This week marks my fourth year in DC. I’m a big milestone person, noting anniversaries, birthdays, recognitions, etc, as if I work for a card company or something. (Thankfully, I have friends who do the same, so I know I’m not alone in this.) As I think back on the four years I’ve spent here since I left school and Ohio a semester early, I realize I’ve been through a lot, but that I have so much more coming my way. Journey with me?
Since February 2007:
- I’ve lived in three apartments and had four roommates
- I’ve had two jobs, three titles, and six (and a handful of dotted line) bosses
- I continued a long-distance relationship, and broke it off
- I’ve rekindled old friendships, made many new ones, and lost friends I thought were for life
- I’ve consulted for 2 amazing entrepreneurs whose companies I believe in
- I’ve held five parties, all but one Cajun-themed
- I’ve watched the Saints win the Superbowl and LSU win the BCS Championship
- I’ve gone through two couches, two mattresses, two comforters, two shower curtains, and two lamps.
- I’ve gone kayaking, hiking, museuming, and attended tweetups
- I’ve run my first three races here and scheduled my next two
- I’ve watched the July 4 fireworks every single year, either on a rooftop or on the Mall
- I heard Ted Kennedy speak, voted in person for the first time, attended President Obama’s presidential inauguration, done a West Wing tour, and a Capitol tour.
All that and a lot more in these four (short/long) years. But, what’s even better is that there is still so much to do! I’ve decided to create a fifth year “bucket” list, or more appropriately named, a “Must Do” list. I’ll want your help – I’m going to start it here, and I want your suggestions! Anything and everything goes, from restaurants I should try, to the cheesy and touristy, to activities I need to do, to places to hang out in. Help me fill out my Must Do list for year five!
Must Do for Year 5
- Go to the top of the Washington Monument
- Eat at Art & Soul
- Visit Ben’s Chili Bowl (I’ve only had it at Nats Stadium)
Attend a Caps game
- See a concert at Verizon Center
- Hike the Sugarloaf trail
- Visit Mt. Vernon
- Visit the Library of Congress
- Visit the Supreme Court
- Run the Capital Crescent trail
- Do a night monument tour
See a full show at the Kennedy Center (only saw a Millennium Stage show once)
- See a play at the Shakespeare Theater
- Eat at Ray’s Hell Burger
- Visit the botanical garden
- Visit all the museums that I’ve missed so far
- Visit the National Archives