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Time for another random fun Friday question. Yesterday’s royal visit got me thinking about famous people. What’s your favorite celebrity encounter? Your worst?

When I was 12 years old I met Joe DiMaggio at a baseball card convention. I think I paid like $40 for an autograph which was obviously a ton of money for a 12 year old back then. Anyway, when I went to get his autograph the handlers at first wouldn’t let him sign my baseball because baseballs cost extra. I went nuts screaming at the handlers how long it took me to save this money, how hard I worked for it etc. Joe DiMaggio finally waved them off, called me over and said “kid you remind me a lot of me” and signed the ball. His seat was on a platform (probably so folks couldn’t take photos with him) so he was up way high and at the time it felt like God was speaking to me. Of course, many say Joe D wasn’t a particularly warm person but it remains the best celebrity encounter of my life.

What about you guys? If no story, who’s the most famous person you’ve met? What were the circumstances?

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Rendering Atlantic Plumbing project by 9:30 Club

This week’s question comes from @ChloDubs:

“@PoPville idea for Friday Q: if you had the $, which building in DC would you most like to live in?”

We can make it a two parter – rental and/or condo building. Personally I’m pretty jealous of the new Atlantic project buildings going up by the 9:30 club. Though I’d also be pretty happy in one of those buildings in Navy Yard by Yards Park. And in terms of older buildings I have a soft spot for the Cairo in Dupont and the Dresden in Kalorama. What about you guys?

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Lucas Keene

Another succinct reader request:

“What are people’s food budgets (in some ranges) and do they stick to it?”

So how much do you budget for food per week including restaurants? Do you stick to your budget? How much do you spend on groceries per week? (If you give your answers in the comments please say if your budget is for 1, 2 or more.)


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Well we’ve talked favorite podcast, books, movies, foreign movies, tv shows and foreign tv shows so it’s time for favorite app. Also in the rant/revel a reader asked:

“Five apps that are a must have if you live and work in DC?”

And I thought that was a great question so wanted to give it a separate thread where more could see it. But I’m also curious about your favorite apps in general – bonus for the free ones! So maybe a three parter – favorite – DC specific app? Favorite app in general? Favorite free app?

Ed. Note: I’m mainly interested in IPhone/Android apps but since I know some will say it – you can tell me your favorite appetizers too :)

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We’ve been hearing rumors of post office closings since at least 2009. Well Petworth’s is really closing soon, confirms the clerk on site. An exact date is not known could be a few weeks, could be a few months. A reader says, “the District has signed a long lease to build a Community Outreach Center. They’re going to occupy the entire building and will open at the end of the year. The Post Office has to move sometime in the coming months but he doesn’t know where they’re going to go.”

So for this question I’m curious to know if folks still use their neighborhood post offices often?

Ed. Note: I do because I mail a lot of PoPville t shirts so this is gonna be rough for me. Future caption contest winners may have to pick up their shirts when this happens I’m afraid.


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Admittedly I’m pretty lucky in that I love my current my job very much. But I’m just curious what others think. For me, I think maybe one day I’d like to try radio host – you’d get to meet lots of interesting folks and I could still wear jeans or track suits everyday. How about you – what’s your dream job? I guess broken into two parts like a ‘realistic dream job’ and a ‘fantasy dream job’?