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!
Thanks to Justin for sending this magnificent listing from the one and only Tom Faison via MRIS:
“Five black Suburbans in an urban fairy-tail, Georgetown abandoned by an upscale cabinet, well-healed, found roaming the softer side of the Capitol Dome. Iconic Hill Compound, enclave courtyard, guest quarters, fabled to be stables, Secret Service roost, egos to boost, heads of state visit, members pivot, nothing complicit in private meals, cutting deals, pay for plays stay, right price, overnight.”
In the words of the great Daniel Pinkwater has Faison finally popped his cork, flipped his wig, blown his stack, dropped his stopper, gushed his mush, lost his marbles, and slipped his hawser?
I guess when the photos are this good you could write the description in German and it wouldn’t matter.
More jaw dropping photos here.
For the curious, the 6 bed/3 full bath/2 half baths at 131 11th Street, SE is going for $2,295,000.
Photo by PoPville flickr user Pablo Raw
Today’s question comes from a reader:
“Where are the best bars to watch tennis? I know most bars will happily turn on the Grand Slam tournaments, but I’m wondering if any will show the “smaller” 500 or 1000 level tournaments. I guess I could suck it up and buy the Tennis Channel, but I would love to find a new tennis viewing spot that’s not my couch..”
But since I get these questions pretty frequently I thought it would be good to have one spot to start referring folks. So in addition to tennis – where are your favorite bars to watch the olympics, soccer, baseball, college football, pro football, hockey, basketball, cricket, rugby or any other sport your a fan of? If you have recommendations please include what neighborhood the bar is located in – thanks!
Photo by PoPville flickr user Tim Brown
“What food trucks are people talking about these days? I work at L’Enfant where we have a lot of trucks out front each day but the quality and options seems to have tanked. For every 1 good one there are about 9-10 mediocre to terrible ones.”
So what the hell happened? Saturated market? Too long lines? Better brick and mortar options for lunch? What are the good food trucks left that you genuinely enjoy?
How has Metro’s decreased rush hour service been impacting peoples’ commutes? How do we get the ridership data that informed WMATA’s decision about service levels? I travel from Georgia Ave to Archives, and since they reduced service (eliminated yellow line service and reduced frequency of cars), a lot of people at U Street and Shaw typically haven’t been able to board the trains, and today they closed the doors on people as they were trying to exist at Chinatown because there were so many people.”
Metrorail service levels
On Metrorail, changes are being made to service levels during rush-hours only, where trains will run every 8 minutes on each colored line, rather than every 6 minutes on most lines today. On the Red Line, trains will run every 4 minutes between Grosvenor and Silver Spring; trains between Shady Grove and Glenmont will run every 8 minutes.
The Blue Line, which today runs every 12 minutes during rush hours, will see an increase in service with trains running every 8 minutes — the same as all other lines.
Rush+ Yellow Line service between Franconia-Springfield and Greenbelt will be discontinued. During rush hours, all Yellow Line trains will operate between Huntington and Mt Vernon Square. (Yellow Line service will be extended to Fort Totten during off-peak hours.) Riders north of Mt Vernon Square should use Green Line trains for continuing service.
Rendering via The Wharf
Foo Fighters will be playing the grand opening of the new music venue, Anthem, in Southwest Waterfront.The show is October 12th.
While this will undoubtedly be a great show, the tickets are $100 – $175 before fees. I love the Foo Fighters and I don’t know how much the band controls ticket prices, but this seems like a jerk move to their fans.”
Since I really have no idea, I’m curious what you guys think – jerk move or not?
Well all the Wawa excitement has me thinking about fast casual (back in my day we called it fast food grumble grumble) so please indulge me. There are way too many today to do a poll so let’s just give our answer in the comments. I’ll list as many as I can think of here – but if (when I surely) leave some out please do include them in the comments. I’m thinking for lunch. Ok here goes, Sweetgreen, Chopt, Roti, Taylor Gourmet, A. Litteri, Buredo, Chipotle, Wiseguys Pizza, District Taco, Takorean, Cava Grill, Nando’s Peri Peri, Chix, SeoulSpice, Eatsa, Wiseguys NY Pizza, Ben’s Chili Bowl, Sundevich, Chaia, Merzi… God, we really do have a ton of options, anyway you get the idea. Where’s your favorite fast casual lunch spot? And remember today’s the last day for Pedro and Vinny’s Burrito Cart on K Street.
Looking for a little levity today so this one comes from a friend after we were just joking around about terrible restaurant concepts. And of course it can be real, like Cereal Bowl, or imagined. Have at it!