YOU CAN BUILD A HOUSE OUT OF *WHAT*?

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Container houses are literally made of trash, you know – the steel containers, most of which originate in China, just aren’t cost-effective to ship back and reuse, so thousands of discarded ones began piling up around port towns.  One day, someone looked at one and said, “I should make this into a house.”  That’s where so many things came from;  someone looked at a piece of trash and said to themselves, “I can work with this.”  (I mean, that’s how most of my relationships started, too.) YOU CAN BUILD A HOUSE OUT OF *WHAT*?

HALLOWEEN IS COMING. PLAN YOUR FUN.

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Dressing up in a costume is one of those funny things that you either love or hate. There’s no in between.

The Halloween season is approaching, and those who love dressing up are planning their costumes. That’s the easy part. The hard part is where to go to celebrate.

D.C. offers plenty of G-rated fun, and the best-known spot for this is the National Zoo. Boo at the Zoo is a longtime D.C. tradition, featuring lots of educational opportunities and healthy Halloween treats. The event will be held 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20 through Sunday, Oct. 22. HALLOWEEN IS COMING. PLAN YOUR FUN.

“Living here would mean becoming one of those families who have so many rooms in their house that they have to start making up uses for them.  (“This is the room we use to store all the hair-covered sheets you peel off the outside of the lint roller.”)”

“Living here would mean becoming one of those families who have so many rooms in their house that they have to start making up uses for them.  (“This is the room we use to store all the hair-covered sheets you peel off the outside of the lint roller.”)”

DC ON THE CHEAP: (GOOD) MEALS FOR UNDER $10

Food. It’s what gets me out of bed in the morning. But living in a city with such dynamite food options can be heavy hitting on the bank account. And while DC might be the home of the heinously overpriced cupcake and Michelin star restaurants that could do you in, there are still, believe it or not, deals to be had in the District. Here are some places in the city where you can please your taste buds without emptying your savings account. DC ON THE CHEAP: (GOOD) MEALS FOR UNDER $10

THE TORPEDO FACTORY: IT’S A HIT

Alexandria’s Old Town attracts thousands of visitors every year with its quaint shops and restaurants, but the biggest draw for anyone into the art scene is the Torpedo Factory. Fans of this attraction walk right past the chichi boutiques and $7 ice cream cones and head for the ultimate in culture — more than 70,000 square feet of paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculptures, glasswork, jewelry, needle arts, pottery, clothing and innumerable other crafts. THE TORPEDO FACTORY: IT’S A HIT