|29 places I want to go||71 places I've been|
United Kingdom: Great Britain: England: Wiltshire
2. Ocean City
United States: Maryland: Worcester County
United States: Washington State: King County
4. The Grotto
United States: California: Northern California: Bay Area: San Francisco Peninsula: San Francisco: Tenderloin
6. Busboys and Poets
United States: District of Columbia: Washington, D.C.: Shaw District
7. Playa Del Fuego
United States: Delaware: Odessa
8. Black Rock City
United States: Nevada: Black Rock Desert
9. Grand Canyon Skywalk
United States: Arizona: Coconino County: Grand Canyon National Park: Grand Canyon West
10. Wicker Park
United States: Illinois: Cook County: Chicago: West Side: West Town
11. Daedalus Books
United States: Maryland: Columbia
12. Borders Books
United States: Maryland: Columbia
United States: New Mexico
14. Cannes Film Festival
France: Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur: Provence: Alpes-Maritimes: Cannes
15. Sundance Film Festival
United States: Utah: Park City
United States: Massachusetts
17. Palace of Versailles
France: Ile de France: Yvelines: Versailles
18. Sydney Opera House
Australia: New South Wales: Sydney: Sydney City
19. San Francisco
United States: California: Northern California: Bay Area: San Francisco Peninsula
United States: California: Northern California: Bay Area: San Francisco Peninsula: San Francisco
United States: Connecticut: Stonington
I want to visit the S.F. Writers’ Grotto because it was started by Po Bronson and other writers. Po is the author of “What Should I Do With My Life?” If you haven’t read that, then get thee to a bookstore or library pronto and give it a read – it is really inspiring and an interesting social documentary of people, our lives and the sometimes long, sometimes rocky road to success.
He happens to be an author I’ve long admired. I’ve met him before, and he was such a humble person, willing to sit down with this fledgling writer, an Army journalist — me — whom he did not even know and commit a few minutes before his book reading at a Borders bookstore in Virginia.
One day I’d like to come to San Francisco and seek out this writing group he helped found.over 6 years ago
I absolutely ADORED this place! If you are in Washington or visit, you should totally check this place out. What could be better than a pub, restaurant, coffee shop and bookstore (not to mention social meeting place) in one?
One of the Washington publications once commented on this place that if you had not been invited here for drinks after work, you were not yet a true Washingtonian. So I guess I’m not a real one either, because technically I invited myself; and I don’t think that counts. But the sun was shining, and I get to see so little of that – much less than I would like. When I commute to work, it’s dark, and when I get home, more of the same. The only daylight I get all day is this one short-lived 30 seconds or so as my train crosses over the Potomac before diving back down into the darkness of Commuter Land.
Today was a nice change. I walked out of work, eschewing a short commmute on the Metrorail, and over to a local Best Buy, to look for a Palm wireless keyboard for my new Treo 700p. After that, I was going to have pizza at a place nearby. And then I thought ‘why not try something new for a change?’
I had come across a review of Kramerbooks on the 43 Places website once, and bookmarked it to check out sometime. Well, what was I waiting for? I had a perfect day at my disposal and had even gotten off of work in time to catch those elusive sun rays. Sometimes I can be a real hermit, and my hope is that keeping this blog will inspire me to explore more places and meet more people rather than sheltering myself away in the burbs of Greenbelt, Maryland, where I reside.
To get to Kramerbooks, I hopped the Yellow Line to the Gallery Place/Chinatown stop, and then the Red Line toward Shady Grove and soon I was exiting the Dupont Circle station into the still beautiful daylight as a musician played just near the top of the escalator.
P.S. Apologies for the attached pic – It previews upright, but then no matter what I do, it “turns on me” once I save it (pun intended :) Also, find me at http://dcmetrorider.vox.comover 6 years ago