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Family, and discovering Richmond

I'd been around Richmond, VA a little when I was at Ft. Lee and would spend weekends at my parents. Now that we've had a week of touring around, I'm finding Richmond much to my liking though Steve cringes at the thought of living anyplace with a winter. My tastes and preferred lifestyle are inherited from my parents, who are foodies and culture vultures. Richmond is loaded with history, has good restaurants of a wide range of cultures (there is one excellent and very authentic Mexican place in particular that my dad and I discovered in 2005) and a thriving art and entertainment scene. There's the Ginter Botanical Gardens, which I've been to only once but enjoyed a great deal and a good number of theatres as one might expect in a college town.

Also, there's work and you can rent an historical 3-bedroom townhouse for $1,500. I could get into this but Steve is nixing the idea.

We did get to see my grandmother. Abuela was supposed to come down last weekend but it snowed and she was nervous. We drove up to Woodbridge on Tuesday to visit her. Woodbridge appears to be one great big mall at this point, and I recognized very little of the boring little suburb I grew up in.

We were supposed to leave tomorrow, but our flight got cancelled so we're here another day and will fly on Thursday through Houston instead of Newark as originally planned.


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Jan. 12th, 2011 04:37 am (UTC)
Canceled because of the snow or the ice the south had? Allegedly we're supposed to get dumped on, but it hasn't started yet.
Jan. 12th, 2011 04:39 pm (UTC)
I have no idea. Cancelled for weather that hadn't happened yet, at any rate. I know there's a lot over Philadelphia, 2 hours away.
Jan. 12th, 2011 04:43 pm (UTC)
I know we're getting absolutely dumped on again. I don't think it's as bad as the last storm, however.
Jan. 12th, 2011 12:23 pm (UTC)
John grew up in Woodbridge and he'd like to nuke it from orbit. I spent four and a half miserable, suicidal years in Fairfax, and I'm of the same opinion. I hate Virginia.

However, it is really nice to see someone who likes it. Makes me think there might be a redeeming quality there somewhere.
Jan. 12th, 2011 04:43 pm (UTC)
John does overreact to things he doesn't like, doesn't he? Woodbridge in the 80s and early 90s was pretty awful, and it's why I split to Canada. Fairfax County (Woodbridge is in Prince William) was where I got my BA, at George Mason University. I lived in Alexandria later.

Northern Virginia is pretty devoid of the things my parents and I require in a place to live. It's also expensive as hell which is why my parents chose to decamp to Richmond, 100 miles away. It's a small CITY as opposed to a soulless suburb which is what Woodbridge and Fairfax both are.
Jan. 13th, 2011 03:25 am (UTC)
Actually, the nuked from orbit is my supposition. I have hated Virginia as a whole, so hearing that someone loves a part of it makes me happy. :-)

And it wasn't that he "doesn't like" Woodbridge. From what I can tell, his years there were about as miserable as mine were, they just lasted longer. He loathes the city, with the passion born of ugly childhood memories and the callous disregard children have for each other and the odd ducks.

Edited at 2011-01-13 03:27 am (UTC)
Jan. 13th, 2011 09:39 pm (UTC)
I retract the "overreaction" bit. I based this on a time comment from him about how he said that he hated Catholicism. Considering he wasn't raised Catholic and AFAIK has had mostly academic contact with this, I thought it was an overreaction.

Yeah, Richmond is NOTHING like Northern Virginia. I get the feeling that NoVa is like Northern California--the rest of the state abjures it as batshit insane and the top northern counties are just Baja Oregon/West Nevada.

I'm very sure that once you go south of Richmond to Blacksburg and points southwest it's different yet again.
Jan. 13th, 2011 03:09 pm (UTC)
I am with Steve about winter. It is my great ambition to move to California, since there is sunshine and palm trees in February. I have personally witnessed this myself!

I am in agreement with everyone else about Northern Virginia. I worked a conference in Reston once and it was L-A-M-E! (Reston, that is, not the conference.) The best entertainment there was a DJ who played Def Leppard and other recycled early 90's hair metal.
Jan. 13th, 2011 09:39 pm (UTC)
The only reason Reston exists is for Dulles Airport.
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