Living in the DC Area: A Love/Hate Relationship

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Pro: Aggressive Driving is perfectly acceptable.
Con: Aggressive Driving is perfectly acceptable.

Pro: Being able to get any kind of ethnic food with minimal effort.
Con: Realizing that a lot of ethnic foods taste like shit.

Pro: Reasonably mild weather year-round.
Con: The second there is a drop of precipitation, everyone forgets how to drive.

Pro: Exposure to many different cultures.
Con: Needing a Doctorate in 12 different languages to communicate with cab drivers, convenience store clerks, fast food cashiers, and dry cleaners.

Pro: DC is a beautiful city.
Con: Tourists everywhere.

Pro: It's relatively easy to find your way around (outside of DC).
Con: Needing new brake pads every 6 months.

Pro: Lots of rich, single men.
Con: Most of them are arrogant, pompous republicans.

Pro: Every kind of bar/club lounge you could possibly want.
Con: Drinks are all over-priced (yes, even in the dive-bars).

Pro: Beautiful houses.
Con: You pretty much have to make over 6 figures to buy one.


team gingerbread 5/16/2006 02:43:00 PM  

Tell you what, we can trade. You live in Edmonton, I'll move to DC and live happily ever after!

I know you're not complaining, just observing.

Ashburnite 5/16/2006 02:57:00 PM  

I don't think I could deal with the cold weather. If anything, I would be moving south.

I-66 5/16/2006 03:25:00 PM  

Well, out of "arrogant", "pompous", and "republican"... which is the worst? I say the last one.

minijonb 5/16/2006 03:46:00 PM  

Who cares if the clubs have overpriced drinks... just do a few Upside Down Cement Mixers at home before you head out and you'll be all set =;-) =;-)

At least you have nightlife worth writing about.

V 5/16/2006 03:52:00 PM  

Another pro is that there are so many people from different places here (kinda like summer camp), but that is a con because few people have that DC pride that's typical to other great cities.

White Dade 5/16/2006 05:25:00 PM  

Are you pandering to Wonkette angain, Ash? Admit it. And mild weather? in DC? Next thing you'll be saying it never rains in Florida.

kojak 5/16/2006 05:43:00 PM  

I didn't know DC was so multicultural. I'll have to keep that in mind.

AlienCG 5/16/2006 06:45:00 PM  

So many of these Pros and Cons are also applicable to Cleveland. Many people around here forget how to drive when a raindrop or snowflake fall from the sky.

Ashburnite 5/16/2006 07:34:00 PM  

66- yes, the last one is definitely the worst of the 3. But even worse than that- the guys that I meet that are all 3. Ick.

VK- so are you saying that you are arrogant and pompous; just not a republican? Well, I guess that's not too bad then :-)

minijonb- yeah, that's why I bring my trusty flask. although, if it's going to be a crazy night I do a few shots of absinthe.

V- excellent point. I do see a lot of PSU stickers on cars...

Ashburnite 5/16/2006 07:37:00 PM  

Dade- haha! Busted! and yes, DC has mild weather- our winters aren't too too bad, and neither are our summers. Wait, it rains in Florida???

Lebatron- yes, very multicultural.

alien- that's surprising. I would think that people in Ohio wouldn't be too affected by bad weather.

mgc 5/17/2006 02:12:00 AM  

"arrogant", "pompous", and "republican"...

i guess one out of three is ok with me. sorry i'm not arrogant and pompous so i could manage a trifecta.

The Furtive Wangler 5/17/2006 02:24:00 AM  

I'm not sure I'm adventurous enough to sample a lot of ethnic foods. I imagine some are definitely an acquired taste. Good choice of photo, DC is even more beautiful at night.

Ashburnite 5/17/2006 08:04:00 AM  

mgc- republicans scare me :-)

furtive- you are right on both accounts. I'm pretty adventurous when it comes to food, but I've found that a lot of ethnic foods really do taste horrible. and DC is definitely a beautiful city- especially at night.

mgc 5/17/2006 10:36:00 AM  

that is too bad. i don't bite... well, at least not hard enough to not get some pleaseure out of it ;D

Ashburnite 5/17/2006 10:40:00 AM  

trust me, it's not the biting that worries me- it's the fact that all of you republicans carry guns :-)

mgc 5/17/2006 12:17:00 PM  

this could really get dirty very quickly... "oh i carry a gun alright...

i don't carry a gun! i couldn't carry a gun because i would want to shoot stupid people (of both parties)!

Kirsten 5/17/2006 01:32:00 PM  

I don't know...for me, I was beginning to believe it never DID rain in Florida...then it rained but God knows, Hurricane season is only like a week or two away, so I'm sure it will rain and rain...and then rain some I don't remember the point of this to ya later...where have you been??? I haven't seen you in forever...and american idol isn't the same with Chris gone...okay..enough rambling..take care girl
:)Just me

Miss Scarlet 5/18/2006 07:30:00 AM  

That's a great list.

Personally, I think the summers suck but that's just me. Too humid!

nicole 5/20/2006 10:01:00 PM  

Can I get this etched on a plaque and installed on a wall somewhere?? This is great!

FYI, I don't call it "aggressive" driving. I call it "assertive" driving. ;)

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