posted by catherine / April 20, 2005 /

walking home from work on this near-90 degree day, and passing people who were exposing much more flesh than they really needed to be exposing, and spending 67% of my walk home wincing, i was reminded of something susan and i talked about in chicago. one day, probably while drunk (because as i remember the trip, i was drunk for 75% of the time), i said something to the effect of "godDAMN there are a lot of attractive people in this city." everywhere i looked i saw cute girls, cute guys, cute babies, cute old people. i wondered if it was just chicago that was particularly good looking, or if most cities were this way (my domestic travel is pretty limited to the east coast). susan turned to me very seriously and said "catherine. you must know. DC is a Very Ugly City."

now i wasn't sure this was true. i'm of the opinion that all of my female friends are, well, hotties, and the guys aren't terrible either. but maybe it's just that, having lived in the area all of my life except for my italy stint, i have become accustomed to the mediocrity that are the asymmetrical, pockmarked, flabby faces and bodies of the DC elite. i mean, i have long known that DC is an Unfashionable City (yglesias argued a while back that DC's reputation as an unfashionable city is merely due to unfortunate and excessive comparisons with NYC and LA; but have you SEEN how the boy dresses? he knows nothing, nothing!), but are we an Ugly City? a Fugly City, even? and if we are excessively ugly, why is that? i know our congressional representatives are nasty-looking, but their ugliness hasn't taken over the entire city, has it? i would think that the hotness of the southern belles and gentlemen that have invaded the city since the bushies took over would balance everything out. but it seems not...


You are right...Chicagoans are exceptionally attractive people.

Posted by: Joe on April 20, 2005 05:28 PM

i can't get past the chicago accent. it's really unattractive on a girl.

Posted by: David on April 20, 2005 07:49 PM

That's so funny. We were hosting a visit from three women from our partner in non-profit do-gooderdom in Chicago. First time I'd ever met them. All very nice. All very pretty. It was like we were taking the managers of the Wicker Park Gap outlet to lunch.

DC gets a pretty bad rap on this regard. I, personally, do nothing to help. But the guilty parties are, I'm afraid, Combover Nation over on Capitol Hill. Mary Landrieu can ONLY DO SO MUCH, PEOPLE!

Posted by: DCeiver on April 20, 2005 11:29 PM

Chicago has a serious "city vs. burbs" thing going on. City folks are hot - lots of walking/running/gym opportunities. The people in the burbs, though, are NOT attractive. Probably because they spend most of their time in cars.

Posted by: PK on April 21, 2005 09:20 AM

DC is so best. Soooooo many hotties here. Me likey.

Posted by: information leafblower on April 21, 2005 09:45 AM

I'm discovering the folks in Arizona have an edge over Northern Floridians...

Posted by: j.scott barnard on April 21, 2005 08:10 PM

C'mon. you've never heard the old "DC: Hollywood for ugly people" joke?

Posted by: mike d on April 23, 2005 01:25 PM

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