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Posted at 9:46 AM ET, 08/28/2009

Got Plans? Redux: Unfinished Business

By Julia Beizer

During yesterday's chat, we talked about karaoke bars, where to meet 30-something singles, mechanical bulls, luxe getaways, Shakespeare Free for All and FreeFest. Read the full transcript here.

We also got a few late questions and reader suggestions that I wanted to throw up here.

1) Washington, D.C.: Do you know anything about the Columbia Heights restaurant, Social, at 14th and Meridian? They are way past their June opening. The downstairs bar and one floor of the restaurant look done. I walk by it twice a day so am very curious about it.

We do! I got the chance to peek around the new spot a few weeks ago. It's got a loungey vibe -- even in the upstairs dining room -- and the menu will consist of lots of shareable plates. (The coolest part? The photos of family and friends that the owners were decking around the walls.) The restaurant officially opens Saturday night. May be worth checking out after Columbia Heights Day -- if you can get in to the small space.

2) Fairfax, Va.: He's showing them Maryland Show your parents Virginia! Take the parents out toward Leesburg or Purcellville for a wine-tasting tour and check out a few of the beautiful plantations out there. Bonus if you rent a small limo for a few hours (not that expensive) to take you from winery to winery. Extra bonus if you take them to Magnolias at the Mill for lunch or dinner.

An excellent suggestion for the girl who was looking for weekend plans for her visiting parents. Want more intel about Virginia wineries? Check out this story by our girl Lavanya Ramanathan in the Weekend section.

And finally 3). We'll let this dude have the last word on D.C. dating.

Venn diagrams of D.C. social scene: You could put the guy complaining about having a hard time striking up conversations in one bubble and the woman looking to meet "good guys" in another, but it wouldn't quite answer the question. As pointed out by the GOG (can we just shorten that to the G?) social skills do seem to be lacking. But, I also get the impression that people that are "trying" might also be putting up some barriers of their own, as in, "(S)he's gotta be xyz." Every single couple that I know that has had a happy marriage/partnership is a couple that initially didn't find each other attractive, or attractive enough (although a lot deny that sentiment now). So here's my plea for chaos, dogs and cats living together tall women and short guys, Republicans and Democrats...have fun, and keep your mind open.

Be sure to join us next week!

-- Julia

By Julia Beizer  | August 28, 2009; 9:46 AM ET
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