Today everyone at work is talking about the Capitol Lounge burning down, and they all seem to have a personal connection or story about their glory days there.
In my fifteen years or so of living here, I’ve actually never been inside the place. Nothing purposeful about that, really, it just never happened.
So I starting thinking about Capitol Hill in general, and how I just don’t ever go there anymore – to eat, to drink, whatever. Then I realized, with a bit of a shock, that all my memories of that area are negative, many quite painful.
So here are my Top Five Reasons I Don’t Go to The Hill:
1) I told my boss I was leaving the company at Cafe Berlin, and she started to cry into her lunchtime spritzer.
2) I started temping at Pardoe on Pennsylvania Avenue the same day a story broke about their possible racial discrimination, and had to handle all the violent incoming calls.
3) My then-boyfriend got into a brawl at Hawk & Dove on St. Patrick’s Day, and later was pulled over for DUI. Needless to say, he wasn’t Irish.
4) Being told “I love you” at Two Quail, and realizing I couldn’t say it back.
5) Totalling my car into a cab on Constitution.
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