Time flies. This week is my 4-year DCversary. Celebrating DCversary during the most energetic, physically gorgeous time in the city really adds to the love.
I have enjoyed so many things, and they’re actually nicely catalogued with photos:
– The extreme extroversion of the people here and community spirit – My posts on DC as America’s Most Social City
– Tied to the above, all the public monuments ordinary people produce in the quest for a more healthy community – Posts on the public monuments people have created to their loved ones
There are/were some gaps as well
- There wasn’t an Apple Store in the District, there is one now
- There wasn’t a Cheesecake Factory in the District, there still isn’t one now (it’s ok, I’ll wait)
- There wasn’t the Circulator bus system (as my colleagues in transit point out), or bicycle sharing, there is now (and it’s amazing)
- The DC Public Library was not the caliber of the Seattle Public Library. This is improving, plus there’s reciprocity with Arlington and Montgomery County (both of which now rent Kindle books)
- There wasn’t meaningful use, Regina Holiday, Christine Kraft, Lygeia Ricciardi, Mark Scrimshire, the concept of #epicenter, in my life to name just a few, there is now
- Marriage discrimination was legal, it’s not legal now (love won, as it always does)
And there’s this:
I wouldn’t have imagined doing Yoga, in the morning, at a model facility for having health care conversations, with work colleagues who I had yet to meet, motivating me.
It’s what happens here, which is why my expectations have been wildly and obsessively exceeded.