Most people who know me know that I moved from the Baltimore/DC area at the end of 2006 to a small town (compared to where I was from in Maryland) in Virginia. I went to high school in this small town and still knew some people. More importantly, one of my best friends lived there, as well as my mom, one of my sisters and her kids.
A big surprise for me was that I didn’t have any major adjusting to do moving from Maryland to Central Virginia. Sure, the shopping isn’t nearly as good here as it is up there, but I’m able to survive. I’ve never been a fashionista, so I’m fine as long as I have a cool pair of jeans and a sparkly tee-shirt.
Where I live now there are spectacular mountain views in the city and a lot of outdoor activities to take part in. Parks, trails and roads with actual sidewalks! There’s a museum down the street from where I live, bars, restaurants, two gourmet beer sellers, a gourmet food shop and lots of other places to shop.
What I have had a hard time adjusting to is the lack of live music genre selection. Things have gotten a lot better here for rock music; if I want to hear a rock band there are plenty of places to go, but the only jazz/blues place closed down. I love to listen to smooth jazz. There’s nothing like going to a club, having good food and friends around and listening to amazing jazz. My favorite place up north was on 18th Street in DC. I went there so often that the owner would let me go to his nightclub (one building over) for free. I can’t think of the name right now…it’ll come to me later and I’ll post it. But it wasn’t a large place. The tables were too close together so more people could fit, but the food was excellent and the music fantastic.
If anyone hears of a great jazz place in Central Virginia, give me a shout! I miss live jazz!!!