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Wordless Wednesday: U.S. Botanic Gardens

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Native Washingtonian 101: Beating the heat

We’re into the dog days of summer when high humidity makes even upper 80 degrees feel intolerable. So after watching so many people nearly drop from the heat while walking around our monuments, let this native son of Washington offer … Continue reading

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Native Washingtonian 101 – Spring’s coming and so are tourists

This isn’t a cherry blossom tree. It’s an ash tree in my yard. But where one tree blossoms, soon will those around the Tidal Basin. And then here comes the boom — of tourists. I know, I felt the same … Continue reading

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Native Washingtonian 101 – we’re not rich as people think

One night on tour, a visitor told me she heard Rush Limbaugh say that everybody in Washington made more than $100,000. I told her it wasn’t true, she said it was. “Lady, if I made $100,000 a year do you … Continue reading

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Native Washingtonian 101: Where to eat

Tour guides are often asked where’s the best place to eat. Well, maybe they just ask me that because my size indicates I know a thing or two about buffets. It all depends on your tastes, but here are a … Continue reading

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Native Washingtonian 101 — Z Burger

You’ve just toured the National Cathedral on Wisconsin Ave. and trying to decide on lunch. Do you want to turn back into the city for Georgetown and pricey fare or just grab a burger locally? Turn right (away from the … Continue reading

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Native Washingtonian 101: Snowbound once again

Ok, we blew it. Six inches of snow and suddenly Washington wasn’t just gridlocked, it was a Siberian prison. Cars were simply abandoned on major roadways. Like a tidal wave was coming and we couldn’t wait any longer. Everyone has … Continue reading

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Native Washingtonian 101 – How to really tick us off

Washington is a southern city despite recent declarations we don’t sound southern anymore. Federal City has always been a transient town since opening more than 200 years ago, but head to the southern suburbs and you’ll still hear “y’all” while … Continue reading

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Native Washingtonian 101 – Why we hate Dallas

Why do Washingtonians chant “We want Dallas” practically every chance they get? It’s a rivalry thing. Washington is a Redskins town. Please tell me you know the Redskins are football team or you can stop reading now. That and my … Continue reading

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I’m a tour guide? Funny you should ask

My friends always have the same response. “You’re going to be a tour guide?” they ask. “Cool.” Well, I hope so. Now I’m still a sports columnist with The Washington Examiner because it’s the best job I’ve ever held, but … Continue reading

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