DC DEVELOPMENT(S): AUDI FIELD

Whether you’re a soccer fan rooting for the home team or just an innocent bystander to the city’s work to step up their sports game, you’ve probably heard that there’s a new stadium coming to town. DC United, our very own pro soccer club, is long overdue to kick the ball around on their new turf, called Audi Field, a project which has been in the making for quite some time (read: longer than originally anticipated). DC DEVELOPMENT(S): AUDI FIELD

BILLIONAIRES ARE BUILDING LAVISH COMPOUNDS TO PREPARE FOR THE END OF THE WORLD

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Billionaires are buying houses in New Zealand – either because it’s an incredible, unspoiled paradise, or because global civilization is on the brink of utter collapse. Maybe both.

One of the highest profile New Zealand preppers is Peter Thiel, the Paypal cofounder who bankrupted Gawker and reportedly wants to inject himself with the blood of young people. (Definitely the kind of guy whose example you should be following.) According to reports, Thiel owns two properties in New Zealand. The first is a sprawling, 477-acre estate in the country’s Southern Alps (the area where “Lord of the Rings” was filmed; note that Thiel is a known JRR Tolkien obsessive who’s named several of his companies after Tolkien characters), for which he paid $10 million. BILLIONAIRES ARE BUILDING LAVISH COMPOUNDS TO PREPARE FOR THE END OF THE WORLD

HERE COMES THE SUN

If you’ve lived in D.C. for more than a year or two, you know that the first days of spring usually arrive sometime in February. Residents originating from colder climes find this puzzling and somewhat disconcerting at first. But then they get used to it, and they realize that they must keep all their clothing — heavy coats, rain boots, bathing suits, etc. — handy at all times, because you never know when you’re going to need one of them here. In fact, you might need all three in one day. HERE COMES THE SUN

CAN YOU ADOPT? YES

A recent Washington Post story revealed how the process of adopting a pet is becoming almost as involved as the process of adopting a child. Restrictions are mounting, to the point where the president and CEO of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was ruled unfit to adopt a dog.

Although policies are becoming tougher, most government-run animal shelters do not place unreasonable restrictions on potential adopters. After all, the animals need homes. At the same time, careful vetting of potential adopters helps cut down on animal returns, since shelter workers can better match pets with appropriate homes when they have the right information. CAN YOU ADOPT? YES

CABIN ESCAPES WITHIN DC’S REACH

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I know the start of the new year is supposed to be invigorating, inspiring, and energizing, but I can’t be the only one that struggles to slog through January and February. More often than not, the start of the year feels like a grind. We’re deep in the midst of winter’s wrath, sick with cabin fever (and maybe something else if you didn’t get this year’s flu shot), and really ready for spring to get sprung already so we can complain about the fact that it’s hot while sitting in the sunshine! (There’s nothing better). CABIN ESCAPES WITHIN DC’S REACH