One Night

I spend most of my work days sitting at a desk.

I spend most of my work days staring at Microsoft Word.

I spend most of my work days resisting the urge to eat all the free cookies in the break room.

But not this Thursday night.

Oh no, not this Thursday night.

This Thursday night. I will rap. I will dance. I will wear a crazy costume.

For work.

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This Thursday night, June 26, 2014, is the 11th annual “Banding Together” battle of the law firm bands throwdown in DC. Other than free burrito day at Chipotle during Teacher Appreciation Week, it is probably my favorite night of the year.

Here’s why:

1. This event raises more than $275,000 for Gifts for the Homeless, an amazing charity that provides clothes for the DC homeless community. This proves that lawyers are capable of doing good stuff.

2. I get to perform on the same stage where the Foo Fighters, Arcade Fire, the Killers, Kings of Leon, Radiohead, and the Roots have all jammed. I apologize for hurting those bands’ street cred.

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3. I get to perform with some amazing, talented, and funny people:

Sutherland Comfort. We’re often mistaken for the Wu-Tang Clan.

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4. 1,000+ people go to this thing. Although a lawyer battle of the bands might sound kind of lame, it’s not. It’s pretty [[ insert whatever is the most current word for hype/cool/ill/dope/ ]].

5. I’ve made the Washington Post twice for this event. Unfortunately, both times I was shown wearing the (fake) red Kangol hat pictured above.

6. A bunch of my awesome friends go. You should too. Please?

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7. I’ve been practicing the Running Man. For work.

8. Sarah Jessica Parker would be jealous of my on-stage wardrobe changes.

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9. Our firm really supports this thing. We raised $45,000 for our band last year. People at our office buy Sutherland Comfort t-shirts. They also scream really loudly to help cover up my slightly-worse-than-average rapping.

10. I’ll be singing one of the most important songs in the history of the world.

In short, I’m a little bit excited about Thursday night (but also fearful that I pass out or fall off the stage and end up on Tosh.0). If you are in DC that night and want to help support the homeless community, come on out and watch some lawyers get turnt (or turned?) up! The event starts at 7:00pm and is going down at the Black Cat. Sutherland Comfort will start rocking the stage around 9:15pm. Tickets are $10. If you can’t attend, but would still like to contribute to this awesome cause, you can do so here. Finally, if you feel compelled to babysit two adorable twins that night so Amanda can attend, that would be the illest.

I love DC. A lot.

I was going to write a silly Gaga-esque post today, but it didn’t feel right in the wake of yesterday’s horrific shootings in D.C.  I also tried to write about the tragedy, but I didn’t have the words to say.  Thus, I’ll let some pictures do the talking.  Although D.C. is often the brunt of jokes and political rants, I love this city.  Here’s why:

The loves of my life met in D.C.

I love DC. A lot.

The other love of my life is in DC.

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Oh, and the other one too.

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(Hill Country BBQ. If you haven’t been yet, go. NOW.)

NYC has a million pizza joints.  DC has froyo everywhere.  We win. 

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(Our rent is cheaper too.  And there are fewer Yankees fans here.)

Lauriol Plaza.    

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If it wasn’t for the two-hour wait, I’d probably go to Lauriol Plaza every night (except for Monday nights because that’s all-you-can-eat night at Hill Country).

It is becoming clear that I eat too much.

The Washington Monument

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Mayor Gray and I are tight.

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(For the record, I have no connection to any of the corruption allegations brought against him. We just like to chill on the weekend and watch some WNBA.)

Seersucker is kinda embraced here.  Yay.

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Red pants too.

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WE’RE THE N.L. EAST CHAMPIONS!!!

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(for one more week)

Our July 4ths are pretty epic.

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(even with a caged Washington Monument)

Our Christmas tree is too.

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D.C. has some sweet bike trails.

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…and a sweet boy band.

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We’ve got the N.L. Rookie of the Year. 

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…and a really athletic caveman.

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Capital City Church is in D.C.  And in another month, VIRGINIA too.

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Dat Ben’s chili.

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We’ve got a sick backdrop for pickup games of touch football.
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The baddest building in the world is in D.C.

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We’ve got bike lanes so cars won’t run us over.

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The cab drivers don’t care.  The texting pedestrians are worse.

We have a lot of pretty buildings.

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(See, not all your tax dollars are wasted.)

We have Natitude.

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(But maybe a little less than last season.)

We’re an international city.

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But we all love America (and Turkey).

Most importantly, D.C. is full of amazing people. 

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My thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by yesterday’s tragedy.  I hope you find some peace in this time of tumult and that you can cling to moments of joy.  A hateful lunatic can create incredible havoc and pain, but he cannot break us.

Even Divas Love Church

Despite my love for shoes and my passion for fashion, I’m actually not the biggest diva in our house.

Meet Napoleon.

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He’s a seven-pound beast.  However, like Cubs fans in October, he is never satisfied.  No amount of treats is ever sufficient and laying on the floor without pillows is inconceivable.  He’s a diva.  In fact, he hates everything that doesn’t involve him eating, sleeping, or humping.

Almost.

This little diva dude loves church.  Specifically, Capital City Church in Washington, D.C.

There’s hope for everyone.  Even rappers.

“Isn’t It Ironic?”

As four different Alanis Morissettes famously sang, life is fully of irony.  Life’s greatest irony:  we’re often too busy with life to truly enjoy life.

I’ve repeatedly found this to be the case throughout my 23 years.  When I was in middle school, I wanted to be in high school.  In high school, I wanted to be in college.  In college, I wanted to be in law school.  In law school, I wanted to be any other place in the world that wasn’t a law school.  And so on.

Yet, each time I advanced to the next stage of life, I looked back at my past and wished I had appreciated and maximized my time and opportunities so much more.  Instead of always stressing about the future, I should have cherished the present.

Case in point:  the 2013 Washington Nationals.

They are terrible.

The 2012 Nationals were studs.  They finished the season with the best record in baseball.  They made the playoffs for the first time ever.  They routinely won thrilling and exciting baseball games.  It was a magical time.  But it was a magical time often spent thinking about the road ahead, how many games we’d win next season, our future World Series titles, and our budding dynasty.

Nope.  Nope.  Nope.  Nope.  Nope.

Although less than a year has passed, I long for those exciting nights at Nationals Park.  I desperately wish I had cherished those moments so much more.  I took them for granted because, you know, we were going to be winning division titles for the next five years.

Nope.

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(A candid moment after winning the NL East last season. This is not happening this year.  Well, the shorts still happen.)

In short, enjoy today and stop stressing about tomorrow.

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The wisest man on the planet, Andy Bernard, recently dropped some serious truth in the finale of “The Office” about this very issue.  Seriously, watch this.  And then go enjoy life.