This is the guidance I provided my friend who is moving into my old apartment in Washington DC. Why should you care? You shouldn’t. You aren’t moving into my old apartment.
- The refrigerator has an automagic ice maker. It makes noise. Don’t be afraid.
- I tend to dump all the ice out periodically. I don’t know about your
rate of ice ingestion but mine is not that heavy. After a while the
ice gets an inside-of-the-freezer taste. Dump it out and let it make
- The apartment door will not lock behind you. You must manually lock it.
- The patio door will lock behind you. Always take the key.
- Clean the dryer lint after every load.
- The concrete on the patio will get very hot when the sun beats down on
it in the afternoon. I go out there all the time barefoot which is no
problem (except when it is hot). Putting the umbrella up before it
gets too hot helps.
- When I leave the apartment in the summer I put the temperature on 80.
- When I leave in the winter I put it on 70 or so. Usually in the
winter the temperature never gets below 70 even without the heat on.
- In the summer, the apartment will get into the mid-80s without the air
- Even though it says that only the parking attendants can put cars on
the lifts, you can do it anyway. I think those signs are for the
hotel guests who also use the parking garage. It is easier to back
into the space than pull in. You will learn quickly that there are
better lifts than others. They are very close together so always try
to find one that gives you enough room to get out of the car once
parked. The lifts are a little greasy too. Watch out!
- People are generally friendly and there are lots of doggies. I love doggies.
- Even with the heat/air conditioning totally off (switch in the OFF
position), the fan will come on for about 10-15 seconds every so
often. Not sure why. Don’t be afraid.
- Put little pad thingys under your furniture to not scratch the floors.
- Don’t drop spoons in the garbage disposal. It doesn’t like that.
- Make sure Nate gets you on the building management email distribution
list. Lots of good notices about elevator usage, maintenance, events,
- The closet in the bedroom is weirdly insulated. If you don’t keep the
door open in the winter then it gets cold in there. If you keep it
open in the summer, the bedroom gets warm. Experiment!
- I go to the Harris Teeter on Pennsylvania Ave for groceries. The
Safeway at Waterfront is closer and brand new but not as nice in my
- I don’t leave the patio umbrella up when it is raining or when I’m not
home. I’m not sure how it would do in the rain. It could end up
being one massive sail.
- If you leave the bedroom window or patio door open when it rains you
will have a wet apartment.
- You do git some skeeters on the patio. Buy some bug spray or
Benadryl, whichever you prefer.
- You have all CFL bulbs. You’re welcome.
- The heater/air conditioning unit air filter needs replacing once a quarter or so. You just unscrew the cover, slide out the old filter,
and slide in a new one. Watch to make sure you have it in right side
up. I keep the extra filters near the washer however I am currently
out and it is due for a change. Nate bought them for me in the past
(as he should). Having clean filter makes the heater/air conditioner
not work so hard (more efficient) and not blow dust all over
(ickysneezy). I will email him to buy some more.
- Have caution! If you push the patio door open too far it will hit the
light and cause it to come apart. Don’t let it happen!
- Use the pool frequently. You may not live in another building again
with a pool where you can swim laps. And it is good exercise.
- It is not a very far walk to the Capitol South blue/orange metro
station. Don’t forget it is there. The world isn’t only green!
- In the late spring, summer and early fall, if it goes two or three
days without rain you need to water the patio foliage. There is a
watering can there but it is much more efficient with two (one was
mine, one was Nate’s. I will need mine for NYC.). Unless you are
watering dainty flowers, take the cap off the can and just pour it
out. Usually one can per planter with a planter being defined as one
of the square areas or one of the rectangular areas between two square
areas. So, in total, there are 8 planters. For the rectangular ones
I try to pour the water in evenly over the entire area. Sometimes, if
it is really hot or if you have gone a few extra days I give each
planter two cans full each. What I do is as I am pouring one I am
filling up the other in the sink. It is pretty good timing that you
should be able to pour one out before the time it takes to fill the
- There are three light switches near the office/dining area. I’m not
sure what the middle switch does other than go up and down. Maybe a
light goes on and off in Vladivostok.
- Above all else, enjoy!
I ran 26.2 miles yesterday. Yes, a marathon. No organization. Just on my own. See the map produced by my Garmin Forerunner 305.
I am signed up to run the North Face Endurance Challenge 50k (31.07 miles) on June 4th so I need to get my long runs in. I must admit that I haven’t been really training consistently though. This weekend I had signed up to run the Frederick Half Marathon but was unable to get to any of the locations to pick up my packet before they closed. So, I thought I would just run 13.1 on my own. Really, my training schedule for the 50k says I should have run 24 miles this weekend.
I go out and feel really good. The more I run the better I seem to feel. I had not intended to really run the 24 scheduled in my training plan. I just kept upping the target as I kept running. When I got to 20 miles I thought what the hell, I’ll just keep going to 26. I had water on me and the weather was glorious for running.
I finished my Wandering Washington Marathon in 3 hours 42 minutes and 18 seconds. It might have been faster if I didn’t have to wait for traffic lights and negotiate tourists on the National Mall. That’s OK. I think those microbreaks helped me make the full distance. I did walk a little bit around mile 22-23 but finished out running the last two miles. I think I’ll take today off.
Nilotron sounds like the name of a Transformer if I ever heard one. We are being infiltrated! Human race take notice!
Act on your strengths. But where you don’t have strengths, act.
Doing nothing leads to nothing. Doing something can lead to anything.
Old 97s at the 9:30 Club! Teddy Thompson opened. Big bonus!
- a woman who flirts lightheartedly with men to win their admiration and affection, flirt
- the feeling of uncomfortable tension which comes from holding two conflicting thoughts in the mind at the same time