So, I think moving forward, I need to keep track of the little lessons I’m learning about this new town I’ve decided to call home (at least for another year. We’ll see what happens from there…And Pops, while I think Texas is a great idea, I don’t think I have the emotional wherewithal to start over again within a year of doing it the first time. Also, I really miss my dog sometimes). After spending some time last night with some former school mates, the first lesson of DC is thus:
#1 — Never reveal too much.
Here’s what I mean — I have a friend that legitimately cannot reveal too much about his job (high level of security and all that). But, if I know him, he wouldn’t even if he could because he understands this city. And one of the things that drives people here is competitiveness. And many, many people here it seems find out information about what you do, where you live, who you know, etc. etc. and use it as a way to convince you that you’re not quite living up to the DC standard. Presumably so that you will understand that they, in fact, are living up to that standard. Sigh. So, best to stick with the bare minimum when revealing facts about yourself. At least until you know who you’re dealing with. And sometimes, as I’ve learned recently, even when you do. But I’m now even more determined to survive this city, become at least moderately successful and still maintain a healthy sense of humility and humanity. Just to prove I can. Seriously, that’s my goal.
Anyway, on an up note, I think I’ve convinced a friend of mine to go with me to a restaurant in Cleveland Park that I’ve been wanting to try almost since I moved here. We’ll be hitting the cafe. I think he wants to try the burger. Not sure yet what I’ll be having but the former restaurant reviewer and foodie in me is very excited. This place is consistently mentioned as one of the best places to eat in DC…
Also, welcome to my world.
And, Mrs. Sanders is simply brilliant. (h/t C. Bailey)