The District

We Love Meetups on the 4th!

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2011 – Fourth of July – Amber Waves
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The Fourth of July is a week away, and I can’t wait! Baseball, grilling, and, best of all, fireworks. As I said last year, the Fourth of July fireworks along the Mall are one of the great things about living in the District and everyone should take advantage of it. To that end, I want to set up an official We Love DC Meetup for the fireworks.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, a meetup to see the fireworks. I’m thinking this will mainly interested photographers, as I will gladly offer my services to assist people taking shots of the display. But you don’t have to be a photographer to take part; all you have to do is be interested in seeing the show with a group of people. So come one, come all!

The details: I’m interested in setting up on the south side of the Memorial Bridge, on Columbia Island, right along the river. That way the shots will get the bridge, the Potomac, and the fireworks. Also, it will be less crowded than along the Mall; we’ll still have to go through security, but not as bad. Check out this map for locations; note that Arlington Cemetery Metro station is very close. Getting across the Parkway is tricky, and a little dangerous, so I would prefer to do it as a group. I thinking meeting up at 6:30pm is best; not too early but not too late that we get crowded out.

Comment on this story if you want to get e-mail updates (such as if we have to cancel due to weather), or follow me on Twitter. All that’s need after that is to show up next Wednesday at 6:30pm. Hope to see you there. And if not, I hope you have a great 4th!

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Do Try This at Home: Driving with Biodiesel

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‘Cooking oil to biodiesel’
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Wanna save on gas and save the planet? Learn to power your car with biodiesel. On June 9, at a 6 p.m. Carbonfree DC meetup at Martin Luther King Library downtown, they’ll say where in the DC area where you can buy biodiesel, plus talk about local laws and incentives.

You’ll also learn how to make your own biodiesel home brew with vegetable oil, perhaps gathered from area restaurants — the very epitome of reduce, reuse, recycle.

Of course, this might make you drive hungry, the scent of fast food wafting through your car. French fry, anyone?