DC Culture

DC Culture

The Flag is red and also it's blue, I'll write you a poem, although I just met you!

 

DC seems to have quite a "hipster" culture about it. Just the other day I was walking through the National Mall only to run into a couple guys who had set up shop writing poetry for complete strangers. They had old-fashioned typewriters and tweed jackets to boot. The only thing missing was a pipe sticking out of their mouth and they could have walked out of an old Sir Arthur Conan Doyle novel. Unfortunately, my friends had neither the time nor patience to wait for a poem to be written about them so we had to move on. This is something you would never see in the suburbs in Ohio, so I was all eager to wait in line. I suppose that is one thing to do with an literature degree....just kidding!

 

 

I guess my transformation to full "DC resident status" will be complete when I quit being so suprised by the quirky people of this wonderful city and the odd things that they do.

 

Weekends=tourist time

Weekdays=down to business

 

Last week, Alexa, Shehnaz, and I attended a Policy breakfast hosted by Congresswoman Karen Bass.

 

 

Ben's Chili Bowl--a DC legend

 

For this week's addition to the "DC Bucket List" I would like to highlight Ben's Chili Bowl. To someone who didn't know the history, Ben's Chili Bowl would seem like just the old neighborhood diner of U Street. It is because it IS the "old neighborhood diner," that it has become a DC landmark. Ben's Chili Bowl has been on the same site since its opening in 1958. The bulding was originally a silent movie theater but was converted when the Ali family bought it and turned it into the restaurant. Famous jazz performers such as Nat King Cole, Miles Davis, and Duke Ellington used to frequent the local diner. The restaurant is significant because it was one of the last buldings to remain standing following the violent race riots of the later 60s. Since the restaurant has survived so much history, it remains a place where many celebrities visit. Bill Cosby and President Obama are two notable recent customers. I highly recommend you visit this landmark and slide into one of the orginal 1950s booths to enjoy a chili smoke and milkshake. But remember to bring cash!! (No credit cards accepted.)

 

 

Until next time...

 

-Katie

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