A Lonely Guy's Guide to D.C. (Part 1?)

A Lonely Guy's Guide to D.C. (Part 1?)

In my personal experience, D.C. is a horrible place to  be single or (in my case) not have the company of your significant other. At some point you realize just how big and lonely this city could be,  whether it is by wading through the legions of couples, openly declaring "table for one" without dying just a little on the inside, or especially in those little moments that you know they would share a laugh with you. So what's a guy to do?

Well, apart from visiting your significant other/family/friends/imaginary magical creatures you could always find things to do that you know you will enjoy!

***Caveat: this list is not complete (hence the "Part One") and may become a recurring post theme. Note that as a, um, well, geek, these ideas are geared toward those of similiar interests*** And with that in mind, please...

Eat This: Ben's Chili Bowl
Let's get some things straight first. Guys, if you have a significant other (SO) it is my hope that you at least try to clean up your appearance to a certain degree. On the other hand, I would like to think we can agree on the idea that chili + most things = delicious. Where am I going with this? Well, if you would like some awesome food without the need to look good to anyone of personal importance, I'd recommend Ben's Chili Bowl. So what if you're hot, sweaty, and have red specks stained across your person? It's good food, and you don't have to worry about looking like a complete slob to your SO.

This place is a local favourite, which is code for "expect long lines reaching out the door". It's quite an interesting scene on the inside: cooks buzzing around handing out orders to customers while families, friends, and even strangers sit together and hang out.

The staff there was incredibly energetic and helpful. You could tell they liked being there with the crowd and navigated the mayhem with immense precision. The line might be a little hectic at times, but let me assure you it is well worth the wait:

I am a huge fan of chili cheese fries, and I'll swear on the Potomac that these are the best ones I've ever eaten. The fries had a nice crunch to them that perfectly complemented the chili (I have had  many a chili cheese fries order that has gone soggy really quickly). The chili itself was a good blend of dry heat and flavors, although I would get a drink not because of the spiciness but more because that heat from the chili and the weather could make you sweat bullets in a heartbeat. Oh, I also forgot that a certain public official has been spotted here. Now who could it be...

And while we are on that subject...

See This: "The American Presidency: A Glourious Burden" at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History

Unfortunately, at the time of this writing the office of the President of the United States has not been occupied by a woman yet. In the meantime be sure to check out the fascinating stories behind this branch of goverment and the the 44 men who have held the job.After all, Presidents past and present have had to deal with some degree of loneliness as well (it's like a 40+ member support group!) and with the next presidential election a year away, a visit here could give you the chance to get fired up for it regardless of political affiliation.  You'll learn which Presidents were true "bros" (Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt. and Eisenhower) and also scratch your head in confusion over the actions of some Presidents and wonder what they were thinking (such Andrew Jackson's battle against the National Bank and Chester A. Arthur's facial hair).

From the wacky and distorted political cartoons to more somber reflections of the violent assassinations of a few presidents, this museum presents a holistic view of the most powerful position in the world.

See This: Smithsonian Air and Space Museum

This one goes out especially to the military/history nerds. The place is literally brimming with firsts (the first plane to break the sound barrier, the plane that made the first transatlantic flight, details on the Apollo space programs, etc.). The displays of important miletones in air and space development, coupled with a sizable amount of information to sift through for each exhibit means that if you aren'ft absoultely enchanthed by  this kind of historical stuff you may get bored really quickly (this includes your SO). However, military buffs and general aviation fans (such as myself) are sure to get a kick out of stumbling onto the airplane of Baron von Richtofen only to then find a P-51 right next door (I've lost you all already, haven't I?). And if you fall into neither of those categories, well, these planes and stuff are really shiny and pretty so...that could get your attention perhaps?

Still not impressed? Well, in the lower level of the gift shop are spaces dedicated to Star Wars merchandise. Could you resist getting your hands on a Darth Vader bobblehead? I didn't think so.

Alright, dear friends. That is all for now. I'll be sure to be on the lookout to find things that will keep myself busy - I mean, that will entertain you of course :]

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