For nearly a week now Iíve watched this topic and hoped that one of the Washington DC PPRuNers would respond to your post. Instead, the thread has just fallen further down the forum Ė it doesnít give a very good impression of my hometown!
Iím going to give the other DC posters the benefit of the doubt, however, and guess that the lack of response is because they rarely, if ever, check the Bashes forum. Maybe notice on another forum, such as North America, would give your arrival enough visibility to produce a small gathering? Good luck!
P.S. Ė it seems as though you may be here on business and therefore have the full benefit of local advice, but if you need tips on places to shop, eat, drink, see, etc., just ask.
NrF, I've been reading this thread with interest as well, because I occasionally have the opportunity for a trip to the DC area.
As of now, I'm not scheduled to go there while you're in town, but things change. I'd enjoy meeting up with you, TM, Lily, and whoever else can be there, if the opportunity presents itself. Do you have a contact number in DC, in case something changes at the last moment? You can PM me if you prefer not to post it publicly.
US Air flies direct between Philadelphia and Washington National several times each day, and the flight takes less than 1 hour. Because National is very close to the city center and right on the Metro line, itís very convenient (Iím not sure about Philadelphia airportís proximity to the city center or public transportation).
If you canít fly for free, or if you can only take flights to Dulles or BWI, you might want to investigate the train as an option. The new fast train (the ďAcela ExpressĒ) is nice, and it takes about 1.5 hours to travel between Philly and DC. The total travel time is roughly comparable to flying - in fact, it may even be less once all factors (getting to the airport, going through security, arriving 45 minutes earlyÖ) are taken into account.
Iím glad to see that your DC bash-ette will take place!