I've been here in DC now a year. I've pondered over this past twelve months, and these are my ten significant observations.
First, I had never dreamed that I'd ever live or work in DC....so this move and year has been a major thing in my life. I've come to realize that metropolitan living is a bit different and probably not my cup of tea. It's a nice place to visit, but I really couldn't stay here for a long period of time.
Second, crime is something that you see and watch on TV on a daily basis in DC. There are vast areas of the District that you just don't go into....day or night. Even in the midst of a funeral....you could be whacked for just standing in the wrong place. You could be riding the subway, and find yourself facing some nut.
Third, there are enough foreigners around that you feel like a stranger in a strange land. DC isn't America....in some ways. It has become a large melting pot.
Fourth, the Pentagon is a large screwed-up place where you things turn right in the end....but the path to each success makes you wonder about the goal in the first place. You could spend forty hours doing a eight hour project or you could spend ten minutes doing a four-hour project....you just never know.
Fifth, everything costs more. So when these idiots come on and complain about wages for government workers....they've never lived in DC or grasp the mess that exists here.
Sixth, in the Arlington area....about seventy percent of the population is Democrat....so you typically have to be smile and laugh over their logic in life....and quiet. To be honest, you mostly pity them, but that's another matter.
Seventh, METRO is this giant public transportation system that is a successful failure. Your safety is at risk on a daily basis and you mostly just accept that.
Eighth, there is this enclave of Virginia which really isn't like the rest of the state. It ought to be carved off and called "New Virginia" or something. The rest of Virginia is kinda like Tennessee in a way.
Ninth, you'd think there'd be a Dennys just next to the Pentagon but frankly, you can't find a real breakfast joint within a mile of the building. So you are stuck with donut shops and fast coffee joints.
Tenth, it's been a pleasant year overall. It could have been worse. I haven't been robbed. I haven't really suffered or such. I've seen a fair portion of Virginia, Gettysburg, and New York City. A Bama guy can make it in DC.