The Re-Branding of America: Residences at Thomas Circle

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Today’s ad isn’t a major campaign — you won’t see it on tv, online (notwithstanding here), or hear it on the radio…

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much like the residences within the luxurious walls, you won’t see this ad anywhere except at Thomas Circle. The dichotomous subtext above is so terribly uncomfortable; and yet like every great story it is the “surprising yet inevitable” ending for a generation of wealthy retirees. Luxury senior living, because this is what you’ve been saving up for — thanks 401(k); 1 bedroom apartment, because even with all that success there’s no need for a guest room; pets welcome, because Fido is the only friend left. Ah yes, the idealized concept of independence after the rat race — and all of the loneliness luxury holds — await you at Thomas Circle.

Watch this space: it’s either this or Shady Pines, Ma

Distriction: Wale’s Latest & Greatest

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Mr. DMV is rolling through 9:30 tonight; after trekking the country, he’s bringing Go-Go home again.

So before the District — or at least the DC blogger/DJ twitterati — flood V St., a brief latest and greatest …

Latest: Wale enlisted the help of Lady Gaga, Madonna 2.0 herself, for “Chillin’,” whose well-anticipated video leaked – but was cleaned up – today. So, here’s the live version from Last Call with Carson Daly

And the jumpoff, Nike Boots – because it’s “flya than the rest of ’em”

… and some odds and ends in between

The Gold Post: 100 Kept

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Finally, the century mark. It’s times like this when you recap to the beginning and where it all began. So: a playlist paying tribute to where it always begins — home. (Actually, I stumbled across “City is Mine,” and decided to put together a city playlist. It just so happened to be The Dime’s 100th post, and all the cities are hometowns — thus the easy spin about where it begins.) Either way, enjoi

Starting at the top of the map with an ode to our Neighbors to the North — compliments of their most hyped export since Jimmy Brooks

The Re-Branding of America: Distriction – Around Town May 23-25

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Distriction at its core: Snapshots of DC being DC

No better way to start the day
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Even better from the inside. I’m not too good to ride the bus — just with you on it
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DC Street Chic: you can’t pay for this kind of space

Memorial Day Traffic

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Distriction: Memorial Day ’09 Mix

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Quick and dirty lunchtime/BBQ mix for the holiday. Literal mix of older, new-ish, pop, hip-hop, this and that. It’s a general smattering: a bit random, not particularly thematic, but a universally decent mix for a mid-day holiday meal.

Start off mellow for the swelter. Pre-interlude: less local, a bit bossa nova and ska over funk, try it on for size …

The Re-Branding of America: Metro Memo May 20 “Your World,” not mine …

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Again with the Metro messages. Today was a gorgeous day in the District, so I ventured and mosied.

What better way to start the day than to cross paths with our darling future …

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(No, it’s not blurry — it’s artistic.)

I’m not sure about a better way to start the day, but I can think of a few ways how the ending could improve.

Distriction: City Stroll May 17

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Still trying to keep up with the Joneses …

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not the family next door — their house got foreclosed. I’m trying to keep up with the kids who can afford to play, where and when I work.

Though I wouldn’t mind dwelling on the recess side of the recession for a bit, kind of like these guys …

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to protect, serve … then pipe, drum, and party on the side

Another day in the District … playing catch up, and gauging recession-proof careers by car (DCPD Pipes and Drums looks viable, assuming an “I” is part of their stimulus package)

The Re-Branding of America: Distriction – Metro Moment April 23

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Bipartisanship: If it can’t work on the Metro, it’ll never work on the Hill

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DC residents and their politics, the world is red and blue from birth — they just can’t seem to see eye-to-eye.

Honestly though, two of the most well-mannered Metro riders I’ve come across — adults included.