Monday, February 28, 2011

podcast... I mean just a normal bar experience

Day 17: YouMeThemEveryone Podcast

The original event I had planned for this Thursday no longer existed when I re-looked it up to make sure I had all my info correct.  So on this Thursday I was in a slight predicament about what to do.  Do I just do nothing this day and double up on another day or frantically search the internet for something to do?
I went with the second option.  
And at the last minute –right around 7:45- I found an event that started at 8:30 in an area of town I’ve never been in, for a live taping of a podcast.  (technically this could be 3 new things; new bar, location, and  podcast)

When I arrived I got a great spot at the bar.  Great not b/c it was close to the stage, but great b/c it was at the bar.  And for those of you who don’t know sitting at the bar is really the only option when you go out by yourself.
I made a temporary friends with the girl sitting next to me.  She was waiting for two of her friends to show up and we were both in the awkward… hmmm, what to do now stage?  We talked about my 28 things in 28 days and she told me about the time she devoted a whole year to saying “Yes” more.  It was a great time.  
A great time until her friends showed up and she decided to talk to them instead of me.

But I was soon “saved” by an old guy sitting next to me; an old guy who was probably only in his late 30’s or early 40’s, worked in the real estate business, and was unmarried.  All of which are factors that immediately freak me out.  We talked for a good 10 minutes about DC, Iowa, random authors, flag footballs, the best DC areas to live in (which is not the area in which I currently live), meeting new people, etc. 
When he left I was both happy and sad.  Happy b/c I didn’t have to talk to him anymore and sad b/c now I had no one to talk to.

Anyway:  back to the podcast.
Let’s see they had a host who would occasionally say something profound, a comedian who was 18 or 19 who made lots of jokes about sex and drinking –a college house party would have really loved him- he was mediocre, and a band that was surprisingly good.
And that was basically it.  I couldn’t really hear the main part of the podcast, but I’m not really stressing over it and don’t really care.

My temporary friend I made at the beginning of the night introduced me to her friends and they tried to give me suggestions for me 28 things.
Which included; going to the top of the Washington monument (already did), Sunday brunch (which I guess is a big deal here in DC, but I work weekends), go on a happy hour bar crawl (once again I work weekends), and go to a make your own beer place (hmm, I live on a budget).

Conclusion:  I really liked the bar (the looking glass lounge) and if I lived closer to the area I would go there more often.  I could have cared less about the podcast. 

If I had a Trillion Dollars I'd be Rich

Day 16: Trillion Dollar Question
The one word I would use to describe this event is awkward.
The first 5 minutes were okay… we walked in.  it was FREE.  And we got FREE food. 
I mean what could be better?

The only thing I remembered from the description to this event was “high school students who made 3 minute videos about what they would do with a trillion dollars.” I was oblivious before this event started about the hiding meaning of this event.  Even though I should have connected the trillion dollar question in my head… I didn’t.

As soon as I walked in I figured it out, they had FREE stuff all over the room with this image on it.---> 
And I am all too familiar with this image from the days I actually went to political events in Iowa. 

The event started after a brief unorganized introduction. And they did show a 3 min video.  But it was only one videonot numerous like I thought- and it was a video that won some national award.**

I didn't feel like looking through all the videos but here is the youtube link. 

The video itself was average at best.  But I can overlook that since the kids are in High School and probably don’t have access to fancy mancy video equipment.

And their whole video/presentation mostly consisted on using the trillion dollars to re-do the education system.  (They were from Baltimore and the education system there is in some desperate need of some repair)

After the video there was a Q and A session with the kids.
And this is when it got awkward.

The room was filled with middle class white individuals who were there with their own political agenda.
They didn’t ask questions. They gave 5 minute long speeches that had a closed ended question at the end.

These “adults” wanted to know what these kids were going to do about; issues in Africa, preventing future wars, and one person even asked if they were going to try to get DC a representative in congress…. Seriously? 
These kids don’t even live in dc and are not old enough to vore.

It was just an awkward situation to witness. 

And I'm these HS students had an amazing day.  They won an awards, got to go to John Kerry’s office, were offered internships after they graduated, and got to travel all around dc.  and these “adults” only cared about their own agenda.

Conclusion: next time I’m going to avoid these type of events.

Also,  this was at Bus Boys and Poets which is an amazing place within itself.... they have all sorts of events like; weekly poetry slams, documentary screenings, book signings, etc …. I will not hold this event against a Bus Boy and Poets normal sponsored event.

** the contest also looked like it had a lot of perks and looks really exciting. (You can see the link here) and I’m sure the contest itself is great.  I just feel bad for this one aspect of the contest.  

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Solo film screening

Day 15: Bloombars film screening.
FreeinDC references this organization at least once a week –if not more- and I decided since there was nothing else going on Tuesday that I would head to their “donation based” movie event.  I did my typical walk by first and checked out the place.  It was a small location and a place I’ve walked by lots before. (Sometimes in the fall they would open their doors and have dance/yoga stuff going on.)

I walked in up to the door right before 7:30 and the door was locked and as quickly as I was going to turn away I noticed that someone came up to unlock the door. 
I walk in and I saw a bunch of empty chairs.
I was literally the only person in the room besides the two volunteers putting on this event.
To make this clear: I was the only person there that wasn’t associated with the organization. 

They restarted the movie for me, gave me some popcorn, orange juice, flyers, and I felt obligated to leave a 4 dollar donation (even though it stated that 8-10 was the average donation, I thought that was a little much.
About 15 mins into the film another individual shows up and I was no longer alone.  Yippy!
The film was interesting and whatnot… I’m  not sure if it was worth my 4 dollars, but I’m still glad I can say I’ve gone to a film screening where I was one of the only people there. 

Afterwards they decided it was completely necessary to discuss the film as a group. 
And to restate for those you aren’t following along.  It was me, the two volunteers, and the guy who showed up late… 4 people.
We discussed the film.  Lots of “what’s your opinion?” “can you relate to the film? "whats your feelings on brands like forever 21?" “invite your friends next time!

A clip of the film: Made In LA

Monday, February 21, 2011

DC scavenger hunt

Day 13: Scavenger Hunt
The American Red Cross hosted a Scavenger Hunt last Sunday to advertise their Oscar Night event.  Online the event stated it would go from 2-5:00 We learned later that this was a lie, it started at 2:30 and they told us it would end at 4:30.  (The 4:30 was also a lie, but that vent will come later on.)

Allison and I were pretty cocky before we started, mostly b/c
1) We are young
2) We generally walk everywhere
3) Allison has a Smartphone

The first clue was super easy:              
At this location, iconic treasures and artifacts took on a life of their own in this 2009 movie.
Duh- Night at the Museum.  National History Museum
At this point I was loving my knowledge of children movies.

Next Clue:
A real document significant to or country’s history featured in a 2004 film is housed in this building and this location is also featured in an Academy Award winning film starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman about two journalist investigating the Watergate Scandal for the Washington Post.
Duh- National Archives

This location is where Forrest reunited with Jenny, where John and Jeremy sit to discuss whether they are too old to be crashing weddings, and where Frank and Lily eat ice cream after Frank successfully saves the life of a president.
Duh- the reflecting pool, Lincoln Memorial.
This was the first time we saw someone get in to a taxi.  I suppose for this mom and son combo the hike up the mall was a little too much.

On June 16, 1972, a security guard at this location discovered a piece of tape on the lock of the door that led to the National Democratic Headquarters. That simple act brought down a President, a story told in this movie.
Duh- Watergate
At this point we were positive that we would be the first to finish who would have walked the whole way.

The film features Clint Eastwood as a Secret Service agent who chases after a would-be presidential assassin.
Ummm… wtf?
They gave us a clue that it was a restaurant.
Ummm…. Wtf?
The two girls in front of us got in a taxi.

And we literally had no idea where we were heading.
Allison got out her smart phone and we could only come up with the name of the movie.  And I texted everyone in my phone who I thought knew anything about Clint Eastwood movies.  I only got one response.
My friend Ed told me to go to the “Hey Adam” hotel.  We walked in that direction and saw no one wearing the Red Cross jacket.  We quickly decided that it must have been Old Ebbitt Grill and heads in that direction… but still no Red Cross jacket. 

We spend the next 15 mins wondering around the White House without seeing anyone.  At about 4:13 we decided that we would just go to the beginning and end location to figure out where the correct location was. 

We walked up and asked and their response was “The White House.” my response was “that’s not a restaurant” and all smug they stated that “oh, that one is the Old Ebbitt Grill and there was one more clue after that
We stated “but we went to the Old Ebbitt Grill!”  There response was yet another smug response stating that they pulled everyone in at 4… our only response was “wtf, you said we had until 4:30
Needless to say we were bitter and tired.

Not to mention that we walked all over DC but we didn’t have time to take any pictures…I took one photo.  one photo that won't upload right now. 

And to visuals how far we walked, I googled mapped it for you all.
it says we walked 7.6 miles and that it should take 2 hours and 32 mins... I don't know if I believe that, but I'm not going to argue with google maps.

And the winners are posted on their website and I’m pretty sure I didn’t see this family at the start. 

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Lion Cubs

Doing something every day is really taking a lot out of me.
First off I can’t tell you the last time I had time to do my laundry and b/c of this I’ve had to wear dresses to work all week… I have no idea what I’m going to wear tomorrow.
Secondly I have no time to blog
Thirdly I really want to put up pics of the lion cubs from the zoo on Monday.  But I feel like I can’t because I haven’t posted about the scavenger hunt I went to on Sunday.
…. But who cares.  I’m posting the pics.
So this is day 14.  And day 13 will be posted later. 

Day 14: Lion Cubs

Yeah, I know super cute!

On Monday it was perfect zoo weather and I looked up when was the best time to see them -fyi: they come out every day at about 12:30- I was prepared with my camera and everything. 

i love the zoo 

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Drink Specials

Day 11 and 12: Miller Lite Specials
editor note: in college I was too good to drink Miller Lite.  Why would I drink Miller Lite when Bud Light cost the same? but it seems that Miller Lite is the only beer here that has specials. It's weird sometimes you can find a can of PBR that cost more than a bottle of Miller. 

On Friday I decided my thing was going to be happy hours with my coworkers.
Sure, I had Friday off and it isn’t a real exciting “event” but I can count the amount of times I’ve done happy hour on one hand.  And a couple of week’s back we went out after work for a coworker’s birthday, had a good time, and decided to do it again. 
After a week of debate we decided on  Buffalo Billiards in Dupont Circle.  My knowledge of Dupont Circle is literally none.  I don’t live close to the area and I live right by Adams Morgan –if I was going to go to a bar by myself it would be one close to where I live, not a 15 min walk away

On Friday people started showing up around 6:30, and by that time I was already on my 2nd HH Miller Lite and already consumed half of my cheesy fries.  Yuuummm. 

All and all it was a good night.  We played pool, talked about work eye candy, drank, ate, wondered around, and eventually departed ways.  
around 9 Allison and I left and headed over to Columbia Station in Adams Morgan (and I already expressed how much I love their nightly free jazz)

There I had my first “small town DC” experience.  We ran into a guy who use to work with Allison and who I met in September.  (he has an amazing cool job and basically plays on social media sites all day.  You can see his twitter here.) 
We enjoyed a glass of wine and the amazing jazz they have. 
After about an hour we decided to head home. - I came to the conclusion that the wine made us ridiculously tired-

That night when I woke up 4am.  I decided drinking wine after a good handful of beers is not a good idea. 

Anti-Valentine’s day bar event.

In my 28things fashion I decided to hit up the Washington post events page to see what was going on Saturday.  I came across a bar event that mentioned something about a giant shredder to shred old love letters.  And I thought.  Hell Yes! This sound like an awesome event!

The bar -bottom line- was located next to a bunch of business in the Farrgut West area and was right next to a random bar that had intense lights, a line to get in, and a bunch of girls not wearing coats and pants waiting to get in.  (not to mention that the traffic in this area was crazy)  
When we arrived I didn’t see a gigantic shredder that was advertised –but I also didn’t ask- but they did have 2.50 bottles of Miller Lite and you could win a trip to Lake Tahoe.
The crowd itself was interesting and was this weird mix of old and young people.  Some people might describe it as a townie bar, but it was in the middle of a business district… so that doesn’t really make sense.
But by the end of the night I had fun.  They only charged me for 4 Miller Lites and they were sending around a sheet of paper where you could diss your ex…. This was awesome all by itself.

On our walk back home we wondered into a new bar/restaurant called “Fiesta.”  I automatically thought of college and Fiesta Mexico with their cheap margaritas.
This place was not as cool and their margaritas tasted like cheap margarita mix.
I do not think I'll be going back to "Fiesta" anytime soon. 

Monday, February 14, 2011

Film: Raja

Day 10:   North Africa Film Festival.
The African Art Museum is hosting a weekly film festival where every Thursday they show a different North African Film, this past week was “Raja”
When I arrived I realized that I should have come right after work. 
1) the front seats are the best, thanks to the subtitles and 
2) it seemed that they handed out movie theater candy early on. 
I sat next to an older gentleman unaware of the content of the film. 

Yeah, a whole film of awkward sexual tension

Conclusion: I like films, I like discussions about films, I like subtitles.

I don’t like being uncomfortable during a film.
(it could have been worse.  I could have been watching Black Swan with my dad) 

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Holocaust Museum Lecture

Day 9: Holocaust Museum
Wednesday was the annual J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Annual Lecture at the USHMM.  These are generally events I love to attend.  Mostly b/c it is a topic that I’m actually interested in and I have some previous knowledge about what they are talking about to know what is important to take from the lecture.
And I’m always impressed by whoever the museum gets to talk at these lectures.  This specific event was about Babi Yar: Site of Mass Murder, with presenter Dr. Karel C. Berkhoff.  His background is just intense – you can read his bio here- I'm always amazed by people who have a vast knowledge about one topic… especially a topic that is a forgotten part of holocaust history.

The lecture itself was depressing, but in an uplifting informative type of way.  if that makes any sense- it definitely left me with a type of feeling of being glad that I now know more about this topic. 

And unlike the other events I've attended there weren’t any annoying individuals on their cell phones.  (Or perhaps I wasn’t paying attention to other people)

And..... there was a reception afterwards!  This meant free wine and desserts. –which is weird itself considering that topic matter and the fact that we were at the holocaust museum-  but as a individual living on a budget I had no problem having a free glass of wine and a couple of bit sized brownies. 

I was also very impressed with the good mix of old and young people who showed up.  Sure I recognized a good handful of them who actually work/intern/volunteer at the museum but there were young people who I didn’t recognize.  So way to go young DC folks for attending a depressing event. 

Saturday, February 12, 2011


Day 8: Espionage in the Civil War.
This was a National Archives sponsored event that took place at the Spy Museum.
I arrived about fifteen minutes before it started and it was already pretty packed. There were two empty spots in the back row.  I asked this girl with perfectly curling ironed curled hair, makeup, high heels, pencil skirt, and blouse on if anyone was sitting in these spots. *  She gave me a “how dare you ask me that” look.  And responded with "someone is sitting in this spot." 
Hmm, pause. 
Well is anyone sitting in this other spot?  And one of her friends answered.  It was as if she couldn't believe that a girl with her hair in a pony tail would talk to her… b/c we were obviously in different levels.

Her other friend never showed up and she refused to move her coat from the empty seat, even though there were lots of people standing behind her. (She eventually gave it up about ten minutes into the event and after someone basically pulled her coat off to sit there) 

The event was a little over an hour and consisted of 3 individuals talking about different spies during the civil war and more specifically the role of female’s spies during the war.  It was interesting for the sole purpose of comparing and contrasting how much society has changed and evolved since then.  I suppose if I should have taken anything from this it is that being a woman during the civil war era wasn’t the greatest thing in the world, but being a spy would have been awesome.  -Well at least in contrast with being a male spy, as a female you probably wouldn’t have been killed.-

They had a Q and A part afterwards.  And I always find these hilarious.  Generally half of the questions are from individuals who read a book/watched a movie about one aspect of espionage that the panel didn’t discuss and ask a questions about something crazy.  And the other half are just random questions that have nothing to do with the civil war or espionage.

* I don’t understand how girls can look pretty and put together after 8 hours of work.  I get the whole reapplying makeup, but how do you keep your hair cute.
This girl and her friend spent the whole time texting back and forth and flirting with the guys around them.  It was distracting and annoying.  But they did leave about 30 minutes early after they spent 15 minutes debating out loud it the other one wanted to leave or not.  Seriously?  Who did they even attend the event? 

Friday, February 11, 2011

GWU: Live From the White House

Day 7: White House Press Security Panel

This may be classified as my first real “legitimate” DC event I’ve been to.  I came across this one this past weekend and by that time the online reservation was already closed.  But I decided I would take the chance and stand out in the cold in the stand by line. 

But this story starts way before the 7 o’clock event.
To begin with the GWU campus and I have a love/hate relationship.  And when I say that I mean GWU campus hates me and I still decided to continually go back to it. (example, I got lost around it my first weekend in dc)

This time I took the metro from work.  I got off and automatically turned left thinking that was the right way.  I walk two blocks and realize I’m walking the wrong way and turn back.  I walk 4 more blocks and realize that I wrote down the metro address as the address of the venue instead of the correct address.  Then I walk back the opposite way another block to where I last saw a map.  And I stand in a dirt pile to read the map (why? Why? Are these maps always in the middle of grassy areas?  They should just be on the sidewalk.)  and I realize that I’m about 4 blocks away from the venue.  I start walking and I walk a block and a half out of my way again.

…. By this point you should get the point that it literally took me almost 30 mins to find this place that was 4 mins from the metro. 
The only good part to walking out of my way was that I only had to stand outside for about 10 minutes before they let the stand-by-line inside.

The event itself was entitled “Live from the White House: Making and Shaping the News” and was a panel of 4 individuals who were former Press Securities.  Two individuals who served under Clinton; Dee Dee Myers and Mike McCurry  and two under W. Bush; Dana Perino and Ari Fleischer.  
-you can watch the event here

I would say the event main purpose was to show how much their job as changed over the past 20 years, thanks to the new role of 24 hours news media.  I only sensed a small percent of bitterness among the panel when discussing the downfall of newspapers. 
They also tried to show how journalists frame what issues are talked about. (But in reality this is a topic that anyone who as ever taken an introduction class in any journalist/media/politics/etc class would know.)
I have major issues with some aspects of journalism classes.  Especially ones that I took at Iowa and ones where my professors spent the whole semester talking down blogs.  Seriously? Stop being bitter, you can’t change the way media is changing…. But that is an issue that I’ll vent about later

I would say I enjoyed the event -even though I didn’t really learn anything new- but I enjoyed their personal stories and clever jokes.

Conclusion: 4 things that annoyed me.
1)  Dana Perino sexy dress/boot combo.  It is cold outside; I don’t want to see your bare legs in February.  But then again she probably can afford a driver or taxi… so I guess she isn’t walking anywhere

2) the guy who introduced everyone read his script off of an iPad.  Yuck

3) The individuals around me who spent their whole time on their smart phones instead of paying attention.  This drives me insane.  Don’t they understand that they go to this great school that has these great conversation series and all they want to do is check their email?  It is distracting and annoying.  I mean I went to a public school in Iowa and the most exciting university sponsored lecture I went to was in a small lecture hall that could fill max about 200 people.  And I definitely didn’t have any professors who also work at CNN or any major news organization.  If anything this made me even more annoyed with these DC students who have no idea how lucky they are.

4) The fake laughing people do when they know something is suppose to be funny, but haven’t completely figured out why it should be funny.  

** from what I saw from the tweeter world. people really loved this event.  Maybe  I was indifferent about it because I'm no-longer a student and a bitter "adult." (or, perhaps b/c I have these major problems with Journalism classes) 

Jazz, Jazz, Jazz

Day 5 and 6: Jazz
In typical Kelsey job selections I have a DC job where I only get one weekend off a month and this past weekend was not that weekend.  If it was I would have ventured over to Chinatown and enjoyed the New Years events or perhaps participated in a Super Bowl activity (or maybe a non-super bowl activity).  Instead I worked until 6 ever night and after the hour it would take me to get anywhere –thanks DC public transportation for only running every 30 mins on the weekend- I would need an event after 7.  That was nearly impossible.

SO I guess you could say I took the easy way out and instead of looking intensely on every online DC event page, I just decided to see some live jazz two nights in a row.
The first night I ventured over to the zoo barwhich is ironically right across from the zoo- and in Adam Morgan/Woodley park fashion it was what people would consider a “dive” bar.  But I like "dive" bars so I had no problem with that. 
I decided to go after “free in DC” told me that “big boy little band performs at Zoo Bar every first SAT of the month at 10:00pm, Free.”  And really it was the free part that convinced me.  and plus I liked the name of the bar.  
It took me about a 20 min walk to get there and I probably only stayed for 30-40 mins.  The crowd was better than some of the other jazz venues I’ve been to and the band was pretty good.  Nothing insanely special or over the top, but just good.

Oh, I also went to Five guys on Saturday.  Which is the first time I’ve been to one in DC (I believe I went once with Kassie in FL.)  I got a small cheeseburger and regular fries… I loved that I had left over peanuts and fries the next day!

On Sunday.
I had a debate all day if I should just go to a bar and watch the Super Bowl.  But decided against that once I realized that I didn’t care about who was playing and can’t remember the last time I actually watched the game (or any professional football game for that matter.
After work I went to the gym with Ruth.  Which was great on its own b/c no one was there.
After our workout we decided that eating greasy food would be a good idea and we we decided to head over to Columbia Station to enjoy their nightly jazz they have.  (I’ve been their multiple times, but considering the first place we wanted to go wasn’t playing jazz on Sunday bc of the football game… I decided to count this as a thing.)
When we walked in there were more member of the band then people watching them.  To be exact there was 2 people in the audience. 
We sat down got some food and enjoyed a couple of jazz songs.  
This bar had exactly 0 TVs and one serverIt was great!  And when I’ve been there in the past we generally have a girl server who looks likes she could have been in an episode of the Bachelor.  This time there was this –who I would consider- clever.witty.guy who wore flannel and had a beard.sever.guy.  

Needless to say I enjoyed the Columbia Station atmosphere on Super Bowl Sunday.

We left shortly after an old guy at the bar who was drinking red wine and mix drinks –at the same time- asked us to dance.  Umm, no.
The guy sitting at the Bar was the one who asked us to dance with him...

Conclusion: I’m a big fan of jazz.  And I promise that the rest of my activities this week were more legitimate. 

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Haircut and LoveCafe

Day 4: Haircut and LoveCafé.
I know I know I had the day off and all I did was get my haircut and go to a new coffee place.  But let  me tell you it took a lot of guts
Literally the last time I got my haircut was almost a year ago – back then I decided I should get bangs, it was a bad decision that I had to live with for a month- and after talking about getting a haircut for the past month I decided that today was a good day to get one. 

And I don’t think you understand how stressful this is.  1) I have this wazy/curly/fizzy hair situation going on.  2) I use cheap hair products 3) I live in a new city which means a new haircut place.

And I hate having to make small talk with the hair stylist person.  And I hate that I have glasses and I constantly have to take them on/off when she ask me what I think about a certain length.  And I hate when they tell me I should use better shampoo or hair styling cream.  I hate being tricked into buying $30 product –I didn’t this time, but I hate having to say “I’ll get it later”-  

But the one thing I absolutely hate is when they don’t blow dry my hair completely.  I understand that it is better for my hair to naturally dry half way b/c it will make it less frizzy.  But it is winter (sure it is “nice” winter today, but still cold) and I hate being told that the curls aren’t as curly b/c you have been playing with my hair… yeah, I know I’ve been told this before time. 
The next time I’m just going to tell them to straighten my hair, bc when I get my haircut I want to feel like they are doing something special to my hair.

But whatev.  I got my hair cut and I’m still alive to tell about it.

I went to a place called Bang on U st.  And the lady was actually nice, and the place was great, and I did like the atmosphere.  I just hate the haircut process.

Also:  I’m at a place called LoveCafe right now.  It is associated with CakeLove.  I didn’t get any cake or bake goods.  But I’m just proud that I ventured out of my normal coffee place. (but they are playing some chessy music right now... so I don't know if this will be a regular place I go to)

And I suppose what I really should count as my 28 thing today was going to an author reading at Books-A-Million while I was waiting for Allison. But really this event confirmed that I do not like people reading to me.  (and plus I can't remember the book title or the author, so obviously it had no real effect on me)
Side note: but I still want to go to a Politics and Prose author event mostly b/c I think that would be more interesting and I feel like it is something you have to do while living in DC.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Literati Gong Show

Day 3: Literati Gong Show
7 authors who have 3 minutes to entertain the judges and the judges at any time can gong them if they get bored.   This event is one that I was excited about as soon as I found out about it.  It had all the makings to be a great event and it was held at a bar that I’ve wanted to go to for a while now. 

I had a prime spot at the bar and was all about being social and making new friends.  But the event quickly took a turn for the worse, when I realized the majority of the people in this room were here for some AWP conference.  I felt like I was surrounded by sophisticated people wearing dark-rimmed glasses, old guys wearing “old man” hats, and young people who seemed to already know each other.  I felt like a stranger who just crashed someone’s wedding.
Not that having dark rimmed glasses, wearing old man hats, or having friends is a bad thing…. But it was too much for me to handle all at once, and especially in one room.

Anyway: the event itself was interesting and things like this is only awkward before the event actually starts.  Plus, the majority of the authors had great short stories that were able to keep me entertained for about 35 mins. 
And afterwards the bar had karaoke, which is always fun.  And I got a jumbo pizza slice on my walk home. 
So all in all, it was better than just staying at home and doing nothing.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

28 things in 28 days

I decided to go with the “28 things in 28 days” for my February goal.

Do 28 different things that I normally wouldn’t do in 28 days.
1) It has to be 28 different things. 
2) I can take a day/night off as long as I double up one day/night.  (I decided this after I had a fear that I would get sick one night and want to go to bed early)
3) They have to be “sort-of… kind-of” DC-ish.  Meaning that it has to be something that I may not have the opportunity to do on a regularly basis in Iowa. For example: going to a free Jazz show.  Sure I could do this other places, but I can name 3 different places that have free Jazz tonight here.

Day 1: Poetry Slam
I went to the SE of DC.  (I’ve only ever been there once, it was definitely outside of my comfort zone) to go to a Poetry Slam. 
I’ve been telling myself for months that I was going to go to a spoken word event and never could convince myself to actually go to one.  I was afraid that it was going to be a bunch of girls with boy band lyrics complaining about an Ex. 
The event was put on by the Fridge and was being held to decide who would represent the Beltway in the Women of the World Poetry Slam.

I convinced Ruth to go with me and we were the first individuals to arrive. (I thought the event started at 7… but nope, 8) but it was okay, bc they asked us to be judges.
Yeah, judges!
So not only was this the first spoken word event I've ever been to, but I also got to be a judge and decide which individual would go to the WOW slam event.

It was pretty awesome!  Not only b/c I got to participate in an insignificant way, but also b/c there was some really talented women performing.
I had no idea that poetry could be so intense.
And I’m definitely looking forward to the next event.  

Day 2: vegan cupcakes
Someone once told me that Sticky Fingers was the “greatest place ever
This individual was a vegan, and loved that they only made vegan food.
Of course he told me this back in September and I’ve walked by it a million times, but never actually walked into it.  Mostly b/c I like deserts that have eggs, milk, and whatever non-vegan food is normally in desserts.

But I went.

I got a choc cupcake and a choc chip cookie.
My grand total was $3.75…  -I could have bought a bag of choc chip cookies for that much-
The cookie was hard and seemed to missing an ingredient (hmmm... probably eggs and real choc chips) but I like hard cookies, so there wasn’t much complaining going on.
And the cupcake tasted like a normal cupcake… but I don’t know how I feel about spending money on fancy vegan cupcakes. –but I’ve done it once and never have to do it again-

 A plus:  the guy behind the counter was super nice and it seemed like a cool place to hang out. 
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