of milestones

Happy new year to you. And happy three month DC anniversary to me. I can’t believe that I’ve been here that long already. Not that time has flown exactly, but it is pretty inexorable.

DC has been a pretty hard sell for me. And I’m still not entirely sold on it. There are a lot of perks to urban living and east coast living, but it’s no Yosemite by a long shot. And yet, I’m hanging in there – finding all the cool diversions that I can and, honestly, reminding myself that nothing lasts forever. Western parks and wilderness will call again and we still have a lot of world left to explore beyond this experience.

In honor of the quarter-year that’s gone by, I’ve collected a few observations (in no particular order). Some ways, DC has been exactly what I expected. In some ways, it’s completely surprised me.

  • It’s so very windy here. Maybe because it’s also so very flat?
  • There aren’t nearly as many pigeons as I expected.
  • But there is a seemingly healthy rat population.
  • There’s a noticeable lack of graffiti. Maybe because I haven’t explored those parts of town yet?
  • People smile less here. I’m told city etiquette frowns on eye contact.
  • There are lots of trees and green spaces tucked throughout the city.
  • “Community” is a foreign word to most.
  • Museum-going is one of the things to do — and there are a lot of choose from.
  • There’s no sense of stewardship. Litter and general dirtiness linger everywhere.
  • Everything smells weird.
  • People are really into public transit. Metro in rush hour = human crush.
  • The sky is a weird purply pink at night. I miss stars.
  • The food. When it’s good, it’s really good. And it’s often good.

Up next, some of those cool diversions and interesting places to be had in these parts…

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