The weather was gorgeous on Saturday so two of my roommates and I decided to walk from our spacious Friendship Heights estate to the Barbecue Battle downtown. We figured the combination of meats, sauces, and beers could not be beat. Only $10 to get in! Surely we could gorge ourselves. I can eat $10 of meat in, like, 20 minutes. We couldn't lose!
What the website doesn't mention (anywhere) is that the food costs extra money. In other words, there's a $10 cover for the privilege to eat. Sure, "entertainment" was provided. But it's not like we were going to a barbecue to see a reggae band under a tent. Even if we were, the tent was right by the gates so we could listen from there. A homeless dude was having a good time spasmodically dancing on the steps of the Wilson Building. He didn't have to pay ten bucks for the experience.
(And no one can say that common sense dictates that we would have to pay extra for the delicious smelling food. The three of us are bright. At least two of us have some common sense. We were all, to the man, blindsided by the unadvertised costs of BBQ pork.)
Obviously I can't (and don't) blame DC for this. I mean, they weren't in charge of the barbecue. It's just a shame that something so potentially awesome for the city could be ruined so easily. The money was all going to charity so I blame them. Stupid Metropolitan Police Boys & Girls Clubs. Why can't you let me gorge in peace?