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  1. 2 minutes ago, TobiasFunke said:

    I like the idea of just putting them up in various reasonably priced 1 BRs on the condition they can't sublet. That basically amounts to a a tax-free $30,000 raise for those who need it, would be rejected by those who don't (Darrell Issa ain't gonna slum it in a 1 BR in a Navy Yard high rise), covers a work-related necessity, and wouldn't engender nearly as much opposition.

    Yeah, something like this could work too. How much time do they spend in DC?

    Whatever the compensation is, thoughts on it being funded by the states/congressional districts rather than federal? Wyoming would only have to come up with about $100k and California about $1.5m.

  2. 30 minutes ago, TobiasFunke said:

    Most DC households don't have to maintain two homes (what we should really do is offer members subsidized 1 BR apartments instead of a pay hike).


    I've been thinking maybe the states and congressional districts should kick in something for their senators and representatives. Maybe pay them per diem. Or just an additional salary as determined by each district.

  3. @Beef Ravioli

    Welcome! I’ve been in NoVa my whole life. Glad you found a home.

    Trummer’s in Clifton is definitely a good spot. Clifton is really small, nice, and quaint. There are a few restaurants, general store, a couple churches, and some historic homes. It’s a cool town. If you want something more lively with more options, Old Town Alexandria is a good choice. 

    Occoquon might be another option. There’s a really good French place near there but it’s not in the old town part so you can’t dine and walk around as easily as Clifton or Alexandria.

    If you are up for a bit of a drive, then consider Middleburg. If not this anniversary, maybe take the wife there another time.

    Check out the DC thread sometime:

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  4. On ‎6‎/‎5‎/‎2019 at 4:57 PM, Da Guru said:

    People approaching you in the streets has become an everyday thing now.  I was in Chicago 2 weeks ago and we could not walk anywhere without 4-5 people coming up asking for money and some were aggressive.

    I've heard/read this many, many times over the years: aggressive beggars. What does that look like? I'm 43 and have spent a decent amount of time in large US cities and I can't think of one event I was either involved in or witnessed that I'd personally label as "aggressive" begging.

  5. If you already have a national park annual pass (interagency pass), you won't have to pay anything extra.

    I think driving the whole thing in a day is doable, depending on how many stops you want to make. Stay in either Charlottesville or Staunton on Friday night and enter the southern entrance in the morning after breakfast. Total drive time to the northern end is probably about 2.5 hours, so that can leave you a good 6.5 hours to stop at overlooks, visitor centers, and some short hikes. Start at 9:00 and be out of the northern end by 6:00. I'd then suggest having dinner at Spelunkers in Front Royal. Nothing fancy, but a good burger place.

    There are like 75 overlooks, so don't get into the habit of stopping at too many early on. There's always another one nearby. I have no specific knowledge about which overlooks are the best; maybe someone else does.

    Agree with the suggestion to look up trails on AllTrails or to talk to a ranger at a Visitors Center. Just tell them something like "We're looking for short, somewhat challenging hikes with some great views. Climbing over some rocks would be cool and maybe seeing a few waterfalls." Or whatever it is you're interested in.

    You'll lose cell signal a GPS at times while on Skyline Drive and not all the trailheads have the best marking so pick up a park map.

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  6. Game theory. He assumes she will bet big and other guy will bet big  

    If he gets it right and she gets it right, he knows he’s not going to win. 

    If he gets it right and she gets it wrong, he doesn’t need a big bet to take the lead. 

    If they both get it wrong, he wants to lose a small amount and hope she bets big. 

    If he gets it wrong, he also has to defend against the other guy getting it right and doubling his amount. 

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  7. My church has a deaf group so all our worship services have an interpreter. It’s a good opportunity for a hearing person to watch the signs and listen to what’s being said. Mimicking the interpreter’s signs is a good way to learn. Not sure how much that helps you, but maybe you can find something near you where you can hear or read (hymn lyrics on a screen) what’s being said while also seeing the signs. 

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  8. 1 minute ago, Apple Jack said:

    I also think the Park service allows people to park along the GW Pkwy, but not positive.

    This is what we used to always do and then walk across to the Lincoln. Over the years, though, they drastically cut back on where you can park. I'm not sure what you currently can and can't do since we haven't tried that in several years.

  9. 52 minutes ago, AAABatteries said:

    Just to make sure I understand what you are saying - I could just show up around the Jefferson Memorial area and claim a spot and we should get a good view?  Will I need to show up like hours in advance?  I'm assuming it will be crazy crowded.

    I sat there once, arriving about 30 minutes before the fireworks, and we had no problems find a spot to sit. And that was with a fairly large group of people (maybe 10-12 of us). But, that was when the Jefferson wasn't a great location and most people flooded The Mall and Lincoln Memorial.

    Back in the day, we'd get to the Lincoln Memorial many hours in advance, bring dinner there, play cards and other games. Eventually we stopped doing that and would just show up less than an hour before the fireworks. It would definitely be crowded, but we could find a decent spot for our family of 5.

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  10. 2 hours ago, Don Quixote said:

    I was just reading the article again and I had East Potomac Park in my head, but it looks like West Potomac Park instead.  That puts them shooting off by the MLK Memorial.  I'll stand by Lady Bird Johson Park as likely to be a pretty solid location this year, as that is basically right across the Potomac.  The Mall stretching down to the Capitol will be a bit off-center, but not as bad as I was thinking as if it were East Potomac Park.

    Jefferson Memorial should be good for that location. 

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  11. 4 minutes ago, matuski said:

    10, 12.


    Thanks.  Swimming isn't a deal breaker, but if a cool spot they would be happy.  Hotel doesn't have pool.

    I think that age would like the wading pool at The Yards Park. They’d likely be at the older end of kids there from what I remember (it’s been a couple years since I’ve been there with my kids), but could be fun for them. And if they get bored, the rest of the park is worth checking out. 

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  12. Ha, I hadn’t heard that about the fireworks. My favorite place to sit has been the Lincoln Memorial but not sure how that would work this year. 

    Yeah, not many natural swimming spots nearby. Some beaches along the Bay but not sure it’s worth it. If you like hiking and want to spend a day away from the city, you could go out to Shenandoah National Park and hike a trail with water falls and small swimming holes. Or you could do a day trip to the ocean. Probably about 2.5 hours without traffic to one of the DE beaches.

    How old are you kids? If younger, I’d suggest The Yards Park in the city for an urban swimming/wading pool, waterfall, and fountains. Canal Park nearby also has fountains. So does Georgetown Waterfront Park. 


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  13. 5 hours ago, Politician Spock said:

    Now those who claim she is violating the fetus's right to life, where is the logic that she has that obligation to an uninvited fetus, but not to an uninvited 4 year old boy?

    Are you assuming Pro-Lifers agree with you that there wouldn't be an obligation to the uninvited 4 year old boy? I'm not sure that's true.