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I still don’t understand the thought process of having your outdoor steps carpeted but it makes me smile every time I see one. You don’t ever see them anymore – this one’s hanging on in Columbia Heights.

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Jordan Barab

From a press release:

“Penn Social, DC’s hotspot for fun, and Soupergirl, the District’s delicious local soup company, are excited to announce our partnership to bring you “Boozy Gazpacho”, filling a much needed niche in DC.

Through September, Penn Social will be serving up two funky and delicious flavors: “Tipsy Tomato Fresca,” a classic tomato gazpacho mixed with Rogue Spruce Gin, and “Your Peach is on Fire,” a savory peach gazpacho combined with spicy Absolut Peppar Vodka (virgin versions available).

Penn Social will have Happy Hour tastings of our collaboration soups this upcoming Thursday, 8/27 and Friday, 8/28 from 4-7 PM. Free samples and coupons for purchases will be provided. More information on the events can be found at facebook.com/thesoupergirl and facebook.com/pennsocialdc. Full menus for both restaurants can be found at thesoupergirl.com and pennsocialdc.com.

Once summer comes to a close, Penn Social will begin serving hot Soupergirl soups for the Autumn and Winter. These include seasonal favorites such as West African Peanut Stew, Traditional Indian Mulligatawny, Triple Ginger Butternut Squash, Winter Root Vegetable Chili, Split Pea Rosemary, and many more.

Penn Social, located in the heart of Penn Quarter at 801 E Street NW, regularly features live music, Trivia Tuesdays, and Wednesday game nights. Happy hour is every day from 4 – 7pm. Soupergirl has two locations in the District; a restaurant in Takoma Park and a to-go spot downtown, located at 1829 M St. NW. Their homemade soups are fresh, local, seasonal, and entirely plant-based.”

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Samuel Dixon Photography

Thanks to Samuel Dixon Photography for again sharing his great photos. You can check out the rest of the pictures at his site here.  “Was out having a beer at Lyman’s Tavern on 14th St when a traveling puppet show out of Austin rolled up. The group is called Ballenarca and they were great.”

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The Timmy Brothers – Water Makers from Paul Riccio on Vimeo.

For those who didn’t have the fortune to see this on their facebook feed – it is just too good, too good.

“A short look at the Timmy Brothers, Brooklyn–based makers of bespoke drinking water.

Bill and Terry Timmy are introducing handcrafted water to the world with an almost pathological attention to craftsmanship and a thirst for helping people become less thirsty.
The Timmy Brothers. They make water.

Paul Riccio – Writer/Director
Jamie Effros – Terry Timmy
Mike Mergo – Bill Timmy
Matt O’Shea & Laura Wood – Producers
Derek McKane – Director of Photography
Jason Kileen – Editor
Molly Finley – Art Director
Alexander Chizhov – Flame Artist
Lucas Hrabal – Camera Operator
Mat Guido – Audio Mixer
Joseph Wenkoff – Colorist
Mike Vernola – AD
Courtney Stephens – PA”

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@flandub tweets us:

“@PoPville yo, what’s flying around K and 6th NW right now? Looks like maybe a camera attached to that bubble.”

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@ep_jhu tweets us the great shot yesterday:

“An @AirPhotosLive balloon is going up over Mt Vernon Sq. at 6th & NY Ave NW @PoPville”

Ed. Note: Our first sighting was back in October 2009. Last year we learned “The balloon was launched by Digital Design and Imaging Inc. to take aerial photos of the District’s skyline as part of the joint Height Master Plan the DC Office of Planning and the National Capital Planning Commission are conducting in response to a Congressional request.”

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Perhaps we could debate whether or not one has too much free time but I think this is freaking brilliant.  How Do the 50 States Stack Up According to Their ‘State Avenue Gravitas’ in D.C.?

“What if you could rank the 50 states based on the location and characteristics of their corresponding state-named avenue in the District of Columbia? Essentially, this would be a measure of state identity gravitas—if that is something that could be indeed measured.

Let’s give it a shot!”

Read the complete results here.