5/26/2006

Top 10 List - Reasons for Excitement to Move to Spokane

Get used to the numbered posts....there will be a lot of them.

10. Have you ever gone to work and just sat there all day long in near silence? No one fun in the office to chat with, no challenging assigments to complete, not even a ringing telephone? That's my day today. Except, for me, its been like this every day for the past 3 weeks. I've become so accustomed to the silence and lack of productive work to be done that I'm considering not coming in to work on Tuesday and seeing if anyone notices. At least in Spokane, the silence can be productive - library or studying or something as equally geeky.

9. Metro. While I am a huge fan of public transportation, some days I'm just not feelin' it. Like today. As a rule, the metro is almost always near empty on Fridays - its seems that no one in this city actually works on Friday. Today is the Friday before a holiday weekend, so one would assume that the trains would be completely empty. And I look forward to this - I can get a seat, read my Washington Post Express, and listen to my iPod without getting the evil eye from some 75 year old crankypants who doesn't even understand what an iPod is, they just know that there seems to be noise coming out of your ears. But I digress.....When I arrived at the Eastern Market metro station this morning, the platform was packed. When the train arrived, it was packed. And not only was it packed, but it was hot. Which brings me to the next point.....

8. Humidity. I am sure in the time leading up to the move, you will hear a lot about my hatred of this awful weather phenomenon that torments the east coast during the summer months. But its not summer. Its spring. And when I woke up this morning, it was not springlike with a crisp, gentle breeze and mid-50's temperatures. Oh no no no - it was humid and I swear that b/c my window was open, even my walls were sweating. My first indication of the horrid weather should have been when, at 3am, I awoke to feel my face and neck drenched in sweat. I am so unprepared for the humidity - seeing as how its NOT SUMMER YET - that I actually wondered if maybe I had contracted a manic drooling problem overnight and unleashed a flood of my saliva all over my face and neck. Sorry.

7. Boring lunches. When you work in an office that is absurdly quiet and where no one actually asks you to do any work and you've already sunk so low that you've alphabetized a stack of business cards sitting on your desk, sometimes the only part of the day you have to look forward to is lunchtime. Sometimes I go shopping or run down to CVS for lotion/toothpaste/novelty items that I don't need. Sometimes I just get lunch and read a magazine or the paper. Sometimes I meet Abbey or Gina or Selin. But despite what I do with my lunch hour, the constant here is that I am always bored with my lunch. I work in an area where there is very little to choose from in terms of restaurants and delis. And then, on a day like today when its humid, my options are even less b/c I do not want to go outside and parade around in a sweatfest. So, I went with my old standby - the deli downstairs, where all they serve are 4 types of sandwiches, 2 of which they are inevitably out of each day, and salads that I swear all taste like tuna.

6. Cute men. Enough said.

5. "Breaking News" whenever anything even remotely out-of-the-ordinary happens at the Capitol Complex and the subsequent road blocks that cause traffic jams that stretch all the way from the Capitol to the most Northwest corner of the city. I don't really have a remendy for this, it just annoys me. I'm sure if I lived anywhere other than here, I would freak out and worry about my friends. But when you live here, its just an inconvenience.

4. Available men who don't think working in DC is just an extension of college and fraternity parties.

3. No more long flights. I am not someone who minds flying. Its fine. I bring a book and I go to sleep and its all fine. But it just takes soooooooo long to get to anywhere other than Chicago or New York! When I go home, I have to plan a whole day off of work JUST for traveling!!! And we all know how I am - tired and dehydrated (from the cocktails) and cranky by the time my trip west is over. And, you know, I'm just not really patient.

2. The first question people ask me - and I, in turn, ask them - will no longer be some variation of "Where do you work?" The most popular varietal being "Who do you work for?" which is especially reserved for those who work on Capitol Hill. Because, you know, you can't actually engage someone in conversation before knowing 1)If you know who their boss is or 2)If you share political ideologies. God forbid a Democrat and a Republican who work for two people that no one has ever heard of actually speak to each other. I know I am just as guilty of this as everyone else, but its almost verbal diarrhea. No matter how much you don't want to ask, you ALWAYS DO! I'm looking forward to the day when someone says to me "What classes are you taking?" or "Which professor did you have for torts?" or "Its 3am, do you want to take a study break?"

1. A car. I know I said above that I really like public transportation, and I do. But I think that's really only because I've been forced to like it because I don't have a car. I think if I had a car, I would be much like Alison and just despise the metro because I know that I have a more comfortable, less hot, less crowded option available to me. And I can listen to my music without annoying the crankypants sitting next to me, avoid sweating through my clothes at 9am and check out all the hot, available men driving next to me.

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