Sep. 28th, 2013 09:56 pm
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On our way to check in for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention walk downtown this evening, we were coming around the Tidal Basin from the Jefferson Memorial, heading for Constitution Gardens. As we passed a couple who looked like they had stepped straight off the Jersey Shore set, they asked us, pointing to where we had just come from, "Is there anything over there?"

"Yeah, there's the Jefferson Memorial."

"Is there a shopping center over there or anything? We saw a sign for the National Mall."

"No, there's no shopping center for miles. The National Mall is an open area of lawn that runs between the Washington Monument and the Capitol Building."

"So is there any shopping around here?"

Date: 2013-09-29 07:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] galadrion.livejournal.com
And thanks to the gun control crowd, we're not allowed to put these idiots out of our misery...

Date: 2016-10-09 01:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] allaboutweather.livejournal.com
Don't worry, I had no sense of direction when I walked out of the Metro station by the Smithsonian. I thought I was looking north when I was looking west. XD

Other than that, I had no problem getting around D.C. :)

Anyway, how do you like the nation's capital? I ask because I might end up there if a possible interview goes right. I know D.C.'s an expensive place to live (I'd have to get a couple roommates to split expenses for an apartment, even in the suburbs) but I don't want to turn down my one job opportunity after months of searching. Ironic, isn't it? Nothing in my area but one nearly halfway across the country. :)

DC area

Date: 2016-10-09 04:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] laurie-robey.livejournal.com
There are only a couple of things I don't like about the DC area. One is the cost of living. While it's nowhere near as bad as some other places (Silicon Valley, Manhattan, etc.) it is still much more expensive than your "average" American place. But you have access to a lot of things around here that you don't have in the "average" American place.

Another thing I don't like is the summer. It's hot and worse, humid. It gets as hot and humid as places farther south, but not for as long. One way we deal with the summer is to stay in air conditioned places as much as possible when it's really disgusting. If it's a bad summer (and we've just had the hottest year on record), the dewpoint can be in the 70s and 80s from May through September. It doesn't bother some other people as much as it does us. But there are plenty of people around who hate the humidity as much as we do.

Traffic is also crazy here. It regularly switches rankings for worst traffic with San Francisco and Los Angeles. But the traffic can be mitigated depending on where you live and work and when you have to go into work. Earlier is better, generally.

Having said all that, there are plenty of things I like about the area. Autumn and Spring are beautiful, and Winter can be too, if you're into the occasional snowstorms we get here. We've just gotten into the weather I love the most right now. Sunny, low 60s for a high, low humidity. *bask*

And there are lots of intelligent people around. You've got a lot of the amenities of larger cities without some of the downsides. I love being near the cultural institutions: museums, libraries, performing arts, bookstores (although there aren't as many out in the suburbs as I'd like), movie theaters, the Library of Congress, major airports (Dulles and National in Virginia, BWI a bit farther away in Baltimore). There are multiple public television and radio stations, and solid high-speed internet access is available.

I guess it depends on what you're looking for in a place.

RE: DC area

Date: 2016-10-10 03:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] allaboutweather.livejournal.com
There's biking, geocaching and quite a bit of nightlife too. :)

Yeah, this past summer was pretty brutal with the heat and humidity. I guess that was what a Southeast summer was like.

Ocean City, Maryland isn't that far away so there are beaches and hiking within a reasonable distance so it'd be a good day trip.

It's always best to beat rush hour traffic. Yeah, the Metro isn't perfect but I see it as a way to get around the traffic problem. I'd rather take a 20-30 minute train ride home than sit 1-2 hours in traffic any day. :)

I haven't looked too much into apartments but that's what I'll do next, just as long as it's by a Metro station and as long as it's not in a sketchy area. That's probably wishful thinking. XD

Hopefully there are quite a few weather and geo geeks. :D


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