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Day 94: Good Stuff, Happy Hour & Scavo Twins

I chuckle (yes, chuckle) when I think about how aptly I’ve named this blog. And tonight was the perfect example.

First, I had dinner at Good Stuff Eatery, which was opened this past July by Spike Mendelsohn of Top Chef fame. I got the Farmhouse Burger and it was delicious. Spike was working and brought the orders out to us. (I was able to snap this picture from the upstairs seating.)

Next, it was off to GesherCity’s annual Hanukkah Happy Hour on the Hill (try saying that three times fast).

The DCist puts it well:

If there’s one night to circle for every young Jewish professional in D.C., it very well may be the night Gesher City hosts their annual Hanukkah Happy Hour on the Hill. Every young Jew you’ve ever met or will meet will likely be packed somewhere within the three floors of the Pour House tonight. It’s the perfect place to bump into that cute girl you met at Shabbat services a few weeks back or avoid your ex-boyfriend like the plague. Why not both? The HHHH is co-sponsored by a laundry list of young Jewish organizations.

I was told the event was too crowded last year but decided to go and check it out. For the most part, it was an awkward mess (these types of happy hours always are), but I felt like a rebel being out on a Monday!

Afterwards, we hopped on the Metro and as we were waiting I turned to see Porter and Preston Scavo walking down the steps! Charles and Max Carver with Julie MinevichYes, that’s right you Desperate Housewives fans, the Scavo twins are in DC. We ended up boarding the same train as them and I knew that I would regret it if I didn’t welcome them to the city and, you know, snap a quick pic.

Charles and Max Carver were extremely nice and obliged. They are in DC visiting their father (who was with them) and said that they haven’t been recognized that much yet. I told them how I spent my Sunday nights with them and that I was excited about all the twists and turns of season five.

Meeting them was a good reminder why one should always make an effort to:

1. Carry a camera.
2. Look somewhat presentable.

We all got off at Dupont Circle and went our separate ways. And with that tonight’s misadventures came to a close.

Can someone please explain?

I’m an avid watcher of Project Runway… I think it’s a relevant and engaging reality competition – the focus is on clothes creation as much as it is on the interaction between contestants. During last night’s challenge, for example, the designers created a post-graduation makeover look for six recent college graduates, with their mothers (the graduates’ not the designers’) overseeing the process. The goal was to create a fresh, young professional outfit in which the girls felt sophisticated and age-appropriate while still being classic enough to garner the mothers’ approval.

But here’s an aspect of the show that I never understood: the models. Usually, although – ironically – not for last night’s challenge, the designers are paired with models who wear the outfits in a runway show that is the basis for each week’s judging. The “winning” model (the one who is paired with the winning contestant at the end of each season) is awarded a spread in Elle Magazine along with some other prizes that are escaping me at the moment.

What I can’t grasp is how it is a competition for the models as well – it seems more like a luck crapshoot.

The models can’t really do anything to affect their participation and are not at fault when their designer is voted “out” by Heidi and her crew of judges.

Maybe there’s something I’m missing, nut I think they should remove that aspect of the show…

Carpe Diem

Grey’s Anatomy became a huge success while I was away in Europe and although I jumped on the bandwagon a little bit late, I am totally addicted to the show. This provides quite a conflict since it airs at 9pm on Thursday night, which as we all know, is already the weekend here in College Park… but that’s a whole other story.

I’ve been getting frustrated with the show lately because it has been moving rather slow. But what I’ve come to realize is that what makes it so special isn’t actually everything that goes on, but the insight that can be found in the little introduction and conclusion found in every episode. These monologues provide a truly accurate commentary on things that really hit home. I feel like the writers take my thoughts and just word them better than I would.

So, on this lovely Monday morning, I leave you with the following quote, the subject of which was discussed at the bar last night when my friend Covin wisely said that it’s better to know that you’ve done everything possible to achieve your goals than to wonder “what if?” for the rest of your life…

A couple of hundred years ago, Benjamin Franklin shared with the world the secret of his success. Never leave that till tomorrow, he said, which you can do today. This is the man who discovered electricity. You think more people would listen to what he had to say. I don’t know why we put things off, but if I had to guess, I’d have to say it has a lot to do with fear. Fear of failure, fear of rejection, sometimes the fear is just of making a decision, because what if you’re wrong? What if you’re making a mistake you can’t undo? The early bird catches the worm. A stitch in time saves nine. He who hesitates is lost. We can’t pretend we hadn’t been told. We’ve all heard the proverbs, heard the philosophers, heard our grandparents warning us about wasted time, heard the damn poets urging us to seize the day. Still sometimes we have to see for ourselves. We have to make our own mistakes. We have to learn our own lessons. We have to sweep today’s possibility under tomorrow’s rug until we can’t anymore. Until we finally understand for ourselves what Benjamin Franklin really meant. That knowing is better than wondering, that waking is better than sleeping, and even the biggest failure, even the worst, beat the hell out of never trying.