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” makes people think of sparklers. Or that a few people got together to put on a 30 minute show. Or maybe that we’re going More...

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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...

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...

By David Gaines On Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Smithsonian Folklife Festival:
Smithsonian Folklife Festival Featuring Kenya was a No-Brainer for Us to Attend.

We’ve been to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival several times now. This year, though, was a special one. One of the featured countries — Kenya. Najwa in her Kenyan made dress. You can tell the More...

Paul Weber's Metro Ads
By David Gaines On Sunday, April 14th, 2013

If Only Metro Would Hire Paul Weber As Ad Campaign Director

The purpose of a PSA is to deliver an important message, but most often, that message is missed because either we already know it — “Smoking Kills,” “Don’t eat or drink on the Metro,” More...

Food Trucks in Farragut Square in Washington DC
By David Gaines On Thursday, April 11th, 2013

My Two Cents On Others’ Two Cents Re: Food Truck Regulations

When I first read the latest proposals for food truck regulations, I was speechless. As in dumbfounded. And this is supposed to appeal to who? Obviously not those who patronize the food trucks and enjoy the variety. More...

St. Elizabeth's Hospital - Washington DC
By David Gaines On Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Obama’s Budget Helps Accelerate Making East of the River Be That Place To Work, Live, Play

As the lady and I consider neighborhoods to buy our first home, several have asked if we’ve considered locations East of the River. We have. But we’re not so interested. Essentially, it all comes More...

By David Gaines On Tuesday, March 19th, 2013
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Obviously I Need A Lesson In Enrolling a Child Into DC’s Charter Schools

As I patiently wait for the results of the handful of DC charter school lotteries we entered, and blogged what little I know about the DC school system, and just started to think about a plan B in case we didn’t More...

By David Gaines On Monday, March 18th, 2013

What To Do In DC That’s Family-Friendly, Free and Festive

As I was blogging about DC’s crime and education, I knew in the back of my mind that my brother probably won’t be moving into the actual District of Columbia. With a family of five, he and his family More...

DC Charter School Enrollment Chart
By David Gaines On Monday, March 18th, 2013
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Just Starting Our Education on DC’s Schools

Of course, if you’re moving to DC with kids, you want to know about the schools. And once you start to do your research, you’ll start to have more questions than answers. It is understood that Washington, More...