You can’t get away from politics in D.C. ,not even at backyard parties and weddings.
One of the things that became clear after I moved here is that most people I would meet work for the federal government or are engaged in advocacy of some kind. So talk inevitably veers toward the latest news.
That’s great over lunch at work, where we talk about what we read in The Washington Post or heard on NPR. rather than get into what’s happening on the latest reality TV show.
And it’s fascinating at parties, where you can always find someone doing some interesting work.
My boyfriend likes to tell about someone he knew from D.C. who went back to the Midwest to visit family and got caught up short when she began getting into some latest inside-the-Beltway discussion. They didn’t know what she was talking about, and didn’t care.
I’ve only more recently gotten to parties beyond my work circle, and I’ve found it to be true that talk does go toward politics and the workings of government.
There was a games night at a friend’s house where we learned about a guy’s recent trip to Haiti to assess U.S. post-earthquake assistance. At a Christmas party heavy on guests working at the US bishops’ national headquarters, the talk was of the latest crusades of the hierarchy. At a more recent backyard party I learned about some projects of the U.S. Agency for International Development (AID). And at a wedding a lawyer was talking about his work suing corporations for a variety of wrongs and a French guest was giving his take on the European financial crisis. (He blamed Germany if you’re wondering.)
And I’ve never met so many former Peace Corps workers as I have in the past year.
So if you’re tired of lunchtime or party chatter about TV shows, sports and even the weather, come on down to D.C.