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Minority Topics / Re: LGBT Thread for Fall 2007 Cycle
« on: May 24, 2007, 05:12:49 PM »
It wears off. I lived in four Foggy Bottom-area apartments, then a Glover Park apartment, and moving to VA was a dream. My commute to GW is five minutes and direct (vs. 20 minutes on the bus from Glover Park, or involving transfers to the Red Line (CT ave) or Green Line (CH) that believe me, get seriously old after awhile).

If you don't mind sharing, how much do you pay in rent?  The couple times I've browsed, apartments within a 5 minute walk to a metro seem to be about the same price as DC rent.  I feel like the walk needed to get a decent price cancels out the transfers/bus riding.
I split a ~$1700 rent for a 1 bedroom plus den with my boyfriend/partner/sig other/etc, but I opted for a high-end apartment if I was going to make the move to VA. The apartment's a little over 1,000sq ft, carpet and tile, dishwasher, washer/dryer, jacuzzi tub and separate shower, walk-in closet, central A/C, balcony. Building amenties... both an indoor and an outdoor pool, a full gym, racquetball courts, a rec room, a convenience store with dry-cleaning, free parking spot, package services. Walking distance to Metro, Whole Foods, Safeway, Starbucks, bank, movie theatre, restaurants, bars, city government, post office, Barnes & Noble, movie rental stores, etc.

No question that the buildings near Metro stations will be generally as expensive, but your buck goes a lot further. I can't even think of a building with those amenities in DC and am certain it would be priced higher. And like I said, we opted to go for a nicer building than the ones we lived in in DC... there are much cheaper buildings in the area. Check out Barton House... long waitlist but it's cheaper, and right next to the Whole Foods. Yum.

GW's in a very pretty area but there's absolutely no reason to live in Foggy Bottom unless you're a college student. Van Ness and Cleveland Park are fun neighborhoods, but you can get newer buildings, better amenities, lower taxes, voting rights, and a shorter commute across the river.

All those things are great, but is there any strong gay community there?  Even if there is no community, how gay friendly is it?  Do you see same-sex couples?  Is there ethnic diversity?  When I visited a friend in Ballston last summer, my impression was no to all.  I would love to know if my impressions are wrong, because I know there are many benefits to DC.
Arlington is very, very different from the rest of Virginia -- the county government gave their employees domestic partnership rights all the way back in 97, though they were later quashed by the state legislature. The county government opposed the ban on gay marriage, and a solid majority of voters in Arlington voted against it. Arlington is very, very liberal.

I definitely see gay couples... the area is very 20/30-something. And I see enough single guys looking at my boyfriend to pay attention :)

As for racial diversity, that's the difficult card. Arlington has a strong Latino population but like DC there are white-white areas and black-black areas with nary a gray thread to be found. It's the most unfortunate stain on this metro area.

Saw you mentioned Ballston. Ballston felt too far from DC for me at the time, and I didn't like the area as much. Check out the run from Rosslyn through Clarendon - I liked it better.

I dunno, just my two cents. People come to DC pre-programmed to be suspicious of Virginia (myself included... I remember pleading with a friend in college not to move "so far away")... but it just makes more sense. I have much love and nostalgia for my little DC apartments, but I feel like I live in luxury now comparatively.

I am not suspicious of NoVa per se, but I don't need much space.  I don't spend time at home, so that isn't as important to me.  I would live in NoVa if the right opportunity came along, but it just seem as interesting a place to live.  I don't know that I am ready to trade the urban community, with all its failings, for a better quality of living per dollar spent. 

I do appreciate your response though!  I spend a lot of my time thinking about this, and writing this email has convinced me to broaden my search to NoVa (not that I will move there.  I can't!  :o :P)
I suppose "interesting" is in the definition of the beholder. One thing to be said about Foggy Bottom in particular is how it utterly shuts down after 5PM and on the weekends. It is more vacant than any area in a city where I've ever been.

As for trading in the urban community, I'd disagree - the area is very urbanized. Higher-rises than DC, popular bars and restaurants are all along Wilson/Clarendon Blvd, and anything you want in DC is just as easy to get to as if you lived in DC. The state line isn't impermeable, and some areas in DC are even more easily reached from Arlington (compare getting to Georgetown from Arlington vs. from Cleveland Park). I still feel very connected to DC, perhaps even more so then when I was off the metro grid and living on a bus line.

Like I said, it's all about personal preference. I laughed when I met a GW student the other day who'd followed my exact same living track -- Foggy Bottom -> Glover Park -> Arlington. I think it's kind of something that just happens but maybe people need to live in the city first and find their own likes and dislikes. That's certainly how it worked for both me and my boyfriend. After living in DC for 5 years, I lost nothing and gained much by moving to VA, but that isn't necessarily the case for everyone.

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Minority Topics / Re: LGBT Thread for Fall 2007 Cycle
« on: May 24, 2007, 04:05:47 PM »
I just can't bring myself to live in NoVa. 
It wears off. I lived in four Foggy Bottom-area apartments, then a Glover Park apartment, and moving to VA was a dream. My commute to GW is five minutes and direct (vs. 20 minutes on the bus from Glover Park, or involving transfers to the Red Line (CT ave) or Green Line (CH) that believe me, get seriously old after awhile).

GW's in a very pretty area but there's absolutely no reason to live in Foggy Bottom unless you're a college student. Van Ness and Cleveland Park are fun neighborhoods, but you can get newer buildings, better amenities, lower taxes, voting rights, and a shorter commute across the river.

I dunno, just my two cents. People come to DC pre-programmed to be suspicious of Virginia (myself included... I remember pleading with a friend in college not to move "so far away")... but it just makes more sense. I have much love and nostalgia for my little DC apartments, but I feel like I live in luxury now comparatively.

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Minority Topics / Re: LGBT Thread for Fall 2007 Cycle
« on: May 24, 2007, 01:33:37 AM »
Oh, I think I've seen a few listings for Carrilon, looks interesting.

I fully expect to pay at least $1,300 a month, and probably closer to $1,500 when parking's factored in, kates.   :-\
Probably best to aim high to avoid sticker shock, but I'd bet you'll find something for much cheaper. I'd never pay that for a studio unless it had serious luxury amenties.

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Minority Topics / Re: LGBT Thread for Fall 2007 Cycle
« on: May 24, 2007, 12:45:50 AM »
Hey kids. This probably isn't the right place for this, but I like to talk to my gay DC boys. How's the DC apartment hunting going? I'm having a damned hard time finding cheap apartments that aren't infested w/ roaches according to apartmentratings.com. Where are people looking besides craigslist and washingtoncitypaper? Hook a gal up!
How cheap is cheap? And close to where? American, right? I had a studio for $800 in Glover Park in 2005, so it's probably 900 or 1000 now. I loved the area, but eventually tired of the bus system. I found the building through CL but you could look them up directly: http://www.carillonhouse.com/

Roof deck was unbelievable. You can see every single point in DC, NOVA, and beyond.

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Law School Applications / Re: The GW thread
« on: May 23, 2007, 01:50:25 PM »
thanks dcforlife that is MUCH clearer. It seems like only a couple of classes have different times on different days. I still wonder about the sections though.
Hey dee -- saw this about sections and didn't know if you had: "Students will be given individualized class schedules during IL Orientation indicating the section of the first year courses to which they have been assigned. This information is not available prior to orientation."

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: The Most Lawyerly Beverage
« on: May 23, 2007, 10:35:08 AM »
this may be a stupid question but.... I don't drink. I know there ia a lot of drinking while networking and that sort of thing but will it be looked down upon if I don't have bourbon with everyone else? The smell and taste of alcohol repulse me so I won't be taking one for the team.

There is nothing wrong with this. I'm in the "one drink and that's it" camp. A DUI seems like such a pain in the ass...
Same here. I usually do two drinks max... it sounds sad but I don't have the time to be drunk nor the time to be hungover. And I can't imagine that would change much when adding law school to my job ;)

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: The Most Lawyerly Beverage
« on: May 23, 2007, 09:42:44 AM »
Johnnie Walker Blue or Royal Salute

Johnnie Walker Red is crap, but anything more expensive than Black is a waste of money.

Get a single Malt.
I'd mostly agree. I found Blue nearly indistinguishable from Black in taste (though that may be my own limitations) and the price was absurd for that difference. I do like the creaminess in Green, though.

x10 with the "hold the water/ice" commentary. I've heard the opinion (perhaps even the correct opinion) that a bit of water or ice can open up the "bouquet" of the scotch, but like Blue over Black I can't particularly ascertain the stated benefit while being very aware of the downsides (cold or watery Scotch is not fun for me).

A glass of bourbon is fun from time to time. Jefferson's Reserve is delicious.

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Law School Applications / Re: The GW thread
« on: May 22, 2007, 04:24:07 PM »
Apparently PTers are called "Section 21". It may display the solid entrenchment of nerdiness in my personality, but I kind of wish it was Section 31. That would be much, much cooler.

Trekkie nerd!
Guilty as charged :D

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Law School Applications / Re: The GW thread
« on: May 22, 2007, 04:16:16 PM »
Apparently PTers are called "Section 21". It may display the solid entrenchment of nerdiness in my personality, but I kind of wish it was Section 31. That would be much, much cooler.

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Law School Applications / Re: The GW thread
« on: May 22, 2007, 03:47:40 PM »
Is this how GW always does their scheduling? Any GW current students out there? I looked at the Spring 2007 schedule and it seems to be the same. I guess it's something you can get used to but I hate that we can't figure out a section from it, or what our overall schedules might be like (excpet for the PT folk).
I found this for this past spring which was kind of what I had wished for in my earlier post:

http://www.law.gwu.edu/NR/rdonlyres/EC6452CC-30C0-4190-AB94-5F3CBCBDD04E/0/CTFSp07.pdf

Not sure if they have one now or will soon for our semester.

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