In Other News …

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Here Are DC’s Safest And Most Dangerous Neighborhoods  [Curbed DC]  Mannnnn, all this “DC is so dangerous!” talk is so 2007.  Every time I hear someone say “7th and O” I feel like I should be listening to The Shins and checking my Hotmail account.

You Can Be King  [Ozy]  Did you know some guy established a sovereign nation on some abandoned offshore oil rig, and has maintained his independence for decades?  I’m going to try to do this with my apartment if the neighbors ever follow through on their threats to call the police because I put my trash out before 6PM.

Arlington Or DC – Which Is More Expensive?  [Washington Business Journal]    I literally had butterflies in my stomach as I clicked on this link.  I don’t know if I could be comfortable living in a world in which I lived in a place that was more expensive than Arlington.

Ten Shipwrecks You Can Actually Visit  [Mental Floss]   That story everyone’s been posting on social media about the $1 billion Nazi gold train two dudes found in Poland (how does a Nazi gold train hide for 60 years?!), coupled with the gold-filled shipwreck on this list that was found by some dude snorkeling (!) has me convinced that I should quit this writing thing and become a full-time treasure hunter/poor man’s Indiana Jones.

Why Don’t They Build Affordable Housing East Of Rock Creek?  [Greater Greater Washington]  *Rich people shift nervously in their seats*  “Uh, what was the question?”

Eight Buses Converted Into Beautiful Mobile Adventure Homes  [Inhabitat]   I knew this woman poet who drove her converted bus from Alaska all the way to DC, along with her two dogs, two cats, boyfriend, and various hangers-on, stopping at towns along the way to beg for used cooking oil to fuel their house-bus;  they stopped here to make some money at white-collar temp jobs, ended up staying because they got a cheap apartment in Shaw (this was in 2007), and within a year, her boyfriend had left her for the stripper who lived next door, and she was eating sample packs of random antidepressants each morning before taking the Metro to Falls Church to edit brochures.  I guess the lesson here is, if you have a nice converted adventure bus, don’t ever stop anywhere – just keep going on down the road.

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