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Got a fun one today that I can’t wait to read the responses! Simply when and where did your family come from and around what year did they immigrate to the States? For me both sides come from Russia and Poland. Some came in the 1880s and some came just before World War One, all settled in New York City. What about you guys? The more details/family lore the better!

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“Dear PoPville,

Because I am genuinely curious, the Friday question would be:

Do you know anyone that lives in a home worth over a million dollars and if so, how are they able to afford it (if you know):

a) inherited wealth
b) great paying job
c) made enough profit selling previous houses
d) are in a ton of debt”

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I got this question on Monday and on Wednesday WAMU happened to have a report on exactly this question:

“While lawyers and business executives do make up a large percentage of the million-dollar homeowners, Pitingolo’s data show it’s less than half of the total. “You might be led to think that people who live in million dollar homes are all lawyers and they’re all CEOs,” Pitingolo said. “And that just isn’t the case. I think that speaks to the fact that there was a time in history when you could work in a more modest occupation and afford to buy a home that would today be worth more than a million dollars.”

But it’d still be interesting to know how and who are the people buying $1,000,000+ homes today. My home was not a million dollars but it was still a shit ton of money and my story also confirms the WAMU report. My wife and I were able to do it because I bought my Petworth house in 2003 and it appreciated significantly by the time I sold in 2015. Otherwise it would’ve been impossible for us. Do you guys know anyone who’s bought a million dollar house recently?

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Alright, I need a God dang diversion. And I need a laugh. And since some folks slaughtered Sarah Silverman earlier in the week – let’s just have at it – who is you favorite comedian of all time? For those into it, let’s do two categories – living and dead. Two comedians who have literally made me laugh so hard it hurt are Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm.) Two other comedians who have nearly killed me laughing are old school Eddie Murphy and Dave Chappelle. Zach Galifianakis on between two ferns always cracks me up too. Also currently on TV Julia Louis Dreyfus kills me on Veep (noticing a trend there?) But my all time favorite would have to be Seinfeld for me (keep in mind I’m a 42 year old Jewish guy…) What about you guys? It’d be interesting to know how old you are with your favorites to see if there are generational differences. But most importantly is simply – who makes you laugh the hardest?

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The sunsets are still good, the Women’s March was terrific, Greenpeace’s resist sign seen behind the White House was a shot to the arm but so many conversations I have with folks are still filled dread. So I wanted to do a poll which gives me a better feel than the comments about how folks out there in PoPville are feeling. Let’s do this on a scale of 1-5. 5 being happiest and 1 being filled with dread. How are you feeling overall these days?


If you’d like to go deeper in the comments, I’d be curious to know if folks are able to compartmentalize how they feel. Like personally I feel great but I wake up terrified for the future of the country everyday…

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From DCPL:

“This year, more than 3 million items have been borrowed or downloaded from the DC Public Library. These are the most popular titles by type and format.

FICTION

Book

  1. The Girl on the Train; Paula Hawkins
  2. All the Light We Cannot See; Anthony Doerr
  3. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao; Junot Díaz
  4. Americanah; Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  5. Fates and Furies: A Novel; Lauren Groff
  6. All Aunt Hagar’s Children; Edward P. Jones
  7. The Sympathizer: A Novel; Viet Thanh Nguyen
  8. Go Set a Watchman: A Novel; Harper Lee
  9. The Nest; Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
  10. Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice; Curtis Sittenfeld

Audiobook

  1. The Girl on the Train; Paula Hawkins
  2. All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel; Anthony Doerr
  3. My Brilliant Friend: Neapolitan Series, Book 1; Elena Ferrante and Ann Goldstein
  4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: Harry Potter Series, Book 1; J. K. Rowling
  5. Fates and Furies: A Novel (unabridged), Lauren Groff
  6. Go Set a Watchman (unabridged); Harper Lee
  7. The Goldfinch; Donna Tartt
  8. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Harry Potter Series, Book 2; J. K. Rowling
  9. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Harry Potter Series, Book 3; J. K. Rowling
  10. To Kill a Mockingbird; Harper Lee

eBook

  1. Fates and Furies: A Novel; Lauren Groff
  2. The Goldfinch: A Novel; Donna Tartt
  3. The Martian: A Novel; Andy Weir
  4. All the Light We Cannot See; Anthony Doerr
  5. Americanah; Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  6. The Girl on the Train: A Novel; Paula Hawkins
  7. Station Eleven: A Novel; Emily St. John Mandel
  8. A Little Life: A Novel; Hanya Yanagihara
  9. My Brilliant Friend: Neapolitan Series, Book 1; Elena Ferrante
  10. The Nightingale; Kristin Hannah

NONFICTION (more…)

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A discussion in yesterday’s rant/revel about feeling obliged to read a book given as a gift got me thinking about, well, gifts. Obviously I’m not talking about cars or super expensive gifts I’m talking about realistic gifts. So if you could chose what your significant other, in laws, parents, siblings, whoever, get you for Christmas/Hanukkah – what would you really honestly like to receive?

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Much like the last time I asked this question back in 2008, I’m simply exhausted and don’t want to fight today. And in honor of the last days of Fye in Union Station – What was the first CD you ever bought? If applicable what was the first cassette you ever bought? And finally what was the first concert you ever went to? And be honest!!

First cassette I owned – Michael Jackson Thriller
First cd I owned was U2 Joshua Tree
First concert I ever went to was Bon Jovi’s Slippery When Wet Tour – 1986. Oh oh livin on a prayer!

So what was the first cassette, cd and concert you owned/went to?

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I was having an interesting discussion with a friend about what our red lines are and what would compel us to take to the streets if they were crossed. So first let me ask how many folks are planning on attending the Women’s March on Washington the day after the inauguration?

On January 21, 2017 we will unite in Washington, DC for the Women’s March on Washington. We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families — recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.

The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us–women, immigrants of all statuses, those with diverse religious faiths particularly Muslim, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native and Indigenous people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, the economically impoverished and survivors of sexual assault. We are confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear.

In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore. The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.

We support the advocacy and resistance movements that reflect our multiple and intersecting identities. We call on all defenders of human rights to join us. This march is the first step towards unifying our communities, grounded in new relationships, to create change from the grassroots level up. We will not rest until women have parity and equity at all levels of leadership in society. We work peacefully while recognizing there is no true peace without justice and equity for all. HEAR OUR VOICE.

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This is an INCLUSIVE march, and EVERYONE who supports women’s rights are welcome.


If you are going are you concerned at all that there could be violence since it is so close to the inauguration? If you are going, anyone bringing kids? If so, what age do you think is appropriate?

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And if you do not plan on marching, have you thought about what would compel you to march at some point, if any?

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Since Friday is a Federal Holiday and I’ll be in no shape to do anything after the 10 year anniversary party let’s push up the discussion a day. And hopefully folks have had a bit more time to digest the election results because I’ve been hearing some folks talk about moving away from DC as a result and I’m wondering how widespread and how serious that sentiment is? I know there was a lot of frustration yesterday but I’m also curious how serious some people are about looking for new jobs? Some have been tongue and cheek about “moving to Canada” but are any federal employees, or otherwise, considering packing up from the District? Do you think this will change/slow down the massive population growth the District has been seeing?


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I can’t remember the last time everyone I know was talking about the same thing. I mean there are obvious examples like 9/11 and the 2000 election aftermath and Bill Clinton’s, uh, indiscretions and subsequent impeachment. What other past national obsessions come to you?

As for “regular”, even presidential, elections they don’t seem to come close, for me, as to how all consuming this one is. For obvious reasons. So I’m just curious what you guys think will fill the void in a couple weeks? The weather? Every restaurant the Obamas go to after they retire to Kalorama?