Life Rolls On

For those who aren't yet aware of the news, next week I'll be joining a large think tank in Washington, DC as a research assistant. I'm really excited to move into a field that really fits my interests. A lot of the work I'll be doing will center around cities, housing and community development, which is really my bread-and-butter.

(From Jon's snaps on Flickr)

I also got to reminiscing about my first 9 months in the DC area. When I moved, my goal really was to experience as much of the city as possible, and I'm pretty content with what I've accomplished. I've ridden my bike many miles through many of the city's neighborhoods. I've drank a lot of cups of coffee, started trying to figure out what makes a gourmet burger so sought-after, and I'm still on the hunt for an excellent everything bagel. I've played my fair share of trivia, visited some outdoor festivals, and feasted on food cooked in the back of a truck.

I think it's pretty fair to say that I'm not struggling to find things to do.

The flip-side of this is that I often feel frustrated because there's only so much that I can't do. Between the long hours I worked at my first post-college "real-world" job and my rather tight budget, I frequently find myself needing to sit an inning out.

I hope some of that changes in the coming months. Now that I'll be in the heart of the city every day, I'll be closer to a lot of the action, and while I don't drastically expect to change my blogging habits, I do hope to contribute to Greater Greater Washington and All Opinions are Local a lot more than I currently do. I do have a lot of DC-specific ideas for posts in the pipeline that you may see here or elsewhere in the blogosphere during that time.

As with any life change, it's difficult to know exactly how it will play out, but I'm hoping for the best.


    Good luck on your new job, by the way.

    On March 02, 2011 Mark Pen said...

    Oh boy, you're joining the tink tank circuit. Congratulations on the new job, and here's to hoping you'll keep your critical, independent thinking.

    Regarding urbanism, gentrification: have you read Sharon Zukin's book "Naked City"? It talks about the irony of how the yearning for authentic (hip) eventually consumes much of the diversity and authenticity of the city.

    On March 03, 2011 Mel said...

    Congrats on the new job -- and best of luck to you, Rob!