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On my May 5 DC trip, which I took with Mom, we finally found what would become my home in Silver Spring.  These pictures were from the house-hunting, where we took photos in case we needed to refer back later.  These pictures of an empty apartment all look very strange to me now, as I am very much settled, so I'm used to seeing the place with all of my stuff in it.    On my May 5 DC trip, which I took with Mom, we finally found what would become my home in Silver Spring.  These pictures were from the house-hunting, where we took photos in case we needed to refer back later.  These pictures of an empty apartment all look very strange to me now, as I am very much settled, so I'm used to seeing the place with all of my stuff in it.

On my May 5 DC trip, which I took with Mom, we finally found what would become my home in Silver Spring.  These pictures were from the house-hunting, where we took photos in case we needed to refer back later.  These pictures of an empty apartment all look very strange to me now, as I am very much settled, so I’m used to seeing the place with all of my stuff in it.

On my May 5 DC trip, which I took with Mom, we finally found what would become my home in Silver Spring.  These pictures were from the house-hunting, where we took photos in case we needed to refer back later.  These pictures of an empty apartment all look very strange to me now, as I am very much settled, so I'm used to seeing the place with all of my stuff in it.    On my May 5 DC trip, which I took with Mom, we finally found what would become my home in Silver Spring.  These pictures were from the house-hunting, where we took photos in case we needed to refer back later.  These pictures of an empty apartment all look very strange to me now, as I am very much settled, so I'm used to seeing the place with all of my stuff in it.

On my May 5 DC trip, which I took with Mom, we finally found what would become my home in Silver Spring.  These pictures were from the house-hunting, where we took photos in case we needed to refer back later.  These pictures of an empty apartment all look very strange to me now, as I am very much settled, so I'm used to seeing the place with all of my stuff in it.    On my May 5 DC trip, which I took with Mom, we finally found what would become my home in Silver Spring.  These pictures were from the house-hunting, where we took photos in case we needed to refer back later.  These pictures of an empty apartment all look very strange to me now, as I am very much settled, so I'm used to seeing the place with all of my stuff in it.

On my May 5 DC trip, which I took with Mom, we finally found what would become my home in Silver Spring.  These pictures were from the house-hunting, where we took photos in case we needed to refer back later.  These pictures of an empty apartment all look very strange to me now, as I am very much settled, so I'm used to seeing the place with all of my stuff in it.    On my May 5 DC trip, which I took with Mom, we finally found what would become my home in Silver Spring.  These pictures were from the house-hunting, where we took photos in case we needed to refer back later.  These pictures of an empty apartment all look very strange to me now, as I am very much settled, so I'm used to seeing the place with all of my stuff in it.


This is the first glimpse I got of the view off of my balcony.  I have an amazing amount of privacy, since the property next to my building is vacant.

This is the first glimpse I got of the view off of my balcony.  I have an amazing amount of privacy, since the property next to my building is vacant.


The management of Staunton Mall threw Goody's out to put in a Gold's Gym?  First of all, what kind of idiot puts a gymnasium in a shopping mall?  And secondly, they're not exactly endearing themselves to the shoppers with that sign.  As I understand it, they have to keep the mall entrance open for fire code compliance.  However, if you don't want people actually using that entrance, why not just wall in the entrance completely and replace it with a simple emergency exit door?  Even more so when you consider that they just put a whole bunch of money in to renovate the space.  That would certainly prevent the customer-turnoff sign that local management made there...    The management of Staunton Mall threw Goody's out to put in a Gold's Gym?  First of all, what kind of idiot puts a gymnasium in a shopping mall?  And secondly, they're not exactly endearing themselves to the shoppers with that sign.  As I understand it, they have to keep the mall entrance open for fire code compliance.  However, if you don't want people actually using that entrance, why not just wall in the entrance completely and replace it with a simple emergency exit door?  Even more so when you consider that they just put a whole bunch of money in to renovate the space.  That would certainly prevent the customer-turnoff sign that local management made there...

The management of Staunton Mall threw Goody’s out to put in a Gold’s Gym?  First of all, what kind of idiot puts a gymnasium in a shopping mall?  And secondly, they’re not exactly endearing themselves to the shoppers with that sign.  As I understand it, they have to keep the mall entrance open for fire code compliance.  However, if you don’t want people actually using that entrance, why not just wall in the entrance completely and replace it with a simple emergency exit door?  Even more so when you consider that they just put a whole bunch of money in to renovate the space.  That would certainly prevent the customer-turnoff sign that local management made there…


Meanwhile, having moved to Silver Spring, by June 24, I finally got my WMATA map on the wall.  That took a while to arrive, as Mom brought it up when we went to IKEA to go shopping for the bed.  Looks good over the table, doesn't it?  It has turned out to be especially helpful when I have guests over, and I can explain where we're going and how we're getting there.

Meanwhile, having moved to Silver Spring, by June 24, I finally got my WMATA map on the wall.  That took a while to arrive, as Mom brought it up when we went to IKEA to go shopping for the bed.  Looks good over the table, doesn’t it?  It has turned out to be especially helpful when I have guests over, and I can explain where we’re going and how we’re getting there.


On June 29, I went down to Pentagon City after work.  June 29 was also the day the iPhone was released.  Even into the evening, the Apple store was packed, and there were lines of people waiting to get in, with mall rent-a-cops and real police making sure the store wasn't overwhelmed.

On June 29, I went down to Pentagon City after work.  June 29 was also the day the iPhone was released.  Even into the evening, the Apple store was packed, and there were lines of people waiting to get in, with mall rent-a-cops and real police making sure the store wasn’t overwhelmed.


On June 30, my bed arrived!  Now the fun was in having to put that thing together.  Not fun.  I got it mostly put together that day, stopped for the evening, then finished the next morning.

On June 30, my bed arrived!  Now the fun was in having to put that thing together.  Not fun.  I got it mostly put together that day, stopped for the evening, then finished the next morning.


Then while I was dealing with the bed up in Silver Spring, Mom sent me a photo of her new Scion in front of the house in Stuarts Draft.  Note the composition of the photo.  This is one of my pet peeves - people putting the subject of the photo way down in the bottom of the frame.  Upon seeing this photo, I commented, "That's a great picture of the house.  Next time, move the car out of the way first."  That comment ultimately led to this photo, which was framed better.

Then while I was dealing with the bed up in Silver Spring, Mom sent me a photo of her new Scion in front of the house in Stuarts Draft.  Note the composition of the photo.  This is one of my pet peeves – people putting the subject of the photo way down in the bottom of the frame.  Upon seeing this photo, I commented, “That’s a great picture of the house.  Next time, move the car out of the way first.”  That comment ultimately led to this photo, which was framed better.


On the morning of July 1, I finished putting the bed together.  By that evening, I had it all fitted out with sheets, pillows, and a comforter.  On the morning of July 1, I finished putting the bed together.  By that evening, I had it all fitted out with sheets, pillows, and a comforter.

On the morning of July 1, I finished putting the bed together.  By that evening, I had it all fitted out with sheets, pillows, and a comforter.


On July 16, ANSWER posters for the September 15 march were placed at Dupont Circle...

On July 16, ANSWER posters for the September 15 march were placed at Dupont Circle…


And the next morning, they had been shredded.  Realize that ANSWER does not have the world's greatest reputation in the anti-war movement...

And the next morning, they had been shredded.  Realize that ANSWER does not have the world’s greatest reputation in the anti-war movement…


On my August 11-12 trip to Stuarts Draft, look who was behind the counter at the Books-A-Million at Staunton Mall!  Yes, my sister worked for Books-A-Million just prior to moving to Chicago.

On my August 11-12 trip to Stuarts Draft, look who was behind the counter at the Books-A-Million at Staunton Mall!  Yes, my sister worked for Books-A-Million just prior to moving to Chicago.


51 different uses for a fire alarm... here, I'm using a Wheelock RSS as a coathook, as I hung my bag here while using a men's room at American University just before radical cheerleading practice ahead of October Rebellion.

51 different uses for a fire alarm… here, I’m using a Wheelock RSS as a coathook, as I hung my bag here while using a men’s room at American University just before radical cheerleading practice ahead of October Rebellion.


What happened here?  This is one of the hinges on the back window on the Sable, which cracked while on my November trip to Philadelphia.  This photo was one I took and sent to my father to see what he thought.  The now-loose hinge made a terrible rattling sound (very annoying), and so for the return trip, I bought a roll of duct tape and taped it back together in order to stop the sound.  At this I was successful.  It was quiet the entire way back.

What happened here?  This is one of the hinges on the back window on the Sable, which cracked while on my November trip to Philadelphia.  This photo was one I took and sent to my father to see what he thought.  The now-loose hinge made a terrible rattling sound (very annoying), and so for the return trip, I bought a roll of duct tape and taped it back together in order to stop the sound.  At this I was successful.  It was quiet the entire way back.


The weekend after I got back from Philadelphia, Mom came to visit.  We took a walk past the Capitol, where we got to see the Capitol grounds on a typical day, as compared to the protest crowds that are often there when I come to the Capitol.  The weekend after I got back from Philadelphia, Mom came to visit.  We took a walk past the Capitol, where we got to see the Capitol grounds on a typical day, as compared to the protest crowds that are often there when I come to the Capitol.

The weekend after I got back from Philadelphia, Mom came to visit.  We took a walk past the Capitol, where we got to see the Capitol grounds on a typical day, as compared to the protest crowds that are often there when I come to the Capitol.


Following our trip to the Capitol, Mom gave a big smile for the camera while on CAF 5167.

Following our trip to the Capitol, Mom gave a big smile for the camera while on CAF 5167.


Meanwhile, speaking of trains, one way to make Mom uptight is to do something geekish.  This is what happened on our trip, when my love of trains and my love of photography converged, and I got down on the floor to take some long-exposure shots of L'Enfant Plaza (left) and Dupont Circle (right) stations.  Metro doesn't allow tripods, you see, so I improvised.  Meanwhile, speaking of trains, one way to make Mom uptight is to do something geekish.  This is what happened on our trip, when my love of trains and my love of photography converged, and I got down on the floor to take some long-exposure shots of L'Enfant Plaza (left) and Dupont Circle (right) stations.  Metro doesn't allow tripods, you see, so I improvised.

Meanwhile, speaking of trains, one way to make Mom uptight is to do something geekish.  This is what happened on our trip, when my love of trains and my love of photography converged, and I got down on the floor to take some long-exposure shots of L’Enfant Plaza (left) and Dupont Circle (right) stations.  Metro doesn’t allow tripods, you see, so I improvised.


This house, on 8th Street NW in Shaw just north of the Giant Food store and slightly northeast of the Infoshop and convenient to two Metro stations, may look in awful shape with its boarded-over windows, but I see potential.  And it's for sale!  Of course, I also don't see money, which I would need to buy and renovate this little diamond-in-the-rough...

This house, on 8th Street NW in Shaw just north of the Giant Food store and slightly northeast of the Infoshop and convenient to two Metro stations, may look in awful shape with its boarded-over windows, but I see potential.  And it’s for sale!  Of course, I also don’t see money, which I would need to buy and renovate this little diamond-in-the-rough…


This is my first office at Food & Water Watch.  About a month after this photo was taken, we moved the office to a new space, and so I had to disassemble this setup, and put it together again in a new office...

This is my first office at Food & Water Watch.  About a month after this photo was taken, we moved the office to a new space, and so I had to disassemble this setup, and put it together again in a new office…


On the day after Thanksgiving, I spent it away from the stores, and out with Katie, where we went up to the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Here, Katie poses on a rock at 20-Minute Cliff.

On the day after Thanksgiving, I spent it away from the stores, and out with Katie, where we went up to the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Here, Katie poses on a rock at 20-Minute Cliff.


Meanwhile, Mom illustrated about why spelling is so important using this Stuarts Draft Cougars shirt that a school group made.  Notice the spelling of "shred".  Rather than saying "Rip em, shred em", the shirt says "Rip em, shread em".  That doesn't rhyme with "bread".  Oh, no... "shread" rhymes with "read" and "need".  And that's dumb...

Meanwhile, Mom illustrated about why spelling is so important using this Stuarts Draft Cougars shirt that a school group made.  Notice the spelling of “shred”.  Rather than saying “Rip em, shred em”, the shirt says “Rip em, shread em”.  That doesn’t rhyme with “bread”.  Oh, no… “shread” rhymes with “read” and “need”.  And that’s dumb

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