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After finding out that Caitlin was leaving Food & Water Watch while I was in Chicago, it soon turned out that due to the hiring of her successor in short order, Caitlin was bumped from her desk!  Thus she is sitting here in one of the reception chairs, working on a laptop and making a sad face...

After finding out that Caitlin was leaving Food & Water Watch while I was in Chicago, it soon turned out that due to the hiring of her successor in short order, Caitlin was bumped from her desk!  Thus she is sitting here in one of the reception chairs, working on a laptop and making a sad face…


These kinds of folks really irritate me.  The sidewalk leading to that car is for the Ride On bus stop in front of my house, which this genius just parked directly in front of, blocking normal access to the bus stop.  Glad to know what the owner of the car with Maryland license number 7FF-K04 thinks about us bus riders.

These kinds of folks really irritate me.  The sidewalk leading to that car is for the Ride On bus stop in front of my house, which this genius just parked directly in front of, blocking normal access to the bus stop.  Glad to know what the owner of the car with Maryland license number 7FF-K04 thinks about us bus riders.


One of the churches near my house displays various messages on its sign that make an attempt at humor while trying to get people to come to church.  This was posted in August, and was one of their more clever messages, making light of the extremely hot summer that we had.

One of the churches near my house displays various messages on its sign that make an attempt at humor while trying to get people to come to church.  This was posted in August, and was one of their more clever messages, making light of the extremely hot summer that we had.


This is a "to-do list" that my coworkers, from time to time, put up on my white board at work.  Numbers 1 and 2 are traditionally "Get office dog" and "Name him Hubert", and then the rest vary from time to time.  This one was put up right after I posted this Journal entry, which was the first Video Journal entry made in my living room.  It was, to put it nicely, a poor entry, but a decent first test of the system.  Seeing the video, my coworkers put "Think of something substantive for next videoblog" on there.  I agreed that it was kind of light on content, and so the next weekend, I tried again, producing this Video Journal entry.  Much improved, I'd say!

This is a “to-do list” that my coworkers, from time to time, put up on my white board at work.  Numbers 1 and 2 are traditionally “Get office dog” and “Name him Hubert”, and then the rest vary from time to time.  This one was put up right after I posted this Journal entry, which was the first Video Journal entry made in my living room.  It was, to put it nicely, a poor entry, but a decent first test of the system.  Seeing the video, my coworkers put “Think of something substantive for next videoblog” on there.  I agreed that it was kind of light on content, and so the next weekend, I tried again, producing this Video Journal entry.  Much improved, I’d say!


When I did my September 17 Journal entry, which included my tribute to radio host Randi Rhodes via “Bounce Your Boobies“, I actually rehearsed that part of the entry for the camera beforehand.  This is that rehearsal clip.  Something tells me that this rehearsal was necessary, because this one certainly had some rough edges on it.


While out with Mom while she was up in DC for the weekend in late September, I was surprised to see Rachael, an intern at work at the time, driving a pedicab around the National Mall.  At the time, I totally didn't recognize her outside of work...

While out with Mom while she was up in DC for the weekend in late September, I was surprised to see Rachael, an intern at work at the time, driving a pedicab around the National Mall.  At the time, I totally didn’t recognize her outside of work…


When the replacement gutters went up in April to replace the ones that the snowstorm took out, I gained a new problem.  Specifically, when it rains really hard, the gutter over my balcony tends to overflow in this one spot every time.  I have a feeling that there's a blockage there, because I can't think of any other reason to explain the gutter's only overflowing right there, seen here during a storm on September 30.

When the replacement gutters went up in April to replace the ones that the snowstorm took out, I gained a new problem.  Specifically, when it rains really hard, the gutter over my balcony tends to overflow in this one spot every time.  I have a feeling that there’s a blockage there, because I can’t think of any other reason to explain the gutter’s only overflowing right there, seen here during a storm on September 30.

When the replacement gutters went up in April to replace the ones that the snowstorm took out, I gained a new problem.  Specifically, when it rains really hard, the gutter over my balcony tends to overflow in this one spot every time.  I have a feeling that there's a blockage there, because I can't think of any other reason to explain the gutter's only overflowing right there, seen here during a storm on September 30.


After the disastrous IMF protest on October 9, I found myself in a quiet part of downtown Washington late at night.  The silence was broken by a familiar sound – a Wheelock AS.  I would know that sound anywhere, and in this case, it was coming from a small convenience store.  Strangely enough, the alarm was only coming from the convenience store, and not the whole building.  Another fire alarm device directly above it, a red bell, was not sounding.  I called the fire department just in case, but thinking about it later, I actually question whether this horn was being used as a fire alarm device at all.  In other words, I wonder if this was a general signaling application where someone, perhaps inadvertently, installed a fire alarm signal instead.


The end of my old bus stop, as the sidewalk was removed and the ground seeded.  This was replaced by a new bus stop about 50 feet away, to line up with the traffic islands that were installed on my street at the same time.  Funny - I never thought I'd see this sidewalk get torn out, because I remember when it was first put in back in 2008.  I figured it would easily last many years, but much to my surprise, it only lasted about two and a half years.

The end of my old bus stop, as the sidewalk was removed and the ground seeded.  This was replaced by a new bus stop about 50 feet away, to line up with the traffic islands that were installed on my street at the same time.  Funny – I never thought I’d see this sidewalk get torn out, because I remember when it was first put in back in 2008.  I figured it would easily last many years, but much to my surprise, it only lasted about two and a half years.


You may recall that my coverage of the Stewart-Colbert rally did not include any photos of either Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert.  This is because I was there mainly to people-watch.  That I did, but I did get a photo or two of the stars of the show, and here they are.  From this vantage point, I couldn't hear a lick of what they were saying (the sound was terrible), but at least I got some photos with the zoom lens.

You may recall that my coverage of the Stewart-Colbert rally did not include any photos of either Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert.  This is because I was there mainly to people-watch.  That I did, but I did get a photo or two of the stars of the show, and here they are.  From this vantage point, I couldn’t hear a lick of what they were saying (the sound was terrible), but at least I got some photos with the zoom lens.


I also got a movie of Stewart and Colbert singing, and in the process, proving that (A) Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert can’t sing, and (B) that the sound really was terrible.  Apologies if my camera work makes you seasick.


One of the times when you really need to be in Dupont Circle is on halloween.  After the Stewart-Colbert rally, I found myself in Dupont Circle (somehow, I always end up in Dupont!), and got a chance to photo a few of the halloween costumes.  The person at left is dressed as Sweetums the muppet, in the middle we have Papa Smurf and Smurfette (reminds me of this SNL clip), and at right, we have Flo from Progressive Insurance.  One of the times when you really need to be in Dupont Circle is on halloween.  After the Stewart-Colbert rally, I found myself in Dupont Circle (somehow, I always end up in Dupont!), and got a chance to photo a few of the halloween costumes.  The person at left is dressed as Sweetums the muppet, in the middle we have Papa Smurf and Smurfette (reminds me of this SNL clip), and at right, we have Flo from Progressive Insurance.  One of the times when you really need to be in Dupont Circle is on halloween.  After the Stewart-Colbert rally, I found myself in Dupont Circle (somehow, I always end up in Dupont!), and got a chance to photo a few of the halloween costumes.  The person at left is dressed as Sweetums the muppet, in the middle we have Papa Smurf and Smurfette (reminds me of this SNL clip), and at right, we have Flo from Progressive Insurance.

One of the times when you really need to be in Dupont Circle is on halloween.  After the Stewart-Colbert rally, I found myself in Dupont Circle (somehow, I always end up in Dupont!), and got a chance to photo a few of the halloween costumes.  The person at left is dressed as Sweetums the muppet, in the middle we have Papa Smurf and Smurfette (reminds me of this SNL clip), and at right, we have Flo from Progressive Insurance.


At Glenmont, I encountered more halloween revelers - one dressed as Pee-wee Herman, and a couple (who as it turns out are friends of one of my coworkers) who dressed as Fred and Wilma Flintstone.  At Glenmont, I encountered more halloween revelers - one dressed as Pee-wee Herman, and a couple (who as it turns out are friends of one of my coworkers) who dressed as Fred and Wilma Flintstone.

At Glenmont, I encountered more halloween revelers – one dressed as Pee-wee Herman, and a couple (who as it turns out are friends of one of my coworkers) who dressed as Fred and Wilma Flintstone.


After a light ballast burned out and we had it replaced, I noticed that the ballast, with all the wires sticking out, looked like a "suspicious object" of sorts.  So I posed menacingly with it.

After a light ballast burned out and we had it replaced, I noticed that the ballast, with all the wires sticking out, looked like a “suspicious object” of sorts.  So I posed menacingly with it.


On December 19, a few of us from work got together to do some Christmas shopping at Eastern Market in DC.  The final group turned out to be Katy, Alex Patton, me, and Alex Beauchamp.  As you can see, we did fairly well in our shopping effort.

On December 19, a few of us from work got together to do some Christmas shopping at Eastern Market in DC.  The final group turned out to be Katy, Alex Patton, me, and Alex Beauchamp.  As you can see, we did fairly well in our shopping effort.


In late December, I finally went up to Philadelphia with my mother to take a spin on their transit system.  One thing’s for certain: SEPTA is a different creature from WMATA.  While they both run rail and bus systems, Philadelphia’s two subway lines, the Market-Frankford Line and the Broad Street Subway are not like Metro.  The two lines are not compatible with each other, requiring different rolling stock for each.  The Market-Frankford rolling stock, seen above, is newer, and noticeably narrower than its Broad Street counterparts.


The Broad Street Subway, on the other hand, uses older rolling stock over its tracks.  The trains were wider, and looked a lot older than the Market-Frankford trains.  However, this is where I really noticed how clean the SEPTA trains were.  I don’t know if it was because we were visiting over Christmas, but I was taken back by the cleanliness.


The day after going to Philadelphia, Mom and I went over to Arlington Cemetery, where we saw the guard "walking the mat" in front of the Tomb of the Unknowns.  The day after going to Philadelphia, Mom and I went over to Arlington Cemetery, where we saw the guard "walking the mat" in front of the Tomb of the Unknowns.

The day after going to Philadelphia, Mom and I went over to Arlington Cemetery, where we saw the guard “walking the mat” in front of the Tomb of the Unknowns.

The day after going to Philadelphia, Mom and I went over to Arlington Cemetery, where we saw the guard "walking the mat" in front of the Tomb of the Unknowns.  The day after going to Philadelphia, Mom and I went over to Arlington Cemetery, where we saw the guard "walking the mat" in front of the Tomb of the Unknowns.

The day after going to Philadelphia, Mom and I went over to Arlington Cemetery, where we saw the guard "walking the mat" in front of the Tomb of the Unknowns.


The full process of “walking the mat”.  In this process, the soldier walks 21 steps in front of the tomb, faces the tomb for 21 seconds, turns to face the opposite direction, changes the weapon to the opposite shoulder (always the shoulder furthest from the tomb), and then the process repeats.


Across the path from the amphitheater at the Tomb of the Unknowns are the memorials to the two Space Shuttle missions that ended in tragedy.  These were STS-51-L (Challenger) and STS-107 (Columbia).  Across the path from the amphitheater at the Tomb of the Unknowns are the memorials to the two Space Shuttle missions that ended in tragedy.  These were STS-51-L (Challenger) and STS-107 (Columbia).

Across the path from the amphitheater at the Tomb of the Unknowns are the memorials to the two Space Shuttle missions that ended in tragedy.  These were STS-51-L (Challenger) and STS-107 (Columbia).

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