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Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 12/31/2010

New Year’s resolution: Experience more of D.C.

By Rob Pitingolo

I’m not typically one to make New Year’s resolutions, but this year I feel like I owe it to myself, and my city to do so. I moved to the D.C. area in June, and in the six months that followed I made my best attempt to visit every neighborhood, museum, well-known restaurant, dive bar and special event that I could. Yet it feels like I’m barely at the tip of the iceberg.

In one sense, it all seems overwhelming. There are potentially hundreds or thousands of places to see and things to do around D.C., and with only so many days in a year, and only so much money in my bank account, thinking about it feels daunting. While I can’t expect to cross everything off my list, there’s also no reason I can’t try.

To me, deal sites like LivingSocial and Groupon are incredible innovations. They’ve made cities more affordable and accessible, and isn’t that the point? The deals that arrive in my in-box each morning make it possible to do things that would otherwise be slightly out-of-reach, and they give me a good reason to get out and do them. After all, nobody wants to be sitting on a stack of expired deal vouchers.

The appeal of cities to me is the fact that there’s no good excuse to ever be bored. That’s why I was excited to come to D.C., and why it would be a dishonor not to take full advantage of a great city.

Rob Pitingolo blogs at Extraordinary Observations. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

By Rob Pitingolo  | December 31, 2010; 12:15 PM ET
Categories:  D.C., Local blog network  
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