OK, so I love DCist. It's a favorite blog of mine. And I love leaving excessively negative comments on their posts. They seem to like DC. A lot. I have no idea why. I'm trying to learn.
So, I leave these comments. It's a bad habit that I'm sure they don't appreciate. I keep it inoffensive and snarky. Nothing that would make them hate me...I hope.
Anyhoo, anytime I leave a comment, I get an inevitable backlash from people who don't like me very much. Which, I guess is fair. But I would like to offer a response to the most common criticism I get:
I live in Bethesda. I'm sorry, but that's where I live. Of course, I've only lived here for literally 29 days after over four years in DC, but it still seems to bother a lot of you. What can I say? I live here. It's cheap, the bussing is great, and the bars are good. Yeah, the early last call sucks, but whatcha gonna do?
To be honest, if I had a choice, I would live in DC-proper. I would be closer to the one thing that DC has provided me that doesn't suck: my friends. But, I didn't have a choice. Well, I guess I did. I chose Bethesda over homelessness. DC has enough homeless people, thank you very much.
You are, of course, fooling yourself if you don't see Bethesda as a natural extension of Washington. As a city, Bethesda is bigger than Van Ness, Tenleytown, Cleveland Park, Adams Morgan, U Street, Columbia Heights, etc. Like DC, it uses the Metro. Like DC, many people commute to work here. Like DC, it attracts a lot of people that I can't stand.
And the argument is especially craptastic when one considers the fact that my predecessor, the much better writer, James F., lived in Virginia. Virginia! And, if you're wondering, I consider Arlington and even Alexandria a natural extension of DC as well.
Saying that Bethesda is not DC is like saying that Cambridge is not part of Boston. Technically you'd be right. But in terms of reality, you should know better.
So, from now on, I will not respond to remarks about where I live. I'm sorry, but they're lame and obnoxious. All other attacks, especially ones using something I call "reason," are more than welcome. You can mock me for being young, for living in upper-NW when I did live in Washington, for being a shitty writer, or for going to a second-tier university. If you know me, you can even make your attacks personal. But no more Bethesda talk. For the love of God, no more Bethesda talk.