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Two Scribes Head to Alaska to Find Love (And No, They’re Not Lesbians)

WaPo‘s Annie Gowen and Tara Bahrampour get major points for putting themselves out there, even if they did turn up relatively empty handed.

The two unhappily-single reporters wrote a piece for WaPo magazine about a trip they took north to compare Alaska’s men to those of Washington. Gowen and Bahrampour imagined the men of Alaska as “manly men,” men with “facial hair” and “calloused hands” who “could kill dinner… then have his woman for dessert.”

Upon arriving in the state, a minor hiccup in the trip at a bed-and-breakfast:

“We should have been alarmed by the scent of fresh-baked focaccia and the fact that the proprietress assumed we wanted a room together. But it doesn’t hit us until we are happily ensconced in the downstairs cafe with chai lattes and homemade Danish pastries that the people sitting around us are all . . . women. In fact, several are clearly couples, and they are a decade or two older than we are.”

Once they make it out of the fish market (so to speak), the two reporters hit the bars to find actual men– really weird men, at that.

One gent is a cast member in the Discovery Channel reality show “Deadliest Catch” who wears a gold crab pendant. He also hits on one of the reporters with his girlfriend just out of earshot.  Another guy wears a wolf-fang necklace and has a red scab on his face from a mole that he burned off.

It gets worse.

Bahrampour meets a man named “Phil” who she asks about a “despairing” tattoo on his neck. His response: “Because I am a bad person and I deserve to be shamed.” Phil later introduces Tara to a friend who immediately proposes to her. (Needless to say, the answer was no.)

Gowen’s luck isn’t much better… She attends a beard competition where she meets 50-year-old Caleb who tells her how to butcher a moose. They dance to “Soul Man.” They share an Eskimo kiss. “I suddenly feel glad I’m headed home in the morning,” Annie writes on the experience.

In short, the two reporters find that the single men of Alaska are a lot like the single men of D.C. The biggest differences seem to be that Alaska men are more rugged and way too open about their shortcomings: “In some ways, they are the same as Washington men, or men anywhere,” they write. “They like their toys, they like their drink, they pursue their ambitions. And yet, there are also real differences. Many of the men we have met came to Alaska to get away from something… They are upfront about their flaws and vulnerabilities — which can be both off-putting and wonderfully refreshing.”

Bahrampour returns to Washington with a new attitude, “determined to look for men hidden between the cracks.” Gowen seemed less hopeful, getting “misty-eyed” at the sight of a man on K street “so deeply engrossed in texting that he almost walks into oncoming traffic.”

Look through photos of the potential suitors the two reporters encountered here.

UPDATE: Gowen reached out to tell us our interpretation of her “misty-eyed” experience was off base. Her tear ducts were triggered by the K street man because it reminded her that D.C. is the place she wants to be, not because she was feeling hopeless about the type of men here. “I love this crazy old town,” she said.

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The FishbowlDC Interview With WaPo’s Annie Gowen

Say hello to WaPo‘s poverty and wealth reporter Annie Gowen. A few things to note about her: She’s a Bachelor junkie, as in the reality show starting back up again on Jan. 3. In addition, she’s got a screenplay about a cancer survivor that’s currently being shopped around Hollywood. It isn’t easy getting Annie to meet a FishbowlDC deadline — a little sharpness (on our part, not hers) shifted her into high gear and she got it done, with flying colors we might add. One more thing…we’re sure your big boss Steamed Marcus Brauchli won’t take offense that you ditched him for MSNBC’s Chris Matthews as a dinner companion. At least we hope not.

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? Diet Dr. Pepper – the ultimate Midwestern drink.

How often do you Google yourself? Hardly ever, but I check Google “Images” sometimes to make sure it looks like I’m behaving in party pix.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor (or vice versa)? “You’re throwing me under the bus!”

Describe the unforgettable story of your career. Troop drawdown in Iraq, Summer of 2011

Who is your favorite working journalist and why? George Packer of The New Yorker. He writes with an eye toward history in unbelievably lean and muscular sentences.

Do you have a favorite word? Hmmm..that’s a toughie. Sometimes I say “Hi Foxy” to my female friends.

What word or phrase do you overuse? See above.

Who would you rather have dinner with –  MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, FNC’s Chris Wallace or WaPo’s Marcus Brauchli? Since I see MB at the office, I’d have to say Chris Matthews, because we’ve never met and I’m a fan.

You are ordered to go on a road trip to an undisclosed location. You can go with White House Spokesman Jay Carney or Bo, the President’s Portuguese Water Dog. No ones feelings will be hurt. Who do you take? Jay.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? Beyonce’s “Irreplaceable”.

It’s 3 a.m. and you get up to use the bathroom or get a drink of water. Do you check your BlackBerry? Yes, alas.

What word do you routinely misspell? Attach…always seems like there should be an extra “t.”  Is there?

What swear word do you use most often? The S word.

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WaPo Reporter Poses Q’s Via the Philippines

WaPo‘s Wealth, Class & Income Reporter Annie Gowen recently posed questions to colleagues about the cost of WaPo‘s iPad in an office-wide email. Note to Gowen: In the future, profanity would do your email a world of wonders.

“Does anybody know if you subscribe to the print edition of the newspaper, as I do, do you then automatically qualify to get the Post’s iPad app for free? My telephone call posing as a real consumer to our circulation desk — now located in the Philippines [perhaps inside the above dream house?] — to ask this question provided no clarity. And if not, why??” Update: A note from Gowen: “What prompted that AllNews question was that when I was reporting in Baghdad for the Post earlier this month,  my iPad Post application worked up until a certain point, then shut down and asked me to pay a fee. Apparently this was a glitch in the system, I was informed later.”

WaPo‘s Julia Beizer offered this reply:

At the risk of incurring the wrath of NewsIt, I’m going all-newsroom with this one just in case anyone else has questions! 1) The Post’s iPad app is free for all until our v2 comes out (date tbd), so you won’t need to pay a cent. 2) Sounds like the folks in the Philippines could use a refresher on this info, so I’ll reach out to Customer Service to make sure their contractors are up to date.

Annie, if you have additional questions about the iPad app and future plans there, I’m your gal. Happy to chat at any time.


WaPo Publicist Jennifer Lee confirms Beizer’s response, telling FBDC via email “The Washington Post’s iPad app is free for everyone until our new version comes out. When we set a date, we will let you know.”

Paparazzi Get Revved up for WHCD

There may be a scant few of them compared to LA and New York, but Washington has paparazzi too. And they’ll be wanting to be  at the top of their game this weekend at the WHCD.

WaPo magazine’s cover story this past weekend by wealth, class and income reporter Annie Gowen predominately features Colin Drummond, who once shot images of Oprah’s feet when she came to Washington to speak at a graduation. Which ordinarily wouldn’t be a big deal, except the picture showed her to have six toes. One picture reeled in $50,000.

As the story goes, after Six-Toed Oprah, life went uphill for Drummond, as every brush with the Queen of Talk tends to do.

But being paparazzi in Washington can have its nasty nothing moments. Like the time that Drummond interviewed Martin Sheen. In the process of not wanting to immediately ask about trainwreck son, Charlie, too quickly, he lost his chance. Instead he wound up with bland footage about the White House. “It’s covered in white paint,” Sheen told him before handlers quickly yanked him away.

In Nov. 2010, Politico‘s Patrick Gavin also wrote a story on D.C. paparazzi. In it, he discusses Drummond along with others like Mark Wilkins, who had coffee thrown in his face by Shia LaBeouf, and Chris Connor.

“Jackpot” shots for Drummond include the “three B’s: a baby a boyfriend or a bikini.”

This weekend, the WaPo story reports, will be big for Drummond at the WHCD. But also competitive. This year more than 100 photographers have signed on to cover Washington’s prom. That number has doubled since 2008.

Journos Check Out Chekhov

Those crazy kids of the Picnic Theater Company were at it again over the weekend. Selling out two straight performances, Washington Life‘s Michael Clements, Suspicious Package’s Christina Sevilla, Napoleon restauranteur Omar Popal, World Bank’s Bruce MacPhail, NIH’s Oli Robinson and  filmmaker Karim Chrobog, staged “An Evening with Anton Chekhov” at the Washington Club in Dupont Circle.  Spotted in the audience: The Atlantic‘s Garance Franke-Ruta, CNN’s Elise Labott, NYT‘s Eric Lipton, Boston Globe‘s Farah Stockman, WaPo‘s Nancy TrejosNurith Aizenmann and  Annie Gowen, Tim Burger, Ashcroft Group’s Juleanna Glover, Christopher Reiter of Muleh, K Street Kate Michael.  Proceeds benefitted the Helen Hayes Award theater programs for DC kids.

Journos Spend an Evening with Poe

DC media types kick started their Halloween weekend by attending three sold out performances of “An Evening With Edgar Allan Poe”  in the garden and ballroom of Dumbarton House.  Following on this summer’s sold out performances of Moliere’s “The Hypochondriac”, the DC-based Picnic Theatre Company staged a Halloween party production of Poe stories — Cask of Amontillado, Fall of the House of Usher, and the Telltale Heart, with DJ intermission, wine and crepes.  Ensemble cast:  Washington Life‘s Michael ClementsChristina Sevilla of Suspicious Package,  Napoleon restaurant’s Omar Popal, Picnic Theatre co-founders Bruce MacPhail and Oli Robinson.  Attendees included Tim Burger, Kiki Ryan, Christine Delargy, Wash Life‘s Kevin Chaffee, TIME‘s Jay Newton-Small, WaPo‘s Nancy TrejosWaPo‘s Annie Gowen, NYT‘s Eric Lipton and Elham Dehbozorgi, NBC Washington’s Kate Michael.  Proceeds benefited Dumbarton House historical preservation and Clowns Without Borders.

DC Media Folks <3 Alex Wellen: "Lovesick" Launch Party

A variety pack of writers, producers, novelists and inventors ventured from the unseasonably cool night and into the hotter-than-a-Ginuwine-video steaminess to get their prescriptions filled last night.

“Lovesick”, Alex Wellen‘s new novel, was the reason. Quigley’s Pharmacy was the venue. Love Potion #9 flowed freely. And custom-crafted pill bottles (full of M&M’s) provided sweet remedy.

Attendees included Alex & Kris Wellen, Wolf Blitzer, Edie Emery, Jake Perry, Nancy Trejos, Mark Preston, Jay Newton-Small, Shirley Hung, Christina Sevilla, Lee Brenner, Marc Adelman, Annie Gowen, Rebecca Sinderbrand, Juleanna Glover, Courtney Kube, Mark Paustenbach, Sena Fitzmaurice and Andy Mirsky.

Noticeably absent: Huey Lewis & The News. (#lovesick & @alexwellen)

This post was written by a FBDC guest blogger Kenny Day. Pics also by Day.

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