Places (Not) in DC, III

Dear internet,

Yet again another edition of Places Not In DC!

Where is this place of tall towers located? Bonus points if you can guess the neighborhood, not just the city.

ballston arlington empty streets
Absent from the landscape are the native fauna, the Bro-a-saurus

 

yours,

Daya

Parallel Parking

Dear internet,

today I parallel parked. on the street. in the pouring rain.* 

It may not sound like much but I have never parallel parked before. wasn’t necessary when I got my license and I just…never learned. Always found a garage or a regular parking space. My condo has a parking space. It’s maybe 100% of the reason I take public transit downtown.

And yet I was able to do it when I needed to. (I mean, I didn’t need to. I could have gone to the garage. But I was like..it’s free. It’s right there on the street. It’s a pretty big space.)

Weird! It is nice to be surprised by heretofore unknown abilities as an adult. 

yours,

Daya

*I would have taken a photo but, you know. Pouring rain. You’ll have to take my word for it.

Places (not) in DC II, solved

Dear internet,

The answer is, the perpetually under construction Arlington Memorial Bridge!

Usually I take the Key Bridge but there was crazy traffic and Waze suggested the memorial bridge. “It’ll save 6 minutes!” it chirped.

HAHA lol, memorial bridge was super backed up, then rock creek parkway was being weird, so we went around in circles for a while but we eventually got home.*

Arlington Memorial Bridge, under construction
Blurry Neoclassical Elegance & Traffic Cones

And the clue photo:

artfully blurred picture of the Washington monument and Lincoln memorial
the monuments are of course the Lincoln and the Washington**

Fun fact, it is technically a drawbridge, but it stopped opening in 1961. The construction project should reinstate the drawbridge functionality. The other drawbridge in the area is the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, as a child I always hoped to be there to watch when the bridge opened. Never accomplished that goal, but I still love bridges. and ferries.

yours,

Daya

*Rock Creek Parkway is usually a two way street EXCEPT during rush hour when it becomes one way. and then sometimes there are events at the Kennedy center and they just block off lanes. which is what happened. Had to turn around the Valero gas station and then get on I-66 then immediately get off it to re-approach rock creek parkway while staying in the two left lanes, which is, hoo-boy, a lil stressful. Shoulda just taken the key bridge and dealt with the veeeery slow light.

**This probably ur classic “This tv show is set in DC” image. I was surprised at how many people were biking at night along the Mt. Vernon Trail.

Places (Not) in DC, II

Dear internet,

Another day, another edition of Places (not) in DC!

Where is this? It’s blurry because it’s night time. 

Arlington Memorial Bridge, under construction
Brightly lit due to construction

Some clues:

artfully blurred picture of the Washington monument and Lincoln memorial
it’s blurry but maybe you can make out the monuments across the river

Technically not IN Dc but with a nice view of the city. 

yours,

Daya

Places (Not) in DC

Dear internet,

Another day, another edition of Places (not) in DC!

Where is this? it’s a suburb of DC. 

downtown Bethesda empty street with lots of tables and chairs
Not too many people on the street in the morning

I’m just going to write down the name of the place because otherwise I might forget: Downtown Bethesda. They closed down the road so people can sit in the street. Early in the morning, though, it was just a bunch of retirees arguing around the fountain in masks.

I always get lost in downtown Bethesda. I think it’s the general soullessness of the shopping district. Just feels like Standardized Upscale Outdoor Shopping Center. It could be anywhere-DC, Dallas, southern CA. Which is precisely the goal.

yours,

Daya