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Saturday, September 01, 2007

DC: post-mortem

Ok, so I just spent a week in Washington, DC. Here's the highlights:

-Not as hot and humid as I expected, but still darn uncomfortable.
-For my first time staying at a hotel that charges over $500/night, there sure weren't much in the way of amenities.
-Don't try to get food in certain parts of town after midnight. You're just setting yourself up for failure.
-The area roadways are basically designed to keep anyone from ever figuring out where they need to go.
-Constant stories in the local newspaper aside, the subway was far easier to get my head wrapped around, even with all the closures I kept hearing about. And I'd never ridden a subway before.
-The local television news is more than happy to worry about some football player's news conference than say, the US. Attorney General resigning.
-Same goes for the press secretary resigning.
-While passing by a Caribou Coffee that was closed before 8pm: "See? This is why Starbucks keeps winning, the bastards."
-There ain't no such thing as a free drink. You'll pay for it sooner or later.
-No matter how cynical or jaded you're feeling, seeing a good friend can still make everything awesome.

1 comment:

stiill said...

Sounds like a pretty good trip, overall. :) I don't know how much time you had to spend working, but I love the DC subway (and DC itself), and you can explore a good chunk of the city that way. There are certainly some neighborhoods to get food late at night.

My experience with expensive hotels is similar (although generally that rate is higher than what almost anyone actually pays). They have tons of amenities, they're all just as pricey as the room. The room price itself covers... er... a very nice lobby, and perhaps a piece of furniture made out of real wood, or an ugly sculpture stuck inconveniently on top of your table.