Eat That Box: Jack is Back

It’s been three months since Jack the Elder went under for surgery on his ACL, and he’s already back in the game, tearing up boxes like a young pup.

Jack has been benched since last March, when he injured himself while jumping on a couch. A surgeon confirmed that he had torn the dog version of an ACL, and would have to take it easy while he prepared for surgery on April 23rd.

But Jack wasn’t alone while he was limping around outside the Jes Res and taking tours of campus in his personal golf cart. A few weeks after his injury, the pending arrival of a new mascot-in-training was announced. Jack Junior was a gift to the university from Janice and Marcus Hochstetler, parents of Nathan (COL ’12) and Rachel (COL ’13). Once J.J. is done with his training, he’ll take over as the sixth bulldog to serve as Georgetown’s mascot.

Jack the Elder will resume his mascot duties for the fall sports season, with J.J. serving as his apprentice.

While nobody loves Jack Junior  more than  us (we haven’t even taken him off our logo since J.J. Day), it’s nice to see his big buddy back in action. Besides, who else would teach J.J. how to properly devour a box?

Hot Spots to Cool Off: Captain Cookie and the Milkman

What better way to deal with the 95-degree heat today than to head down to the food trucks and grab some local ice cream and fresh cookies?

Captain Cookie and the Milkman is one of the best food trucks these bloggers have ever come in contact with. On any given day, you can walk up, have your choice of six or seven different ice cream flavors or six or seven different kinds of cookies. The flavors rotate on a daily basis, but no matter what day it is, you’re bound to find a flavor you love.

And here’s the best thing about Captain Cookie: Not only is the ice cream local, creamy, cold and AMAZING; its also cheap. A bowl of ice cream is only $1.50, a far cry from the prices at fro-yo and ice cream shops around the city.

The cookies (freshly baked each day) are only $1.25 each; and though a hot, gooey cookie may not be what the body calls for on a steamy D.C. lunch-hour, ice cream sandwiched by those scrumptious delectables is exactly what you need. Have your choice of any flavor of ice cream with any cookie (we sampled peanut butter cookies with chocolate ice cream) and enjoy it quickly before it melts! You’ll want every last drop of melted ice cream and every last crumb of your cookie.

To find out where Captain Cookie is every day, be sure to follow their Twitter handle, @captaincookiedc. If you’re not near Captain Cookie today, be sure to check out our other Hot Spots.

Casual Thursday: I Am Batman

Tonight’s a special night that we’ve been waiting all summer for—the premiere of The Dark Knight Rises. So, in honor of everyone’s favorite caped crusader, today’s Casual Thursday is going to get a little batty.

The internet is full of batman-themed cocktails. Unfortunately, most of them are on a Bruce Wayne level of fanciness, and require ingredients like Crème de Violette (although those recipes are paired with a few college staples, Andre and Burnett’s, in their tutorials). If you’re feeling up the challenge, go ahead and attempt those drinks, and let us know how it goes! But we have something a little easier (but just as delicious) in mind.

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Summer InternTips: Avoiding Distractions

Now is the time in your summer where you are getting tired of the daily grind. You’re tired of waking up early, tired of daily tasks at work and tired of your officemates’ weird mannerisms. When you are tired, you’re more likely to start up bad habits at work — nodding off in the middle of the day, not listening to instructions, and (worst of all) random distractions.

Distractions at work start off harmless. You discover an interesting website or a fun way to pass the time on office computers. At first, distractions are often office related — reading about your industry but not actually doing your assignment, chatting with coworkers, et cetera — but it often grows to more distractions, like Facebook, Buzzfeed or Twitter. That’s when you get in trouble.

If you find yourself constantly at the mercy of random distractions, and you discover you’re spending most of your time at work looking for ways to avoid work than actually doing it, you should probably follow these tips:

1. Look for an assignment change. Sometimes, a dumb project is the reason for your boredom at work. See if you can find a project that interests you more. After you do that for a while, switch back to the project that made you bored. Maybe you’ll be rejuvenated.

2. Take a five-minute break every hour. This is the best advice I have. Ideally, this time should be spent away from your desk, maybe on a trip to the water cooler or a walk around the office. Refill your waterbottle. Go to the bathroom. Chat with a friend down the hall. Some time away from the desk is sometimes all you need to get back on track.

3. Be cognizant of your posture. Slouching, reaching, craning your neck can make you tired and harm productivity.

4. Have a healthy snack. Avoid the break room doughnuts and instead bring along an apple, some carrots, or some crackers with goat cheese. Unhealthy, sugary or greasy snacks usually don’t help your brain, especially if you’re already tired. Along those same lines, coffee won’t necessarily help your productivity or make you more alert, so try to drink juice or water instead.

5. Have fun with work. If you see work as a chore, you won’t do it. If you like doing it, you will do it. A simple attitude change might be all you need to fix your productivity.

6. Set little goals for yourself. It can sometimes help to set a goal to achieve for, especially if you are only working on a long-term project. Plus, it looks good to bosses.

Photo credit: blackenterprise.com

Drink the District: Beer Edition

If there’s one thing that we truly love here at 4E, it’s the phrase “unlimited beer tasting.” Lucky for us, Drink the District is hosting an event that is just that.

On July 28, Drink the District: Beer Edition will take place in Mount Vernon Triangle. Now usually when we hear about events like this, we end up bummed because it costs so much. Not this time! Tickets only cost $30, and they grant you access to unlimited tastings of over 40 craft beers from breweries like Flying Dog, Magic Hat, New Belgium and more. Check out who else will be in attendance here.

You can either day drink and head to the noon-4 session or make it your pregame at the 5-9 session. There will also be plenty of food trucks in attendance (though, sadly, not included in the ticket price). Everyone’s favorite grilled cheese truck, Big Cheese, as well as a pizza truck, tapas truck, Vietnamese truck, and a few different dessert trucks.

Mount Vernon Triangle is a pretty cool area, a short walk from either the Mt. Vernon Square/Convention Center or Gallery Place/Chinatown metro stops. After the event is over, there are plenty of bars and restaurants in Mount Vernon Square and Chinatown if you’re not ready to head back to Georgetown.

Drink the District is a great way to break out of the Georgetown Bubble for a day while learning about beers that aren’t Natty. Because drinking Natty is frowned upon in the real world (I know, it’s sad).

Bonus points: one of the producers and co-creators of Drink the District, John Leader,  is a recent Georgetown grad! Supporting a fellow Hoya while getting drunk on fancy beer — what could be better?

Photo: Drink the District

Hot Spots to Cool Off: Fountains

On a day like today, where the thermometer will top out at 101 degrees, one starts to understand why D.C. has so many interactive fountains.

Rather than trek up to Volta Pool, why not take a short dip in one of D.C.’s many interactive fountains to cool off today? The best part of these fountains is that you can splash around in them for a couple of minutes without taking off your clothes, then put your shoes back on and return to your day.

Spray fountains have the added bonus of having constantly moving water, so the water isn’t stagnant and never gets uncomfortably soupy on hot days like today. Our friends over at DCist have compiled a list of the best splash fountains in the District, so whether you’re stuck in Georgetown or wandering up to Columbia Heights, you have the opportunity to quickly cool off.

Beware though: not all fountains are for fun. Most fountains in D.C. (including the one in Dupont Circle) aren’t for swimming, so don’t go splashing around in them.

If you’re not near one of the splash fountains (Georgetown, Columbia Heights or Navy Yard), be sure to check out our other Hot Spots today.

Catch a Movie on the Mall

In the mood for a movie? Don’t want to shell out 12 bucks for the movie theater? No worries, because Screen on the Green starts tonight!

The annual outdoor film festival runs for the next four weeks, showing classic movies on a 20’ x 40’ screen on the National Mall (between 7th and 12th streets). Tonight’s show will be Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and later in the summer you can catch It Happened One Night, From Here to Eternity and Psycho. The schedule can be found here.

Screen on the Green started back in 1999, and “is dedicated to promoting outdoor movie festivals in the Washington, DC Metropolitan region.” It almost lost its funding in 2009, but Friends of Screen on the Green made sure that the festival stuck around.

If the classic movies at Screen on the Green aren’t up your alley, there are plenty of other outdoor movie festivals around the D.C. area. NoMa Summer Screen has screenings on Wednesday evenings (their theme is End of the World!) and the Capitol Riverfront shows movies on Thursdays. Gateway Park, just over the bridge in Rosslyn, is showing political comedies on Friday nights. All are free and most are just a short walk or metro ride away.

So pack some snacks and a blanket and check out some of D.C.’s outdoor movie festivals!

Photo: Flickr via user riacale

More Cupcakes for Georgetown

I know what you are thinking right now. How in the world could Georgetown, a neighborhood that is more saturated in cupcakes than any other place in the world, possibly support MORE cupcakes?

Sprinkles has your answer. Install a 24/7 “cupcake ATM” so anyone can satiate their sweet tooth at any time, night or day. It sounds like futuristic ploy to make us fat. But it’s not. It’s just a way to satiate your late night sweet tooth. Coming this August, Sprinkles will have a full-service, 24/7 cupcake ATM in front of its store at 3015 M Street.

Georgetown won’t house the first cupcake ATM in the world, though. That honor belongs to Sprinkles’ Beverly Hills ATM, which opened this past March.  Nor are we the only additional ATM. Sprinkles is installing others in New York, Chicago and Houston.

According to The Washington Post, the cupcake machine costs roughly $100,000 dollars, but that’s because of the fancy robotic arm, video camera, touchscreen and pastel-colored decorations. Besides, even though the Beverly Hills machine just opened up four months ago, it sells 1,000 cupcakes a day, meaning the machine has just about paid for itself already. Besides the robotic arm, touchscreen and video camera, the ATM is linked to a cupcake vault, which can hold up to 600 cupcakes at a time and is restocked several times a day so cupcakes can stay fresh.

ATM cupcakes will cost $4, instead of the typical $3.50, which Sprinkles says is a packaging surcharge. (Also, wouldn’t you be willing to pay a little extra to order from a robotic arm at 3 a.m.?)

So, could cupcakes become the new drunk food on Saturday nights, replacing the likes of Tuscany and Quick Pita? Or could the ATM become as much of an annoyance as the never ending line along 33rd Street in front of Georgetown Cupcake? I guess we’ll find out in August.

Photo credit: Oh Joy

Happy July! And We’re Back from Our Holiday Hiatus

Happy July, everybody! We hope you all survived the heat, the derecho (with all of the falling trees), the heat, the 4th and all of the heat. Luckily for us, D.C. is once again cool enough to exist without a bucket of cold water and long spells of time in the air conditioning.

Last week, we took a week off to celebrate America, but we are back blogging in full force this week (and, since there are no more patriotic holidays) for the rest of the summer. But, just in case you missed last week also, lets quickly update on all that happened since our last post.

The June 29 Derecho Oh, hey, 70 mile per hour winds, horizontal rain, lots of thunder and lighting and the occasional falling tree (including that monster tree on Prospect and 35th.) Over a million people in the DMV lost power — and some are just getting it back now. And Volta Pool opened late the next day, so 4E’s choice of reprieve in the 100+ degree temperatures was only useful after 1:30.

The Heat Yes, last week was super hot. D.C. experienced a record 11 consecutive days over 95, and flirted with an all-time record on July 7. We hope you guys drank lots of water and found some awesome ways to cool off.

The Fourth Hopefully you did us proud by celebrating America.

And also, D.C. was ranked as the most livable city in America and the 14th most livable in the world. We agree. (Except for the fact that Toronto beat us. Go America!)