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Year of Many Cameras

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I used this photo that Katie took of me at the Iwo Jima Memorial a lot in 2008.  It became my Facebook profile picture, it became my forum avatar, it went on my Wikipedia user page, it ran on the front of Schumin Web, and a lot more.

I used this photo that Katie took of me at the Iwo Jima Memorial a lot in 2008.  It became my Facebook profile picture, it became my forum avatar, it went on my Wikipedia user page, it ran on the front of Schumin Web, and a lot more.


Leaving Rosslyn, we headed back to my apartment.  Here, Katie and I photographed each other while waiting for the train at Metro Center.  Leaving Rosslyn, we headed back to my apartment.  Here, Katie and I photographed each other while waiting for the train at Metro Center.

Leaving Rosslyn, we headed back to my apartment.  Here, Katie and I photographed each other while waiting for the train at Metro Center.


And then once we got on the train, Katie caught a few winks on Rohr 1231.

And then once we got on the train, Katie caught a few winks on Rohr 1231.


On my birthday, I noticed one of Ride-On's buses, #5580, dead along my street.  I don't know what happened to the bus to cause it to be out of commission like that, but considering its orientation on my street, it had to have been running as a 51 to Norbeck Park and Ride when it decided to die.  I'd say I picked a good day to take off work, because for all I knew, that could have been the 51 bus that I take in the evenings to get home.

On my birthday, I noticed one of Ride-On’s buses, #5580, dead along my street.  I don’t know what happened to the bus to cause it to be out of commission like that, but considering its orientation on my street, it had to have been running as a 51 to Norbeck Park and Ride when it decided to die.  I’d say I picked a good day to take off work, because for all I knew, that could have been the 51 bus that I take in the evenings to get home.

Ride-On repaired this bus really quickly, and I had it as part of my morning commute two weeks later.


On June 1, Matthew Tilley and I went railfanning, doing the Blue/Orange/Yellow Line circuit, riding nearly the entirety of Metro in Virginia, plus going out to Largo and New Carrollton.  Here, we watched a train operator board Breda 3273 via the bulkhead door while on the tail tracks south of Franconia-Springfield, and bring it into the station.  On June 1, Matthew Tilley and I went railfanning, doing the Blue/Orange/Yellow Line circuit, riding nearly the entirety of Metro in Virginia, plus going out to Largo and New Carrollton.  Here, we watched a train operator board Breda 3273 via the bulkhead door while on the tail tracks south of Franconia-Springfield, and bring it into the station.

On June 1, Matthew Tilley and I went railfanning, doing the Blue/Orange/Yellow Line circuit, riding nearly the entirety of Metro in Virginia, plus going out to Largo and New Carrollton.  Here, we watched a train operator board Breda 3273 via the bulkhead door while on the tail tracks south of Franconia-Springfield, and bring it into the station.

On June 1, Matthew Tilley and I went railfanning, doing the Blue/Orange/Yellow Line circuit, riding nearly the entirety of Metro in Virginia, plus going out to Largo and New Carrollton.  Here, we watched a train operator board Breda 3273 via the bulkhead door while on the tail tracks south of Franconia-Springfield, and bring it into the station.  On June 1, Matthew Tilley and I went railfanning, doing the Blue/Orange/Yellow Line circuit, riding nearly the entirety of Metro in Virginia, plus going out to Largo and New Carrollton.  Here, we watched a train operator board Breda 3273 via the bulkhead door while on the tail tracks south of Franconia-Springfield, and bring it into the station.


Matthew poses for a photo in front of Breda 3278 at Huntington.

Matthew poses for a photo in front of Breda 3278 at Huntington.


While out on our railfan trip, we noticed this bag of peanuts in a store in the Amtrak station at New Carrollton.  I figure they weren't moving because no one liked them.  Having seen enough microwave videos, it was easy to conclude: "Nobody likes roasted nuts!"

While out on our railfan trip, we noticed this bag of peanuts in a store in the Amtrak station at New Carrollton.  I figure they weren’t moving because no one liked them.  Having seen enough microwave videos, it was easy to conclude: “Nobody likes roasted nuts!”


After Matthew and I parted company, I headed back towards Glenmont.  On the way, I stopped to snag some photos of the graffiti at Brookland-CUA station.  The piece at left is a tribute to Washington Redskins player Sean Taylor, who was killed in late 2007.  The tag at right is political in nature (fairly common in Washington), expressing support for then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.  After Matthew and I parted company, I headed back towards Glenmont.  On the way, I stopped to snag some photos of the graffiti at Brookland-CUA station.  The piece at left is a tribute to Washington Redskins player Sean Taylor, who was killed in late 2007.  The tag at right is political in nature (fairly common in Washington), expressing support for then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

After Matthew and I parted company, I headed back towards Glenmont.  On the way, I stopped to snag some photos of the graffiti at Brookland-CUA station.  The piece at left is a tribute to Washington Redskins player Sean Taylor, who was killed in late 2007.  The tag at right is political in nature (fairly common in Washington), expressing support for then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.


Ouch!  This is the bruise I got next to my eye when a modesty panel on a desk I was assembling at work fell on my face.  Thankfully, the bruise didn't last long, and was not very noticeable.

Ouch!  This is the bruise I got next to my eye when a modesty panel on a desk I was assembling at work fell on my face.  Thankfully, the bruise didn’t last long, and was not very noticeable.


My mother and sister came to visit on June 12 and 13, and we mostly explored Georgetown.  Here, Mom checks out a street vendor's selection in Rosslyn.

My mother and sister came to visit on June 12 and 13, and we mostly explored Georgetown.  Here, Mom checks out a street vendor’s selection in Rosslyn.


On the former Georgetown car barn, what a surprise to see "BORF" painted on a door!

On the former Georgetown car barn, what a surprise to see “BORF” painted on a door!


Meanwhile, inside the car barn, which has now been converted for other uses, the old streetcar tracks still exist in the concrete floor!

Meanwhile, inside the car barn, which has now been converted for other uses, the old streetcar tracks still exist in the concrete floor!


The "Exorcist Steps" in Georgetown, which was the main reason we went.

The “Exorcist Steps” in Georgetown, which was the main reason we went.


When one of our Macs broke down at work, I tagged it as out of service with a line from the Mel Brooks movie Young Frankenstein.

When one of our Macs broke down at work, I tagged it as out of service with a line from the Mel Brooks movie Young Frankenstein.


During the summer of 2008, Food & Water Watch sponsored an office volleyball team.  These games took place on the National Mall on Wednesday evenings after work.  We may have placed last in the competition, but we had loads of fun, and that's what counts in the end...  During the summer of 2008, Food & Water Watch sponsored an office volleyball team.  These games took place on the National Mall on Wednesday evenings after work.  We may have placed last in the competition, but we had loads of fun, and that's what counts in the end...

During the summer of 2008, Food & Water Watch sponsored an office volleyball team.  These games took place on the National Mall on Wednesday evenings after work.  We may have placed last in the competition, but we had loads of fun, and that’s what counts in the end…

During the summer of 2008, Food & Water Watch sponsored an office volleyball team.  These games took place on the National Mall on Wednesday evenings after work.  We may have placed last in the competition, but we had loads of fun, and that's what counts in the end...  During the summer of 2008, Food & Water Watch sponsored an office volleyball team.  These games took place on the National Mall on Wednesday evenings after work.  We may have placed last in the competition, but we had loads of fun, and that's what counts in the end...

During the summer of 2008, Food & Water Watch sponsored an office volleyball team.  These games took place on the National Mall on Wednesday evenings after work.  We may have placed last in the competition, but we had loads of fun, and that's what counts in the end...  During the summer of 2008, Food & Water Watch sponsored an office volleyball team.  These games took place on the National Mall on Wednesday evenings after work.  We may have placed last in the competition, but we had loads of fun, and that's what counts in the end...

During the summer of 2008, Food & Water Watch sponsored an office volleyball team.  These games took place on the National Mall on Wednesday evenings after work.  We may have placed last in the competition, but we had loads of fun, and that's what counts in the end...  During the summer of 2008, Food & Water Watch sponsored an office volleyball team.  These games took place on the National Mall on Wednesday evenings after work.  We may have placed last in the competition, but we had loads of fun, and that's what counts in the end...


At the end of our last game, all the volleyball players posed for a photo.  This was definitely a fun evening activity.

At the end of our last game, all the volleyball players posed for a photo.  This was definitely a fun evening activity.


After our first volleyball game, we hit a bar in Chinatown for after-game drinks.  Coming out of the bar, I noticed some large advertising monitors had been installed on one of the buildings at the corner of 7th and H Streets NW.  I saw this, and thought it resembled Times Square in New York City.  It seems that various developers are determined to make Chinatown Chinese-in-name-only, and that makes me sad...

After our first volleyball game, we hit a bar in Chinatown for after-game drinks.  Coming out of the bar, I noticed some large advertising monitors had been installed on one of the buildings at the corner of 7th and H Streets NW.  I saw this, and thought it resembled Times Square in New York City.  It seems that various developers are determined to make Chinatown Chinese-in-name-only, and that makes me sad…


Meanwhile, across the street, a more Washington-like building is being prepared for redevelopment.  This building housed a CVS up until recently, which I remember most for having visited to get a soda after the Million Worker March in 2004.

Meanwhile, across the street, a more Washington-like building is being prepared for redevelopment.  This building housed a CVS up until recently, which I remember most for having visited to get a soda after the Million Worker March in 2004.


This stuffed animal belonged to one of our summer interns, who named it "Kumquat Lemur".  Interestingly enough, they even created a Facebook account for it!  This photo was taken specifically to end up on Facebook, and true to form, I tagged its face in the photo.

This stuffed animal belonged to one of our summer interns, who named it “Kumquat Lemur”.  Interestingly enough, they even created a Facebook account for it!  This photo was taken specifically to end up on Facebook, and true to form, I tagged its face in the photo.


In early August, Katie came to visit again, and I took what I called my “mini-vacation”.  I picked Katie up on Tuesday, and then we spent Wednesday wandering around Washington, as we usually do when Katie comes to visit.  Then we spent Thursday at Splash Down Waterpark in Manassas, and then on Friday, we both drove down to Waynesboro.  There, I dropped Katie off at her house, and I went to see my parents.  I didn’t get any photos at the waterpark or at home, but I certainly did get a lot during our DC day…


On the first day in town, Katie tried on my Guy Fawkes mask.  Looks good!

On the first day in town, Katie tried on my Guy Fawkes mask.  Looks good!


Katie descends the escalator at Wheaton.

Katie descends the escalator at Wheaton.


Here, I take a moment to note in my transit log that we are on Breda 4038, which we rode from Wheaton to Metro Center.

Here, I take a moment to note in my transit log that we are on Breda 4038, which we rode from Wheaton to Metro Center.


Where we were, in the broken-down cab area, we spotted a discarded toothbrush on the floor.  Gross.

Where we were, in the broken-down cab area, we spotted a discarded toothbrush on the floor.  Gross.


Katie takes a moment to check her messages on her phone.

Katie takes a moment to check her messages on her phone.


Our first destination was the Old Post Office, where we were going to pay a visit to the observation deck at the top of the tower.

Our first destination was the Old Post Office, where we were going to pay a visit to the observation deck at the top of the tower.


Katie smiles for a photo in front of the Old Post Office.

Katie smiles for a photo in front of the Old Post Office.


Ascending to the top of the Old Post Office tower.


And here I am, in the top of the tower.

And here I am, in the top of the tower.


And going back down to the main level of the Old Post Office.

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