Too many times I've heard people subtly put down DC. Sometimes they complain about the architecture, or the people. They say we aren't friendly, or that we are all career obsessed. I've heard the city described as cold and alien, that we have no sense of neighborhood. Also, I've heard people from larger cities treat us like a bunch of hicks. Then there are the race issues. Seems like anyone coming here expecting to find race conflict finds exactly what they are looking for. Perhaps it was in their bags.
Instead of arguing, though, I've decided to just do what I do when we're walking down the streets. Point at things. "Look at that," I'll say. There are so many odd, strange, wonderful things here, but people get too intense and locked in to see them. Sometimes I'll string some photos together, though I may leave the message to you. So I'll just point at this, point at that. If you like what you see up front, check out the archives. As we go along, I'll add some favorites to this section.
-daniel h. jeffers