Takoma district in DC.* The famous Takoma Park, Maryland, is right across the street. Takoma Park, MD, is the former world headquarters of the Seventh Day Adventist Church and the hometown of Goldie Hawn! Home to many activists, it is also a nuclear free zone and affectionately called "The People's Republic of Takoma Park." Not to be overshadowed by its Maryland cousin, Takoma DC boasts a Carnegie Library, which also was the first library in the District of Columbia. The Washington Opera now practices in the former Seventh Day Adventist publishing building just on the edge of downtown. The building also houses a number of art studios.
I'm liking it here, but uff da! Enough with the moving!! If it weren't for my grandson Sam, his mom my daughter Sally, my friend Marteal's son, Julian, my neighbor Barbara, my housemate Donna, and my longtime companion and inseparable coworker, Cathy, I'd still be up a creek. They all worked long and hard. Julian came after work one night and hauled many boxes down to the main floor so Sam et al. didn't have to do it the following day after their 5 hour drive from NJ: "You and my mom and your books!!" he puffed. Ah, but there's nothing like those teenage athletes (Sam, lacrosse; Julian, football)! The legs! The backs! The biceps!! The lungs!!
I ate my hot dogs tonight speared on a chopstick because my entire set of stainless steel flatware disappeared, along with my second-level corkscrew (numero uno vanished almost immediately), and the five remaining pieces (salad plates) of my parents' first set of dishes. Ah well. My Irish friend Andrew always says you can't be attached to your possessions when you live in a city. I agree.
Anyway. It's very comfy in this apt, although there is not much furniture at the mo: seating for five (six if you count the hassock), bed for one, a highboy (or, as they call it east of here, "chesterdraws"), and a desk that I bought for $20 on the sidewalk in front of the stationery store on Connecticut Ave at its going-out-of-business sale at least 10 years ago. We've had lots more furniture than that over the years, but as I get older, it's just easier to give furniture away than to move it. It can be replaced by visits to the fabulous local yard sales throughout the summer.
So now it's nest rebuilding time again. It's also book sorting time for the first time ever. Categorizing. Alphabetizing within categories, etc. It's slow going--I keep stopping to READ!
*Wikipedia says Takoma DC is "also Takoma Park." Don't THINK so! The longtime Takoma DC residents in this building are very clear that Takoma Park is across the street!