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Year In Review

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I'd dare say that with this little number in the window of Victoria's Secret, Victoria has no more secrets left...

I’d dare say that with this little number in the window of Victoria’s Secret, Victoria has no more secrets left…


That rare moment during a Wal-Mart remodel, shown here at the Dayton store, where the word "Supercenter" is gone from the building.

That rare moment during a Wal-Mart remodel, shown here at the Dayton store, where the word “Supercenter” is gone from the building.


On September 21, I took a ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway from Waynesboro to near Lexington.  At Buena Vista, I encountered this sign that says, "Welcome to Buena Vista.  6002 happy citizens and 3 old grouches."

On September 21, I took a ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway from Waynesboro to near Lexington.  At Buena Vista, I encountered this sign that says, “Welcome to Buena Vista.  6002 happy citizens and 3 old grouches.”


Arriving at work on October 1, I found an unusual-looking Wal-Mart truck parked in the lot.  This one advertised the now-defunct Hypermart USA format, which was the predecessor to Wal-Mart's Supercenters.

Arriving at work on October 1, I found an unusual-looking Wal-Mart truck parked in the lot.  This one advertised the now-defunct Hypermart USA format, which was the predecessor to Wal-Mart’s Supercenters.


This machine is absolutely awesome.  This is the combination Ms. Pac-Man and Galaga machine in the game room at the Lexington Wal-Mart.  I've been known to play it quite a bit from time to time.  I'd sometimes play Ms. Pac-Man on there, but I'd usually play regular Pac-Man, accessible through an easter egg (up-up-up-down-down-down-left-right-left-right-left on the joystick on the select screen).  I could easily play Pac-Man for hours...

This machine is absolutely awesome.  This is the combination Ms. Pac-Man and Galaga machine in the game room at the Lexington Wal-Mart.  I’ve been known to play it quite a bit from time to time.  I’d sometimes play Ms. Pac-Man on there, but I’d usually play regular Pac-Man, accessible through an easter egg (up-up-up-down-down-down-left-right-left-right-left on the joystick on the select screen).  I could easily play Pac-Man for hours…


On October 12, I wandered around Dupont Circle to find the location of a few things.  This is the former entrance to the old streetcar station.  The light patches on the concrete are a repair job following the removal of a "Dupont Down Under" sign, which was an attempt at redeveloping the old station into shopping.

On October 12, I wandered around Dupont Circle to find the location of a few things.  This is the former entrance to the old streetcar station.  The light patches on the concrete are a repair job following the removal of a “Dupont Down Under” sign, which was an attempt at redeveloping the old station into shopping.

Here’s a photo of the entrance with the Dupont Down Under signage in place, and here’s a photo of the stairway not boarded up.


Shameless self-promotion, anyone?  I thought that this kind of advertising on products was limited to clothing and shoe companies...

Shameless self-promotion, anyone?  I thought that this kind of advertising on products was limited to clothing and shoe companies…


This building, photographed here on October 19, of which half is a dentist's office, appears to have originated as a Howard Johnson's restaurant based on the architecture.  The location, however, is not listed on orangeroof.org, which keeps track of those things.  Perhaps this is an undocumented former HoJo's?

This building, photographed here on October 19, of which half is a dentist’s office, appears to have originated as a Howard Johnson’s restaurant based on the architecture.  The location, however, is not listed on orangeroof.org, which keeps track of those things.  Perhaps this is an undocumented former HoJo’s?


On October 26, while on a railfan trip, Matthew Tilley caught me having a blast photographing out the front railfan window of Breda 2021 at Huntington.

On October 26, while on a railfan trip, Matthew Tilley caught me having a blast photographing out the front railfan window of Breda 2021 at Huntington.


On my November 9 DC trip, I first noticed workers demolishing the sidewalk along the top level of the Vienna Metro station's North Garage.  I just love watching these things happen, though I don't like the jackhammer noise.

On my November 9 DC trip, I first noticed workers demolishing the sidewalk along the top level of the Vienna Metro station’s North Garage.  I just love watching these things happen, though I don’t like the jackhammer noise.


While the work at Vienna was going on, there was also a project going on in the street at Rosslyn, as a new access was being built in the middle of the street.

While the work at Vienna was going on, there was also a project going on in the street at Rosslyn, as a new access was being built in the middle of the street.


The same day, I visited Washington Circle, which is noteworthy to me because of my "accidental" DC trip.  I ended up driving three laps around the circle, because I had no idea which way to go to get to I-66.  I finally asked a girl in a convertible which way I needed to go.

The same day, I visited Washington Circle, which is noteworthy to me because of my “accidental” DC trip.  I ended up driving three laps around the circle, because I had no idea which way to go to get to I-66.  I finally asked a girl in a convertible which way I needed to go.

The same day, I visited Washington Circle, which is noteworthy to me because of my "accidental" DC trip.  I ended up driving three laps around the circle, because I had no idea which way to go to get to I-66.  I finally asked a girl in a convertible which way I needed to go.


Sometimes you never know what you'll find.  This truck was spewing out some kind of vapor while servicing a location outside George Washington University Hospital.  Sometimes you never know what you'll find.  This truck was spewing out some kind of vapor while servicing a location outside George Washington University Hospital.

Sometimes you never know what you’ll find.  This truck was spewing out some kind of vapor while servicing a location outside George Washington University Hospital.

Sometimes you never know what you'll find.  This truck was spewing out some kind of vapor while servicing a location outside George Washington University Hospital.


In a store on Wisconsin Avenue NW near the Friendship Heights station, I encountered this display of mannequin parts.  An odd display to be sure, but I'm guessing the display was quite unfinished.

In a store on Wisconsin Avenue NW near the Friendship Heights station, I encountered this display of mannequin parts.  An odd display to be sure, but I’m guessing the display was quite unfinished.

In a store on Wisconsin Avenue NW near the Friendship Heights station, I encountered this display of mannequin parts.  An odd display to be sure, but I'm guessing the display was quite unfinished.  In a store on Wisconsin Avenue NW near the Friendship Heights station, I encountered this display of mannequin parts.  An odd display to be sure, but I'm guessing the display was quite unfinished.


On November 16, I demonstrate for you one thing - even when shopping at the mall away from the Metro, in the DC area, we still stand to the right on escalators.

On November 16, I demonstrate for you one thing – even when shopping at the mall away from the Metro, in the DC area, we still stand to the right on escalators.


On November 25, which was Black Friday, I took a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway after work to relax.  I had a blast, too.  I took a moment to explore this reproduction of an old logging railroad at Yankee Horse Ridge, which was a lot of fun.  I walked the track from one end to the other and back.

On November 25, which was Black Friday, I took a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway after work to relax.  I had a blast, too.  I took a moment to explore this reproduction of an old logging railroad at Yankee Horse Ridge, which was a lot of fun.  I walked the track from one end to the other and back.


At the Wal-Mart in Warrenton on December 14, Gingy hangs from the ceiling, wearing an authentic Wal-Mart vest and name badge.

At the Wal-Mart in Warrenton on December 14, Gingy hangs from the ceiling, wearing an authentic Wal-Mart vest and name badge.


After I surprised my friend Matthew Tilley later that day, I let him try on my FliteStar vest.  It really is the exact same kind of safety vest they use on the Metro!

After I surprised my friend Matthew Tilley later that day, I let him try on my FliteStar vest.  It really is the exact same kind of safety vest they use on the Metro!


I include this photo from the light-seeing trip that Sis and I took on Christmas Eve mainly so that you can get a closer look at this... (click the picture!)

I include this photo from the light-seeing trip that Sis and I took on Christmas Eve mainly so that you can get a closer look at this… (click the picture!)


On December 28, I went on a DC trip with Mom, Sis, and Sis’s boyfriend Chris Lysy.  We had a blast, and I got a lot of photos and such.


Sis and Chris read the Express and the Washington Blade.

Sis and Chris read the Express and the Washington Blade.


After the obligatory walk through Freedom Park (Sis loves it), I took a moment to photograph the progress on the Waterview.  Recall that I also photographed the previous building on this site in my Urban Demolition photo set.

After the obligatory walk through Freedom Park (Sis loves it), I took a moment to photograph the progress on the Waterview.  Recall that I also photographed the previous building on this site in my Urban Demolition photo set.


“Concrete tastes funny.”


Sis shows Chris the PIDS display on the upper level platform at Rosslyn.  We would ultimately ride that six-car Orange Line train to New Carrollton that was to arrive in one minute.

Sis shows Chris the PIDS display on the upper level platform at Rosslyn.  We would ultimately ride that six-car Orange Line train to New Carrollton that was to arrive in one minute.


Chris, Sis, and Mom pose for a picture at Malcolm X Park in northwest DC.

Chris, Sis, and Mom pose for a picture at Malcolm X Park in northwest DC.


And then they posed for a silly picture.

And then they posed for a silly picture.


Ben's Chili Bowl on U Street is a DC landmark, which I pointed out to my three travel companions.

Ben’s Chili Bowl on U Street is a DC landmark, which I pointed out to my three travel companions.


At the U Street-Cardozo station, Chris poses with Sis's stuffed monkey like a shady street salesman, commenting, "Hey, you want to buy a monkey?"

At the U Street-Cardozo station, Chris poses with Sis’s stuffed monkey like a shady street salesman, commenting, “Hey, you want to buy a monkey?”

Why they brought that stuffed monkey with them is beyond me – you’ll have to ask the two of them about it.


On the Metro, Sis flashes a smile for the camera, while Chris stares directly into the lens.

On the Metro, Sis flashes a smile for the camera, while Chris stares directly into the lens.


On the outside wall of Murali, where we went to dinner, I saw the redesigned Wheelock MT in person for the first time.

On the outside wall of Murali, where we went to dinner, I saw the redesigned Wheelock MT in person for the first time.


Mom, Sis, and Chris smile for the camera at Pentagon Row.

Mom, Sis, and Chris smile for the camera at Pentagon Row.


Another one of my crazy interview movies…

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