MyKingdomForYourHorse: Part of me wants to believe Pocket Ninja here, because it sounds like real advice but then again... it's Pocket Ninja
Girion47: Quit shaking the farking branches so you can have a "rain" of petals. It isn't cute, it hurts the farking trees.Also, DIAF tourists./used to work at the BEP, HATED going there during the cherry blossom festival.
Pocket Ninja: Also remember that fanny packs do not double as flotation devices, and attempting to wear more than one will roughly cut in half your chances of surviving a Tidal Basin incident. There are beavers in the Tidal Basin, furious beavers, and they will drag you to your death if you're overly encumbered.
Pocket Ninja: One of the coolest new destinations in the DC area is the National Harbor. Lots of *great* dining, shopping, etc. Unfortunately, it's not easily accessible from DC itself...there's no Metro there, and a cab ride is prohibitively expensive. But you can paddle boat there. It's much easier with one of the secret engine paddle boats, of course, but a very popular afternoon excursion for locals is to rent a paddle boat, paddle down to the National Harbor and tie up on the docks, and then enjoy a nice lunch at Bond 45 or Baja Fresh or something like that. Then paddle back. Really relaxing day.
Pocket Ninja: And remember: most of the bodies that end up in the Tidal Basin started out as clueless tourists who insisted on standing on the escalator's left side coming up from the Metro station.
vernonFL: Also, stand on the right, walk on the left.
vernonFL: Tourists in DC should avoid the touristy Mall and go to places like Adams Morgan, Dupont Circle, and Columbia Heights (yes, really). Also Dumbarton Oaks gardens are nice.[cache2.artprintimages.com image 400x300]Also, stand on the right, walk on the left.
Pocket Ninja: Take a trip into Georgetown,
xanadian: Pocket Ninja: And remember: most of the bodies that end up in the Tidal Basin started out as clueless tourists who insisted on standing on the escalator's left side coming up from the Metro station.vernonFL: Also, stand on the right, walk on the left.I had always thought stand-on-the-right was universal. But, nope, you've always got some fatass somewhere who INSISTS on blocking the goddamned way. Doesn't matter where you go.Motherf*#$ers... :/
Pocket Ninja: Really cool time.
xanadian: I had always thought stand-on-the-right was universal.
Pocket Ninja: Another cool thing to do, also boating related. Take a trip into Georgetown, which is one of the more "urban" areas of the city but is very well policed so you don't need to feel too threatened. There are several awesome local restaurants down by the waterfront (Sequoia, for example) that have great food and drink specials. Also, you'll notice lots of really nice boats -- small yachts, things like that -- moored right there in front of you. Those are all owned by the restaurants, and as long as you've bought a drink there you can go down and go onto any of the boats...many of them will have people already partying there and you can just join the fun. If the crew is on the boat, you can pay them $5 or $10 and they'll take you on a short trip up out into the river, too. Really cool time.
vernonFL: Also in Georgetown are the "Exorcist steps", which was a must see for me, at least.
Tax Boy: Pocket Ninja: And remember: most of the bodies that end up in the Tidal Basin started out as clueless tourists who insisted on standing on the escalator's left side coming up from the Metro station.the "rally for immigration reform" yesterday ended right at rush hour, so there were thousands of people at Union Station who didn't speak english, had never ridden the metro before, were failing at trying to figure out the system, were 50 deep at the ticket machines, trying to stick their tickets in the left side of the turnstiles, trying to walk through exit turnstiles, etc. at 5:30 pm.Standing on the left would have been AN IMPROVEMENT./fark the organizers of that thing who thought scheduling a rally to end at 5pm on a weekday was a smart thing to do.
Tax Boy: fark the organizers of that thing who thought scheduling a rally to end at 5pm on a weekday was a smart thing to do.
Prank Call of Cthulhu: Tax Boy: fark the organizers of that thing who thought scheduling a rally to end at 5pm on a weekday was a smart thing to do.A little while after the first Obama election, when the city was besieged by teabagger rallies, at a downtown Metro I ran into (literally, since they just stopped at the bottom of the escalator) a bunch of clueless white-trashy people with badly spelled signs with pictures of Obama dressed like a witch doctor and slogans like "Take OUR country back." They were trying to get to McPherson square. I directed them to the green line, toward College Park, telling them it would be a lot faster at that time of day. They thanked me and headed off. I bet they had loads of fun on that train.
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