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February 6, 2010

Hi blogosphere! I have officially moved entirely to!

#089; sometimes you want to appreciate DC for its DC-ness

February 4, 2010

I often find that being a music-dork and hipster takes over my life. Why in the world would I want to do anything else when there’s a live show somewhere on U St./in Arlington/out in VA/right here downtown? When I can see someone I’ve seen a hundred times because I just love that music that much or check out some great new underground DJ from Manhattan at a hole in the wall in Georgetown? The feel of singing along, dancing until my knees feel like jelly, meeting people who are just as insane as I am (day jobs? Yeah, we got ’em, so what? 2 hours of sleep is plenty…) – that’s what drives me most days. But then there are the other days.

The days that bring a big foreign poobah to the District and I get to drink coffee over fascinating lectures. Days that bring hobnobbing happy hours and strict suits, when no one in the room knows or dares to ask if I have tattoos. I moved to DC years ago because of those days, because of the rush I get from a great campaign trip or how good it feels to make a phone call on behalf of a candidate and hear the enthusiasm on the other end of the line. These days are few and far between lately (though I did create a little bit of one myself last night, but checking out the lounge-esque happy hour at Current. Great eel nigiri, by the way).

And so, when a dear friend told me about a fundraiser she’s working on, I jumped at the chance to check the event out. Silent auctions for golf days and lunch dates with DC Council members, an open bar, free food, and all the elbow rubbing and photo opportunities you can handle!

Held at the Twelve Restaurant & Lounge (which just looks truly delicious), the event goes for two hours and for a donation of $25 (to the Ward 7 non-profit College & Career Connections group**) I know I’m excited to put on a cute suit (naturally!) and meet the likes of Chair Vincent Gray and Council members Kwame and Michael Brown (who are both participating in the silent auction!). Face it, you know you want to come out, especially considering the awesome cause it supports and the Valentine’s theme (what better way to spend a lonely, bitter holiday than doing some good with fabulous people?). Details on the event, and CCC (provided by a friend of mine who sent me the media advisory, so it’s ‘official’ for once!), all follow. And feel free to spread the word!

DATE: Thursday, February 11, 2010
TIME: 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Program to begin at 7:15.
PLACE: Twelve Restaurant & Lounge – 1123 H Street, NE

**College and Career Connections is a local nonprofit serving Washington, DC’s Wards 7 and 8. Since 2007, CCC has engaged over 1,000 8th and 9th grade students in interactive workshops, and college and workplace visits that connect their current interests and education with college and career options. In a community where only one in twenty students will graduate college, CCC both inspires students to envision college in their future, and informs them of the concrete steps they need to take now to achieve that future. Please visit for more information.

#088; need help concentrating, asap!

February 2, 2010

I fail at just about everything these days. Have so much writing/real life to catch up on and all I want to do is sleep! I don’t think it’s the travel dragging me down anymore, so I’m hoping the more I let myself relax, the better I’ll get. I refuse to believe this has anything to do with the weather (though warming up a bit would be very welcome!).

So yes, as usual, I’m here with only some words of fractured exhaustion and a photo that puts it all better than I currently can. This one from

exploding dog

exploding dog

#087; it’s a small world after all…

January 30, 2010

At Limbo is back in the District tonight! I’ve much awesome to write about, including a trip to the legendary Bitter End in NYC with BP (photographer extraordinaire) and Adrian Hardkor (who played while we were up there tonight).

First up soon will surely be a recap of my week with Mickey & friends and a review of the Drunk Tigers, who have an album coming out in a few weeks.

Hope your week has been a great one, and I’ll catch you all again as I finish catching up on real life!

#086; it’s been a few fridays since I’ve been in love

January 22, 2010

I’ve skipped nearly a month’s worth of Friday I’m in Love entries! Blog Fail, I know. But I’m back with possibly the best Friday I’m in Love ever. Wanna know why? Because people are charitable and awesome, and I’m going to The Happiest Place on Earth.

First up… IOTA‘s Haiti Benefit for the Red Cross. This showcase include performances by 15+ local artists (some of my favorites are on the bill!), and IOTA’s asking for donations with all proceeds going to the Red Cross for the rescue and clean up efforts in Haiti. I’ve been looking forward to this event all week and have been pestering everyone I know to come on down to Clarendon for the night. Artists ranging from Rene Moffatt to Helo, Tom McBride to Brother Shamus, Derek Evry to No Second Troy – you really, really don’t want to miss out tonight. Show starts at 8pm and your donation is your entrance fee (so even the smallest amount you can give will help!). The “full” list (because they’ve been adding all week and knowing this group someone will pop up and join in out of nowhere!) of artists can be found at IOTA’s website.

Second, and a bit of a warning in itself, is that I’m winging it to Disney World Sunday morning! As my family finally celebrates the holidays with our annual get together, we will be showing my young nephews (6yrs & 8yrs) the big Mouse house for the first time. And so, I probably won’t be around much until the end of the month/beginning of next month.

However! I am so excited about February! Some great shows (Drunk Tigers & New Rock Church of Fire @ IOTA springs immediately to mind, but No Second Troy’ll be at the 9:30 Club, too!), some fun stuff here (did I mention me and my boy BP are having a photo shoot on Saturday?! If you’re a musician/into the scene in the area and want to join us, get in touch via email!), and I’ll be (finally) starting my guitar lessons so there will be much in the way of “OMG WHAT WAS I THINKING?! I WRITE ABOUT MUSIC, I DON’T PLAY IT!” posts to amuse you.

Have a great end of January, folks, hope that 2010 is living up to all the expectations you’ve had so far!

#085; to blip or not to blip?

January 21, 2010

I’ve been doing some research into the best ways to cut down on my bad habits (spending, drinking, smoking Marlboros…) and today I came across a CNN article about a site (invested in part by Evan Williams, whom I can only assume is the same Ev of Twitter) called Blippy. I’ve started looking into the service and I think that – used properly, of course – it could be a good way to publicly keep my spending (and thus drinking and smoking) habits in check.

No matter how open I am online (personally, including constantly Tweeting what shows I’m at and the like), I’m skittish.

While I never truly live beyond my means (I keep within a tight budget every month and pay my bills on time no matter what else gets sacrificed in the process. Grocery shopping? Bah. Ramen works!), I hate feeling so stretched so often. I’d love to work on this in 2010. I’d also love to quit smoking and cut back on the amount of money I spend on bar food and cocktails. Budgeting hasn’t worked because I always stay within my budget but I’d like to see how much further I can go. Something about the public-watching aspect of Blippy makes me think it might be the push I need in the right direction. To know what somewhere in the cosmos, someone’s checking up on me. (True, one of the joys of being on your own in your mid-20’s is the fact that no one’s checking up on you but for some things, you have to admit, it’s a great incentive).

Blippy’s gotten a bit of good press now, with Pete Cashmore of Mashable covering it for CNN as well, and the Washington Post hitting on it just a couple of days ago. As far as I can tell the media picked up on it about a month and a half ago and most of the coverage has been positive. All signs seem to be pointing to this as a fun, easy way to keep track of my spending and allow others their opinion while I’m at it.

But there’s still that skittish-ness.

What are your thoughts? How do you go about saving money? What styles of budgeting to you lean on? Are there other sites out there that you’d suggest? And of course, are you Blipping?

#084; remembering where I am

January 21, 2010

It has been a truly beautiful evening. One of great music, new friends, delicious food, and a view of the Mall from Virginia without another soul in sight. I really do need to remind myself more often why it is I love this place so much. Goodnight, moon. Goodnight, Mall.

#083; Congrats Senator-elect Brown

January 20, 2010

I don’t often indulge in politics here in Limbo, because this blog is about the art, music, and philosophies that bang around in the head of a 25 year old. However, I thought today was a great chance to point out this piece I wrote months ago, as to why I’m a Republican, how I believe that there are issues outside of social ones, and the strange reactions most give me when they find these things out!

In light of the GOP victory in Massachusetts, any thoughts?

#082; Soft. Quick. Kind of like a habit.

January 20, 2010

Meredith: I almost died today … I can’t, I can’t remember our last kiss. All I could think about was I’m going to die today and I can’t remember our last kiss. Which is pathetic but the last time we were together and happy, I want to be able to remember that, and I can’t. I can’t remember.

Derek: I’m glad you didn’t die today … It was a Thursday morning, you were wearing that ratty little Dartmouth t-shirt you look so good in, the one with the hole at the back of the neck. You’d just washed you hair and you smelled like some kind of flower. I was running late, you said you were going to see me later, and you leaned to me, put your hand on my chest, and you kissed me. Soft. Quick. Kind of like a habit. You know, like we’d do it everyday for the rest of our lives. And you went back to reading the newspaper and I went to work. That was the last time we kissed.

[2.17] – Grey’s Anatomy

I’ve been thinking a lot lately, about decisions and time moving on with or without them. Is it better to have something decided – concrete, a clean cut, business-like – rather than having it evolve in certain other ways. So that you don’t know that the last kiss is the last. So that every moment you spend with a loved one is exactly as we’d want it to be. So that there is no sadness hidden behind goodbye smiles.

I’m not sure. Because a lot can be said for a true break. Closure. Decisions. It certainly seems to be the quickest route to moving on, and has been the generally decided upon route for most of my relationships. But then there’s a darkness that tinges the memories of those relationships, a wary “we know how it ended, when it ended, how you were a bastard or I was just too lazy.” When something ends organically, when you don’t know that your last kiss is your last, or the last time you tell someone you love them is the only chance you’ll ever have again, the sweetness of it just seems to keep a hazy beauty to it.

Does any of this make sense? Has my caffeine not kicked in yet?

What are your thoughts on endings? Are you a decision-maker? A do-er? Or do you go with the flow of things and see where it takes you? I’m trying to learn in 2010, to live more in the moment, not to worry so much about make decisions and planning the outcomes. I’d love your input.

#081; she’s a little bit dizzy these days…

January 19, 2010

Let’s see, Limbo’s had her head in the clouds as of late, but I’m working on bringing my feet back to solid ground and diving in head long (without the aid of my usual dose of 1+pack of nicotine a day, thanks to a new round of bronchitis and strict instructions that my “trying to quite smoking” must become “have already quit” as soon as is humanly possible).

In the meantime: couple of things I’m currently obsessed with and something new & exciting in the works!

  • DC’s comedy set has a new kid on the block to check out for. Well, 10 of them, to be more specific. In the best showcase I’ve seen in DC in ages, Recessions has opened it’s doors on Wednesday nights to WayneMan comedy and his rotating group of local and national stand up comics, ComedyX10. New faces – local radio personalities – and standards (Seaton Smith showed up last minute and brought the house down with some of the best bits I’ve seen him do, and I’ve seen him probably half a dozen times now). The crowd was thick, rolling along with every punch the ten (12, actually, for the first night) were throwing and by the end of the night, the DJ taking over, we couldn’t believe it was nearly 11. ComedyX10 is back this week, Wednesday 8-10pm (free admission) and with great food and drink hitting just the right mix of sit-down show/hopping bar, so be sure to check it out.
  • Umm… The Coachella line-up was announced. Please say someone wants to do a ridiculous road-trip/vacation/something/anything to get us East coast peeps out there for this three day festival of AWESOME. Tickets go on sale this week, I feel an early Feb purchase coming on… is anyone in?
  • Coming up at At Limbo we’re going to be releasing (exclusively! How cool is that?!) Adrian Hardkor Krygowski’s cover of the Pinky & the Brain theme song from this month’s Spelling for Bees Collective at Velvet Lounge. Adrian took the slightly creepy song and gave it a ‘hardkor’ (haha) make-over, turning out what seemed to be the favorite Saturday Morning Cartoon theme song of the week (SfB’s theme for January, naturally).

Okay, that’s it for me this lunch break, at least I got this much together, right?! Really would love suggestions for concentration, online to do lists, and any other “let’s get Limbo through yet another week of being sick and miserable” tricks and treats you might have! This afternoon I’ll have up a preview of IOTA’s massive Haiti relief benefit concert with such At Limbo favorites (plus at least a dozen others!) as Rene Moffatt, Derek Evry, and No Second Troy.