- Metro etiquette Part 1: Stand right, walk left. Just the same as the left lane is the fast lane on the freeway, so it works on the Metro. You do not want to piss off Washingtonians late for work or late for Happy Hour.
- Metro etiquette Part 2: Do not block the turnstiles. If the farecard system or SmartTrip befuddle you, step to the side while you figure it out.
- We are loud, direct, and more than a little sarcastic. And we don't tolerate bullshit.
- You're unlikely to meet any people who live in Maryland, and even less likely to meet people who live in Virginia. Suburbanites are scurred of DC.
- Georgetown and George Washington University are two very different schools. Do NOT get them confused. Although douchebags can be found at both, GWU students are more likely to have a conscience and the ability to associate with people who are not exactly like themselves.
- We work hard (9-10 hours a day is common) and play even harder. Liquor here is cheap. And we hold our liquor well. The people you'll see puking outside the bars in Adams Morgan are more than likely from Maryland or Virginia. Don't be like them.
- Don't whine about our gun laws. You're most likely to get mugged stumbling home drunk off your ass from Adams Morgan. Having a gun on you won't help in that situation.
- "Taxation without representation" means that we're a fiefdom of Congress. Yes, they really can veto any laws we pass here, even when they don't affect *their* constituents.
- There are plenty of great places to go outside of Northwest DC. Examples: Eastern Market, H St. NE corridor, Haines Point.
- The house hopefully has an air conditioner. Use it. You won't last long in the summer without it.
- Don't bring your car. Parking's a bitch and Metro will always get you there faster if you're moving around the city.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
A Real Worlder's welcome guide to the Real DC Part I
Here are some helpful tips that your handlers at MTV probably forgot to mention. I'm posting this for everyone's benefit; both for yourselves and to give yourselves half a chance to get along with your neighbors.
This is what I can think of for now. I'm sure I or one of my co-authors can add more tips in Part II.