Monthly Archives: September 2008

Day 7: Politics and the Internet

It seems silly that I’m writing about Chipotle when there are, without question, more interesting things going on around me.

I attended a blog launch at the National Press Club yesterday (cool enough on its own!) and while the rest of the country is talking about Paulson’s proposed bailout plan (is there ANYONE out there that supports it?), I’m living it. The plan is, of course, subject of much discussion in the area and getting to the NPC yesterday was nightmarish due to the heightened security in the area. Annoying for the drivers, fantastically fascinating for me! It’s all being decided RIGHT HERE!

Speaking of politics and the internet: Twitter has created a feed for people to post their election feedback.

“We’re filtering hundreds of Twitter updates per minute to create a new source for gathering public opinion about the presidential election and a new way for you to share your thoughts.”

So many people are posting that it’s just a continuous scrolling page. It’s pretty cool to see everyone’s opinions. I don’t know how skewed it is based on the participants (Are people who are into Twitter more likely to vote for one candidate over the other?) , but I do see a consensus of opinions. Check it out here: http://election.twitter.com/.

Speaking of politics on the internet: Yesterday’s facebook blog post described the company’s new initiative to help register young voters. Those who are eligible to vote can now register to vote at facebook.com/Vote08. Using facebook for good ROCKS!

Day 6: getting to know the city

It takes me precisely thirteen minutes to get to work from my apartment, door-to-door. And while, in the mornings I see nothing around me as I scurry to work, in the evenings, I take my time, allowing myself to take it all in.

It’s funny how one begins to learn the city… On Tuesday, I noticed a CVS, on Wednesday, a post office (both useful, no?), but it was on my first walk to work that I noticed the… Chipotle.

A not just a Chipotle, a pretty cool looking one, at that (see picture). As a Chipotle fanatic, this discovery has been a very dangerous one…

I had my first DC Chipotle burrito last night as I, starved, searched for any kind of nourishment to silence my rumbling stomach coming home from work.

And I’m sure it won’t be the last…

(A DISAPPOINTING) UPDATE: I have yet to found a Starbucks on my route.

Day 5

Today is day five of my new life in here in The District.

A few notes on my experience so far:

– Cabs are super expensive here. In Boston, cab fares are determined by the distance traveled (as well as the time spent in the cab), regardless of how many people are in the car. In DC, the meter starts pretty high anyway ($4.00 compared to Boston’s $2.00-ish?), but there’s also a surcharge per additional rider. We took cabs into Georgetown Saturday night and it was $8 just to get in!

– First day on the job I’m told that I’ll be learning how to use WordPress, Drupal, Convio (and Get Active), and Kintera content management systems as well as Google Adwords and Facebook Business Solutions. For a web technology freak like me, there’s nothing better!

– Last night, I had my first “city food shopping” experience. We didn’t bring a cart and so I literally could only buy what I could carry back. Andrea was pretty surprised that the Diet Coke cans made the cut, but hey, they’re a necessity!