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June 2009 in Review

Last month was full of friends and explorations for me and when I sat down to really think about it, I realized that I had gone out almost every single night in June. Which is just crazy. In fact, there were only four evenings during June that I spent at home. That’s a meager 13% percent of my evenings.

Which makes me thankful. Really, really thankful. I’m thankful that I live in a vibrant, young city where there is an endless supply of activites with which to entertain myself. I’m thankful that I have a massive group of friends who are also looking to make the most of their time outside of work. And I’m thankful for all the truly inspiring people I’ve met through the DC Tech Scene (I can’t believe I just wrote that publically, but, yes, that’s what it’s called and it’s pretty happening, if I might add) who have become my friends.

Below, I’ve gone back and tried to reconstruct how I spent the month of June. From moviewatching and birthdays to sightseeing and sporting events, I’ve gotta say, I managed to do it all. Here’s hoping that my months continue to be as (mis)adventure filled as this past one has been…

(Please note: I have tried to be sensitive to other people’s privacy. If your name is mentioned below and you would prefer it not to be, simply let me know and I will remove it immediately.)

Monday, June 1 – Attended a lecture by Keith Ferrazzi on the subject of his recently published book: Who’s Got Your Back. Read my reflections here. Afterwards, had dinner at Bistro Bis with great company: @_VNL, @bucchere, @dcconcierge, and @jjgardner3.

Tuesday, June 2 – Asked my readers: Where do twentysomethings live in DC? Read what they answered and share your thoughts. Hung out at Rumors with @abudman and Mark K. One day I will eat and/or go out to Rumors.

Wednesday, June 3 – I believe I spent the evening at home. The first of four such nights in June.

June 4

June 4

Thursday, June 4 – Celebrated @mindyzeidman‘s birthday at Asian Spice with Laura, Jackie, @anj39, and @abudman.

Friday, June 5 – Enjoyed a traditional Shabbat Dinner with @mindyzeidman, Daniel, Laura, Zac, Jackie, Scott, Mark, Ben W, @anj39, @dkatzman54, and @abudman.

Saturday, June 6 – Went out to The Park (with five cab-fulls of friends!) for a continuation of @mindyzeidman‘s birthday celebration.

Sunday, June 7 – Brunch at Cafe Saint-Ex with @dcconcierge, followed by shopping in the U Street area and a tour of @dcconcierge‘s apartment . We were briefly joined at brunch by @technosailor.

Monday, June 8 – I believe I spent the evening at home. The second of four such nights in June.

Tuesday, June 9 – Watched the Red Sox / Yankees game at Porter’s with @akmcquade, @sheffi@lostonroute66@abudman, Ben W. and @mindyzeidman.

Wednesday, June 10 – Watched the Red Sox / Yankees game at Rhino Bar with @justinherman, @chrisderose, and @asomyak.

Thursday, June 11 – Attended the pre-conference happy hour for Blog Potomac at Carpool.

Friday, June 12 – Attended BlogPotomac. Read what I liveblogged from the conference. Afterwards, I flew to Boston for my sister’s Bat Mitzvah.

See pictures from both the Blog Potomac happy hour and the conference itself.

Saturday, June 13 – Celebrated my sister’s Bat Mitzvah with my family.

Sunday, June 14 – Flew back to DC from Boston and had a late dinner at Clyde’s with @justinherman.

Monday, June 15 – Attended happy hour at Big Hunt to send off Aaron. Read my review of Big Hunt.

Tuesday, June 16 – Attended Sixth & I Trivia at Capitol Skyline Hotel. Spike Mendelsohn was a guest announcer!

Wednesday, June 17 – Attended the NextGenWeb website relaunch at Darlington House. See pictures from the NextGenWeb relaunch.

June 17

June 17

Thursday, June 18 – I believe I spent the evening at home. The third of four such nights in June.

Friday, June 19 – Enjoyed a “girls’ dinner” with @mindyzeidman and @abudman at Sakana. Read my review of Sakana.

Saturday, June 20 – Went out to Public Bar.

Sunday, June 21– Visited the FDR Memorial with Lauren.

Monday, June 22 – Attended happy hour at RFD to send Daniel off on a “find yourself” vacation to Israel. Read my review of RFD. Afterwards, relocated to Sushi Aoi for dinner with Daniel, Sam, Bryan, Eric,@mindyzeidman@anj39@dkatzman54, @agrossbe, and @skeevis.

Tuesday, June 23 – Attended the Red Sox / Nationals Game with @mindyzeidman.

Wednesday, June 24 – Attended the Red Sox / Nationals Game with @justinherman.

Thursday, June 25 – Attended the Red Sox / Nationals Game with @dkatzman54.

Friday, June 26 – Enjoyed a somewhat non-traditional Shabbat Dinner (take out style!) with @mindyzeidman, Laura, Jackie, Scott, Ben W, @anj39@dkatzman54, and @abudman.

Saturday, June 27 – Tried my hand at whitewater tubing down the Potomac River in West Virginia with 21 of my closest friends. Long story short, went over the rapids without a tube or a life vest. Collected several bruises as souvenirs.

Sunday, June 28 – Visited the Newseum with @anj39 and later watched Away We Go with @mindyzeidman.

Monday, June 29 – Watched The Hangover with @mindyzeidman, @the_n0mster, and Ben A.

Tuesday, June 30 – I believe I spent the evening at home. The fourth of four such nights in June.

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!

February Letter

Hi Lana,

I miss you a lot, too, but I’m glad that you are having fun and playing with Deena. Putting on plays is lots of fun… I think I have a box of old costumes and dress up clothes – ask Mom, I think it might be in the attic – and it can help you come up with some new stories.

I heard it was really cold in Boston. I hate the cold!! Here, it’s not that bad, but it is really rainy. When I wake up in the morning, it is really nice outside, the sun is shining and it’s not so cold. But then… when I leave my class, it is rainy and dark and cold. Hopefully, the weather will be nicer soon.

So what else is new with you? Do you have big plans for this vacation?

McDonalds is closing so I have to go, but know that I love you and miss you VERY MUCH.

Hugs,

Julie