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Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 05/29/2012

How D.C. evolved

I'd like to thank everyone for the well wishes on the move this weekend. We hired movers — best decision ever — and the girlfriend and I are happy with the new place. About these boxes, though...ugh.


Jack Rose, a restaurant and bar in Washington D.C. (Fritz Hahn - TWP)
If you're young in D.C., there are a million things to do. Almost all nightlife caters to the under-35 crowd, but that begs the question: When they grow up, then what? The Post's Jonathan O'Connell offers up an incredibly insightful analysis of how the city became a mecca for one-person households, of which it has the highest percentage in the country, including Manhattan. O'Connell explains that "the District has evolved into a juggernaut at attracting the sort of person I was before I had children."

When I was 6 years old, all I cared about was He-Man and Cinnamon Toast Crunch. All my shoes were velcro because those were easier to kick off when I was done with them. But Lori Anne Madison, 6, is getting ready to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. This is nothing short of amazing in my book. The Prince William County native could read at 2, and is certainly the youngest ever in the event. The Post's Jeremy Borden profiles America's newest sweetheart.

Did you notice? The muggy air has set in. Right in time for pool season, the city's infamous summer climate showed up. And while many newcomers will be honing their best complaints, some will do their best to grin and bear it. But there's a reason why it's such a tough climb before you're acclimated. Check out this detailed graphic done in conjunction with Lawrence Armstrong, a bioenergetics expert, explaining how your body beats the heat.

I always thought that wedding proposals were supposed to be about the bride-to-be. But a recent rash of guys have turned the event into the “All About Me Show,” with elaborate acts that end up on, or are specifically choreographed for, YouTube. Women across my newsfeeds swoon, but I can't help but think these dudes are incredibly selfish. XX Factor's Hanna Rosin calls one gentleman's effort "genuinely charming," but his new fiance's name isn't in the story or the video title. Way to go, buddy.

There will be a lot of soccer talk from me in coming months. The MLS season is heating up, the Euro 2012 tournament is on deck and although the American men won't be there, the Olympics will round out the summer. And tomorrow, the U.S. Men's National Team will be playing Brazil at FedEx Field. Unfortunately, Clint Dempsey, arguably the best American player on the globe right now, won't be playing because of injury. The Post's Steven Goff chronicles the Fulham midfielder's ascent to stardom.

Extra Bites

• I've mentioned before that one of the unfortunate mainstays of the news business is the number of bizarre accidents that occur on holiday weekends. One man in Waldorf is in the hospital after he burned himself igniting a 270-gallon barrel converted to a grill.

• Congressman Barney Frank made an attempt at humor with an allusion to Trayvon Martin during a speech Sunday. Take what you like from that.

• Another picture of a bear falling out of a tree. I can't get enough of these. The bear is fine.

Here's how to get at me. There's Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and you can e-mail me at clinton.yates@wpost.com.

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