David Gaines

David Gaines

David Gaines is a Washington, DC, resident transplanted from North Carolina whose dream career was a newspaper writer but settled for the recruiting industry and simply blogging about whatever thoughts crosses his mind.

By David Gaines On Saturday, July 4th, 2015

4th of July:
Only Tourists Watch Fireworks at National Mall; Locals Prefer the Chaos of the Neighborhoods

Whenever anyone asks what we’re doing for the 4th of July, it’s virtually impossible for them to understand what I mean by “neighborhood fireworks show.” I guess the word “neighborhood” More...

Najwa with Grandpa
By David Gaines On Friday, July 3rd, 2015

Smithsonian Folklife Festival:
Exploring Peruvian Culture at the Folklife Festival

On the way to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, the ladies and I took a scenic route, stopping by the fountain in the Sculpture Garden of the National Gallery of Art. It’s been several years since we were More...

Upcoming Events
By David Gaines On Saturday, June 27th, 2015

Things To Do In DC:
Looking Forward to Many More Upcoming Events This Summer/Fall

One of our friends say the post about the Kennedy Street NW Street Festival and expressed his desire to come to DC because there’s always something happening here. And that’s without seeing all the More...

By David Gaines On Saturday, June 27th, 2015

What Was Future Technology The Other Day Fast Becoming Reality

Sometimes I’ll come across something that seems like it’s from another world. A Polaroid picture, for instance. Or a VCR tape. Or even a flip phone. It’s pretty mind-boggling how fast technology More...

By David Gaines On Sunday, June 21st, 2015

Blogging About Having Nothing to Blog About

So last night I posted a quasi-rant about those people in full blown rant mode. People who I wish would just shut the eff up. It’s been a minute since I wrote an actual blog post. A real one. Other than More...

By David Gaines On Sunday, June 21st, 2015

If Only Everyone Would Just Shut the Eff Up!

The part that I don’t understand is how it’s possible for anyone to express their opinions, regardless of how genuine they are, knowing that those remarks may upset those already in a great deal of pain. Ok, More...

Kennedy Street NW Street Festival in Washington, DC
By David Gaines On Saturday, June 20th, 2015

Highlight — The MJ Performance:
Definitely Not the Same Kennedy Street NW We Remember From Several Years Ago

Several years ago, the lady and I were looking for a new place to live, eventually settling down in Capitol Hill near H Street NE. We crisscrossed the city, though, and even took a look at a place for rent on Longfellow More...

U.S. Employment
By David Gaines On Thursday, June 18th, 2015

U.S. Job Market Shaping Up for a Brighter Future

In just over two years, America experienced its worst payroll gain in March with only 126,000 jobs added, which is much less than the 245,000 anticipated by economists. But lately, the U.S. job market has been More...

By David Gaines On Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

Passport DC:
Najwa Getting Her Face Painted at Embassy of Costa Rica

Every year we usually make it out to Passport DC, as we did again this year. The plan was to stop by the Kenyan Embassy now that they seem to be regulars, but the line to get in stretched around the corner. Literally, More...

Najwa flying a kite at the Smithsonian Kite Festival
By David Gaines On Saturday, March 28th, 2015

Smithsonian Kite Festival:
Najwa’s (And Ours) First Time Flying a Kite

Though it was cold, really really cold, we went out to the National Mall for the Smithsonian Kite Festival anyway. Partly because we missed it last year, when I first bought Najwa a kite, but also because it was More...

Najwa at the National Building Museum
By David Gaines On Saturday, March 21st, 2015

Play Work Build:
Developing the Engineer in Najwa at the NBM’s “Play Work Build” Exhibit

Everyone who knows me knows I’m an advocate for girls focusing on STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering, Math]. More specifically, I want to encourage Najwa to focus on STEM topics. If she wants to be a More...

By David Gaines On Saturday, January 24th, 2015

Just Najwa


Hagia Sophia
By David Gaines On Saturday, January 3rd, 2015

Visiting the Hagia Sophia

Several years ago I read a book about the Ottoman Empire, one of many that talked about Hagia Sophia. The more I read about it, its history which predates the Ottoman Empire by several centuries, the higher it More...

By David Gaines On Friday, January 2nd, 2015

Bosphorus Boat Tour in Istanbul, Turkey

After waiting a little longer than I would’ve preferred, we were finally on our way to the boat for the Bosphorus Boat Tour. As a mob, we started walking. And walking. And kept walking. And walking so More...

By David Gaines On Friday, January 2nd, 2015

Visiting the Blue Mosque in Istanbul

The main attraction in Turkey is the Hagia Sophia. For me at least. When we finally made our way around the corner to visit the historic site, well, about a hundred or two other people beat us to it. It wasn’t More...