Washington, DC

Countdown as of 11:54am Wednesday

From an email:

“the basics are: city-wide blast at 5:00 pm on Friday 9/18 to announce the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, which begins that evening. Anyone who has a shofar (ram’s horn) is invited to blow the shofar from wherever they will be. If they’d like, they can pin their location on the map at www.theblastdc.com so others in their vicinity can hear. If folks don’t have a shofar but want to hear a blast, they can check out the pins on the map and find something in hearing distance nearby.”

More about The Blast: Read More


Let’s Talk Tipping!

“Dear PoPville,

On the last pickup day before Christmas I like to put out an envelope with a card and a few bucks for the workers who pick up my trash and recycling all year. Since they’re picked up separately I put out two envelopes. I didn’t want to brave leaving the envelopes out overnight so this morning around 7:30 I put out the two cans and taped an envelope to each lid. I happened to look out around 8:30 and noticed that the recycling had been picked up and the trash hadn’t – and both envelopes were gone!

I have to assume that either the recyclers took it, or a grinchly passerby. If the recyclers took it, does anyone know if the DPW workers have any sort of tip-pooling? Were they safe-guarding it for their trash-collecting brothers? Or was it just pilfered? At this point it’s too late but I’m curious what became of it.”

Let’s also take this opportunity to share who else do we tip, and if you feel comfortable how much do you give them.


Photo by PoPville flickr user Tim Brown

And since I follow, sorta, the federal schedule I do too – double huzzah!! From The White House:

“Executive Order on Providing for the Closing of Executive Departments and Agencies of the Federal Government on December 24, 2019

All executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government shall be closed and their employees excused from duty on Tuesday, December 24, 2019, the day before Christmas Day.”

So anyone have fun travel plans? When do you leave?


Photo by PoPville flickr user angela n.

Thanks to A. for sending “Too Soon?” Well, given our track record

From DPW:

“Holiday Trees and Greenery will be collected December 27 – January 31. Residents in DPW-serviced households are asked to call 311 to make an appointment to schedule their collection between December 27 – January 10.

Trees and Greenery should be placed in front of residents’ homes or taken to the drop off locations where they will be composted and made available to residents at no charge. Please remove all ornaments and lights and do not place trees and greenery in bags. Read More


courtesy Shouk

Oh my goodness, and this is not just the Sole talking, this looks legit.  From Shouk:

“Yes, we’ve got latkes! Classic potato latkes and spicy harissa ones, served with cashew labneh and applesauce so everyone’s happy. And for dessert, our special chocolate hummus and fried sugared pita. Find both on our catering menu all throughout December.” Read More


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