I did not expect a 5.9 magnitude earthquake on my first official day living in D.C. Around 1:50 p.m., as I was unpacking boxes in my apartment, the building shook violently. Disoriented and quite frightened, I ran downstairs and outside to the street, where I was met by a flurry of people from my building. It was definitely an interesting way to meet my new neighbors.
Thankfully, the earthquake did not cause widespread damage across the city, which probably explains a peculiar article from The Washington Post highlighting earthquake-inspired happy hours and drink specials that evening.
One of my favorite specials was at Bayou – free Earthquake Survivor shots all night with the password, “Gimme me the Shakes, Slacks.” In addition, $5.90 cocktails, shots and beers were a popular offering (clever, right?).
With so many buildings in D.C. being evacuated for the rest of the afternoon, what better destination after a short work day than happy hour? I like the way this city thinks – I know I’m going to like it here already.