This week in Washington, DC, we took a circuitous 12-mile walk to the zoo (no pandas yet!) and I managed to get a Reader Card at the Library of Congress (more on adventures at the library-to-end-all-libraries later, but quick pro-tip for novices: try to avoid shaving one of your eyebrows off the day before getting your picture taken for a card that expires two years from this past Monday).
Only in DC? On the left is an anti-war protestor and on the right are two members of the military. As they passed us, the man in the middle told the protestor to raise her sign higher.
The Ball & Chain (Jim Jim) tagged along for the three-mile walk to work (cleverly taking the Metro back). Among other noteworthy landmarks along our route, we passed the White House, assorted embassies, and several Syria protests.
See the White House, and the people with signs protesting U.S. involvement in Syria and / or other armed conflicts, and the statue commemorating armed conflict. All in one photo!
I also accidentally joined a Tea Party throng as the roads were being closed for some muckity-muck earlier today. There must be a thriving Sharpie and poster industry in this town.
I noted with some interest that the sign outside of the DC government building (for governing DC) has a running tally of federal tax dollars without representation by the residents of DC to match the local license plates:
Clifford Berryman had lots to say about that in his cartoons, as well.
Also got into an extended discussion with a cycle-carriage-driver over the fact that the Chicago flag resembles the DC flag slightly but is, in fact, its own thing. Knowledge is power!