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(Originally posted on: 06-04-10 05:02:58 PM)
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Well folks, I am finishing up my stay in North Chicago and going on another adventure on the East coast. Before I get to my next command, though, I have authorized four days of leave while in transit. The airport they are sending me to is right outside of D.C., and because it is the nation's capitol, I want to take a couple nights on the town.

Do any of you guys have any good suggestions or recommendations for what to do?
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Reply 1 of 35 (Originally posted on: 06-04-10 07:47:01 PM)
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Food: There is an absolutely fantastic soul food restaurant on U Street called Oohs and Aahs. It's cheap, you get tons of great food, and the owner is nice. There's good pizza at Vace Pizza in Cleveland Park. Palena, also near Cleveland Park, would be my vote if you're looking for something upscale. Ethiopian is kinda a specialty in DC; Etete on U Street is good.

U Street is an area with lots of night life and restaurants. There's also some in the Adams Morgan area.

All the touristy things to see and do are pretty obvious - they're touristy but still worth doing. The museums are all cool; my favorite is the National Gallery of Art. I was never as into the monuments and stuff, but they're worth seeing once I suppose.

The metro is pretty good and quick in DC - you can get pretty much anywhere with a metro pass and some walking.

EDIT: At Oohhs and Aahhs, don't get the fried chicken breast, as it is just average. I like the catfish dishes and meatloafs, but everything I've had there is good. I like mac and cheese and collard greens as sides.
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Reply 2 of 35 (Originally posted on: 06-04-10 10:08:09 PM)
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I went there when I was about 11, and I liked the museums. Smithsonian, Natural History, etc.
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Reply 3 of 35 (Originally posted on: 06-05-10 01:04:33 AM)
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A word about going out in DC, I don't know how you normally dress when you go out, but I've heard that everyone there dresses really well all the time and it can be somewhat alienating if you don't have nice clothes on.
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Reply 4 of 35 (Originally posted on: 06-05-10 06:37:52 AM)
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Reply 5 of 35 (Originally posted on: 06-05-10 10:27:58 AM)
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I've only been there on field trips, and they were always fun. Then again, I was like 12 so who knows.

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Reply 6 of 35 (Originally posted on: 06-05-10 10:53:27 AM)
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A word about going out in DC, I don't know how you normally dress when you go out, but I've heard that everyone there dresses really well all the time and it can be somewhat alienating if you don't have nice clothes on.


This is true. They're all yuppies up there.
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Reply 7 of 35 (Originally posted on: 06-05-10 07:31:24 PM)
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A word about going out in DC, I don't know how you normally dress when you go out, but I've heard that everyone there dresses really well all the time and it can be somewhat alienating if you don't have nice clothes on.


This is true. They're all yuppies up there.

Georgetown is the epitome of this existence.
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Reply 8 of 35 (Originally posted on: 06-05-10 10:17:39 PM)
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Quoted from Amphytight:
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A word about going out in DC, I don't know how you normally dress when you go out, but I've heard that everyone there dresses really well all the time and it can be somewhat alienating if you don't have nice clothes on.


This is true. They're all yuppies up there.

Georgetown is the epitome of this existence.

I had a good friend from high school who went to Georgetown. Judging by the state in which he returned, i'd say this is definitely true.

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Reply 9 of 35 (Originally posted on: 06-06-10 11:20:02 AM)
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Would it be a good idea to wear a uniform?
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Reply 10 of 35 (Originally posted on: 06-06-10 11:28:18 AM)
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like, to a bar?
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Reply 11 of 35 (Originally posted on: 06-06-10 11:50:58 AM)
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I've already gotten my fill of drinks in bars with the whites on.

I was thinking more about walking around in the daytime in D.C. The reason is that I am packing light to my next command. I sent a lot of my clothes home and now I only have one pair of jean pants and a button-up collared shirt. Either I will be wearing the same set-up for three days or I will mix in a uniform here and there. What I wanted to know was how do people react to seeing servicemen in D.C.?
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Reply 12 of 35 (Originally posted on: 06-06-10 12:01:43 PM)
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I've never seen anyone react negatively to someone in uniform just wandering about town. I haven't seen it specifically in DC but I can't imagine it being a bad idea if it's convenient for you.

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Reply 13 of 35 (Originally posted on: 06-06-10 12:16:00 PM)
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Heh, good to know.

My dad told me when I joined that if you run into the wrong person with your uniform on, they might fuck with your food or spit on your shoes.

Then again, he joined back in 1971.
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Reply 14 of 35 (Originally posted on: 06-06-10 12:34:39 PM)
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If I saw someone in uniform I would probably treat them like I do to police which is to say I would avoid eye contact and leave the area as soon as possible
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Reply 15 of 35 (Originally posted on: 06-06-10 12:46:01 PM)
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Why?
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Reply 16 of 35 (Originally posted on: 06-06-10 12:58:48 PM)
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I don't know why, but I feel the same way.
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Reply 17 of 35 (Originally posted on: 06-06-10 01:08:28 PM)
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because police are scary and mean?
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Reply 18 of 35 (Originally posted on: 06-06-10 01:08:44 PM)
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I always felt that way in Greece because soldiers were always walking about, and military vehicles were on the road pretty frequently. I have no idea how accurate this is, but it always gave me the uneasy feeling that they were way too prepared for martial law.

Here in the states though, the military presence doesn't really loom at all - at least not anywhere i've ever been. I've only seen a handful of military vehicles on regular roadways here ever (but it was uncomfortable those 3 or 4 times), and when I see a soldier in uniform I think of them just as a person who's job is something in the military and for whatever reason didn't get changed. I dunno, i've never felt threatened by it at all here.
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Reply 19 of 35 (Originally posted on: 06-06-10 02:07:25 PM)
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because police are scary and mean?


On a related note, my brother has picked up verbally accosting police as a hobby.

He lives in a college town and during the summers the cops just camp out on his street because they have nothing to do and he's just started going up to them and asking why they're there and why it is that they don't have anything better to do
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Reply 20 of 35 (Originally posted on: 06-06-10 02:13:46 PM)
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I don't know how it is in the US but here it's always the less than bright who join the local police (the national police and the civil guard [which is technically part of the military] are a bit different). Always the dumb jocks, the violent ravers, the tough guys of the 'hood, that sort of people. When someone asks what happened to that retarded outcast from high school and someone says "he joined the local police", no one is surprised. It's only natural to look down on them and to fear them, regardless of ideological considerations.
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Reply 21 of 35 (Originally posted on: 06-06-10 02:20:11 PM)
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Dimi if the military presence in Greece makes you nervous you should try going to Israel. They're EVERYWHERE.
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Reply 22 of 35 (Originally posted on: 06-06-10 02:24:11 PM)
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I don't know how it is in the US but here it's always the less than bright who join the local police (the national police and the civil guard [which is technically part of the military] are a bit different). Always the dumb jocks, the violent ravers, the tough guys of the 'hood, that sort of people. When someone asks what happened to that retarded outcast from high school and someone says "he joined the local police", no one is surprised. It's only natural to look down on them and to fear them, regardless of ideological considerations.

Yeah, but that doesn't explain why you'd be scared of someone in an army uniform in the same type of way that you'd be scared of someone in a police uniform.

Theres really nothing your average soldier that is out and about doing whatever errands can do to you, which is much different than what police can do.
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Reply 23 of 35 (Originally posted on: 06-06-10 02:44:23 PM)
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I don't know how it is in the US but here it's always the less than bright who join the local police (the national police and the civil guard [which is technically part of the military] are a bit different). Always the dumb jocks, the violent ravers, the tough guys of the 'hood, that sort of people. When someone asks what happened to that retarded outcast from high school and someone says "he joined the local police", no one is surprised. It's only natural to look down on them and to fear them, regardless of ideological considerations.


That pretty much transcends nationalities

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Reply 24 of 35 (Originally posted on: 06-06-10 02:49:43 PM)
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Well, the military is much like the local police in that regard around here. It seems like the only people who join are those who couldn't possibly do anything else with their lives. Not very bright people, usually. There's jokes about the IQ requirements being lowered so that even mentally retarded people can join; stuff like this is pretty normal (for vissario's benefit, the headline says "Unemployment makes normal people sign up for the army").

It's different here because no one uses the army to pay for a university degree or anything (most everybody can afford studying at a public university).

Edit: I almost feel bad saying this because two of my favourite cousins were in the army and are now in the police.
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