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The Year That Was

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Later on in the day on September 12, I noticed the lights were on in the abandoned tunnel at Pentagon City station.  I had previously read that there was going to be work done on the tunnel to eventually open it to the public, but this was the first I'd seen of stuff actually going on in the tunnel itself.  By the looks of it, this will not be a tunnel for the weak, as there are a whole lot of stairs on both ends of the tunnel.

Later on in the day on September 12, I noticed the lights were on in the abandoned tunnel at Pentagon City station.  I had previously read that there was going to be work done on the tunnel to eventually open it to the public, but this was the first I’d seen of stuff actually going on in the tunnel itself.  By the looks of it, this will not be a tunnel for the weak, as there are a whole lot of stairs on both ends of the tunnel.


What is wrong with this September 20 picture of Breda 3085 at Vienna?  Answer is, the bulkhead doors were open all the way through to the fourth car of this six-car train.  I notified the operator when he entered, and he got on the PA: "Hey, Bruce, when you walk past the train, make sure all the bulkhead doors are closed. Some may be open."  Bruce closed them, and operator announced, "Thanks, Bruce."  The operator thanked me when I departed at Rosslyn.  Additionally, Breda 3085 was one of the cars that Metro missed when they converted all the cars to the new chimes, so I got to hear Sandy Carroll do her "doors closing" voice.

What is wrong with this September 20 picture of Breda 3085 at Vienna?  Answer is, the bulkhead doors were open all the way through to the fourth car of this six-car train.  I notified the operator when he entered, and he got on the PA: “Hey, Bruce, when you walk past the train, make sure all the bulkhead doors are closed. Some may be open.”  Bruce closed them, and operator announced, “Thanks, Bruce.”  The operator thanked me when I departed at Rosslyn.  Additionally, Breda 3085 was one of the cars that Metro missed when they converted all the cars to the new chimes, so I got to hear Sandy Carroll do her “doors closing” voice.


September 20 was another photography walk.  I actually went over to the Fairmont Hotel, which was one of our targets in Night March, and took shots along the way.  It looks so different during the day, with no black bloc demonstrating around it.

September 20 was another photography walk.  I actually went over to the Fairmont Hotel, which was one of our targets in Night March, and took shots along the way.  It looks so different during the day, with no black bloc demonstrating around it.


And in front of the Fairmont was this classic car, a Bentley S2.

And in front of the Fairmont was this classic car, a Bentley S2.


Later on, at Dupont Circle, traffic was in a bit of disarray, as construction crews fully rebuilt Connecticut Avenue going under the circle itself.

Later on, at Dupont Circle, traffic was in a bit of disarray, as construction crews fully rebuilt Connecticut Avenue going under the circle itself.


After a trip to the Infoshop, I spotted something you don't normally see in DC, and particularly not in the Shaw neighborhood - a horse-drawn carriage.

After a trip to the Infoshop, I spotted something you don’t normally see in DC, and particularly not in the Shaw neighborhood – a horse-drawn carriage.


Riding Rohr 1146 back to Rosslyn from Pentagon City, I noticed an oddity - the release cover was hanging loose!  I had always figured that those were hinged...

Riding Rohr 1146 back to Rosslyn from Pentagon City, I noticed an oddity – the release cover was hanging loose!  I had always figured that those were hinged…


This "KAZE" message was applied to the elevator windscreen using duct tape on the top level of the North Garage at Vienna some time in mid-2006.   No idea what it means, though.

This “KAZE” message was applied to the elevator windscreen using duct tape on the top level of the North Garage at Vienna some time in mid-2006.   No idea what it means, though.


On October 11, I discovered that the former Da Hua Market in Chinatown had recently been used as the campaign headquarters for Vincent Orange, one of the Democratic candidates for the mayor of Washington DC.  Adrian Fenty ultimately won the race.

On October 11, I discovered that the former Da Hua Market in Chinatown had recently been used as the campaign headquarters for Vincent Orange, one of the Democratic candidates for the mayor of Washington DC.  Adrian Fenty ultimately won the race.


Meanwhile, Robert Bobb, a longtime city manager in various places across the country, was making his first foray into elected office by running for president of the DC board of education.  He ultimately won the election.

Meanwhile, Robert Bobb, a longtime city manager in various places across the country, was making his first foray into elected office by running for president of the DC board of education.  He ultimately won the election.


Later on in the day when I was at Pentagon City, the appearance of the sound system has changed.  The boxes are gone, and wires are sticking out of the conduit along the wall.

Later on in the day when I was at Pentagon City, the appearance of the sound system has changed.  The boxes are gone, and wires are sticking out of the conduit along the wall.


However, on October 23, the speaker boxes took on their finished appearance.  And for all that work, you still can't understand the station announcements any better than before.

However, on October 23, the speaker boxes took on their finished appearance.  And for all that work, you still can’t understand the station announcements any better than before.


On October 26, while Matthew Tilley and I were out railfanning, the mysterious "WHITE" sign made another appearance, this time on Breda 3208 at L'Enfant Plaza.

On October 26, while Matthew Tilley and I were out railfanning, the mysterious “WHITE” sign made another appearance, this time on Breda 3208 at L’Enfant Plaza.


On November 7, while I was in DC, I spotted a group of people on Segways running around Lafayette Park.

On November 7, while I was in DC, I spotted a group of people on Segways running around Lafayette Park.


Going through Lafayette Park to Pennsylvania Avenue, I met Cindy Sheehan.  Here, she strikes a pose in front of the White House.

Going through Lafayette Park to Pennsylvania Avenue, I met Cindy Sheehan.  Here, she strikes a pose in front of the White House.


Sheehan was at the White House as part of an anti-war demonstration that sought to make the White House appear to be a crime scene (war crimes, that is).

Sheehan was at the White House as part of an anti-war demonstration that sought to make the White House appear to be a crime scene (war crimes, that is).

Sheehan was at the White House as part of an anti-war demonstration that sought to make the White House appear to be a crime scene (war crimes, that is).


We've seen little signs like this one at Vienna before, and they're never good news.  This time, it announced that the overflow parking lot at the end of Vaden Drive, past the South Garage, would be closing for good on November 17.

We’ve seen little signs like this one at Vienna before, and they’re never good news.  This time, it announced that the overflow parking lot at the end of Vaden Drive, past the South Garage, would be closing for good on November 17.


On my December 18 DC trip, I walked over the Key Bridge from Rosslyn to Georgetown.

On the way to Georgetown, I got the opportunity to photograph the Waterview development.  It's really starting to come together.  Compare to about a year before, when they were still building basement levels.

On the way to Georgetown, I got the opportunity to photograph the Waterview development.  It’s really starting to come together.  Compare to about a year before, when they were still building basement levels.


On the way to the Key Bridge, I found this face stenciled on the bottom of a lamppost.

On the way to the Key Bridge, I found this face stenciled on the bottom of a lamppost.


On December 27, I went to DC with Mom, Sis, and Chris Lysy in tow.

On the Metro out of Vienna, Mom makes a face for the camera while reading the newspaper.

On the Metro out of Vienna, Mom makes a face for the camera while reading the newspaper.


Meanwhile, Sis and Chris share a newspaper.

Meanwhile, Sis and Chris share a newspaper.


Discussing proper Metro escalator etiquette while on the long Rosslyn escalators.


Looks like someone's happy after going purse shopping!

Looks like someone’s happy after going purse shopping!


Discussing Mom and Sis’s purse selections.


The former Da Hua Market building is kind of gloomy and dark, as the ceiling and lights had been removed since Da Hua vacated the space.  Compare to this photo from 2003 showing Da Hua Market alive and well.

The former Da Hua Market building is kind of gloomy and dark, as the ceiling and lights had been removed since Da Hua vacated the space.  Compare to this photo from 2003 showing Da Hua Market alive and well.


Sis and Chris pose for a photo in the elevator at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria.

Sis and Chris pose for a photo in the elevator at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria.


Later, at Huntington, while Mom and I took the inclinator, Sis and Chris took the escalator and beat us to the top.  Thus, when we got up to the top, we were presented with those two making faces at us.

Later, at Huntington, while Mom and I took the inclinator, Sis and Chris took the escalator and beat us to the top.  Thus, when we got up to the top, we were presented with those two making faces at us.


At Huntington, and going on to Pentagon City, we finally unlocked Mom's inner railfan again, as she took the railfan window of Breda 3087.

At Huntington, and going on to Pentagon City, we finally unlocked Mom’s inner railfan again, as she took the railfan window of Breda 3087.

At Huntington, and going on to Pentagon City, we finally unlocked Mom's inner railfan again, as she took the railfan window of Breda 3087.


In front of Murali, Sis and Chris tell of what kinds of chocolates they bought from Godiva over at Pentagon City Mall next door, and Chris demonstrates how he holds the bag just so.


Note the striped pattern on my hand.  That is crud from the ceiling vent at the "blind" end of Breda 3030.  For all of you who might want to touch that vent, or put your hand on it as a way of hanging on while riding the Metro, don't.  It's filthy.  And it wouldn't just wipe off.  I had to actually use some serious soap and water to get that gunk off.

Note the striped pattern on my hand.  That is crud from the ceiling vent at the “blind” end of Breda 3030.  For all of you who might want to touch that vent, or put your hand on it as a way of hanging on while riding the Metro, don’t.  It’s filthy.  And it wouldn’t just wipe off.  I had to actually use some serious soap and water to get that gunk off.


After another great day in DC is over, Mom and Matthew Tilley walk and talk as we return to the Sable.

After another great day in DC is over, Mom and Matthew Tilley walk and talk as we return to the Sable.


Mom speaks to the woman who lives in the North Garage’s elevator at Vienna.

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