Anne's 2005 DIY Notables
Looking back, I think 2005 was the year that the D.C. scene caught up with all the home shows on HGTV and the do-it-yourself ethic really took hold. Consider these achievements and opportunities for self-actualization:
1. In January, Mandarin Oriental set up a faux Oval Office tableaux, with the invitation to bring your own camera and snap some pictures of your friends behind the desk. So easy, it might have tempted inaugural visitors into skipping the White House tour altogether.
2. D.C. public workers did it themselves and declared Georgetown to be manhole-explosion-free, closing the books on a bizarre era in the neighborhood. Well, at least the Ralph Lauren-shopping deer went on his Halloween spree.
3. Theater Alliance offers up to 20 free tickets to its performances for anyone living in a five-block radius of the H Street Playhouse, where it is the resident company. With this year's new Atlas Theatre, artists at work and development plans afoot for the neighborhood, how long until it sees the transformation completed around the Studio Theatre?
4. Creative, artsy hipsters made the second Crafty Bastards fair bigger and moved it to a new location in Adams Morgan to contain the abundance of knit and silkscreened wares and crocheted iPod cozies. Sunny skies instead of last year's thunderstorm brought out the shoppers.
5. The Army 10 Miler became the Army 11.5 Mile Fun Run, when officials rerouted the course mid-race because of a suspicious package. And runners found they needed to be more than all they could be when they had to unexpectedly run the extra distance without water, mile markers or any official time.
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