It was about half past 7 on Thanksgiving Eve, 1975, when Gerald Gainous Jr. decided to go for it. Dressed in jeans, a windbreaker and holding a black briefcase, the 24-year-old scaled the White House fence. Entering from the south side, he crawled between bushes on his stomach, evading detection. As Gainous told the Washington Post in 1977, he wasn’t scared, nor did he think anything bad was going to happen to him, “I enjoyed doing it, it was exciting ... I didn’t feel was going to be shot. I knew I wasn’t going to be harmed.” Fifty yards in, he set off a sensor, triggering several lights on the South Lawn. Security guards came rushing out, but Gainous hid in a boxwood. After 10 to 15 minutes of searching, they left. For the next hour or more, Gainous wandered around the White House grounds alone.
Like most brands, Washington's NFL team uses its social-media accounts to offer greetings to its fans and followers on every major and minor holiday. But perhaps the team—whose name is commonly defined as a racial slur against Native Americans—would have learned from last year that it should probably skip Thanksgiving.
Honest and Abe have arrived in Washington. The lucky finalists for this year's presidential pardon landed in Dulles Monday night. They're also known as Tom One and "backup turkey" Tom Two.
Women's Gifts Under $50
1. Fuchsia Dip-Dye Notecards
Why: An e-mailed thank-you might be simple, but it isn’t proper. Or pretty.
Where: $18 at Fig.2.
Why: This Virginia interior designer’s warm, organic homes have graced the pages of Domino and Washingtonian.
Where: $35 at Amazon.
Why: Key chains ought to be playful—and make it easier to spot your keys at the bottom of a dark bag.
Where: $38 at Michael Kors.
Why: Ladies can like a good brew, too, especially if the presentation is nice.
Where: $14 at Red Barn Mercantile in Alexandria.
Why: Because she touches up in the school drop-off line, at the office, and post-drinks.
Where: $32 at Bluemercury.
Why: Because there are only so many flannel nightgowns you can give her.
Where: $30 at Journelle.
The holiday season is finally here, and with it, massive influxes of calories and family members that will send you on an emotional roller-coaster ride for the next month. From trying to escape DC's bumper-to-bumper traffic to your out-of-town visitors provoking the stereotypical Washington conversations you don't want to hear, you're going to feel all the feelings.
So here are some GIFs that will help you express them.
Men's Gifts Under $50
1. Flip-top Growler
Why: Beer tastes better when it's bottled down the street.
Where: $15 for a growler, $12 to $14 per fill at Right Proper Brewing Company in DC.
Last Friday, Tom Sherwood, Kojo Nnamdi, and Mary Cheh joined the ranks of Washingtonians who have marked themselves with tattoos in the shape of the DC flag. The inking stemmed from a long-running gag on WAMU's The Politics Hour—for years, Sherwood said during the station's pledge drives that if someone donated at least $5,000, he would get the tattoo.
Sherwood eventually lowered the threshold to $3,000, and when the large gift came in, Nnamdi and Cheh, who were also in the studio at the time, agreed to get inked up as well. On the surface, the session at Fatty’s Tattoos & Piercings on H Street, Northeast, seemed a bit impressive: an author of Dream City, DC's favorite radio host, and the councilmember representing the city's toniest neighborhoods got buddy tattoos.
If only the three stars and two bars were still a cool thing to embed under one's skin.
In the Washington Post today, Emily Heil suggests the DC flag tattoo has lost its coolness because of the ages of its newest high-profile adopters (Sherwood is 69, Nnamdi is 70, and Cheh is 65). But that's a bit simplistic, and ageist. DC flag tattoos aren't passé because aging Baby Boomers are getting them; they've been uncool for years.
If you’ve reloaded your SmarTrip with a debit or credit card recently, you may have noticed that fare machines automatically add $10 less than they used to.
The rise of on-demand companies like Uber, Postmates, and TaskRabbit—in which individual freelancers scramble for one-off jobs to string together their income—has given rise to talk about the emergence of a so-called "gig economy." The thinking goes that people are increasingly making their livings from freelance work and self-employment ventures, rather than holding down a traditional full-time job. But findings published today by the office of DC's chief financial officer present a possible counterpoint to the idea, indicating that “gig” work may be less pronounced than advertised—especially in DC.
The most compelling find comes from the share of the self-employed population over age 16. The American Community Survey found that the share of DC residents who identify as self-employed is actually declining, from nearly four percent in 2004 to 2.4 percent in 2014. That compares to the national average of 3.5 percent last year, which fell about one percentage point from a decade earlier.