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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 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.