People ask me all the time what’s to love in “This Town.” Here are a few things I tell them; let me know your suggestions as well.
1. Walking in the footsteps of giants
2. Occasional goofiness, even in the White House
3. A strange fascination with pandas
Don’t stop the Pandacam. Here’s the newest giant baby panda, Bao Bao, learning to walk.
4. The backward running man
Cedric Givens has befuddled Washington onlookers with his backward running for decades, and he’s only one of a cast of characters around town, including The Question Man, the stripper-turned-mayoral-candidate and the Sage of Lafayette Square. Or the ukelele-playing hipster in Bloomingdale who only sings in Portuguese, the harpist in Dupont who nails Cream’s “Sunshine of My Love” or the nearby brass band that plays late on weekend nights, outside the Krispie Kreme that pumps out the succulent smell of doughnuts you should not eat.
5. Free museums!
Everything Smithsonian-related — and free concerts at 6 p.m. every evening of the year at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Here are a few of the Smithsonian’s treasures.
6. A talent for making romance kind of geeky
Here’s “My love for you is monumental” and other D.C. Valentines from our readers. Three:
8. Bikes, bikes everywhere
9. Sunrises, sunsets (amid monuments)
10. A certain smart-alecky resilience
You just made my heart take a furlough cuz it just skipped a beat. #ShutdownPickupLines— Katrina (@EyeOfTheKatrina) October 1, 2013
Where have you been sequestered all my life? #ShutdownPickupLines— Jennifer Mendelsohn (@CleverTitleTK) September 30, 2013
Do you work for the government? Because you shut. it. down. #ShutdownPickupLines— Erik Burkhart (@HuskerInsanity) September 30, 2013
11. Majestic walks to work
Not everyone has Isabel Lara’s stroll to the office, but many pass by sites she captures on her Instagram feed, such as these row houses near Dupont Circle on a sunny day.
12. The passion people bring
The adage about a surfeit of valedictorians and student body presidents seems true. Committed, dedicated people streaming in from all over the nation, caring deeply about Burma or water rights or tax rates. Or food. And more people are on the way, as Washington has grown and become significantly younger in the past decade. One night, walking by the White House, I saw two teenagers staring at the residence. “Can you imagine living in there?” one asked. The other responded: “Yes, I can.”
13. Open city
As in low slung: Washington, with buildings limited to 10 stories, may appear squat compared to skyscraper-dotted New York. But you can see the sky — and plenty of green spaces give it spread-out feel.
14. The latest: The way ‘This Town’ cares about a little snowy owl
By the way, she’s on the mend.
That’s the list. Let me know what you would add to it.