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A long overdue update on the Real World DC house

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything about the Real World DC house developments which, as I’ve lamented in previous posts, is painfully close to my apartment in Dupont Circle. A few things of note:

  • The show’s … what do I call them? contestants? victims? … have a hot tub right below sidewalk level. Keep in mind that near this corner is 1) a DC public charter school 2) a Safeway convenience store and 3) a hangout for well-meaning yet often outspoken members of DC’s homeless community. Luckily for us neighborhood residents, the hot tub has a privacy screen.
  • The house has a security guard. I was walking to the convenience store after dark one evening and noticed him attempting to quell several heckling gawkers. It seemed to me that he was sympathetic to the gawkers’ opinions.
  • There are currently chains on the entrance gate. Word is still out on whether this is to keep onlookers out or the Real World victims (yes, I’ve now chosen a word to identify them by) in.
  • The house glows at night. I’m serious. Let me explain. The windows have a special coating over them that gives them a dark appearance and presumably prevents people like me from seeing what’s going on inside. However, when film crews turn studio lights on in the house, it creates a disturbing glowing effect. It’s very “Doctor Who,” except without the awesomeness of David Tennant or a Dalek.

So there you have it. More updates on the pointless, soulless business that is reality TV. You may now return to your regularly scheduled, likely more important, Internet activities.


June 30, 2009 at 5:12 pm Leave a comment

“The Real World” is taking over my world

Photo courtesy DCist. See that white brick building on the left? My apartment building is behind it - way too close to MTV.

The location of MTV's "The Real World" in D.C., which is way too close to my apartment. (photo courtesy DCist)

Most DC residents have already figured out the location for the filming of MTV’s “The Real World.” It just happens to be a two-minute walk from my apartment.

The reality – pardon the pun – of this situation didn’t fully sink in until I was going for a long walk/run one morning. I began to think about all the places I frequented near the future MTV landmark: the Safeway convenience store, the CVS, the yummy Asian fusion restaurant a few blocks away (Banana Leaves, for those who live here) … Pretty soon I found myself jogging faster and faster, increasingly annoyed at the prospect of having wanna-be MTV stars living in my neighborhood. (Although not immune from the tourists, one of the reasons I chose to live in Dupont was because of its eclectic community, the opportunity to shop local and support non-chains, and experience part of the “real” DC.)

On the other hand, giving this situation more thought, I decided it also provides a great opportunity for blogging. Real-time blogging of the reality TV show, if you will.

Thus, my exploitation of MTV (through words written in a private blog) begins now. *Fanfare*

So far, the only activity at the house is construction. Shoddy construction. All the windows have brown paper over them to prevent curious persons such as myself from seeing in. However, during the daytime most of the doors are open, providing a well-lit view of the house’s inside. All I have to say about the interior is: Drywall. White drywall. And lots of it.

I’ve never actually watched an episode of “The Real World,” only hearing about the show’s premise third-hand. But for some reason, I always thought the houses these “contestants” lived in were a lot classier – sturdy construction, maybe something other than a white built-in wall for decor, things like that. Right now, MTV’s renovators are making the house look like the spitting image of a frat house. Very fitting, don’t you think?

I’m hoping that my neighbors won’t be too intrusive, or that at least my 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. job means I’ll be operating on different sleeping patterns from their 9 p.m. – 6 a.m. drinking duties.

I’ll just have to wait and see.

June 11, 2009 at 9:44 pm Leave a comment