DC’s New Kitchens on the Block #NKOTB

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DC’s New Kitchens on the Block @ Mess Hall

On March 19th, Mess Hall in Brookland, DC hosted their annual New Kitchens on the Block event where a bunch of the new restaurants that will be opening this year come together to preview some of what they are going to feature. It was all delicious, and by the time I left, I was full of very good food and mildly intoxicated, thankfully, DC is not without ride sharing services like Lyft and Uber… Check below for some photos from the event.

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My Week in the South

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Squat’n Gobble Spotted in Bluffton, SC

The other week, my day job sent me down to southern South Carolina for a week to help out with our sister company in the area. I was blamed for bringing cold weather with me, but otherwise, I noticed that everyone was so much nicer than I am used to in DC. Having been born here, I am well adjusted to how people in the area can be mean and don’t normally notice it until I am in a place were everyone is so nice. Below you can see some of the interesting, and not so interesting things that I spotted while I was down south. My trip included a side venture down to Savannah the day before St. Patrick’s.

#ExposedDC Opening

I have been offline for a bit, so I have some catching up to do. A couple of weeks ago, I made it to the opening of the Exposed DC photography exhibit. If you wanted some of the light appetizers, you had to be fast, because they disappeared before I had a chance to get any. I was more focused on the wine, and art, of course. Below are some pictures from the event.

Infinity Mirrors Exhibit at the Hirshhorn

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Infinity Mirrors @Hirshhorn

Saturday afternoon I was able to make it through the Infinity Mirrors exhibit at the Hirshhorn Museum. The exhibit was amazing and worth the long wait in lines to see each piece. There were five different rooms and two standalone pieces that make up the exhibit. Each of the rooms has a line you have to wait in to see the room. You go into the rooms in groups of two and they close the door to give you the effect of endless space caused by mirrors on all sides. You have about 20 seconds in each room to view the space and take pictures. It was a lot of fun, but you have to be prepared to stand in a lot of long lines. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes.

Below, please see the pictures that I took of the show.

Street Sweeping in DC Starts Today

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Picture from DC DPW

Please remember that today (March 1, 2017) is the start of DC’s street sweeping program for the year. Make sure to check the signs when you park and make sure that you are not on a block that is to be cleaned today. After a long “winter” a fair amount of trash builds up along the curbs of the city’s streets. Now we can look forward to cleaner streets, but we have to make sure to move our cars each week.

Jury Duty

Monday I had the pleasure of performing my civic duty by missing a day of work to sit in a room and wait around all day to not get picked for a jury. It’s reminiscent of my grade school days in gym class when you are waiting to get picked for a team for dodge ball, only this lasts 8 hours.

To the courts credit, the people involved tend to be very nice and the judges don’t tend to mind if you use wireless devices while you wait around to be called. You just can’t discuss anything about the case. The courthouse does have WiFi as well. It is not going to be as fast as the connection you have at home, but remember, you are not sharing that connection with nearly as many people. When tested, it was comparable to the speed of the connection I have at work. Fast enough to get work done, but not fast enough to get tickets to the Hirshhorn before they sold out.

New since the last time I was just two years ago are the device charging lockers in the jury lounge, and they have a charging station table like the ones that you see in the airport, each with multiple different connection types since we are far from having a universal plug for charging our phones.

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Dupont Underground

This past weekend I had the pleasure of touring the Dupont Underground. The have some very cool exhibits and the people running the tours are fun and friendly. I highly recommend going if you have the time and you are able to get tickets. The are also in need of support. The space is huge and much of it does not have power because years ago people came in and pulled out much of the copper wiring and plumbing, so if you are able to support them in any way, I am sure they would appreciate it. Click here For more information or to volunteer. Below are some pictures from my trip through the tunnels.

On Rye

Yesterday I happened to be in the Gallery Place/Chinatown area for work and realized that is where this On Rye place happens to be. I remember hearing about it a few months back, but didn’t have the chance to check it out when they opened, then forgot to do so.

I will say that I am glad I took the time to stop there for lunch. The staff was very friendly and the service was quick. The sandwich (I ordered the egg salad) was delicious and served on perfectly toasted rye (seriously, I don’t think I have ever seen a more perfectly toasted piece of bread), and it was enough food on its own that I did not feel the need to order a bag of chips or a cookie to go with it. However, I will say that you might want to get one of those cookies to save for later because they looked delicious as well.

If you have not had the chance to check it out yet, I highly recommend On Rye for a good, quick lunch.

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On Rye – 740 6th Street, NW

A Beautiful Weekend Ahead

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According to the weather reports, it is supposed to be sunny with a high of 67 degrees both days this weekend. I would suggest taking some time to get out and enjoy the weather. Forget about politics for a few hours and go for a hike, jog, or bike ride and enjoy some nature. Or at least grab a drink at a place with a patio.

Also feel free to take a stroll by the White House or Capital with a sign that lets them know how you feel. Call a senator or congressman and tell them to keep their #HandsOffDC.

Whatever you do, make sure you take advantage of the great weather that is coming our way after the past two cold days.

A Break from the News

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Since the news has been filled with more and more about the Trump administration  basically committing treason, but the Republicans are consistently putting party before country, I decided it is time to post something to help calm us all down. Take a minute to breathe and look at some of the pictures that I have taken over the past several months and forget about what is going on in the world for a few minutes. Then when you are relaxed again, make sure you get back out there and keep fighting the good fight.