Fill my teacup list (A mini-bucket list for October)

Bens Chili Bowl, U St NW (15542832)

Visited by presidents and presidential hopefuls — never by me. Image via Wikipedia

In two weeks, I’ll mark the anniversary of two unspeakably sad deaths, two days apart. What better way to honor those lost than by living well?

In true metro-Washingtonian fashion, I rarely take advantage of the things this region has to offer. I have six days off — in a row — from the grueling job.

How should I spend them? I need ideas from the Potomacized peanut gallery. Should I do galleries and museums? Shamefully, I’ve never toured Holocaust, Native American, Spy or Madame Tussauds. There I could wax prophetic.

Should I cheat death and go on gastronomic adventures? Never sampled The Willard Room or Ben’s Chili Bowl or Georgia Brown’s. Wondering what else I’m missing.

Maybe a sail on the Potomac. Or an authentic Oktoberfest, with foaming beer and polka dancers, say, at Blob’s Park in Jessup, Md., “Home of America’s First Oktoberfest.” I do enough theater, but maybe I should catch a drag show at So Addictive in Herndon, Va. Or a comedy set at the only revolving bar/restaurant in the area, the Skydome Lounge in Arlington, Va.

Good thing there’s still a Washington Post weekend section as a jumping-off point. But, perhaps one of my readers has recently written a D.C. travel book that comes out next month — no names, Patty Kime — and can douse me in ideas?

I’ll wait for your gaggle of responses. Thanks in advance, and don’t waste any opportunities.

Oktoberfest actually sounds cool. Wondering whether it would be as festive as these guys.

10 thoughts on “Fill my teacup list (A mini-bucket list for October)

  1. amelia says:

    For a bit of contemplation, I used to like to stop in on the Thomas Cole paintings ‘The Voyage of Life” at the good ole Smithsonian American Art museum. Also, the Phillips museum usually has free Sunday noon piano and other music events. and Jazz on some nights. Of course they have a great collection of Modern art : includes The Boating Party , by Renoir. And I still mean to read the book by same name.
    http://www.phillipscollection.org/programs/music/2011-12.aspx#September

    Maybe, visit the National Cathedral, for a service on Sunday which I have never done, but, visiting the moon rock in embedded in one of the stain glass windows is awesome. I think , too, to honor past lives the cathedral grounds and staff might present ideas.

  2. Patty says:

    Okay, So I’ve got a sec and here’s my recommended itinerary for your day tomorrow 🙂

    10 a.m. – noon Holocaust Museum.

    noon – 1:15 — Head to lunch in the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden. The weather is supposed to be beautiful tomorrow and you can get a salad and a glass of wine (or iced tea, if wine will make you sleepy) and dine in a lovely landscaped setting. Overpriced, because it’s museum fare, but I like it anyway. On the way there, stare at the Washington Monument and see if you can see the guys inspecting it!

    1:15 – 2:15 — Go to the East Building of the National Gallery of Art to check out the new exhibit, “Warhol: Headlines” to get the artist’s perspective on tabloid media as seen through the obsessive one’s eyes.

    Or if you have no desire to look at silkscreens of the stuff you see every day in the office, check out the West Building’s permanent collection. The Monets, Renoirs and Degas never get old. Oh. And you can see the only Leonardo Da Vinci portrait in the western hemisphere. It’s there.

    Meander through the tunnel between the two buildings and grab a gelato or a cappucino (I know, I know, you aren’t supposed to drink cappucino in the afternoon. but this isn’t italy) — a great pick-me-up!

    Head over to the National Archives if you haven’t seen the Constitution and the Declaration any time recently, Closes at 5 p.m. There’s other really cool stuff in there too — a ship’s log from Pearl Harbor open to Dec. 7, 1941, presidential memorabilia, letters, etc.

    If that’s not your schtick, head to the National Museum of the American Indian. It’s open until 5:30. the best way to appreciate it is really through the 45 minute guided tour. The building on its own holds many secrets that really are revealed only by a docent.

    6 p.m. Happy Hour. Have me pick you up and drive you over to La Plaza for cheap ‘ritas and chips or if you are seeking a more “ultimate Washington experience,” then we’d head to the Rooftop Bar at the W Hotel Washington or the Round Robin Bar at the Willard!

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