Your Power's Still Out... Now What?

by ARIELLE KRIEGER · July 27, 2010

    Sunday's storm has left some areas of D.C. still without power. Don't panic and don't open your fridge. We've got to get creative here and revert back to the bygone days of life without computers and TV. Frightening, we know, but here's your chance to do all of the things in D.C. you keep pushing off to do with all of those friends who keep promising they'll visit...

    Remember the days when your one household computer was connected to a dial-up service and you had to wait for someone to get off the effin' land-line phone before you could hear those magical words of 'you've got mail!'? What did you do during that time? You definitely didn't BBM your friends saying how annoyed you were, you didn't sit patiently and download apps to your iphone, and you sure as hell didn't pick up your laptop and relocate to one of the three Starbucks on the corner/across the street/on the next block. WE DID THINGS!

    Yes, actual activities! Here are GofGDC's picks of what to do if your power outage has got you down...

    Get your cultural fix in:

    Catch a free performance at The Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage every evening at 6pm. Tonight's performance features Washington's International Piano Festival. After the show, head up to the terrace for unbelievable views of the city and just hope that your camera was charged before the power went out.

    You've hustled through Union Station to catch your train, throwing elbows at people along the way. Now that you're in no rush to get anywhere, take in the history of the building. Do you know what Swampoodle is? Nope, not a designer dog's what the area around Union Station used to be called!

    Take a tour of the city you call home:

    Sure you've lived here, but have you really ever seen D.C.? Tourists come in and out of The District every day, so grab your fanny pack, buy an I <3 DC t-shirt, and be a tourist for once. See D.C. from land and water on a duck tour, catch a trolley, or ride one of the hop-on hop-off double decker buses and sight see in your own city for once!

    Get active:

    Cooler weather is one thing we're thankful the storm brought to us. And by cooler we mean not 110 degrees. It's actually bearable to be outside for longer than it takes to get from one air conditioned place to the next, so let's take advantage of it while it lasts!

    Lather on your SPF and head on over to the Tidal Basin to rent a paddle boat for an hour.

    Stroll along the paths at Dumbarton and Montrose Parks. On a 'power's out, let's go out' date? Make sure to stroll along Lovers' Lane - a beautiful 18th-century cobblestone path.

    "Power" Hour:

    If you're like us, boredom often leads to drinking. Get in on these Tuesday-only specials at your local bars and show the blackout (pun intended) who's boss!

    Adams Morgan: $2 all domestic beers and open mic night at Brass Monkey

    Capitol Hill: 1/2 price appetizers (at the bar) and $2.75 pints at Capitol City Brewing Company

    Dupont: $2.50 Rolling Rock, Bud Light, Lite Ass Brew & Bad Ass Amber, $3 rail drinks, $1 off all other drinks and draughts AND Tuesday's special of 10 cent wings at The Big Hunt

    Downtown: $2 BASS Bottles, $3 Jagermeister, $2.50 Bud/Bud Light Bottles, AND (our personal favorite...) Karaoke 9-close at Fast Eddies!

    Foggy Bottom: Half-price happy hour from 4-7, $1.95 Bud, Rolling Rock, Miller Light and wine; $2.50 rails, margaritas and $3 selected appetizers at McFaddens

    Gallery Place: $2.50 Select pints and appetizers at District Chophouse

    Georgetown: $2.00 Domestic bottles, $2.50 rails and margaritas, and $3 select appetizers ALL night at Chadwicks.