Here is an incredibly random list of things that I have learned/observed since moving here:

1) One actually can get used to walking past the White House and/or Capitol daily. I never would have thunk it, but it is true. Although I always marvel at their beauty and am often reminded of their importance, the awe has worn off. Kinda.

2) A LOT of people in DC,  mostly of the homeless persuasion (but definitely not all), talk to themselves. Out loud. Walking down the street on a daily basis I pass someone having an in-depth conversation--with themselves. Conversations that make you think, "oh, they must be on a blue-tooth," but once you look closely, It is most obvious that there is no blue-tooth in their ear or phone in their hand. Singing out-loud, belting rather, is also a common practice on the streets of the District.

3) When someone says that it "is just a short walk" they do not mean it. DC has re-defined the term "short walk" for me. The term now means any walk under three miles, but most definitely nothing under one mile. Under a mile is called, "a couple blocks." Needless to say, we don't go on any long-walks.

4) Where I come from, the "thugs" wear baggy jeans, oversized t-shirts, flat bill hats, and maybe and earring. In Washington, the "thugs" wear skinny jeans, women's tops, and lip-gloss. No joke. I actually saw a dude walking recently dressed completely like a man, but wearing lip-gloss and hoop earrings.

5) Over half of the people here have no clue what TCU is. Or what other vitally important acronyms like BCS or ESPN mean. I have even resorted to asking these people if they know what SMU is (hoping that a Bush library connection might be made) to no avail. The North needs to get a grip.

6) The buildings in DC cannot be any taller than the street upon which they are located is wide. Therefore, no skyscrapers.

7) Don't say "y'all" on a business call. Unless you want your whole office to have entertainment for a solid hour.

8) Washington DC is just like any other city. Big statement, I know. But it's true. The people aren't any meaner, the food tastes just the same, relationships are built the same ways. This came as a huge relief to me. I have found great community and made life-long friendships here.

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