Tag Archives: DC

Dispatches from the Capitol: Embassy Row

1 May

Onward to some photos!

My name written in Arabic at the Iraq embassy. Written in full (not pictured), it reads as “Boolina.” Tight.

Embassy of Nepal.

Listening to a performance at the Indonesian embassy.

As an aside: I have found that I’d like to improve in post-production photo editing. Is there a good equivalent to Light Room for Linux?

Dispatches from the Capitol: Library of Congress

10 Apr

Pictured: Here I am, in Book Mecca.

Not pictured: On my way there, I noticed that I had spilled some apple sauce on the crotch of my pants; it left an unfortunate stain. Just putting that out there in case some people saw me and came up with alternative theories.

Dispatches from the Capitol: Monuments and Mirrors

17 Mar

Potomac, Jefferson Memorial
Washington Monument

Dispatches from the Capitol: National Zoo, CCF, and Union Station

10 Mar

What’s for dinner today?


… read a panel next to the cheetah enclosure. According to it, my 100-150 lb. weight bracket put me in the same class as the female warthog, and as a female warthog, I could be eaten within a half hour by lions and would be especially relished by hyenas. However, I would not have to fear cheetahs, because according to another sign, adult humans are too dense and heavy for cheetahs to eat. Instead, cheetahs prefer prey at or below 100 lbs., like a gazelle — which is “about the size of a sixth grader.”

I feel for any sixth grader who is reading this blog or is familiar with that sign. All the same, some of those signs at the National Zoo were curiously hilarious.

Aside from humorous blurbs, the Zoo has other obvious treasures. Here are photos of a couple of them. First, the Fly River Turtle, or Pig-nosed Turtle. I prefer the former name, because it evokes images of a shoreside reptile sporting cool threads. Second, the White-faced saki, who looks rather like an old sage in this photo.

Now, I have a very cool story to share with you. Today, I ate chili cheese fries — surprise, surprise.

As you can see, the chili and cheese look good, but the fries look more like they’ve been microwaved than fried. I tried getting some ketchup in my basket to add a little flavor, but air pressure worked against any ketchup flow. An older man, maybe in his 50s or 60s, passed along his ketchup bottle, which worked just fine.

We both continued eating — I read a Chinese article while fries undoubtedly poked out of my mouth. He talked to the waitress about his hometown of Chicago and how he visited Sioux Falls, South Dakota last week. It was freezing there on Saturday, apparently.

Then he left.

And then the waitress told me that he paid for my meal and instructed her not to say anything to me until after he had left. That was all.

After that, I joined a photography group through a church I’m attending in DC. We took some photos around Union Station. Most of mine turned out bleh — a combination of poor shutter speed judgment, lens flare, and the fewer number of interesting subjects out at that time of night.

This one is decent, and even has the Capitol in the background. That little neon red light trail on the left is courtesy of her ciggy.

Dispatches from the Capitol: February Snowfall

6 Feb

Snow began to fall around 11 AM yesterday, and by the time I had left work, a good amount of powder had already settled. On my way home, a kid in front of me with his eyes scrunched and head arched back, held his tongue out to catch the falling flakes when he was rudely awakened by his father —

“It’s just frozen water, dawg!”

No, dawg. This isn’t just frozen water.

This is Snowmageddon.

It has also popularly been called the Snowpocalypse. You can find out more about it at the Post. I mean, yes, pretty winter wonderland and funny eschatological monikers aside, it’s so far been absolutely exhausting with a historic 30+ inches in some places. Also, every half-hour or so, I hear the rescue call of police sirens — for what, I’m not sure, but I can start to imagine given that 210k are without electricity and the roads are complete hazards. Here are a couple more photos, one of contrast, and the other, of the clean-up to come.