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February 4, 2007

A walk through NW DC with jimbo

For my recommended daily allowance of sunshine, I took a roundabout walk through my neighborhoods and took some photos of people and things where I live.

I Lee's Flowers and Card Shop at 1026 U Street, NW DC. They always have fun holiday window displays, and are another of my favorite DC institutions.
Lee's Flowers and Card Shop
Here's the man with the best beet recipes in DC, and the best beats as well: OMG DJ SeanShow trying to enjoy his cuppa joe at Caribear Coffee on Rhode Island and 14th Streets, before I arrived and started pestering him.
The Sean Show
This embossed monolith stands outside the Australian Embassy on Mass. Ave. and 16th. Before 9/11, there was always good parking outside this building, but then they blocked it off and now no one can get parking there anymore. Anyway, while I took this photo, 'Suddenly' by Olivia Newton-John and Cliff Richard was playing on my iPod mini shuffle. OMG, weird! The song is from the Xanadu motion picture soundtrack, by the way.
Australian Embassy, Washington, D.C.
Here's me at the DuPont Circle fountain, in the middle of DuPont Circle proper. Note to visitors: while DuPont Circle was once considered the gay center of DC, that is no longer true, so stop trying to cruise there! You're better off on 17th Street, or better yet, 14th Street, where it's currently gay at the moment.
DuPont Circle fountain
After my walk I met up with my weekend workout partner, Martini Gurlatalova, who is also on the rugby team. While she is not a rice queen, she is a rice geneticist in real life, and an opinionated blogger as well. Anyway, Martini lives in the 'burbs but comes down on the weekends to workout in the city gyms for the scenery. I often have to rouse her from entranced staring siezures to focus on the workout and not on the cavemen at our gym.
Q St. escalator, DuPont Circle MetroRail
The above photo was taken in the Q Street entrance to the DuPont Circle MetroRail station, one of the longest escalators in the system. It has an endearing place in my heart because I ascended into DC in 1993 for the first time for that gay and lesbian march on Washington, just a babe in the woods having taken the bus to DC from Wisconsin for the event. When we came up the escalator the entire exit was filled with cheering gays, I'll never forget that. And when we walked to the Circle, Kevin Aviance was performing and I thought a bald drag queen with rhinestones affixed to his face was the freakiest thing I'd ever seen. And in this escalator entrance was the first time I met Dogpoet too. So for both reasons it has dreamy significance for me.

Posted by jimbo at February 4, 2007 8:15 AM


The DuPont Circle fountain--the fair maiden looks like she is holding a zucchini--anyone know the significance of the figures?

Posted by: First mom at February 4, 2007 3:42 PM

cool pics. nicely taken.. and not about the Metro system escalators...

Contrary to popular belief, the Dupont Circle Escalators are not the longest.
According to WMATA.com and WIKI

"The Wheaton station has the longest single-span uninterrupted escalator (70 meters) in the Western Hemisphere.[1] It takes 2 minutes and 43 seconds to ascend or descend. This record has been held by Metro since 1977, by (in order of opening) the Rosslyn, Woodley Park-Zoo, Bethesda, and now Wheaton stations"

The Dupont circle escalators look longer because of a trick of the eye due to angle and the way it exits the underground part of the station.

Posted by: Dax at February 4, 2007 5:21 PM

I marched with the Minnesota guys at the 93 March (arizona was at the end of the march). So many woofies.

Posted by: homer at February 4, 2007 7:36 PM

That monolith outside of the Australian embassy is the hideous Australian coat of arms. It's one of the most shaming things about being Australian...

Posted by: Scott at February 5, 2007 10:32 AM

Glad to see the beard is back. You're looking as furry as ever.

Posted by: Zack at February 5, 2007 1:10 PM

Jimbo has the cutest nose in all of the DC.

Posted by: Donald at February 5, 2007 7:08 PM

Your friend DJ SeanShow is *WOOF*

Posted by: wyocwby at February 5, 2007 10:25 PM

Useless info time: the figures on the Dupont fountain represent ocean themes...and that's a boat she's holding, tho she is heavy-petting a seagull. Dupont was a Civil War admiral who got black-balled for a botched attack on Charleston in 1863. Jimbo, ask your team-mates Mark and Sam about their Civil War geek friend.

Posted by: Will at February 6, 2007 4:53 PM

Enjoying your blog! Love your beard! Your a very handsome man!

Posted by: Derek at February 8, 2007 11:13 PM