meet me at the Starbucks…

January 28, 2010

Yesterday morning, I was walking out of Starbucks and let the door pretty much slam in some guy’s face. Why, you may ask? Because I didn’t want to touch the door, obviously. I heard him “phhhhh” at me in disbelief as I did it. Now, I feel bad. Maybe I would have felt better about it if I had explained to him, “sorry, I’m OCD…I can’t touch the door so instead run through the smallest opening before it closes on me and let it slam in your face. All so I don’t have to obsess over the germs on my hand for the rest of the walk to work, because obviously I would have washed my hands as soon as I entered the building.” Think that might work? Worth a try.

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State of the Union – live blog

January 28, 2010

Bare with me here, this is a long one. And this probably won’t be interesting to all of my readers. But I thought maybe some of you would appreciate my live blog on the State of the Union (SOTU). Here goes!

  • Obama is going grey. Guess that’s what a year as the President of the United States will do to you.
  • Nancy looks like she’s sick, blowing her nose in the background. Hope she remembers to sneeze into her elbow.
  • Okay, speaking to the tough economic times, he says, “these struggles are the reason I ran for President.” I wouldn’t want to deal with this shit…are you kidding me? I call bullshit.
  • I’m tired of the partisanship too. Can someone please do something about it?
  • While we’re on the topic, I’m sick of politics in general. Let’s just get rid of all politicians.
  • For the record, I really do like our President. He is still an amazing speaker.
  • He is hopeful about America’s future. Now that Bush is out, at least things are looking up.
  • On the bank bailout, “I hated it, you hated it, it was about as popular as a root canal.” Shoutout to my sister, Jean, who is a dentist.
  • I am really not a fan of this clap, not clap, stand up, not stand up based on party. This is so predictable. Oh well wait a minute, the entire assembly just stood up for his talk on the bailout. Not bad.
  • I mean, this is getting interesting. Some Republicans are standing again. Maybe I am missing something here.
  • I love him, even though he’s a politician.
  • Oh my, CNN b-line shot of Harry Reid in the middle of a huge monstrocity of a yawn. Was that scripted? Maybe, if it was caught on Fox News.
  • Seriously – was that planned? He tried to hide it too, hilarious.
  • You know what I like about the Recovery Act? The creation of the Dupont Circle Dog Park. I’m not even kidding, that dog park is from Stimulus money. Really not sure how the dog park stimulates the economy other than paying the workers it took those few weeks to build it, but I’m not complaining. Thanks.
  • Really though, what was the impetus for that? If people bring their dogs to the Dupont Circle dog park, it means they are out and active and maybe they’ll stop and buy something at a store on the way home?
  • He’s calling for a “jobs bill.” Is that what we are going to call it? Wonder what that could possibly entail.
  • Community banks will give credit to small businesses to stay afloat. If that helps Goody’s in times of need, I’m all for it.
  • Watching Obama speak is 100x more pleasant than watching good old Dubya, but let me tell ya, Dubya had a ton more material to make fun of. In fact, didn’t he dub “internets” and infamously pronounce nuclear as “nucular” in the SOTU? That’s some good stuff right there. Not gonna lie, I sorta miss that.
  • But that’s all I miss about Dubya.
  • Jobs bill again! Interesting terminology there. Simple, yet effective! LOL
  • He doesn’t “accept second place for the United States of America.” Why does that not surprise me?
  • Is he ending with health reform? I think he might.
  • Hey, there’s Chris Dodd. Last time in the SOTU assembly?
  • I’m hungry.
  • For the record, I just ran home from work to catch this. I am a DC nerd.
  • I’m bored with jobs and finance reform. Can we talk health care?
  • ….still waiting…..
  • Johnny Larson! (my parents love him…family friends)
  • Energy and climate. Clearly this is not my area…fading out here. Apparently the audience likes it though. Lots of cheers.
  • 70 minute long speech they are predicting? Okay, I think they might be right. Hasn’t even gotten to the big issue yet…HEALTH REFORM!!!!!
  • I wonder if he will just say that he’s calling it quits on health reform tonight. That is pretty much how Congress is acting. Poor Ted Kennedy. It is really oh so sad that this all has happened. Depressing really.
  • Double our exports? This is all jibberish to me.
  • National export initiative. Well that doesn’t sound all that bad. Help those local farmers.
  • Health care….health care…health reform….health reform…..come on!
  • Maybe he’ll mention Haiti too. I hope so. I mean, he pretty much has to. If he doesn’t, we WILL be second place.
  • Oh, education. Okay, I’ll take that.
  • Is anyone else here sick of politics? I am. Maybe I’m actually in the wrong town.
  • What’s the Elementary and Secondary Education Act? I guess we are renewing it? Community colleges. Okay, I feel ya.
  • $10,000 tax credit for college and increase in Pell Grants. Why didn’t you do this when I was in school? I’m swimming in debt. FORGIVEN AFTER 20 YEARS? FORGIVEN AFTER 10 YEARS IF IN PUBLIC SERVICE? No more than 10% of income on student loans?  SAWEEEET!  I hope that applies to my broke ass. If not, I’ll consider going back to school and then reconsolidate the new loans all into one.  Brilliant!
  • HEALTH INSURANCE REFORM!!!! 9:43pm mention.  WE STILL NEED IT!!!!
  • Yes, we do. “Let’s clear a few things up – I didn’t do this for political reasons.” Awesome.
  • Olympia Snowe!  Love her.
  • Lord ,we are so close – yet so far away.
  • How did this happen? How? A year we have worked for this. But something about it does not surprise me.
  • $1 trillion deficit reduction over 10 years. Holla
  • Yep, longer it was debated, harder it is to beat. Same thing happened in the Clinton years. What didn’t happen was a clutch 60th vote, and a champion of the cause no less, literally dying so that we no longer have it. It is mindboggling.
  • Obama’s not walking away from health reform. Good. I was getting worried. Policy consultants who left, come back to DC!
  • It’s not an ideal bill, but it’s something. We need something! ANYTHING at this point!!! Can’t we just work with that last 60th vote (Olympia?), negotiate with her only, and pass this thing?
  • Why in the world do we owe so much in the first place anyway?
  • Government spending…here goes!  2000 (think Clinton), budget surplus. 2009 (think Bush), huge deficit. Result of expensive prescription drug program(!!!!), and not paying for two wars. All this before he walked through the door. Way to slew off that blame there. And by golly, he is “just stating the facts.” So what you are saying is that a republican got us into this mess? Funny, aren’t they supposed to be fiscally conservative?
  • Okay, we need to make tough decisions about the budget….drumroll……
  • Oh here we go – freeze gov’t spending for 3 years beginning in 2011….Medicare, Medicaid, SS, national security are not affected. You don’t say?
  • Bipartisan fiscal commission he’s calling for, since Medicare spending etc. is still going to skyrocket.
  • PAYGO!!!!! It’s all coming full circle right now.
  • Still on the freeze – won’t take effect until 2011. Why did someone in the audience break out laughing when Barack said “that’s how budgeting works?” Um, it does.
  • He is a great speaker…adding in some lines based on feel from the audience. Love it.
  • Did someone say “transparency?” That’s an Administration priority? Had no idea.
  • How about the politicians who actually make the decisions saddle up and not listen to the lobbyists? Unfortunately, money talks. Everywhere.
  • And yeah, how about that Supreme Court decision last week? It will open the floodgates for sure as far as special interest money making the most of policy decisions. Scary. Is it not already bad enough? There has to be some sort of limit there. Freedom of speech my ass. Way to call out our Superior Court judges like that, Pres.
  • Earmark reform – all stand.
  • It’s 10pm. Let’s see what else he’s got to say here.
  • Still hungry. Is it time for dinner yet?
  • I hate politics. It’s getting really difficult to deal with these days. So frustrating, and frankly, unbelievable at points.
  • “Still have the largest majority in decades and people expect us to solve problems, not run for the hills!” Thank you!!!!!!!! Okay yeah, I like this little pep talk here. It is possible to work together!
  • He’s funny. Monthly meetings with both Republican and Democratic leaders. “I know you can’t wait.” Love it.
  • Why do I feel like the President falls outside of these political divides? Maybe I will try for an OMB job. I like him.
  • Speaking of OMB, saw Peter Orszag walk in earlier, and sadly, all I could think about was all the recent news about his affairs and children from different wives/girlfriends. Gotta love the media. Focus on what’s important.
  • Still nothing on Haiti…for real? He HAS to say something about this. Has got too. -15 points for him if he doesn’t. BIG negative.
  • Hey there’s Joe Lieberman! Gotta love that man. (I hope you can detect the sarcasm in that statement)
  • Longest SOTU ever. Only in DC would we make the State of the Union an acronym.
  • Michelle and Jill Biden just stood up and clapped for themselves. Is that socially acceptable?
  • Hungggggryyyyyyyyyyyy
  • Rosa DeLauro in the audience!!!!!! Yep, I worked for her once. 🙂
  • Still no Haiti….this is a huge disappointment.
  • Public Health…infectious diseases…HIV….OMG HAITI!!!!  +20! Back on the charts. Because the health of developing nations circles back to our health. Yes, we can all pass things on to each other in this world. We don’t live in a US bubble, despite what many of us think.
  • America must stand on the side of human dignity, always. And do what is right. Thank you.
  • Nothing about Haiti’s debt and debt cancellation? Something tells me that might not be all that popular right now.
  • Okay they didn’t say much on Haiti other than that we’ve got 10,000 troops there. -10
  • Seriously, is there really still a law out there that prevents homosexuals from serving in the military? What is this, 1920?
  • Immigration…well, he’s really touched on everything here…
  • Tell me you’re winding down cause I’m done.
  • Can I bill my time for this? Because I’m really watching this for work.
  • This is longer than 70 minutes people.
  • Love him.
  • Another Lieberman b line – CNN ruined an otherwise great finale.
  • Okay he’s talking about Haiti again – +10.
  • Okay, not a bad ending. Very motivational. When you hear him speak, you have to wonder whether a quote from this will be used for years to come. He really is an amazing speaker.
  • Final tally (all Haiti): +5 (but this was all Haiti. Next time I’ll add plus and minuses for all items)

That’s all folks. I’m done with this Virginia dude. Glad I moved out of that State.


metro metro metro

January 26, 2010

I think I’m cool, I wear my sunglasses on the metro…

(For some reason those exact words popped in my head in the form of a song…I can sing it for you sometime if you’d like).

By the way, is anyone ever freaked out whenever a pay phone rings in a metro station? Honestly, I feel like I’m living out a scene in a horror movie every time it happens.

And one final note on metro…red line – seriously? Chalk up another two deaths to a metro accident. It really is starting to get to be quite unbelievable.


I am a mess

January 24, 2010

Today, I went to a volunteer orientation for teaching english as a second language (ESL). Been wanting to volunteer my time somewhere since I moved to DC, and am considering a couple of options. So I emailed a woman at a church I’ve been going to which runs an ESL program to get some more information. She directed me to this orientation today. The following conversation, happening as we are all sitting around a table during orientation so everyone can hear, didn’t exactly bump ESL to the top of my list of options…

Woman running program: Sara – you email me? (English is obviously her second language)
Sara: Yes
Woman: And you don’t say hi?????
Sara: Sorry (why I apologized I have no idea, I figured she got emails from everyone at the table but maybe I was wrong.)
Woman: You are a mess!!!
[awkward silence]
Sara: I am a mess??? (flabbergasted…had no idea how to respond to this)
Woman: I was kidding.
[Conversation abruptly comes to a halt]

So apparently guys, I am a mess. As if I didn’t know this before, it is now confirmed by the woman running the ESL program. FML


SOL

January 21, 2010

So I was just wondering, when exactly does the statute of limitations expire on when you can wish someone a happy new year? I was just upstairs in the caf standing in line to buy some much needed coffee, when two people who hadn’t seen each other in a while were winding down their conversation.

Guy: It was so good to see you…(added bonus) happy new year!
Woman: (surprised but pleased)..thank you!

Mind you, it is now January 21st. How long can you wish someone a happy new year? For the entire month of January? When do we limit this, people? Feel free to weigh in. I just found it odd. My inclination would be to give it until January 10th, then call it a day. I mean, after that we’re getting close to MLK Day, Valentine’s Day, and President’s Day. Does the new year trump MLK? I’m not so sure about that.


Real World DC – episode 4 download

January 21, 2010

While I might be slightly embarrassed that I enjoy a good McDonald’s two cheeseburger meal, I am even more embarrassed that I have been watching Real World DC. But let’s just be clear; I am only watching it because I live here. For those of you in DC who have not taken the time to watch this yet, you actually should. Seeing the cast tour our town is actually pretty amusing. And oh my goodness – the trip to Nellie’s? HILARIOUS!!!

But I just have to say this – this Andrew cat is funny. Dude is weird. Basically, the entire episode was about him trying to get some ass; his attempts and failures. Exaggerating his date with a girl, he explains their romp in the park to a roommate as,

We went to the park, made love under the shade of the trees, amongst the birds and the squirrels [pause]…and the homeless.

I’m sorry, but that had me laughing out loud. Living in DC and hanging out in Dupont Circle on a fairly regular basis, I can very much appreciate that comment. Can’t wait to read the DCist summary of this ep, as it seems there were a few good quotes displayed. Here are some other classics from Andrew in the confessional:

“It’s hard to seal the deal in this town.” (Actually confirmed by a number of my guy friends)
“If we just lay there, maybe out of boredom or something, maybe she’ll just [pause]…give it up.”
“I didn’t get to sleep once. I laid there, thinking about [pause]…my boner.”
“As a country, why can’t we come up with something better [pause]…than spooning!” (Since we’re here, should we take this issue up with Congress?)

As you can see, Andrew tends to pause before [pause]…delivering the punch line. Oh look, he met the girl at Sweetgreen. There’s a shocker. Oh look, they are going to Russia House. Another shocker. Funny, there’s a scene of them at the Capitol Skyline Hotel pool. Stunning! Oh and did I mention my thoughts on Ty? Hot. I’m sure that comes as a surprise to you. Also, glad to see Josh finally saying a few words in this episode. I was beginning to think MTV was hiding him, only to use him as a puppet to dance around, wear sunglasses inside, and act like he’s cool. I was starting to think he was mute.

I am also sad to admit that a few months ago, I just happened to be walking by 20 and S, since it’s my hood [pause]…and I took a stalker pic. Here it is:

Real World DC house

Thanks, been wanting to get rid of that one for a while. And on a final note, they all went to dinner at Big Hunt one night (of all places), and got drunk hecklers?!?! This is great DC. I love it. Surprised that MTV actually displayed the hatred this city has shown them. Hope you guys had an enjoyable stay!


DC Professionals in the City at it again

January 20, 2010

Just received an email from DC Professionals in the City notifying me of the most recent installment of speed dating. I literally phhhhhh’ed outloud upon receiving it, as this time, miraculously, they are lacking in women.

Twentysomethings Singles Seated Four Minute Dating (More Women Needed)

Maybe this is because the women have caught on that there are whackos out there who participate in these things; for example, Sketchy Suit Guy.  However, it was this line in the email that got me:

During our Four Minute Dating Singles Party, you’ll date for approximately one hour, meeting intriguing members of the opposite sex- spend four sweet minutes with each new acquaintance.

“Four sweet minutes?” Oh yes, those four minutes are sweet. Sweet enough for me to skip out on a few of them and head straight to the bar.

Also, another important point to ponder:

Tonight, we are focusing this event on our Twentysomething members! Anyone is welcome, but this event is primarily for people who want to meet Twentysomething members of Professionals in the City.

So what you are telling me is that if I went to this again, I’d actually be hitting my ‘target’ age bracket (since apparently I have a thing for guys in their 20’s). I realize the intent to focus on your twentysomething members, but really, when you add that “anyone is welcome,” you can pretty much expect to see 40-50 year olds along with those in their 20’s. Have fun with that, ladies and gents!

Thanks DC Profs in the City, I needed this laugh.