The Inauguration Celebration In Pictures

25 01 2009
Pakistani Christian children hold portraits of U.S. President-elect Barack Obama during a prayers ceremony for global peace in Islamabad, Pakistan on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009. (AP Photo) #

Boston.com’s amazing photo website The Big Picture complied an awe-inspiring collection of images from around the world chronicling President Obama’s inauguration. This is one of my favorites, but they are all great.

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Submit Your Pics For the Official Inaugural Photobook

25 01 2009
Dear World, Were Back! Love U.S.A.

Dear World, We're Back! Love U.S.A.

Now that a few days have passed since President Obama’s swearing in, you’ve probably had some time to look at your photos, and maybe you got some really good ones. Now’s your chance for the big time– the Official Barack Obama Inaugural Book is looking for pictures from people who took part in the magic. I really hope the folks over at Better Than Machines who took this one send it in!





Counting Crows at Good Stuff Tuesday

19 01 2009

Got this email from Good Stuf Eatery, one of my fave burger spots in town, about an event on Jan. 20th. If you’re on the Hill and not at the swearing in, why not?

Counting Crows members Perform at Good Stuff

with The Low Stars

Morning of Inauguration

Join us at Good Stuff for a special daytime performance by The Low Stars and Counting Crows members David Immergluck and Charlie Gillingham on Jan. 20, 2009 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. to promote the Friend Campaign by CrisisLink.

The Friend Campaign encourages individuals and organizations throughout the community to pledge to be a friend when someone they know is facing a hard time and give the number, or make the call to 1-800-273-TALK. Free and confidential help is available 24/7 for those who are sad, depressed, having suicidal thoughts, experiencing emotional distress, or seeking information on available resources.

“As a band, and as individuals, we have collaborated on many projects over the years, but this campaign stood out to us in a very compelling way,” explains Chris Seefried of The Low Stars. “To say we are profoundly excited to support the awareness of a ‘lifeline’ to those facing crisis would be an understatement. Whenever possible, we all have an obligation to be a friend when one is needed.”

Visit the campaign’s web site at www.FriendCampaign.org to take the pledge and to find tips and resources for helping someone who might be depressed or suicidal.





Washingtonian’s 2008 Dirt Cheap Eats

12 01 2009
Image Courtesy Washingtonian Magazine

Just in time for inauguration, Washingtonian Magazine has released its latest Dirt Cheap Eats list, covering DC, Maryland and Virginia. The list features meals at 61 restaurants for $15 or less per person. There are plenty of places on here I love, and many more I’m dying to try. Some personal favorites on the list include Good Stuff Eatery on the Hill and Eammon’s in Alexandria.

(Image Courtesy Washingtonian.com/Washingtonian Magazine)





Tips for a Smooth Trip

9 01 2009

WMATACourtesy of Prince of Petworth, some of the best advice yet on traveling to the Mall on Jan. 20, specifically for the locals:

“ATU Local 689, the transit union comprising of more than 10,000 Metro bus drivers, rail operators, administrators and technicians, is encouraging DC residents and Metro riders to become travel ambassadors during this historic Inaugural event come January 20th.

ATU Local 689’s Nine Tips for Inaugural Metro Travel

1. Begin your travel day with a smile and a positive attitude! You’re about to witness history!
2. Expect crowds and crowded trains. The District is expected to host between 2-4 million people for the inaugural celebration. Be patient, as there will be delays.
3. Dress warmly, wear comfortable shoes and pack lightly. Even if you decide to take the Metro to inaugural activities, be prepared to walk. Also, the warmer and more comfortable you are, the more helpful and friendly you can be to visitors.
4. A simple and polite “excuse me” always works. Try these friendly phrases – “Excuse me, please stand to the right on the escalator” or “Excuse me, I’m attempting to board the train.”
5. Be as helpful as possible. We are residents and Metro riders that know how things work. Let’s share the knowledge to keep things moving smoothly!
6. Be aware of your surroundings by keeping the ear buds of your music player at a level where you can hear announcements and you won’t disturb your fellow passengers.
7. Buy your Metro cards or load up your SmartTrip before January 20th. You’ll be glad you planned ahead!
8. Local ATU members are at your service to help in any way possible. Feel free to direct tourists to the Metro kiosks for any problems or concerns.
9. There will be an unusually high number of riders so please move quickly into the Metro car when the Metro stops and into the center of the car to allow more people to safely board the train.”





Hungry Anyone?

8 01 2009

If you haven’t been to DC, you may not know what an incredible dining town it is these days. Everyone from famed chef Michel Richard to Top Chef veteran Spike Mendelsohn has put down roots at restaurants around town, and the result is delicious meals in every price range. With bars and restaurants planning to stay open until 5am you should have plenty of chances to eat well, all over town, and I have a few tips to make it easy to do:

  • Get an OpenTable.com account if you don’t already have one–its the fastest way to see what restaurants have availability. If you are looking for a certain time and its not available, try giving the restaurant a call before giving up–in many places only a portion of the seats are online, so you might get lucky calling. Open Table has a good list of restaurants with special inaugural menus from the 19th through the 22nd, including $44 specials for multiple courses so check it out.
    • There are many excellent restaurants near the Mall, White House and Capitol (Central, TenPenh, Good Stuff Eatery, Equinox to name a few), but the goodness doesn’t stop there. Venture uptown a bit to Palena in Cleveland Park, or get a half smoke on U Street from Ben’s Chili Bowl, one of DC’s true institutions. And if you can, check out Ben’s new sister restaurant next door called, ahem, Next Door, for a meal prepared by Hell’s Kitchen winner Rahman “Rock” Harper. All are Metro accessible.
      • If money is no object for the ultimate mean, eat incredibly well for a good cause. Put down $500 and you could be one of 80 dining at the masterful hands of Alice Waters when she creates a meal at the Phillips Collection on Jan. 19th. According to the New York Times special guests include Michael Chabon, Anna Deavere Smith and Maya Lin. And the best news? Since its a charitable event, $350 of the ticket price is tax-deductible. Cha-ching! Tickets available at www.brownpapertickets.com, although there is nothing on the site yet. If you’re interested check back or call the Phillips.

          DC residents, have other suggestions from our out of town guests? Share!





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