Mr & Ms DQ off to DC

3825-oglethorpe-008.jpgLast Friday Mr. DQ, Mark Hufford, accepted a great new job in DC. He'll be Director of Grassroots Outreach for the National Wildlife Refuge Association.

So, we're moving there next week. Last week we rushed up there and found a cute little place just outside NE DC. Yard signs seen in our multicultural neighborhood:

"Civil marriage = civil right"
"Guilty of war crimes: Impeach Bush Now"
"Pray for Peace, Act for Peace, DARFUR"
"War is not the answer."

A bit of culture shock in more ways than one: County requires pet permits (even for ferrets!) Costs five times more if they're not spayed or neutered. No pets are allowed to roam free. That's not gonna work. But all good ideas, no?

back yard messyPlus, you can't let your grass grow over a foot (our backyard is an obvious violation) or work on your car (except for minor maintenance). We're gonna test their obvious discrimination against PWTs by placing our cat-scratched upholstered couch on the front porch.

There are lots of rules about trees (called the Urban Forest ordinance) which have resulted in these towering over our immediate neighborhood (below) and a general old fashioned country feel to a place a half mile from a metro stop, a new Home Depot, Macy's, and a Staples as well as all kinds of mom-and-pop ethnic restaurants, two high schools, the community pool and bike paths that follows streams and the Anacostia River for miles.

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What's really exciting is that, due to Maryland law, we have several power companies to choose from. And a couple of them offer 100% wind sourced energy at 14.3 cents per kWh. Interesting, eh?

Our 17 years in WNC have been more wonderful than I can ever describe. I'll never forget the amazing people, the absolutely stunning land, the black bear I saw bumbling out of my driveway last week. DC can't possibly measure up in so many ways.

But, as you know, it's the mainstage of the political world. Once I get settled in. I'll be sure to let you know everything I can about the goin's on of the NC delegation. I can't wait to stalk meet my soon-to-be former Congressman Patrick McHenry and introduce myself to my new Congressman, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer. Big city, here we come.

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I plan to . . . but I know that

relationships fade with time. So, I'm trying to make no promises I won't keep but I cannot imagine not being a part of BlueNC and the entire North Carolina and Asheville blogging community. Just the concept starts the tears and seems soooooo wrong.
 
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"Moving" story

Thank you, DQ, for letting us know about your new world. We will all be eager to hear about "up there" from your perspective.

And certainly you will contribute in colorful ways, there, as you do here.

But we'll be missing your Spirit of Drama 'mongst us.

Well, I'll still be around as long

as I have something to contribute. And thanks for the compliment. "Colorful" is a lot nicer than some people describe me!
 
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Good luck in DC!

It's a very different sort of place.

We were married there

At at a downtown courthouse "under the auspices of Congress." How many people can say that about their sacred vows?

Huff worked for Common Cause and I worked for Ralph Nader. It was kind of disheartening to see how hard people worked to do good only to have corporate interests take the day time and time again. So, we left.

And now, 25 years later, we're going back. I truly can't believe it.
 
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Wow, DQ.

Sounds like a wonderful opportunity, but dang we'll miss you around here. Traveling mercies to you and Mr. DQ.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Mixed Up Feelings

DQ - I go between getting ready to miss you terribly and getting ready to watch you pummel DC. Sadness and excitement.

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Ditto, Screwy

But my combo is giddiness (at the newness and opportunity) and something akin to sheer terror (we left the region for a reason and I'm NOT a city girl.)
 
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Welcome to the neighborhood.

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Fear not the path of truth for the lack of people walking on it. - Robert F. Kennedy

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There are people in every time and every land who want to stop history in its tracks. They fear the future, mistrust the present, and invoke the security of the comfortable past which, in fact, never existed. - Robert F. Kennedy

Thanks but how do you stand the traffic?

I'm used to one stoplight every twenty miles or so. Of course, we'll use the metro, but just walking around makes your face grimy from the pollution. And DC isn't even a town with any factories!

Of course, free museums, so many activities, and the ratio of D to R will make up for a lot!
 
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I don't.

Let's just say the Metrobus and I have become very, very good friends.

Fear not the path of truth for the lack of people walking on it. - Robert F. Kennedy

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There are people in every time and every land who want to stop history in its tracks. They fear the future, mistrust the present, and invoke the security of the comfortable past which, in fact, never existed. - Robert F. Kennedy

Well, I'm on the actual subway

but I suspect I'll need to learn buses, too. Just take a book and figure the time being driven is better than the time (and gas) spent driving.
 
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We're figuring out how to edit

so that Johnny Joe can interview Liddy and others. Actually, she is never here anyway so that can be part of the schtick, no? Don't cry. It's all good.
 
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Sad for us, excited for you. But now we have even more friends in high places, so don't be surprised when we all drop in on a road trip to the Big Seat of Power!

I hope to stay in touch

And I'll try to keep up with my account here. I want people to let me know when they're coming to town. How cool will that be!

Some of you have my emails but I'll post one here as well: dramaqueenbluenc . . . at gmail . . . dot. . . com
 
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All the best!

NC's loss is DC's gain.

Well....I'm not sad...I like the idea of DQ in DC

knocking heads together, kicking butts, taking names....and making sure we've got the news on it first.

Keeping in touch is what the internet is for and at least if we have to come hunting you down, it's a great place to go hunting.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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