We're visiting suburban Virginia this weekend for a friend's wedding in DC. A few inconsequential thoughts:
1. Every time we come back here, we are reminded of what it's like to go to sleep to the din of crickets,
2. The housing market is in serious trouble here. This is one of the richest parts of the country, and yet there are a startling number of foreclosures. I never really understood how the housing market affects everything else, but our friends' grocery store is losing a lot of money too, which makes sense: when you're trying to hold on to your house, you buy groceries at the cheapo places,
3. I've never seen "wretched excess" like they have here- behemoth houses on tiny lots with four or five SUVs parked in front. One of which has a vanity licence plate reading "SHOPPR".
4. I hate going to malls, and yet, I am perfectly happy spending time with Claire in a mall. It's hard to believe.