DC STARTUP SPOTLIGHT: TRANSITSCREEN

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Mass transit: It’s great to have, in a I-love-to-brag-to-my-friends-that-live-in-places-with-less-planned-infrastructure kinda way. But, also it’s the root of 105.3% of your recurring complaints re: living in a city. The truth about taking the DC metro is that it’s all fun and games until you actually need it. Then you’re left huffing and puffing, running for the Red Line only to find out that it’s actually not working and you’ll have to walk to your destination, starting by putting one foot in front of the another in the direction from which you came. Yes, the underground doesn’t come without its trials and tribulations. However, one DC startup is out to make train-bound commutes a little easier, with the gift of foresight. The company? TransitScreen. DC STARTUP SPOTLIGHT: TRANSITSCREEN

A BORED MAILMAN SPENT 65,000 HOURS BUILDING THIS WACKY PALACE BY HAND

 

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A boring job will make a man do crazy things.  At an office job I once had, I made a 16 X 12 pan of “bootleg tiramisu” out of free snacks from the break room:  smashed Twinkies, instant coffee, and vanilla yogurt.  I never thought the pure hopeless nihilism of that would ever be surpassed, but this exotic palace built from stones a bored mailman picked up on his route every day might take the crown. A BORED MAILMAN SPENT 65,000 HOURS BUILDING THIS WACKY PALACE BY HAND

“I don’t usually use “squat” as a compliment, but I really like this squat Bloomingdale rowhouse.  Rowhouses aren’t typically what you’d describe as dainty anyway, but this one seems simultaneously squat and graceful, like one of those Crossfit girls with massive barrel-sized thighs.” 

“I don’t usually use “squat” as a compliment, but I really like this squat Bloomingdale rowhouse.  Rowhouses aren’t typically what you’d describe as dainty anyway, but this one seems simultaneously squat and graceful, like one of those Crossfit girls with massive barrel-sized thighs.” 

VISIT CATALONIA AND ARMENIA, RIGHT HERE AT HOME

One of the best parts about living in the DMV is that the world comes to you. It does this in many ways, and one of the most fun is the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, now in its 51st year.

Each year the festival highlights the artists, performers, food, culture and more from selected regions throughout the world, and this year Catalonia and Armenia are featured. VISIT CATALONIA AND ARMENIA, RIGHT HERE AT HOME

HOW TO CELEBRATE JULY 4TH IN AMERICA’S CAPITOL

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Remember when it was winter? Gosh that was awful. But we made it. And now, somehow, we’re already well on our way to blasting through another summer, complete with frantic sprints after the Ice Cream truck and smothering ourselves in aloe vera after a smidge too much sun. Ah, the icy hot nature of June. The fact that we’re well into this month is hard to believe, with the days flying by much faster than I can lose the weight I want to rock this bikini season (is it too early to give up?). Soon, we’ll be in July, which is pretty much smack dab in the middle of summer’s fun. So, we best all plan to make the most of it…and that means wearing our red, white, and blue and finding plans that have just the right ratio of fireworks to booze…that part is crucial. HOW TO CELEBRATE JULY 4TH IN AMERICA’S CAPITOL