Hump Day Mix Vol 3, a playlist by hingeapp on Spotify
Thinking of moving to DC? Excellent, because I love this city. But here’s a word of advice: Don’t ever ask me if all we do is “talk about politics.” My response — and defense of this marvelous city — is two-pronged.
Yes, Virginia, there is discussion of politics in DC… but that’s because it’s the freaking nation’s capital. This is where laws are made, where policy is shaped. If you have a problem with people talking about what they believe and how they feel about their future, then you have a larger personal issue to deal with. We should commend people for having an opinion — even those we disagree with. One of the things I love the most about living here is the passion people have. For the most part, you come here because you care about something: the environment, the economy, equal rights for all, health care, etc. It’s usual to live in a city where its inhabitants care so deeply about so many topics and are willing to have an open and honest discussion about it. There’s no reason to hide how you feel here. And while bickering is frequent, the first step to effecting change is to get all the ideas on the table, or the bar.
But here’s the second part of the answer: No, it’s not all we talk about, and it’s insulting to think so. I’ve been here for almost three and a half years, and in that short time I have seen tons (okay, slight exaggeration) of new restaurants open up and visited old favorites. From Ben’s Chili Bowl and Dangerously Delicious Pies to Graffiato, Minibar, Bistrot du Coin, Banana Leaves, Etete, Mintwood Place, and more — we’re well-fed. DC has some incredible music venues. I love the 9:30 Club, Black Cat, and even Rock N Roll Hotel. Oh, and did I mention The Kennedy Center? I’ve seen Alvin Ailey perform “Revelations,” off-Broadway musicals, and world-class musicians. On rainy days, I can visit the museums — all for free. If I want to travel but can’t get out of town, National Geographic is here. There’s no shortage of bars, either.
The experiences you have in a city like this will often spur your conversation. But, in case that isn’t enough, let me assure you that some of us don’t even work in politics. Go ahead and ask me about a daily deal, but I think you’ll find that just like sausage — and laws — you don’t want to know how it is made.