Avoiding The Hill…

Today everyone at work is talking about the Capitol Lounge burning down, and they all seem to have a personal connection or story about their glory days there.

In my fifteen years or so of living here, I’ve actually never been inside the place. Nothing purposeful about that, really, it just never happened.

So I starting thinking about Capitol Hill in general, and how I just don’t ever go there anymore – to eat, to drink, whatever. Then I realized, with a bit of a shock, that all my memories of that area are negative, many quite painful.

So here are my Top Five Reasons I Don’t Go to The Hill:

1) I told my boss I was leaving the company at Cafe Berlin, and she started to cry into her lunchtime spritzer.

2) I started temping at Pardoe on Pennsylvania Avenue the same day a story broke about their possible racial discrimination, and had to handle all the violent incoming calls.

3) My then-boyfriend got into a brawl at Hawk & Dove on St. Patrick’s Day, and later was pulled over for DUI. Needless to say, he wasn’t Irish.

4) Being told “I love you” at Two Quail, and realizing I couldn’t say it back.

5) Totalling my car into a cab on Constitution.

2 Comments so far

  1. Hill_advocate (unregistered) on August 26th, 2005 @ 9:51 am

    Even though I think those excuses for not going to the Hill is lame, they are based on YOUR personal experiences and not really a reflection of what the area is about.

    As therapy, you might consider returning to the Hill and making HAPPY memories. There are lots of cool places to hang out = Banana Cafe (yummy Caribbean food), Tapatini (you guessed it – a martini bar), Sonoma (wine bar), nice boutique shops and of course, Eastern Market is great to browse around.

    So go out there and explore – plus, they have walking tours that will give you a great historical perspective. Did you know that J Edgar Hoover lived a couple of blocks from Joe McCarthy? Ok, so that is not the proudest characters in history but hey, I learned that during the walking tour. http://www.washingtonwalks.com/

    You can do it, Jenn Larsen!!!


  2. Jenn L (unregistered) on August 26th, 2005 @ 10:26 am

    Thanks, Hill Advocate! I will take your advice and engage in some Hill Therapy.

    Of course, these were not meant as excuses, lame or otherwise, just notations of my experiences. I certainly wouldn’t want to disparage an entire neighborhood simply because I was fool enough to destroy my car there… ;)



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