Top 13 Things I’ve Been Warned About at One Point Since Moving to DC in ’97

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The following list was inspired by the masterful words of C. S. Lewis:

“It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.”

However, the list was in no way affected by the consumption of Bulleit Bourbon and ginger ale which by the by is surprisingly more tasty than Makers Mark and ginger ale – anyway the following is what some folks used to warn others about:

13. Don’t go east of 16th Street, NW

12. Don’t go east of 14th Street, NW

11. Don’t go east of Georgia Ave (or anywhere near Georgia Ave)

10. Don’t drink the water (this might actually still be true, I can’t remember if I have lead lines or not…)

9. Don’t go to Meridian Hill Park

8. Don’t walk home from the 9:30 club

7. Don’t walk home from HR 57 (the old Logan Circle location)

6. Don’t go east or north of Lincoln Park

5. Don’t take the bus

4. Don’t look anyone directly in the eye

3. Don’t go to the Movies at Union Station

2. Don’t ride the Green Line

1. Don’t cross Kojo Nnandi, he has the memory of an elephant and will bury you

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