The morning Metro commute consists of a bunch of unspoken rules, protocols that Shall Not Be Violated.  For example, on ascending escalators, always stand to the right and walk to the left. You will be hazed if you stand on the left.  When boarding a train, you must first look for a pair of seats … Continue reading Shush!

Navigating the newspaper gauntlet

GOOD MORNING, said the man, smiling broadly as he made eye contact with me. He was holding a stack of Examiner newspapers. As he offered me a copy of his newspaper, he thrust it right into my path and I had to juke to dodge it. “No thanks, I have the Post,” I smiled back … Continue reading Navigating the newspaper gauntlet

August in DC

Tumbling Tumbleweed Originally uploaded by arbyreed       This photo isn't actually of DC, but that's how August "rolls" in this here town. To wit: At 8:10 a.m., I got covered parking at Shady Grove Metro (Red Line geeks: in the old garage, the middle level, there were many spaces available. I snagged an … Continue reading August in DC