by Prince Of Petworth January 11, 2018 at 10:22 pm 0

Photo by PoPville flickr user Ted Eytan

I really can’t believe it’s been a year already. And when I take a step back and think about how life has changed over the last year – the immediate answer that comes to mind is anxiety. I’ve never felt so anxious in my life. I find myself waking up in the middle of the night thinking about North Korea, immigration, taxes, net neutrality, attacks on the press, sexual assault (where there’s plenty blame to go around on both sides), medical coverage, whatever the topic du jour is (update: “Shithole countries”.) I used to sleep like a rock.

It’s hard to explain because I remember being frustrated in earlier administrations but this time I feel like I’m suffocating when I think too deeply about every tweet and statement and the madness of it all. [And I do recognize the privilege I have to be stressing about this and not about where I’m gonna get my next meal etc.] I try to focus my brain on local/neighborhood news, the animal fixes, my family, music but even that doesn’t always work. Though this month I’ve started reading books again, which has already calmed me a bit.

But enough about me – I’m curious about you guys. How has your life changed in the last year? Has your job changed (especially for the feds out there)? Has your health changed? Have your relationships changed? And how exactly are you coping with it all? Have you joined a gym? Are you drinking more/less? Eating better/worse? Going out more/staying in more? Have you gotten more/less politically active? For fellow folks who are feeling stressed – what advice do you have for getting through year two? Personally I think a massive snow storm or a new baby panda would do wonders but I’m open to the other suggestions!

by Prince Of Petworth January 11, 2018 at 10:05 pm 0

From a press release:

Photo, courtesy of Juliana Molina

“Chef/owner Ruth Gresser of Pizzeria Paradiso and her team will debut Paradiso Game Room, located in the downstairs bar of Pizzeria Paradiso Georgetown on January 12th. Birreria Paradiso’s extensive beer selection has moved upstairs, and the casual and playful basement space will feature nine arcade games, a jukebox, happy hour, an extensive canned beer menu, and the ability to order Pizzeria Paradiso’s classic Neapolitan pizzas.

Photo, courtesy of Juliana Molina

The arcade games, which will rotate, include Skee-Ball, Big Buck Hunter, Pinball, Golden Tee and more, as well as a jukebox. The new Game Room also features a custom mural by artist and Stillwater Brewery label designer Mike Van Hall. The mural incorporates rooster tails as abstract shapes with colorful circles representing the District of Columbia and the two surrounding states, as well as four sets of circles to represent the four Pizzeria Paradiso locations.

Photo, courtesy of Juliana Molina

The full menu from Pizzeria Paradiso will be available downstairs, while the new beer menu by executive beverage director Drew McCormick, features over 50 selections of cans. Pizzeria Paradiso recently announced that it will only carry beer produced by independently owned and operated breweries, which McCormick also factored in while designing the Game Room Menu.  The full list of canned beer options, which will rotate, is below.

Game and music pricing is as follows: (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth January 11, 2018 at 4:00 pm 0

Thanks to Kellie for sending:

Wall Flowers: Botanical Murals

January 31 – October 15, 2018

Stop and take a look at the murals covering our city walls and you’ll notice plants are often featured. Plants in murals communicate the aesthetic, ecological, and historic importance of plants in the urban environment. This exhibit features large-scale art by local artists who specialize in public murals that beautify our cities. Their murals depict plants using bold colors and monumental scale. The exhibit fosters creative conversations about botanical art and new ways to communicate the important roles plants play in our lives.”

by PoP Sponsor January 11, 2018 at 3:45 pm 0

By criminal defense attorney Thomas Soldan, who is barred and practices in the state of Virginia, with Price Benowitz LLP. Soldan has focused his practice on reckless driving, DUI/DWI, traffic, and personal injury litigation.

We are all aware that you can be cited for driving too fast, but many drivers do not realize that you can also be cited by police for driving too slow. Traveling well below the speed limit can be just as dangerous as speeding.

This can be particularly true when you are traveling on the highway. Drivers should be aware that anyone who is traveling in the left lane should be going the speed limit. If you are traveling below the speed limit, you need to be in the right lane of the highway.

And now in Virginia, lawmakers have passed a law that says if you are traveling too slow in the left lane, you can be fined.

Although it can be frustrating for drivers who get stuck behind a slow-moving left-lane driver, the law was passed because of the serious safety issues that occur when this happens. Many times, the faster-moving vehicle is forced to swerve into another lane when they suddenly come upon a slow-moving one. Another danger that can happen when the faster-moving vehicle comes upon the slow-moving one is they may be forced to quickly reduce speed, which can lead to a domino-effect, multi-car crash for any other vehicles traveling in the left lane.

For drivers who are slowly traveling in the left lane and get stopped by law enforcement, the fine is up to $250. Another thing to keep in mind is that this is a primary law, meaning police can pull you over for the violation and also use the stop to check for other, secondary violations.

Attorney Thomas Soldan reminds drivers that any traffic violation you receive can eventually affect your driving record and that is why you should contact a Virginia traffic violation attorney. “Drivers who receive multiple citations can end up with added points to their license, resulting in increased insurance premiums. Depending on a person’s driving history, enough points can eventually lead to a suspension of their driver’s license.”

by Prince Of Petworth January 11, 2018 at 3:30 pm 0

From a press release:

“Mayor Muriel Bowser today celebrated the topping out of the Entertainment and Sports Arena at St. Elizabeths East with Smoot-Gilbane construction workers and the Ward 8 community, signifying that the 4,200-seat arena and sports facility has reached its final construction height. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth January 11, 2018 at 3:15 pm 0

Photo by PoPville flickr user Molly Tolzmann

From an email:

“The last few years have seen a resurgence in passion for the show The West Wing, helped by its availability on Netflix, the West Wing Weekly podcast, the ten-year anniversary of the final episode, and, perhaps, the increasing need for many to escape to fictional politics. So what’s next?

From 28th to 30th September 2018, fans of the show will gather just outside Washington DC, in Bethesda, MD.

The weekend will consist of panels, re-enactments, trivia quizzes, dramatic readings, and all things inspired by The West Wing, Aaron Sorkin, and civic and political engagement more broadly. Funds raised through post-Kickstarter ticket sales and a silent auction will be split between Let America Vote, whose Board of Advisers includes Bradley Whitford (who played Josh Lyman) and Eli Attie (a writer and producer on the show), and Justice For Vets, where Melissa Fitzgerald (Carol Fitzpatrick) is Senior Director and for which many of the West Wing cast participated in a PSA in 2016. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth January 11, 2018 at 3:00 pm 0

If you have any animal/pet photos you’d like to share please send an email to princeofpetworth(at)gmail(dot)com with ‘Animal Fix’ in the title and say the name of your pet and your neighborhood.

“Rosy of Capitol Hill snuggles by the fire.”

“Stevie, a rescue, languishing the afternoon away in Logan Circle”

“This is Lucy Columbia Heights!”

by Prince Of Petworth January 11, 2018 at 2:30 pm 0

Photo by PoPville flickr user Phil

“Dear PoPville,

We are first time parents, expecting this summer, and currently looking into feasible daycare options for when we both return to work. We are on waiting lists for full-time infant care at Bright Horizons and KinderCare facilities, which fall in the $2300-$2500 per month range. While they seem standard for the metro area, the tuition estimates are comparable to our current rent and we both have flexible work schedules which will allow us to work from home one day per week. Any suggestions from other parents out there for finding part-time daycare or a part-time nanny in the downtown area? We would appreciate all the help we can get!”


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