no idea what’s good. So for today – just wondering if anyone has recommendations for bottles of wine? Even better if you have recs for reasonably priced bottles, say under $20 – but I’d be curious in your recs for special occasion bottles too.

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Given the discussion about rent at the Harper on Wed. and given all the new construction happening around the District, I thought we could use a refresh of how much we pay in rent to help put things in perspective.

So for those who are renting – how much is your rent? What neighborhood do you live in? How many bedrooms? Is it a basement? Does your building have amenities? Are utilities included? And for those who’d be willing to share – your rent is what percentage of your monthly income?

Like last time if you originally rented your spot in 2002 and have only seen limited increases please say so.

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Earlier in the week the Post released a poll about the 2014 mayoral election (among other topics.) So I’m wondering how PoPville currently stands?

If the final pairing ended up being Vince Gray vs. David Catania who would you vote for?

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Rich Renomeron

While I usually try to be more positive with these questions, yesterday’s post about the Washington Post food critic being disappointed with Birch & Barley got me wondering about other “onetime trendsetters”. Do you have any restaurants/bars that you used to love when they first opened but no longer like them now? If so, what changed?

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With word of PULP closing soon and Corehaus closing a few weeks ago – let’s give some love to our favorite retail spots left in town. I’m gonna give some love to Willow located near the former Corehaus on Upshur Street. I’ll also jump on the bandwagon and say I’m a big fan of Labyrinth Game Shop near the Eastern Market Metro. Anyone who enjoys the ridiculously awesome album cover of the week posts will join me in my love for Som Records downstairs at 14th and T St, NW. Other great album covers (and more) can be found at Mom n Pop antiques at Georgia and Otis Pl, NW. And finally I always enjoy browsing the stained glass at Brass Knob in Adams Morgan and at Good Wood on U Street. Which are some of your favorite spots?

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Corehaus formerly at 825 Upshur Street, NW