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The Year That Was

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Part 1

2006 was quite the year.  I got a new car, I went to Washington DC a bunch of times, I saw a lot of stuff, I did a lot of stuff, and I had a great time doing it all.  This photo set is basically what I would consider “cleanup” for the year.  It’s everything that I thought was worth showing but that I had not yet shown, either in a formal photo set, or in my Journal.  Some stuff does relate to Journal entries and/or photo sets in Photography and Life and Times, but for some reason it was never used at the time.  So here’s some of the stuff that happened in 2006, the year that I turned 25…


On my January 4 DC trip, I ran across this group demonstrating in front of the White House.  It appears that they are of Pakistani heritage, demonstrating about treatment of peace activists.

On my January 4 DC trip, I ran across this group demonstrating in front of the White House.  It appears that they are of Pakistani heritage, demonstrating about treatment of peace activists.


On the elevator at Fort Totten station, I was quite surprised to see this teenaged girl's handbag.  It certainly sends a strong message...

On the elevator at Fort Totten station, I was quite surprised to see this teenaged girl’s handbag.  It certainly sends a strong message…


At Pentagon City Mall, the end of the Christmas season came on January 4, as workers removed the large Christmas tree from the mall's center court.

At Pentagon City Mall, the end of the Christmas season came on January 4, as workers removed the large Christmas tree from the mall’s center court.


Discussing modifications to the Waynesboro Outlet Village’s original layout.  This was originally done as notes for my Waynesboro Outlet Village photography set.  All of this is gone now, having been demolished in the late summer of 2006.


On January 17, I noticed this brand of bread and other baked goods on the shelves at Wal-Mart.  I personally find "Bimbo" to be an odd name for a brand of anything.  The brand is aimed at Hispanic consumers, so I presume that "bimbo" doesn't carry the same connotation in Spanish that it does in English.

On January 17, I noticed this brand of bread and other baked goods on the shelves at Wal-Mart.  I personally find “Bimbo” to be an odd name for a brand of anything.  The brand is aimed at Hispanic consumers, so I presume that “bimbo” doesn’t carry the same connotation in Spanish that it does in English.


During my January 18 DC trip, I spotted this sign during my walk along 16th Street NW.  There were actually a number of similar signs along 16th Street.  Perhaps there's a pooper-scooper problem?

During my January 18 DC trip, I spotted this sign during my walk along 16th Street NW.  There were actually a number of similar signs along 16th Street.  Perhaps there’s a pooper-scooper problem?


Near the end of my walk down 16th Street, I noticed a whole bunch of news organizations outside the Third Church of Christ, Scientist.  I couldn’t find out what was going on, so it’s a mystery to me.  Does anyone know?


At the ice skating rink at Pentagon Row, the employees took a moment to pose for a photo.

At the ice skating rink at Pentagon Row, the employees took a moment to pose for a photo.


On my February 1 DC trip (also the final DC trip to use the Previa), the pediment on the Supreme Court building was covered in netting after a chunk of marble fell from the building onto the steps below a few days earlier.

On my February 1 DC trip (also the final DC trip to use the Previa), the pediment on the Supreme Court building was covered in netting after a chunk of marble fell from the building onto the steps below a few days earlier.


Near Union Station, this sign puts a new twist on the traditional "PED XING" sign, showing a family crossing the street.

Near Union Station, this sign puts a new twist on the traditional “PED XING” sign, showing a family crossing the street.


Rheannin, one of the employees at the Pentagon Row ice rink, resurfaces the ice by taking the Zamboni out for a spin.

Rheannin, one of the employees at the Pentagon Row ice rink, resurfaces the ice by taking the Zamboni out for a spin.

Rheannin, one of the employees at the Pentagon Row ice rink, resurfaces the ice by taking the Zamboni out for a spin.


A woman skates around the Pentagon Row ice skating rink.


The Previa poses for a photo before its final road trip, where it went to Roanoke and back.

The Previa poses for a photo before its final road trip, where it went to Roanoke and back.


The Previa's fuel door was something I had to rig up.  I don't remember how it originally was set up, but it stopped popping open when I hit the switch.  If you look carefully near the bottom of the hinge in the center of the photo, I stuck a little piece of metal in there to act like a spring.  Worked like a charm.

The Previa’s fuel door was something I had to rig up.  I don’t remember how it originally was set up, but it stopped popping open when I hit the switch.  If you look carefully near the bottom of the hinge in the center of the photo, I stuck a little piece of metal in there to act like a spring.  Worked like a charm.


The Sable has arrived at Vienna on its first DC trip, on February 15, 2006.

The Sable has arrived at Vienna on its first DC trip, on February 15, 2006.


This Washington Post box has a sticker about the September 24 protest on its face, as well as "Lies" written in marker nearby.

This Washington Post box has a sticker about the September 24 protest on its face, as well as “Lies” written in marker nearby.


It appears that a group of workers has gone on strike, and is picketing.  There were two groups.  This one was on 15th Street, and a second group was on 14th Street.  You could hear them a long way off, too.


At Pentagon Row, a man helps a woman up after she took a spill on the ice.

At Pentagon Row, a man helps a woman up after she took a spill on the ice.


On our March 15 railfan trip, my friend Matthew Tilley and I took a ride on Breda 4018, the car which had been involved in the Woodley Park-Zoo accident back in November 2004.

On our March 15 railfan trip, my friend Matthew Tilley and I took a ride on Breda 4018, the car which had been involved in the Woodley Park-Zoo accident back in November 2004.


After Matthew and I parted company, I went over to Pentagon City.  At Pentagon Row, the skating rink was partly disassembled, as it was going into storage for the warmer months.  The ice rink is generally open from December to March.  After Matthew and I parted company, I went over to Pentagon City.  At Pentagon Row, the skating rink was partly disassembled, as it was going into storage for the warmer months.  The ice rink is generally open from December to March.

After Matthew and I parted company, I went over to Pentagon City.  At Pentagon Row, the skating rink was partly disassembled, as it was going into storage for the warmer months.  The ice rink is generally open from December to March.

After Matthew and I parted company, I went over to Pentagon City.  At Pentagon Row, the skating rink was partly disassembled, as it was going into storage for the warmer months.  The ice rink is generally open from December to March.


After Matthew and I parted company, I went over to Pentagon City.  At Pentagon Row, the skating rink was partly disassembled, as it was going into storage for the warmer months.  The ice rink is generally open from December to March.

And by my next trip on March 28, the ice rink was gone, without a trace left behind.


Does anyone know what this sound is on Rohr cars on the Metro?  I’ve heard it so many times, and I still don’t know what it is.


On April 4, I went on an unexpected DC trip for an "interview" with CRC Advertising.  Afterwards, Matthew and I got together, and we went around to Franconia-Springfield and back.

On April 4, I went on an unexpected DC trip for an “interview” with CRC Advertising.  Afterwards, Matthew and I got together, and we went around to Franconia-Springfield and back.


April 8 was the date of the scheduled DC trip, and what a day it was.  It was raining - HARD!  It was raining so hard that you can actually see the rain falling in this shot in Rosslyn.

April 8 was the date of the scheduled DC trip, and what a day it was.  It was raining – HARD!  It was raining so hard that you can actually see the rain falling in this shot in Rosslyn.


It was actually raining so hard that I soaked right through my Chucks and into my socks.  While I was out railfanning, I took a pit stop in the station restroom at Branch Avenue and put my socks and my shoes right up on the heat register, to dry them out just a little, or at least warm them up.  The socks dried a bit, and everything was nice and warm again, and that felt really good.  It was a real @#$% to put the shoes back on, but it did feel good.

It was actually raining so hard that I soaked right through my Chucks and into my socks.  While I was out railfanning, I took a pit stop in the station restroom at Branch Avenue and put my socks and my shoes right up on the heat register, to dry them out just a little, or at least warm them up.  The socks dried a bit, and everything was nice and warm again, and that felt really good.  It was a real @#$% to put the shoes back on, but it did feel good.


This gentleman is one of my favorite Metro operators because he’s so cheerful on the horn.  I can’t imagine him ever being in a bad mood.


Later on in the day, when I went to Pentagon City, I discovered that the entrance to the mall was under renovation.  I actually got yelled at by a mall security guard (who obviously didn't have enough to do) for taking this photo.

Later on in the day, when I went to Pentagon City, I discovered that the entrance to the mall was under renovation.  I actually got yelled at by a mall security guard (who obviously didn’t have enough to do) for taking this photo.


On the day I did my Downtown Waynesboro photo set, I went over to Ridgeview Park afterwards.  There, a group from Hugh K. Cassell Elementary (a local elementary school) was having a lunch break while on a field trip.  As always while I was out during my employment with Wal-Mart, a bunch of children recognized me from there, and told me about it: "I see you at Wal-Mart!"

On the day I did my Downtown Waynesboro photo set, I went over to Ridgeview Park afterwards.  There, a group from Hugh K. Cassell Elementary (a local elementary school) was having a lunch break while on a field trip.  As always while I was out during my employment with Wal-Mart, a bunch of children recognized me from there, and told me about it: “I see you at Wal-Mart!”


This is the area of Route 608 that caused the detour that I complained about here.  This photo was taken about two months into the work.

This is the area of Route 608 that caused the detour that I complained about here.  This photo was taken about two months into the work.


On May 20, I was in DC, and photographed a protest called "Hands Off Venezuela and Cuba" sponsored by ANSWER.  They met at Malcolm X Park, and marched to the White House - the same basic concept as J20's march route.  However, unlike J20, which was a direct march down 16th Street, ANSWER's march was far more circuitous.  I didn't march with them.  I left before they took off, and caught up with them later.

On May 20, I was in DC, and photographed a protest called “Hands Off Venezuela and Cuba” sponsored by ANSWER.  They met at Malcolm X Park, and marched to the White House – the same basic concept as J20‘s march route.  However, unlike J20, which was a direct march down 16th Street, ANSWER’s march was far more circuitous.  I didn’t march with them.  I left before they took off, and caught up with them later.


Leaving Malcolm X Park and returning to the Metro, I noticed this sign taped to the door of a business offering storage facilities and various other services.  I took a few shots of the sign.  In the process, I managed to attract the attention of an employee in the building, who came out to check me out.  He was polite about it, but I out-maneuvered him.  He gave up when I told him, "This is a public street."

Leaving Malcolm X Park and returning to the Metro, I noticed this sign taped to the door of a business offering storage facilities and various other services.  I took a few shots of the sign.  In the process, I managed to attract the attention of an employee in the building, who came out to check me out.  He was polite about it, but I out-maneuvered him.  He gave up when I told him, “This is a public street.”


Meanwhile, outside the International Spy Museum, we found a group exemplifying Washington DC in spring: matching shirts.  It's either matching shirts, or kids wearing ID badges.  Or a whole bunch of people wearing "FBI" or "CIA" shirts.  Either way, these groups are normally not exactly well-behaved...

Meanwhile, outside the International Spy Museum, we found a group exemplifying Washington DC in spring: matching shirts.  It’s either matching shirts, or kids wearing ID badges.  Or a whole bunch of people wearing “FBI” or “CIA” shirts.  Either way, these groups are normally not exactly well-behaved…

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