So I was settling down to judge some martinis at Beacon Bar and Grill this past week with some local notables who were my fellow judges, including D.C. Councilmember David Catania. While waiting for the contest to begin my chat with him naturally turned to the current efforts to bring marriage equality to D.C. I didn't walk away with any insider information on when Catania is going to introduce his marriage bill but I get the distinct impression that we all need to start fastening our seatbelts right about now.
What was funny to me, though, was his reaction when I mentioned that these days I'm actually a Virginia resident -- namely, the usual shock and horror.
Even though I've written about my experience as a newly minted Virginian, after 15-plus years living in the District, I still fairly regularly find myself defending the move. And it's not particularly surprising, given that in my younger days I engaged in a fair amount of suburb bashing myself -- I've written whole columns comparing dates in the suburbs to canoeing in Deliverance, and worse.
Point being, be careful who you criticize today, because you may be living their life tomorrow.