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“Dear PoPville,

I’d love to know how people feel about the possibility of quarantine (like they have in Italy: restaurants & bars closed, football games with no spectators (creepy), public transportation closed or severely limited). Are people freaking out or ok with it? What would it be like for people with kids? Are they looking forward to it or is it like “oh shit”? Are introverts kind of ok with it because now they have an excuse to bail on all those things they don’t actually want to go to? How long until everyone hits “cabin fever” stage and starts thinking about all the ways they could murder their loved ones?

Also, I don’t work from home normally so we have a dog walker. If I am ordered to WFH, should I still pay to have my dog walked? I mean…it’s not my dog walker’s fault coronavirus hit DC and I’m not sure she has any other income. Ed. Note: We spoke about childcare/nanny payments here. Do people (white collar cube monkeys with the privilege of working from home) feel an obligation to support services they no longer need since they are home during the day? What does the PoPville community think?”

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“Dear PoPville,

I have a friend living several states away who recently did something really nice for me.

I wanted to send them a quintessentially DC care package or gift basket without having to run all over town buying things individually.

That got me thinking, what would PoPville readers recommend? Does such a thing exist? If not, what would you include? VA and MD ideas also accepted!”

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I wanted to follow up on yesterday’s announcement from the Mayor’s Office that “DC Health Department Confirms No Coronavirus Cases in DC” I saw many people resigned to the fact that it would still likely hit D.C. in some way at some point. No kidding around lots of good info on COVID-19 here. For those who feel it’s coming our way – are you doing any preparations? If so, what are you doing?

To the polls:

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Yesterday Sonia tweeted “Torchy’s Tacos Can you please put a Torchy’s at 1800 M St NW in D.C.? I promise you, business would be good!”

I had never heard of Torchy’s but based on the replies people really really love them. So it’s time to play (and please do remember remember, playing is not mandatory if this ain’t your thing) what chain would you love to see in D.C.? You can see what folks pined for in 2015 here and in 2009 here. So who/what are you pining for today?

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At first I just liked the contrast of the photo but since I’m seeing so many CBD stores popping up I thought it could make for an interesting chat. So does anyone use CBD? If so, how often do you take it? What do you use it for? In what form do you take it?

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Granted this a rather random one but I’ll walk you to how I got here. So I was thinking of titling chapter nine of my coming memoirs: ‘Emails I get from AOL accounts’ Ed. Note that is still the tentative title. And it got me thinking about email in general and communication preferences. So there we are.

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“Dear PoPville,

I wanted to nominate a Friday Question of the Day: What is your favorite coffee shop? We’ve been trying to hit more coffee shops lately, and I was wondering if people have any favorites for good coffee, wifi, decent pastries or sweet treats, and comfortable to sit and enjoy for a while.

Along the same lines, I was also curious about where people go for their “third place,” i.e., a social environment that is not home or work? Bar? Coffee shop? Library?

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RIP

This week’s question comes from Keiser:

“Just moved here from Los Angeles. Can you recommend any great bar arcades in the greater DC area? Not just, like, a bar that happens to have a Mortal Kombat machine and a foosball table.”

As a pinball guy (sup Lyman’s!!) I’ll defer to you guys here but I’m thinking The Eleanor in NoMa and their sister spot Bar Elena on H Street. What/where are some other good ones?

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14th and Rhode Island Ave, NW

Update: “Mason & Rook will remain open throughout all renovations.”

Anyway, it got me thinking about favorite hotel bars/restaurants – so while we wait for Viceroy to open – where’s your current favorites?

Here are the previous best/let’s do this lists for – Carryouts, best Thai, best liquor stores, best Ramen, best Bars, best Indian and Pakistani, best Italian/Pizza/Deli, best Mexican/Salvadoran/Central/Cuban/Latin, best burgers/fries, best bakery/bagels, best Gyms, best Ethiopian , best Sushi, best bookstores, best movie theaters, best sports bars, best barbers and hair salons, best brunch, favorite clothing stores, favorite place to get oysters best breakfast sandwiches, best Tacos, best Farmers Markets best dumplings, best pupusas, best Pho, best Food Trucks, best Chicken Wings, best tots/toppings, best mac and cheese, best shoe repair, best fish n chips and best Crab cakes.

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Thanks to SAF for the suggestion we revisit this question which we last spoke about back in 2015. When we posted about the kudos from the New York Times some folks reflexively mentioned the bad stuff. Yes, yes, cities have bad things – we chronicle them everyday. I do not shrug them off but sincerely hope we as a community can address them thoughtfully. The negative that exists here and in many major metropolitan areas does not mean that D.C. doesn’t deserve the kudos. In fact D.C. is not just a great place to visit it is also great place to live. Overall, we are very very lucky. Ed. Note: If you don’t feel this way, feel free to sit this one out – thanks. So, for my fellow Washingtonians – what are your favorite parts about living in the District of Columbia circa 2020?

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