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January 25, 2007

a walk downtown with jimbo

Today I went to get my teeth examined and cleaned, and from the 4th floor dental office window I spotted Stebbins going to work right before Xena, my dental hygenist, started to shove sharp objects into my mouth. After that I got my eyes examined across the street from the Old Executive Office Building, kinda near the White House where George W. Douchebag creates gas, debt, paranoia, permanently maimed and dead Americans and Iraqis, and broken promises. Oh, my vision is 20/20 and my teeth are clean, plaque- and gingivitis-free, by the way! I am ready for resale.

Click on the photo below and enlarge the image...can you spot the terrorist (or window cleaner) on this edifice, the Old Executive Office Building?
Old Executive Office Building
I don't know where the hot cycle cops were, so I only got a picture of thier retro bikes. This photo was taken right by the White House, where that piece of shit douche bag from Texas lives and "works".
White House Guardians
An old Beaverhausen told me that this is the Renwick Gallery. I have never been in there in the 10 years I've lived in DC.
This is my favorite place to get coffee in DC, hands-down. In fact I think I'm going to start writing blog entries about non-franchise institutions in DC that I like to frequent that deserve more credit (and business) than they get.
M.E. Swing Co.
M.E. Swing Co. (or "Swing's") coffee roasters have been in business since 1916, and are located at 1702 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006.

The service at Swing's is friendlier, faster, and tastier than Starbucks'. For some reason the employees always seem to be perky. If you look closely at the photo below, you'll see the proprietor to the left, busy doing accounting like she always does in the morning.
M.E. Swing, Co.
Again, the service at Swing's is fast and friendly. I like the deco interiors too. I never leave Swing's feeling like I interrupted someone's mental break or that I have disturbed the barristae.

Posted by jimbo at January 25, 2007 8:31 AM


Jimbo, I'll help spread the word on non-franchise DC establishments. I'd start with Jimmy T's breakfast shop (5th and E. Cap)

Posted by: ivan at January 24, 2007 5:13 PM

The Renwick is pretty cool. They've got some interesting stuff in their permanent collection and have some great exhibitions for artists like Grant Wood. The place isn't really very crowded...I think the facade intimidates a lot of tourists from just walking in.

In the years I've been in D.C. I never noticed that 17th and G coffee shop. I'll have to check it out.

Posted by: Mikeprov1 at January 24, 2007 6:25 PM

OMG - the Grand Salon upstairs in the Renwick is one of my all time favorite spaces in DC. The perfect place to just go and sit quietly and be surrounded by peace and beauty. Give yourself a treat and go for a visit Jimbo!

Posted by: Andy at January 24, 2007 9:41 PM

Jimbo -
For your non-corporate spots, give a shout out to the Takoma Park Co-op, the Takoma Park farmers market and the fabulous pet store Big Bad Woof where Linus and Kidogo get organic food and treats (also in Takoma!).

Posted by: matt at January 24, 2007 10:25 PM

I love indie businesses - chains drive me crazy... though I hate to admit it I am a Trader Joes, Dunkin Donuts, Target whore....

Posted by: TOS at January 25, 2007 7:51 AM

Wow, the Renwick is in a gorgeous building. What year was that built? Reminds me of 1850s Paris.

Posted by: Aaron at January 25, 2007 8:28 AM

Actually the Renwick was my favorite museum when I lived in DC. It was the red-headed stepchild of museums. I liked that it wasn't ever crowded and the exhibits are amazing. Best show there....mid '80s - Tiffany stained glass.

I do miss some restaurants and coffee shops in the DC area, but not the City itself.

Posted by: TonkaManOR at January 25, 2007 2:25 PM

Info on the Renwick building (the original home of another less-frequented D.C. treasure, the Corcoran) is at


Posted by: einerlei at January 26, 2007 10:01 AM

The American Indian art in the Renwick is amazing too.

Posted by: Mikeprov1 at January 26, 2007 11:31 AM

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