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

Pedestrian DC

Dear internet,

DC just won an award for pedestrian safety. A quirk of pedestrian life here: crazy drivers. People complain about Maryland vs. Virginia drivers, but I tell you: watch out for elected officials and bureaucrats with diplomatic immunity.

How do I know where the drivers are from? Well, other than identifying politicians because they make direct eye contact with you while they accelerate into the crosswalk to make a right turn while you are crossing the street with the walk light, you can also tell from the license plates that say things like US SENATE. I am totally apolitical,* except when it comes to being run over. Then it’s all “I could have been your constituent! GET IMPEACHED.”

Diplomatic plates are easy to spot. You can just hear them thinking things like,”I’m already driving on the wrong side of the road in this backwater hardship tour capital city, do I really have to stop for pedestrians, too?!”

yours,

Daya

*I seriously don’t care about politics, I’m not even registered to vote, like why would I? I’m not a corporation.

73 degrees

Dear internet,

I had almost forgotten what it feels like to feel pleasantly chilled. 

73 (!!) degrees today on my walk.  Even 89% percent humidity couldn’t get me down. 

yours,

Daya

The Heat

Dear internet,

DC is in a heat wave. Has been for the past 20 days, will continue for at least the next ten days.

How hot? The heat shimmers off the buildings even at 8 o’clock at night.

Heat waves  are the blizzards of the summer.

yours,

Daya