It has been four weeks to the day since I landed in Washington DC. It’s been a month since I last saw the flat plaines of Minnesota. I’m noticing there are some things I am overjoyed to be free of and things I actually miss. I thought it would be fun to make a list. If only because then Adam can shake his fist at me.
I miss: Dreamhaven. Wonderful comic and old book store. I found so many awesome books there like the complete Robotech series (twice!) even though the books are crazy expensive. They have old out of print Arkham house books and guys like Neil Gaiman and Christopher Moore sign copies of all their works there. It’s awesome.
I DON’T MISS: Driving. Holy hell I love the DC metro. Yay mass transit. Also, what my friends are calling BAD DRIVING here is Minneapolis on a good day. Whenever I drive here it’s so stress free and relaxing.
I MISS: Joe’s garage. God help me but I love their burgers. Also see: Cafe Barbette, Sebastian Joes, and my chinese place in Minnetonka.
I DON’T MISS: the cold MN winters. Even when it’s 110 degrees here with 80% humidity, I just tell myself “it’s better than -40!” and whistle a saucy tune.
I MISS: Lake of the Isles. Although I get just as much leg work here, it’s just not as scenic.
I DON’T MISS: The lack of historical stuff. DC has it in spades and as cheesy as it is, I love the monuments and museums and stuff like that.
I MISS: My friends. Of course. There are times when I’m like “I need to see Balls of Fury with Dan and Spike.” Alas I can’t.
I DON’T MISS: Being in the middle of nowhere. Minneapolis was an oasis in a vast land of nothingness. You’d have to drive multiple hours in any direction to hit another major city. Here? 2-3 hours can get you anywhere.
I MISS: Having a grocery store in walking distance.
I DON’T MISS: Apartment Living.