a new job, a light at the end of the tunnel

I’ve been quiet lately, primarily because my once-beloved job had taken a turn for the torturous and soul-sucking, so pretty much my entire experience of DC was reduced to trudging the few blocks between my office and my garage, thinking, “oh god, another day of this,” and then drinking heavily with the other Metrobloggers. Not exactly the stuff of scintillating blog entries.

But I’ve gotten myself a new job, which I’ll be starting soon, and so my outlook has brightened considerably. Yay! And since the pros and cons of various employment situations have been on my mind lately, I present you with:

Tiffany’s Favorite Things About Working Downtown

  • Mini parks. Every time a state street intersects a letter street and a number street at the same time, there’s a park. Some of these parks make fantastic places to eat lunch and get away from the office when the weather is nice. I missed these during the two years I worked in an office in a shopping center in Potomac.
  • Street vendors. I’m so lame that I only know what’s fashionable based on which knockoffs are being stocked at the purse vendors.
  • A sense of perspective on travel. While my family back home postpones long-desired vacations to Europe because of train bombings and liquids-on-planes scares, I know that I work near the White House. When one of the most attractive targets in the world is four blocks from your desk, you stop worrying about what could happen to you while on holiday, because hey… at least you’d be on vacation instead.

What do you like about the area where you work?

6 Comments so far

  1. Max (unregistered) on March 22nd, 2007 @ 11:01 am

    I’ll tell you what I like about working in Reston: Nothing.

    Well, that’s not true. My office is across the street from Whole Foods so I can get an awesome lunch every day. And during my commute every morning I get to listen to Howard Stern – something I couldn’t do if I worked in DC (since I live there too).

  2. Don (unregistered) on March 22nd, 2007 @ 11:28 am

    As someone who works in Herndon (look west, Max, I’m waving atcha) I’ll agree with Max that one of the best things here is a plethora of good food options. Within a mile from me is the Whole Foods in question, as well as a La Madeline location (tomato basil soup, yum), the Indian Supper Club, a selection of good sushi restaurants, Panera, the Tortilla Factory, a Giant, a Safeway…..

    I’m getting broker and fatter just considering it.

  3. Mik (unregistered) on March 22nd, 2007 @ 3:03 pm

    Georgetown, oh Georgetown how we love you! If I worked in the city and had to commute via metro (what? You live two blocks from the metro and drive to work?! Blasphemy!) then I wouldn’t be able to enjoy the sweet commute to work.

    I love the park on K Street down by the movie theatre on a sunny day, not to mention the harbour across the street from my office.

    Have I mentioned the canal, and the great coffee shops?

    I do however wish that we had better restaurants around here but every so often will take the shuttle downtown to shake things up.

    Having B&N at the top of TJ and Le Madeline at the top of 30th isn’t too shabby either.

  4. Kat (unregistered) on March 22nd, 2007 @ 3:05 pm

    I work at Chinatown/Penn Quarter area so I definently know what you mean by the perks of working downtown. I can check out an art exhibit, lots of choices of where to eat from new Oyamel to Full Kee (sp?), or just sit at the Sculpture Garden or the Mall during my hour lunch.

    It’s even more convenient living downtown :)

  5. Carl Weaver (unregistered) on March 22nd, 2007 @ 3:42 pm

    I travel quite a bit for work, so I might find myself in Georgetown one day, then Rockville, Lorton and then Herndon. I love it because I get to see quite a bit of countryside driving around. It’s hard to get in a rut. I can’t be micromanaged but so much because I am not in a traditional office except for a couple hours in the afternoon and I don’t have to deal with shitty office politics.

    I have the best job in the world. Except the benefits.

  6. wayan (unregistered) on March 23rd, 2007 @ 6:16 am

    I love working downtown – the street action is nonstop. Just look at my mid-day posts. Today is case in point.

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