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#008; is home where the heart is?

May 13, 2009
“Where we love is home, home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.

I read a post this morning at Ashish, about a summer of DC firsts. Apparently the blogger’s lived here for 16 years and wants to take part in some decidedly DC things before the summer’s out. I know that feeling, and am unabashedly ripping off the idea. Only difference being, a bunch of these things I’ve done before, I just want to be sure I get to them this year, because you never know when it just might be your last (in the Capitol). My list includes…

  • Every Monday evening spent @ Screen on the Green on the National Mall (though, they still haven’t announced the films for this year)
  • As much karaoke as my housemates can possibly handle
  • Spending at least one day by the Tidal Basin
  • Spend many days with a blanket in Dupont Circle with a good book
  • Go for runs after work through Georgetown
  • Happy hours with friends @ Tony and Joe’s on the waterfront
  • At least one ridiculous evening @ Cantina Marina
  • Found the DC Tweetup Book Club
  • Finally visit Old Town (I’ve never been!)
  • Try Peruvian chicken in VA
  • Nationals games!
  • Eat at Lebanese Taverna

I want to add as much to this list as possible – my mum says it best when she says you’re never just stuck in your own head, with your own thoughts, if you’re too busy to bother thinking. What are your suggestions for essential DC summer activities? Paddle boats? Running trails?

I suppose there is a larger catalyst for this than the above mentioned post, though. A theme that has somehow managed to weave it’s way into my everyday life without my notice. That is the question of what is home. What makes a place feel like home? If it’s where the heart is, than I have no home or a dozen, depending on how you look at it. If it’s a question of family, than DC can never be my home, simply my place of residence. If it’s history and passion for a place, than I don’t know how anywhere (besides perhaps Rome) that can match my love of this city. But I’ve never been sure how I’ve defined it, and I find myself faced with very real questions concerning such a definition.

What would you do if you were offered a rent-free, year round summer holiday-esque existence, but it meant picking up what roots you’ve carefully laid down, and starting over before you know that you’re ready to do so?

Until I figure that out, I want to enjoy this place – home or not – as much as is possible. So tell me, what would you do?

5 Comments leave one →
  1. atlimbo permalink
    May 13, 2009 4:46 PM

    atonse said…

    Hi, I’m the blogger you referred to. 🙂

    Here are a few things I’ve done over the years growing up here:
    – Monuments at night, walk from the WWII Mem, to the Lincoln, turn left towards the FDR, and then along the Tidal Basin to the Jefferson. (Must do it around or after midnight when it’s calm and quiet). Then we used to lay on the ground in front of the Jefferson where all your peripheral vision only has the sky and the Jefferson/Washington monuments.

    – Gravelly Point by National Airport. It’s a park by the runway. You can park your car and sit on the lawn while the airplanes fly so low, they almost give you a haircut before they land.

    – Food is a whole other chapter. I can recommend a ton of restaurants around the metro area that most tourists would never see.

    – If you like Thai food, every April, the local Thai temples have food/cultural festivals where you can taste really authentic Thai food. This year it’s happening this weekend on Layhill Rd. in Glenmont, MD, a 10 min walk from the Glenmont metro.

  2. atlimbo permalink
    May 13, 2009 4:46 PM

    domeofheaven said…

    I need to do a list like this myself!

    Things I want to do:
    Screen on the Green, of course!
    Paddle Boats!
    Get a LOC reader’s card! (Our first DC Tweetup for the Book Club?)

    ♥ S

  3. atlimbo permalink
    May 13, 2009 4:47 PM

    Eric said…

    There’s only one thing that makes me forget my love affair with the Lebanese Taverna.

    This place. (,-77.04662&spn=0,359.995172&z=18&layer=c&cbll=38.909614,-77.046503&panoid=FsPfotgRvsvG3SDcHg0yOg&cbp=12,350.4751098375473,,0,5.750801951400469)

    I don’t know what it is, I don’t know what its called, but thats the Google StreetView of it. On the NE corner of 21st & Pst NW, the downstairs restaurant.

    If you like the Taverna, you will seriously love this place (if you don’t already). Best of luck.

  4. atlimbo permalink
    May 13, 2009 4:47 PM

    resident of limbo said…

    Atonse: I def. have to check out the Thai food (it’s my favorite actually) and Gravelly Point, though I suppose you need a car for that one? :/

    Dome: YES WE HAVE TO DO PADDLE BOATS! I can’t believe we never have! And I’d love to do an LOC day for our book club. Looking forward to next wk’s intro meeting!

    Eric: I lived in Dupont for a long time and you’re right, that place is awesome (though I don’t know the name either, lol).

  5. August 12, 2009 2:05 AM

    Yes! Have fun! Don’t be sorry you missed it!

    The Cantina Marina is a great one; my wife and I stumbled onto it after the Billy Joel/Elton John concert (which she loved). And someone was handing out preview passes of 500 days of summer, which was the best chick flick I’ve ever seen.

    Rico Pollo in Arlington (on Kenmore) is absolutely the best Peruvian chicken in town; I’m having lunch there tomorrow.

    And speaking of Lebanese, Layalina in Arlington is a great family-run Lebanese restaurant.

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