i have nothing to add to the initial post, but speaking of DC...
can anyone suggest something fun to do there aside from the usual touristy tedium? seedy bars, museums with giant bugs, cool record / toy / comic book stores etc. are all of interest to me. i have to take the most godawful brain pummeling exam ever invented in DC that weekend (dec. 1-3) and need something completely retarded to do to balance things out.