“Everybody was kung fu fighting (Huh!)
Those cats were fast as lightning (Ha!)
In fact, it was a little bit frightening (Huh!)
But they did it with expert timing (Ha!)"― Carl Douglas
On this day in 1974, Carl Douglas led the Billboard Hot 100 with "Kung Fu Fighting". Tis record sold eleven million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling singles of all time. Oddly enough, the song was recorded in just 10 minutes and started out as a B-side. So if you are in the area and remember, just pump your feet faster than lightning and join us at potbelly Sandwich Works. There is plenty of food and beverage options available (but NO PURCHASE IS REQUIRED!)
PARKING: Just a block north of the event you will have great odds to find street parking around GSA's Central Heating Plant (12th and D Streets SW and 13th & C Streets SW). Meters cost about 6 quarters an hour around there, but there is some complicated pay app thing you can do. Feds like me are getting off work around this time and spots start opening up pretty quickly on the streets here. Just watch those street signs because around 4:30 pm certain sides of some road are forbidden to be parked on (That will get you a pretty pink $100 ticket too courtesy of District Parking Enforcement!). Also don't park at those red meters either because they are for people with handicap placards (unless you have one than go ahead).
There are a few garages too, but they could get expensive. Portals III on D Street is $20 for 3 hours, Portals 1 is next door to the event but I didn't see prices listed.
Smithsonian and L'Enfant Metro stations are both a few blocks away. There's a Bikeshare station next to the USDA south building. If you're feeling really chipper, you can rent one of the many scooters that are on the sidewalks all over the city.
So, as you can see, there are lots of options when it comes to making it to this monthly event. I hope to see you there.
Special thanks to Potbelly District Manager Ebou Jagne who has given me written approval to make this a monthly thing.