@Christy btw my apartment is like super affordable for the general dc area, for context.
@BillfoldMonkey I live in Chevy Chase! (In an apartment that is $1630/month for 1000sqft. and a cat.) It is lovely, though my neighbors don't always shovel. (I am literally at the chiropractor now treating my back after a fall on ice on Friday.) My apartment complex is full of actually middle-class people and is quite diverse. Chevy Chase seems really down to earth compared to the surrounding area. I wish I were kidding.
I know I have, but I can't think of any examples at the moment. I do it for my girlfriend all the time, mostly in the form of books. But for others? I surprise-visited my bff in Florida last month--his fiancée knew about it but he was totally shocked. I did it as a surprise one-way gift--it was just to show him I cared about him, and I certainly don't expect any reciprocity.
I am a nearly-lifelong Marylander and I would not move to the Virginia suburbs, so I totally understand your feelings.
My girlfriend and I are going to do this! We're going to move from the DC area to Kansas City, because why not? It's just a matter of my girlfriend finding a job there so I can follow with my job. (I can work almost anywhere in the US.)
This made me tally up my roommates. From August 2006 until May 2013, I had 22 different roommates. 14 of these were all roommates in the six-person house I lived in for three years in college. I loved that house. I got to live with some of my dearest friends in that house. My college recently bought it and uses it for offices, which is somewhat devastating.
@Christy have you ever been to Wunderbar in Covington? Maybe my favorite bar anywhere.
Suburbs, man. I grew up in a upper-middle-class suburb that was about 10 miles north of Baltimore, and I live in a upper-class suburb "that's totally its own town" that touches the DC line. They're very different places. I like my current suburb but the old one stifles. Perhaps that's because it's where I grew up? And I'd strongly prefer to live in Baltimore than in DC. All told, I think the ideal for me is a small city that's adjacent to a larger city. I really enjoyed my business trip to Covington, KY, across the river from Cincinnati. You get the smaller feel without a far drive to everything you need.
@SnarlFurillo If I could get the all-woman communal living without the Jesus and with sex, I'd totally do it.
I don't but mostly because I'd want to spring for the gold embossing that my (ex?) boss has because it's so pretty. And I just haven't bothered. Like I haven't ordered checked for my new address even though I moved in July. Plus I'm in a bit of flux within my employer (good flux). Get them, Mike Dang!