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Grats Treppa!


So. Damn. Tired.


Patrick, I do hope that everything goes well with your new job. I for one am proud of you. Keep up the good work.


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No no, that was Patrick's 15k post. Everything's coming up Patrick!

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Good luck with the upcoming move Patrick! I hope the job is going well so far? (Assuming you have actually started?)


KICKASS PATRICK


I think he just did. ;)

Woot! For new jobs and old (very good) friends! :)

Looks like I (finally) got a raise this year. (Stupid state/federal budget cuts in Higher Ed for the past 10 years!) It's a few years late, but I'll take it! :)

At least, until I follow Pat's excellent example and find a new (real) job! ;)

So,... not being real familiar with either your old or new home, are you going to have to go through any major weather-related adjustments?

(21 years ago when I got married and moved to New Orleans, that was both a Culture AND a Climate shock!) ;P


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Patrick is moving to more-or-less my neck of the woods. The climate in D.C. is a bit warmer than in Boston/Cape Cod. A bit less subject to direct influence from the Atlantic with somewhat milder winters and somewhat warmer summers.

The primary geographical feature is the Potomac River, with Northern Virginia on the south-and-west side with D.C. and Maryland on the north-and-east side. The other 'primary geographical feature', so-to-speak, is the Beltway that encircles the District of Columbia with its two bridges crossing the Potomac on the north (American Legion bridge) and south (Woodrow Wilson bridge). Other bridges cross the Potomac at various points, but those are not accessed directly from the beltway.

Alexandria straddles the Beltway on the southern end of the Virginia side. There is the City of Alexandria as well as the swath of Alexandria that falls under the jurisdiction of Fairfax County.

Alexandria ranges from suburban to urban depending on which part one is describing. My understanding is that Patrick has a couple of friends that live in Alexandria, based on the above posts, who know Alexandria far better than I do.

Mass transit in Alexandria is pretty well developed between bus routes and the Metro rail system. Both Virginia and Maryland have commuter rail systems of their own (VRE in Virginia) that reach quite a bit further out than Metro does.

Some of the hot places to live for those wanting the lifestyle are built adjacent to or atop of one of several Metro stops. One of the earliest was built adjacent to the Vienna metro stop at the then-furthest end of the Orange line. For years this was the westernmost terminus of the Metro rail system. Several similar and much more modern projects in MUDs (Mixed-Use Developments) have just been completed or are under construction along the Tysons Corner, Reston and Herndon stretches of the Silver Line which will, eventually, directly connect to Dulles International Airport. Once that is completed, one will be able to fly into Dulles, collect your luggage and take the Metro all the way into the heart of the District and vice-versa. The intent of the MUDs is that those living there won't need a car for day-to-day purposes. Grocery stores and other retailers are below/around the immediate vicinity along with innumerable employers. You take the rail system directly to work further in/along the rail system and back. Some of them, such as the one in Tysons Corner, you probably won't even get wet during a rain storm excepting perhaps where one works.

I don't believe that Patrick will have as much of a culture/climate shock as many that move to the area. Some that move here from more expensive areas in terms of housing are amazed at what they can get for the same money back home/where they moved from. A couple I helped to buy a home that moved from the suburbs of San Francisco last year were amazed that what would get a small 2 bedroom condo there bought them a ~3,000 sq. ft. single-family home in the further suburbs.

Conversely, someone moving from the rural areas of the US are often floored by the costs. It's all a matter of what one is used to. Similarly the local parlance for describing when one gets to where one is going is done in minutes/hours rather than miles.

The area's commuting time for 9-to-5'ers remains notorious. There is a reason that telecommuting and flex-time work schedules are popular and fairly widely implemented. Before these two factors came into play commute times were expected to take 2+ hours each way Mon-Fri. Once flex-time entered the equation it significantly eased commute times, further eased as the infrastructure is being steadily (if belatedly) improved.

The New England Patriots are not one of the area's more popular U.S. football teams. D.C. is a mixing bowl, so while the Deadskins are the local football team they are nowhere as popular as they were in the pre-Snyder era. The Caps (hockey) are popular, while the Nats (baseball) vie with the venerable Orioles with baseball fans. The local minor league baseball teams of Potomac (in Prince William county), Frederick MD and the Bowie Baysocks (MD) are far more affordable and accessible of which there are at least the aforementioned 3. The NBA, WNBA and MLS all have teams here as well.

Sadly, the only amusement park in the area is a gawdawful branch of Six Flags, unofficially nick-named Ghetto Flags. My spouse who has been to other Six Flags parks in other parts of the country swears to me that Ghetto Flags is not representative of the rest of their parks.

Close-ish are Hershey Park in PA near Gettysburg off US 15 to the north, King's Dominion off I-95 to the south and Busch Gardens Williamsburg off I-64 east of Richmond present far more satisfactory amusement parks to go to. Company events may give you no choice but to attend something at Ghetto Flags.

There is a variety of national parks of course as well as the Udvar-Hazey Air and Space Museum off of route 28 on the Fairfax County/Loudoun County border. A cornucopia of museums and memorials are to be found throughout the District proper not to mention all of the parks I've not mentioned all throughout the region such as the W&OD walking trail or the Blue Ridge Parkway a modest drive away to hit the access point. This last is stunning in the fall once the leaves turn colors just before starting to fall from the trees.


hi everyone


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the baby girl can almost sit and almost crawl


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tomorrow my dad turns 80
I still can't really think of him asa old man somehow, I gues I should get my head around that soon


when he grew up they where still carring water from the village well every day, had no electricity and if they wanted bread they had to bake it themself, if they wanted meat they had to kill the pig they raised each year


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Happy Birthday to your father, Aeglos.


and not to forget, he spend his first 8 years under nazi rule


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last friday I had my 25th jubilee with my company
I started my vocational training to become a laboratory technican when I was still 15. later made my bachelor in bioengeneering in eveninng school


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I got from the company 1 extra monthly salary, a 60 € gift certificate from a wine shop and 6 days extra holidays
+ a celebration where I can invite up to 30 colleges qnd spnd 40€ per guest for food, the downside is, my boss whill do a speech and I will get a worthless silver needle with the company logo

I already got a useless silver needle + a "silver" watch from the union


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HAPPY BIRTHDAY AEGLOS DAD


aeglos wrote:

I got from the company 1 extra monthly salary, a 60 € gift certificate from a wine shop and 6 days extra holidays

+ a celebration where I can invite up to 30 colleges qnd spnd 40€ per guest for food, the downside is, my boss whill do a speech and I will get a worthless silver needle with the company logo

I already got a useless silver needle + a "silver" watch from the union

Small price to pay for a celebration with your coworkers, IMO.


All in all, Aeglos, it sounds like some pretty good things are happening.


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The Mad Comrade wrote:

Patrick is moving to more-or-less my neck of the woods. The climate in D.C. is a bit warmer than in Boston/Cape Cod. A bit less subject to direct influence from the Atlantic with somewhat milder winters and somewhat warmer summers.

The primary geographical feature is the Potomac River, with Northern Virginia on the south-and-west side with D.C. and Maryland on the north-and-east side. The other 'primary geographical feature', so-to-speak, is the Beltway that encircles the District of Columbia with its two bridges crossing the Potomac on the north (American Legion bridge) and south (Woodrow Wilson bridge). Other bridges cross the Potomac at various points, but those are not accessed directly from the beltway.

Alexandria straddles the Beltway on the southern end of the Virginia side. There is the City of Alexandria as well as the swath of Alexandria that falls under the jurisdiction of Fairfax County.

Alexandria ranges from suburban to urban depending on which part one is describing. My understanding is that Patrick has a couple of friends that live in Alexandria, based on the above posts, who know Alexandria far better than I do.

Mass transit in Alexandria is pretty well developed between bus routes and the Metro rail system. Both Virginia and Maryland have commuter rail systems of their own (VRE in Virginia) that reach quite a bit further out than Metro does.

Some of the hot places to live for those wanting the lifestyle are built adjacent to or atop of one of several Metro stops. One of the earliest was built adjacent to the Vienna metro stop at the then-furthest end of the Orange line. For years this was the westernmost terminus of the Metro rail system. Several similar and much more modern projects in MUDs (Mixed-Use Developments) have just been completed or are under construction along the Tysons Corner, Reston and Herndon stretches of the Silver Line which will, eventually, directly connect to Dulles International Airport. Once that is completed, one will be able to fly into Dulles,...

All good information! Thanks O mad one!

I have a few friends strung out from VA to MD, as there is a massive amount of suburbia here. The traffic is murderous. It makes Boston seem like Upper Derbyshire on a Sunday morn.

Prices are higher, but not outrageously so. I'm actually getting more 1.5x the space for 300 extra a month.

As for sports ... feh on them all. There's a reason there's a no sports rule in the Treehouse. If I never have to see another Brady or Gronk jersey I'll be a happy man. At least down here I can claim out of town status to not follow sportsball.

DC is a kick-ass town. Just hands down a really fun place to be. I can't wait to settle in and do some heavy exploration. I had a lot of fun during the holiday weekend. I live history and art. This is the place for it.


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Treppa wrote:
That was post 15,000.

Yaaay!


aeglos wrote:

tomorrow my dad turns 80

I still can't really think of him asa old man somehow, I gues I should get my head around that soon

It's hard. My dad will be 80 next year. It's very hard for me to visualize him as old. He is s very vital person. But, I do see him aging, and it worries me.


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Patrick, I once knew a storm giant who used a staff of the archmagi for his toothpick. An accidental snap against an incisor and the subsequent retributive strike blew out his whole grill, man.

He's trying to Gofundme some implants, but that Sloppy Joe mess is right out of Faces of Death.

I'm having trouble sleeping since it happened. The visuals, man.

Wait, what were we talking about?


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I like turtles


Patrick Curtin wrote:
The Mad Comrade wrote:
D.C. stuff

All good information! Thanks O mad one!

I have a few friends strung out from VA to MD, as there is a massive amount of suburbia here. The traffic is murderous. It makes Boston seem like Upper Derbyshire on a Sunday morn.

Prices are higher, but not outrageously so. I'm actually getting more 1.5x the space for 300 extra a month.

As for sports ... feh on them all. There's a reason there's a no sports rule in the Treehouse. If I never have to see another Brady or Gronk jersey I'll be a happy man. At least down here I can claim out of town status to not follow sportsball.

DC is a kick-ass town. Just hands down a really fun place to be. I can't wait to settle in and do some heavy exploration. I had a lot of fun during the holiday weekend. I live history and art. This is the place for it.

:) Yes, you're in good standing for history and art here, Patrick. Almost every form of distraction is available, usually duplicated many times over.

Part of the reason I've not mustered up the will to part ways with the area myself I suppose.


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Emperor7 wrote:
I like turtles

Get in line.

A really slow marching line.


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Old home week! Yaaaaaaay!

Silver Crusade

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Sweet! Party in the Treefort!


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What is this wolf doing here... And why the Treefort turned into a dance floor?!


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And who put Bee Gees on?


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Drejk wrote:
And who put Bee Gees on?

Don't look at me; I was still trying to decide whether I was more in the mood for some Parliament Funkadelic or Night on Disco Mountain.

Where did I leave my roller skates?


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<Aging Wizard enters thread on old-time roller skates with metal wheels. Aging Wizard promptly falls on his @$$, curses in Draconic, and limps out with the assistance of Invisible Servant spells>

"RAssin-Frassin newfangled contraptions! In MY day we had Levitate. And we liked it!"

Thanks for the info Turin. O_o
(That was a lot of info! And well laid out I might add!) ;)

The only part of DC I am familiar with (in recent history, so not counting a trip or two in Jr high or High school) is the 'Hinkley Hilton' and the Air & Space Museum. As my previous employer sent us on a couple of jobs at that hotel, and I made time to to geek out in the museum! Both times! :D
(I actually got to visit the A&S museum during the famous world tour of the Star Wars exhibit. I was in Nerdvana!) ;)

Oh yeah, if the monkey likes art & culture, he is gonna be one happy monkey!


Ugh. Setting up for a looong weekend


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Mom's flying from Ye Olde Merrie Englande tomorrow evening. She'll be here for almost a week. I need to clean the flat a bit.


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Patrick, keep in mind that you have about a month to get an emissions inspection, a state safety inspection and state registration from the start of your apartment lease.

If you wish to vote in this November's gubernatorial election you'll need to register to vote as well, requiring a change of driver's license.

Your apartment is likely to require parking permits given that you're moving to Alexandria. If they have parking restrictions, pay close attention to them as getting towed is a PITA. You might already be familiar with this sort of thing - figured I'd cover the base. :)

Fairfax County and almost every jurisdiction in the DMV (District-Maryland-Virginia area) also assesses personal property tax ... but Virginia in general charges very low or nil personal property tax on vehicles not used for business, depending on their age. One of the perks of living on this side of the Potomac. If your vehicle has an existing warranty via the manufacturer it is generally best to get the inspections done at the appropriate dealership.

Spoiler:
Avoid Brown's as if it were infested with the black plague for maintenance and service.

The inspections are generally done at most service stations, dealerships et al, so finding a place to get 'em done is easy. When your work schedule permits getting them done can be a trick, of course.

As a general rule of thumb "middle middle middle" is often the best bet: middle of the month, middle of the week, middle of the morning or afternoon. The middle of the month avoids the goobers that didn't do it before their plates expired in the previous month. The middle of the week avoids the longer lines one generally finds since everyone tries to do all of this stuff on their weekends. Middle of the morning/afternoon avoids the before/after work crush.

Interestingly, VDOT has rolled out a new-to-me program that does the emissions inspections via roadside scanning equipment at assorted exit ramps. This does you no good since your plates are coming from out-of-state.

Virginia inspections are pretty easy unless you're driving a glorified junker. Safety inspections are annual. Emission inspections are bi-annual. Property tax payments are generally directly connected to the VA DMV (Dept of Motor Vehicles), so if you skip on paying those, the DMV will not issue a renewal of registration.

DMV also does almost everything online, as does most of the area's cities and counties. Once the initial hurdles are made, keeping up with this stuff is almost painless. It also makes for very fast turnaround times, as compared to where it used to be.


Good intel. Especially that one month deadline. Good to know


And so...my day of craziness begins. Hopefully by this evening I should be finished with my move, at least the driving bit. Sunday will be the unpacking part.


Ragadolf wrote:

I think he just did. ;)

Woot! For new jobs and old (very good) friends! :)

Looks like I (finally) got a raise this year. (Stupid state/federal budget cuts in Higher Ed for the past 10 years!) It's a few years late, but I'll take it! :)

At least, until I follow Pat's excellent example and find a new (real) job! ;)

So,... not being real familiar with either your old or new home, are you going to have to go through any major weather-related adjustments?

(21 years ago when I got married and moved to New Orleans, that was both a Culture AND a Climate shock!) ;P

I missed this question earlier:

I feel like I rolled back a couple weeks into summer. September Washington/Alexandria felt like mid August to my New England senses. It has been cool in the mornings though.

I think I'm coming at a good time as I'm still in summer mode, and I think I will be acclimated nicely by the time it gets hot again.

On a side note Rags: if you ever get an Instagram or Facebook account let me know. I'll be posting my photographic record of the area. I'm hoping to do a lot of weekend travels, including a visit to the reclusive Mairkurion.


To be fair, the weather is behaving unusually due to the hurricanes to the south. September doesn't start to feel like fall until about the autumnal equinox. This year that'd be 22nd September.

The nearby beaches (a relative term) are generally pleasant well into October.

Silver Crusade

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Just talked to my dad (lives just north of Sarasota FL) and he is already in Georgia now. They were not expecting a big hit from Irma, but now the path has changed. He woke up this morning, checked the news, then woke up the rest of the family and said "We have to leave right now." Glad they are out and not stranded somewhere.


Celestial Healer wrote:
Just talked to my dad (lives just north of Sarasota FL) and he is already in Georgia now. They were not expecting a big hit from Irma, but now the path has changed. He woke up this morning, checked the news, then woke up the rest of the family and said "We have to leave right now." Glad they are out and not stranded somewhere.

Good to hear. Hope that they're heading somewhere away from Tennessee ...

Silver Crusade

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The Mad Comrade wrote:
Celestial Healer wrote:
Just talked to my dad (lives just north of Sarasota FL) and he is already in Georgia now. They were not expecting a big hit from Irma, but now the path has changed. He woke up this morning, checked the news, then woke up the rest of the family and said "We have to leave right now." Glad they are out and not stranded somewhere.
Good to hear. Hope that they're heading somewhere away from Tennessee ...

It sounds like they have a place for tonight outside of Atlanta. Then they are going to check the news again and, assuming the course hasn't changed, consider heading east to my step-mother's sister's place in SC.


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Mom's here.

Of course I haven't cleaned the house. Instead I took a mid-day nap...

Scarab Sages

Celestial Healer wrote:
Just talked to my dad (lives just north of Sarasota FL) and he is already in Georgia now. They were not expecting a big hit from Irma, but now the path has changed. He woke up this morning, checked the news, then woke up the rest of the family and said "We have to leave right now." Glad they are out and not stranded somewhere.

Yeah, Batdad posted on Facebook that he had evacuated to Georgia with his family and another, so I imagine he's also looking to move again.


Shrewdhead a giant monster from the land of fey, though neither a fey nor giant.


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Drejk wrote:

Mom's here.

Of course I haven't cleaned the house. Instead I took a mid-day nap...

Been nice knowing you


Nah, I am a hard working man these days (for two more months) so mom understands that I might have not strength and time to clean my own living space.


Oh sweet Buddha this weekend is over.

That was the most epically grueling weekend in the history of ever.

Timeline:
Friday:
5pm : run to bank, fix issue with rental deposit (in a cashiers check)
6pm: pack up motel room/nap
Saturday :
2am wake and final prep
3am drive to BWI airport
6am fly to Boston - plane delayed by hurricane issues
845am bus to Cape- first bus overheats / switch buses mid trip
1130am-picked up by dad. Rush to budget rental to get truck before they close at noon/ then rush to post office to gather mail/switch addresses
1230 begin loading vehicle-first hand truck loses a wheel. Pack 12x16 truck to the roof
545 after three stops at various places for stuff and a last stop for Wilbur I head out to Virginia
Sunday:
315am Arrive in Virginia and crash at hotel
9am reunite with college buddy and drive to BWI to get car. Drive back. Drop off car and go get truck.
1145am begin process of unloading and stacking boxes and furniture in new apartment
4pm. Finish : drop off truck-see off pal and run to buy cleaning supplies
8pm finish initial set up, and collapse , ready for the work week.


Patrick Curtin wrote:

Oh sweet Buddha this weekend is over.

That was the most epically grueling weekend in the history of ever.

Timeline:
Friday:
5pm : run to bank, fix issue with rental deposit (in a cashiers check)
6pm: pack up motel room/nap
Saturday :
2am wake and final prep
3am drive to BWI airport
6am fly to Boston - plane delayed by hurricane issues
845am bus to Cape- first bus overheats / switch buses mid trip
1130am-picked up by dad. Rush to budget rental to get truck before they close at noon/ then rush to post office to gather mail/switch addresses
1230 begin loading vehicle-first hand truck loses a wheel. Pack 12x16 truck to the roof
545 after three stops at various places for stuff and a last stop for Wilbur I head out to Virginia
Sunday:
315am Arrive in Virginia and crash at hotel
9am reunite with college buddy and drive to BWI to get car. Drive back. Drop off car and go get truck.
1145am begin process of unloading and stacking boxes and furniture in new apartment
4pm. Finish : drop off truck-see off pal and run to buy cleaning supplies
8pm finish initial set up, and collapse , ready for the work week.

Rest up, Patrick. You've earned it.

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