Welcome back for those of you who left the neighborhood for Thanksgiving, and hello to the few who didn't -- I saw on the news that 1 million people left the metro area this holiday, pretty wild. This year was the first time I stayed in the city for turkey time, and it was a pretty odd experience. I'm interested in hearing other people's experiences in DC, but here's mine.
For one, the city is pretty much deserted. On Thursday evening a friend and I were walking to a friend's on 16th and both 14th Street and U Street were empty. We could cross with no light and there wasn't a car within blocks.
Most stores were closed -- as shoppers going to Target on Thanksgiving found out, when a security guard had to tell them all it was closed. I figured they'd be open too. Later I was looking for a bottle of wine or some beer to bring to a friend's on Thursday and the only liquor store open I saw was the one at 14th and Florida. Was going to stop by D'Vines but they closed early.
Most local bars were closed, though Meridian Pint was open serving beer only, and Duffy's Irish Pub at 9th and Florida was too. The Black Cat was open too and there was a small crowd.
If you stayed in DC, what did you do?