Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Seven Quick Takes: Things I Learned in DC

On May 22, we are moving to Savannah, Georgia. I am super excited and super freaked out at the same time, because so much has to happen between now and then. So any thoughts I have on the subject happen while I'm stuck in DC traffic, and today while pushing my way between cars on the K St. service road, I thought about the things I learned during my sojourn. 

Get familiar with local radio stations. You'll get the traffic report, the weather report, and deals for free tickets to concerts. My husband has DC 101's number in his cell for this purpose, and he's got it down to a science.

It's easier to change lanes in bumper to bumper traffic than it is when it's crowded but allows for 55 mph speeds. Just stick your nose right out there. Be all that you can be.

Maryland is littered with traffic cameras, but you won't know it until you get a ticket in the mail for driving with the flow of traffic 10 miles above the speed limit.

If you want to avoid "bros", avoid Ballston and Adam's Morgan. If you want to avoid hipsters, avoid Dupont Circle and Columbia Heights. If you want to avoid yuppies who want the best summer schools to teach their children Latin, stay out of Fairfax and Arlington counties. If you want to avoid pedestrians who dart in front of cars, you're out of luck.

Fireworks in DC look like fireworks at home. The only difference is the suffocating mob at L'Enfant metro station.

Don't talk to people on public transit: let us read our Metro News Daily in peace.


  1. Hi! I found you're blog on 7Qts and the title stuck out to me because I grew up in College Park, MD and lived in NoVA for 7 years before I found my hubby on line and move to Pittsburgh. Your Qts made me smile only the way that someone who's lived through those things would. Thanks for sharing and good luck with the move!

    1. Super cool - my husband has been working at a church in College Park. We live in NOVA so it's quite a hike :) And you're definitely from around here if you call it nova.