one of the many reasons i loved living in d.c. is the diversity of people. but in speaking of diversity, i am not only speaking about the very present international diversity, but also the diversity of people from various parts of the u.s. with the transient nature of the government, there are always friends to be made from every part of the country and world. and generally speaking, they embrace each other with copious enthusiasm. whether someone is from idaho, or vietnam, or maryland, or australia, or even maine (yes those were all the homes of my former rooomates) they all gather in d.c. in pursuit of great careers. and they bond over their shared aspirations of making our world a better place.
it is much easier to meet someone from one’s home state if they grew up in new york, or texas. but when they hail from a western “fly over state” the frequency of those run-ins naturally diminishes. and consequently the excitement that occurs when those run-ins do occur, shoots through the roof.
which is exactly what made my run in with joe so special. we met 5 years ago at d.c.’s Go West Beer Fest. this annual event is a gathering of people and beer from washington, oregon, alaska, montana, and idaho.
upon meeting, joe and i bonded over our brewskis and our small town idaho roots. we quickly discovered how much we had in common; but our opportunities to get to know one another were cut short as he moved to california two months later.
we hadn’t seen each other in three years, until i coincidentally relocated to california as well. in need of good mountain people in the big city, we reconnected; and eventually, we decided to meet up again. the first time we did, i was dressed like this:apparently the 80s aerobics queen look works for joe, because not too long after, he asked me out on a date.
fast forward through many moons, mountain escapes, bottles of wine, and laughter, and we have us today…engaged!
this week joe and i are back in d.c. it is the first time we have been in the city together since that first day we met 5 years ago. it was only appropriate that we revisit our meeting spot in eastern market to commemorate our great story and snap a couple of photos.
we are getting hitched! yippeee!
what are your favorite things to do in dc?
what is your favorite beer from the northwest?