Everyone knows about the geyser in Yosemite Park. But did you know that DC has it’s very own Old Faithful? It’s right downtown, and I discovered it last night in an explosive geological event that’s sure to get my name into the National Geographic Society.

The adventure began innocently enough, while enjoying a few pints with my fellow worker bees at a certain pseudo-Brit gastropub downtown…

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At some point, two of us excused ourselves and headed to the ladies’ room. A sink’s faucet was running, but I didn’t think too much of it as I started washing my hands. But when I went to shut the water off, the handle loosely turned a full circle around and the water just kept running. “Odd,” I thought, and then suddenly the handle was pushed off by a powerful force.

Water spewed up in a giant arc, turning the ladies’ room into something resembling, oh, the fountain show at Bellagio. The water shot out wildly, dousing my hair and momentarily trapping my poor co-worker in a stall. We scampered out, squealing for help, as the water continued to wreck havoc.

The first waiter I grabbed and told breathlessly about the ladies’ room geyser merely raised his eyebrows in a nonchalant manner. No doubt my soaked and bedraggled state made him think I was just a babbling fool. Or maybe it was old news to him. Maybe it happens all the time, like clockwork, just like at Yosemite.

I think I’ll name it Old Shepherd.

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As one of the founding editors of We Love DC, Jenn’s passions are theater and cocktails. After two decades in the city, she’s loved every quirky, mundane, elegant, rude minute of her DC life. A proud advocate for DC’s talented drinks scene, she’s judged the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s ARTINI contest, the DC Rickey Month contest, the Jefferson Hotel’s Quill Cocktail competition, and is a founding member of LUPEC DC. A graduate of Catholic University’s drama program, she toured the country as a member of National Players, and has been both an actor and a costume designer before jumping the aisle to theater criticism. Writing for We Love DC restored her happiness after a life-threatening illness, and she’s grateful to you, dear readers. Send your suggestions to jenn (at) welovedc (dot) com and follow her on Twitter.

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