Here I am living in Washington DC. If you asked me 6 months ago what my life would be like I would have told you that I would still be living in NY working some crummy job to make ends meet. However things didn’t work out that way and instead of working a crummy job to support myself in NY I now live in crummy DC (it’s not really that crummy) and have a good job (albeit I don’t work enough). So what have I learned this past month, well quite a few things actually.
1. DC has the worst subway system ever (well maybe not the worst but it still kind of blows). I think it was designed by a bunch of people who had no idea how to design a subway, and didn’t believe in the need to design with an eye towards future needs (more on this later though in an upcoming pet peeves post).
2. Holy shit it’s humid as fuck here and this is a mild (MILD they said hah!) summer.
3. The transition from student to working stiff has been painless and (gasp!) I actually like my job and look forward to going to work (double gasp!). For the last four plus years I have done nothing but go to school, drink, do homework, drink, and at times sleep. It’s was rough but work (or the real world as some people call it) is so much easier. I work my shift then I’m off to do whatever I want (drink) without worrying about some paper I have to write. It’s fantastic. For the first time in years my free time is actually my free time.
4. The Natinals stink.
5. My new neighborhood (Capitol Hill) is one of the coolest neighborhoods I have ever lived in. There are a shit ton of bars, restaurants, and I’m close to everything. There’s 4 parks nearby and the neighborhoods are gorgeous and everything is within walking distance. The only thing that could make this neighborhood better is if it was in NY or Mr. Burns built his little sun blocking thing-a-majig here–because it’s hot as fuck here.
6. Just like people in NY, people in DC liberally sprinkle the word “literally” throughout their conversations constantly even though it’s not needed. Example: “I went to the grocery store and there were literally dozens of different kinds of cereal on the shelves.” Because if you just told me there were dozens of different kinds of cereal at the grocery store I totally wouldn’t believe you unless you added in literally.
7. People are very courteous here. The first time I rode the subway I was flabbergasted that people actually waited for other people to exit the subway cars before they entered. WTF I am so not used to that. I am used to fighting my way onto a train whilst others are fighting their way off, and then being punked by a spunky latin mom and her stroller. Now whilst the courtesy thing looks orderly and seems nice I don’t think it is more effective than everyone just scrambling in and out like roaches when the lights come on.
8. Living a mile away from the Capitol and two miles from the White House is not as cool as it sounds.
9. I have a lot of work ahead of me. So far I have noticed that there are not a whole lot of Coors Light drinkers here in DC. That means it time for me to get my hands dirty preaching the good work and converting all these lost sheep roaming the hills of the Capitol. I’ve done it before and as Pete Coors is my witness I will do it again.
10. This city is growing on me like a fungus. I am really starting to like it here, but I still miss NY. And I think I always will because it was the only place I have ever lived that I didn’t want to leave and, since I was a little chitlin living at home, it was the only place that has felt like home to me in a long, long time.
So that’s just a quick summary of a few things that I have learned (or in the case of the Natinals has been brutally reinforced) since I have moved to DC. New posts should be coming along fairly regularly now since I have started settling and the worst part of moving is now over. Look forward to random posts, nerdy posts, and drunken posts in the not too distant future.