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+Chris Livingston​ This will be key for meetings I have and I take notes on my tablet. On my phone, not so much. Swiping still key there. 

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Get cultured! DC's spring/summer theatre season is heating up!

The Folger Shakespeare Library is presenting the existential classic Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, beginning 12 May 2015.

For opening night, tickets are pay-what-you-can. And there are lots of other special events too!
In a world where heads always wins and pirates can happen to anyone, this fabulously inventive, existentialist tragicomedy thrusts two of Shakespeare’s most incidental characters into the limelight. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern have been summoned to Elsinore by the king. Their purpose: to glean what afflicts Hamlet. The intrepid, if somewhat bewildered, travelers make their journey, meeting a ragtag group of players along the way. Unsure of both ...
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+David Pittman but we're gonna spill all the milk with double stuffed!!!!!!!!! #Phrasing   #ItsIn   #PhrasingNotTheOtherThing   #ItsHappeningAgain   #ModeratorsFail  
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I couldn't figure out how to share this from mobile yesterday (I need my kids to get older so they can show me how to do all this fancy tech stuff), but here's a #FirstReviewFriday of a new ice cream shop in my neighborhood.

Or kind of new. They are some how related to the recently closed but excellent Tropical Ice Cream Cafe that used to be open in #DTSS.

Definitely a place you should check out/support if you're in Wheaton!
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Yummy in My Tummy
11252 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20902
Stopped by after seeing the "Grand Opening" sign from my car window now for a few weeks. Very bare bones except for am ice cream shelf that would put Baskin Robbins and its 32 flavors to shame.

I'm not sure how they are related to the now closed but long-time #DTSS fixture Tropical Ice Cream Cafe, but the flavors are pretty much identical. If you like your frozen treats with a bit of an island flare (passion fruit, ginger, four berries, etc) this is your place. Not as extensive of a non dairy option (only two when we were there), but lots of variety.

Prices were beyond reasonable ($3 a scoop, $2 Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays) and the owner and staff are so friendly you want to sit and chat. Hopefully this will be a fixture in Wheaton for a while.
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Summertime, and the living is easy....
 
"For a show-stopping spring or summer dessert, serve this colorful, refreshing 'cake.' This recipe takes a little time to prepare, but it's a beautiful and delicious creation." Sherbet Cream Cake Recipe is shared by Paula Wipf of Arlington, Virginia.

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I'm not the kind of girl who likes to be alone...

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Arguably one of his best and most underrated songs

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An order of General Tso's, a quick rendition of Journey's Don't Stop Believing, and a smidge of history to cap it off.

What other unassuming places around town now were once important sites in American history?
 
Lincoln’s assassination was planned at this DC karaoke spot
The conspiracy to assassinate the president was planned in a building that stands in D.C.’s modern-day Chinatown.
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Not even Wonkblog can ruin brunch. DC didn't invent brunch but we've made it a full fledged sport and a quintessential regional meal/pastime/event. If you visit DC, you've got to do brunch.

Question: Does bottomless mimosa/bloody mary exist outside of DC with the pervasiveness it does here? When I travel I almost never see it as a standard option or if it is offered, it has serious restrictions (a bar in Puerto Rico would only serve you unlimited mimosas starting when you received your food and ended when your finished).

Where are you brunching this weekend, DC?
The story of brunch is the story of changing patterns in how Americans eat, live, and interact.
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I guess people searching for Walter Scott as the number two search is progress... I think....
 
Searches for "hole in one" increased 1000% after Nicklaus's ace at the Masters Par 3 contest. See more of this week's top searches: http://g.co/go/6kmf6
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Things I will say about the Apple Watch

I really like my Moto 360.

If you get a Apple Watch, you will probably like it too

It is not a must have accessory.

If you go to the gym a decent amount (at least three times a week), you will love having it. Just for fast forwarding through songs.

The Verge is blowing smoke up your ass. Some people like that, I'm told.
 
"The Apple Watch ... is kind of slow."

"Sometimes apps take forever to load, and sometimes third-party apps never really load at all. Sometimes it’s just unresponsive for a few seconds while it thinks and then it comes back."

"It’s also surprisingly heavy."

"[The] side button is extraordinarily confusing."

"In the first of many moments where the Watch felt underpowered, I found that the screen lit up a couple of ticks too slowly: I’d raise my wrist, wait a beat, and then the screen would turn on."

"Having a screen that constantly flips on and off is definitely behind the curve."

"There’s no particularly great digital face, and there’s no ability to load up your own watch faces or buy new ones from the store."

"There’s no master switch to turn all notifications on and off, which is a huge pain."

"By the end of each day, I was hyper-aware of how low the Apple Watch battery had gotten."

"You only get a charging cable, which is lame. For $700, you should a nice charging stand, like you get with the $249 Moto 360."

"There’s virtually nothing I can’t do faster or better with access to a laptop or a phone except perhaps check the time."

"There’s no question that the Apple Watch is the most capable smartwatch available today."

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Google making fun of its naming conventions, right?

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I never thought "dive bar" and "gay" would go together, but PWs is one of the best bars in the area and much needed complement to the DC area gay nightlife scene. Located in an unassuming commercial strip along Route 1 in Laurel, Md, this slightly out of the way bar bridges DC and Baltimore perfectly. A very unpretentious crowd is always having an excellent time in the smallish two room bar. There's always something going on in the second room, whether it's karaoke (a MUST), drag show, or just people hanging out playing pool. Drink prices are beyond cheap, and bar food is standard but prepared quick and served hot (get the tots to share and make some new friends). Other patrons are always willing to talk and make new friends, not just cruising or dismissive if you're not a certain 'type.' Even though it's a bit of a hike from my house, and you most definitely need a DD if you plan on going out (unless you stay at the motel across the street), PW's remains one of the places I turn to first if I want to go out, relax and have a great time.
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Stopped by after seeing the "Grand Opening" sign from my car window now for a few weeks. Very bare bones except for an ice cream shelf that would put Baskin Robbins and its 32 flavors to shame. I'm not sure how they are related to the now closed but long-time #DTSS fixture Tropical Ice Cream Cafe, but the flavors are pretty much identical. If you like your frozen treats with a bit of an island flare (passion fruit, ginger, four berries, etc) this is your place. Not as extensive of a non dairy option (only two when we were there), but lots of variety. Prices were beyond reasonable ($3 a scoop, $2 Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays) and the owner and staff are so friendly you want to sit and chat. Hopefully this will be a fixture in Wheaton for a while.
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Surprisingly good interpretation of US Southern fare, with a Montreal twist. The fried chicken and waffles was superb, along with all the seafood options. Whiskey selection was thin and overpriced for my tastes, but I freely admit to being unrelenting in that field. Wasn't busy on a Saturday, but space was small and could be hard for largish parties ( don't go with more than 4 without calling first).
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Great food, the classic lox/bagel breakfast with schmear and all the fixings. A bit deeper menu, with latkes, other smoked fish, and Jewish deli classics. Don't miss out on the sours, an overflowing plate of pickled veggies. Prices are a bit on the high side but totally worth it for food and service from this legendary New York icon.
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Claustrophobic package store, with an above average to spectacular selection of beers. The walls are plastered with beers and specials, and it can seem a bit daunting inside because there's not much room to move. But staff is more than helpful in pointing you to a beer you want, if not terribly friendly in helping you make up your mind if you don't know what you want. Vast keg selection, and you only need about a week's out ordering time for specialty barrels. Common ones you can get day of most times. A Wheaton institution, definitely stop by if you need a cold beer.
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Every candy you can imagine is jammed to the gills in this LES store. From the name brand pieces you can find at your local convenience store, to British Cadbury chocolates, to the most varied selection of nondescript bulk candy that gives the store its name, this is definitely worth a stop if you're in the area. Although it feels cramped, unsurprisingly customers and staff are in a good mood (who wouldn't be around all this candy?). Grab a bag and start filling up.
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Probably the best way to get discount tickets for Broadway and Off Broadway shows. The selling starts at 3 pm for most evening shows (10 am for matinees). It's best to download the app and see what they have. Oh and get there before 3 pm because the line is intense. Have a few shows in mind, and be open to seeing something new. They brochure pushers are honest and helpful and will tell you about any show, but it's best to just read reviews or take a chance. TIPS: If you're seeing a play, skip the long line and queue up on the other (left if facing the red stairs) side in the play only line. And if you bought a ticket in the past seven days, keep it and you can skip the line altogether.
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