Friday, March 30, 2007

Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossom has started and the tourists have arrived. As locals (or transplants) we have to give up the idea that this is our's "theirs" now. I just wish Frommers gave them real tips so in order to help the poor lost souls I'm compiling a list:

Stomie's guide to Washington DC

1. Stay out of Southeast

2. While on the Metro:
a)Stand to the right.
b)When the doors open please stand to the side and let others out. We aren't lucky enough to be on vacation and we actually have places to go-like work.
c) Put extra money on your Metro card
d) Study the map before you leave your hotel

3. Don't Drive

4. Get a map of the area before you start wondering around downtown

5. Stay out of Southeast

6. Do some research- you have get tickets for the Washington Monument, Holocaust museum, Capitol building, and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. There is more than one "Smithsonian".

To be Continued

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Vacation Time

We all know about the March Madness work production low but a lesser-known but equally dangerous threat to work production is the pre-vacation.

Two weeks before your vacation you start daydreaming about where you'll be in two weeks. You see yourself warm, smiling, laying on the beach with a drink in hand. You're happy. Along with the daydreaming comes spending precious time shopping on the Internet. You just have to buy the sundress you were wearing in your daydream. Congratulations you have effectively lowered your work production by 25%. Couple that with the normal 25% of work time you waste by checking your personal email, blogging and playing Sudoku online. You have now decrease your work production by 50%.

Only one week to go. Now you spend you online time looking for hot spots, making sure you have a rental car, checking the weather reports. There's just not enough time during you lunch hour you just have to take a day off for more last minute shopping and getting your hair, nails, toes done. Not only have you managed to decrease your work production by another 20% you have also scored a "pre-vacation" day off.

The last day of work before freedom. You've actually increased your work production-after all who wants to come back to a work load sitting on their desk? Just when you almost reach your pre-pre-vacation work efficiency you realize that you haven't finished packing! You quietly slip out the back door and unofficially begin your vacation. Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Mis-adventures on Metro

In the past week while ridding Metro, I've been sat on…twice. A couple days ago I was sitting by the window solving a Sudoku puzzle on my DS when a lady made movements to sit next to me. I made sure my jacket was fully clear of the seat next to me giving her plenty of room. The lady, however, backed into the seat (rather than sidestepping) and sat her ass on my arm. She soon realized that this wasn't the seat and adjusted herself. No, she didn't apologize.

Another day, while waiting with hundreds of other stranded passengers for the yellow line (long story), I was leaning against the wall reading the newspaper. An older gentleman walked up and pointed behind me. I thought he was looking at the map directly behind my head. Rather, what he wanted was to squeeze himself in the small space between the stone bench and me. (So technically he didn't sit on me) He leaned on me (half his body covering mine) while trying to push me over (there was a guy to the other side of me. I moved completely out of his way and gave him the evilest look I could give.

What's wrong with these people? I'm not a small girl. Is it possible they underestimated the size of me with my gigantic down feather jacket (hey it's effing cold)? Or maybe the underestimated the size of their bulk included with my bulk. Whatever it is-people better stop sitting on me or I'm going off.

Also, attention seat hogs-It's rude. This includes-but not limited to-spreading your legs really wide. stretching your body across two seats, putting your bag/briefcase/newspaper in the seat next to you, sitting in the middle of two seats or (my personal pet peeve) sitting on the outer seat leaving the inner seat open (am I supposed to crawl over you to sit?). Well, guess what we don't want to sit next to you either- our feet are just tired.


I always start blogs and 6 months later I somehow become disenchanted with my writing or ultimately trapped and forced to forgo what I really want to write about because of my readers. So the new plan is to write and tell no one. My blog will be lost in a sea of blogs, unknown to my friends and my semi-loyal readers. I think I’ll prefer it this way.