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Cat Café:
Crumbs and Whiskers, a cat café opened just over a week ago in Georgetown. Being a cat aficionado but traveling too much to have my own feline companion, this was right up my alley. So I made a reservation and went early Friday evening, right after work. Georgetown isn't the most convenient location, but it wasn't a bad walk from the Foggy Bottom metro station - maybe a little over 15 minutes?

They checked everyone in, making sure we'd signed our liability waivers. Then it was time to go and pet various cats, all of which are available for adoption. There are two levels and one of the challenges is not tripping over the cats who (like many) have an instinctive fondness for stairs. Anyway, there are just a few chairs, but lots of floor cushions. Some of those cushions have cats resting or sleeping on them. Mostly sleeping, as cats tend to do. There were really just a few who were eager to play. It was also just a little bit too crowded. You can only get a limited perspective on any given cat's personality, so I'm not sure how much that contributes to adoptability.

I should also note that: 1) I was probably the oldest person there, by a good 15-20 years and 2) at my age, getting up off of floor cushions is a bit tougher. Will I go back? Well, maybe, but I would try to go at a less busy time.

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Here's the thing. It seems clear to me that having people living in stable relationships is good for society. Isn't it better for LGBT people to be buying houses together and supporting one another in sickness and old age and so on than to be marginalized and relegated to cruising for partners? How does allowing same sex marriage have anything but a positive impact on our communities?
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