Accidental racist moment

I stopped by a Thai restaurant tonight for dinner. It wasn’t one of those hip Asian fusion restaurants for white people; it was a no-frills, run-of-the-mill Thai restaurant with all Asian servers. I had been there once before, so I thought I knew what to expect.

As I was walking in, this old white lady in front of me held the door open, letting me go through first. I thanked her, walked in, and stopped to wait in front of the hostess station, which was vacant. Then something incredible happened: the old white lady followed me inside, perched herself behind the hostess station, and said, “Can I help you?”

At that moment my brain legitimately shut down. I couldn’t process what was happening. A white woman who looked like she could be somebody’s grandma, working at an Asian restaurant. I just gaped at her. She blinked at me, concerned. “Yes — what can I do for you?” she asked again, more slowly.

I quickly recovered — but I simmered in embarrassment for the next five minutes.

 

How to get a job in DC (without knowing anyone)

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I am sometimes asked how I got my DC job. Or DC jobs, rather. At the time of writing these words, I have been living in DC for 4.5 years, and am currently on my third job in this town. In this post, I try to distill what five years of cover letters, networking attempts and disastrous interviews have taught me about trying to land a job in DC — particularly if you’re standing on the outside and looking in, with no one to vouch for you from the inside. Continue reading

If you live in DC, you should probably visit the Hillwood at some point

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The Hillwhat, now?

The Hillwood. It’s one of Washington DC’s least-known museums. Probably because it’s hard to get to: tucked away in the upper northwest Van Ness/Chevy Chase neighborhood (word associations: Mike Pence, Pizzagate), it is a metro transfer, a bus transfer and then a 15-minute walk from where I live. (Although on my way home I decided to call a Lyft because fuck it, I wasn’t getting heat cramps again.) Continue reading