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Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 04/17/2009

Got Plans? Redux: Presidents and Single Ladies

By Fritz Hahn

Yesterday's chat may have been the dorkiest in the history of Got Plans. We were giving away tickets for "The Civil War" at Ford's Theatre, and we asked readers to send us their favorite piece of presidential trivia. Along the way, we learned that Warren Harding lost the White House china in a poker game, Herbert Hoover and his wife spoke Mandarin in public to thwart eavesdroppers, Martin Van Buren was the first president born in the United States and Ronald Reagan was the only chief executive photographed in a Nazi uniform. (Calm down, it was for a film.)

On the going out tip, we also discussed kid-friendly restaurants that will also please adults, the lineup for Sunday's Green Apple Festival on the Mall, where to get bizarre foods (like raw beef chunks) and why you should go to the opening of the Tiki Bar in Solomon's Island. (Read the full transcript here.)

Toward the end of the chat, we received this plea from a reader in Cleveland Park: "If you were a girl in her mid-20s, fresh out of a four-year relationship, how would you spend your first weekend single? Where's a good spot to ease myself back into the dating scene again?"

We asked you for advice, and you didn't let us down. We've posted a sampling of reader responses after the jump, and if you have more ideas, please add them in the comments.

-- Fritz

Response A: What we do is we take our newly single girl friend to Adams Morgan area. I suggest getting a couple of your girl friends to do some barhopping, dancing, hanging out. Just hang out and have fun, at least the first weekend.

Response B: By no means would I encourage that girl to go here every weekend (or really any weekend after this one).

However, Clarendon Ballroom is a total meat market. If she can get past the fact that it smells like Acqua Di Gio in there, there are relatively cute guys who like to hit on girls. At the very least it should give her a boost of self-esteem, even if she walks out of there wanting to take a shower.

Oh and Fado in Chinatown always has a good dude-to-female ratio when there is a game at the Verizon Center that night. Buffalo Billiards when games are on.

In addition, once she immerses herself in these venues and realizes that men in D.C. kind of suck, I would recommend her spending quality time with girlfriends. It's much more rewarding!

Response C: When I broke up with my college BF of 5.5 years I think I took a weekend away to visit friends. I needed to get out of town. When I was out of a 2-year relationship I think I got my girlfriends together for a night out. I do remember watching the whole series of Sex and the CIty from start to finish after each breakup. Definitely helps you feel up for dating again, if not sexy as a single woman. That show was just a great boost when you feel so out of your element. Alcohol, time and humor all help.

Response D: Five years ago, I broke up with my boyfriend of six years who had moved out to D.C. to be with me. The feeling of freedom after his departure was fabulous, but also frightening.

This is how I'd spend my first weekend single:
Take a good, long run outside, perhaps through the Tidal Basin and the monuments
Book a manicure/pedicure/massage at Celadon or Nusta Spa
Meet friends for a late lunch with some gal friends at Café Du Parc
Go shopping up 14th Street and around U Street.
Looking/feeling good, feeling free? Great.
At 5ish, mix in a few guy friends with your female friends so the guys can play wing men.
Then start the night at Cork and proceed north up 14th through Pilar, Saint Ex, Gibson
Stay in each place long enough to meet a person but short enough to stay mysterious

Sunday - late brunch at Baked and Wired, then wind up sipping beers and people-watching at the Georgetown waterfront.

By Fritz Hahn  | April 17, 2009; 11:49 AM ET
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If your a typical woman from D.C. then no man will be good enough for you (at least in your mind).

Posted by: devilsadvoc8 | April 21, 2009 10:42 AM | Report abuse

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