Tuesday Madness

Tuesday was a wicked busy day for me. Only one day after the oft-discussed metro accident, the city remained on edge.

I gave a tour of work to my friend Rocco’s brother, Ed and his girlfriend. I miss giving tours sometimes, but not that much really.

Then, my buddy Steve had his pinning ceremony at Senator Murkowski’s office. Former Senator Ted Stevens was there, as Steve used to work for him — both Senators pinned on his Captain bars.


Senator Stevens adds Steve’s new bars for the rank of Captain in the USAF.

After going back to work and finishing the day at about 6:45, Steve threw his “wetting down” party at Irish Times. Sally, I, and some others all went and had a few drinks with Steve and his friends.


We even had the famed Disaronno, which is sort of an inside joke from our Alaska trip.

After the party died down, I cautiously ventured to the metro to head back to Huntington. The metro crash has caused significant delays on the red line and the trip took me forever.

Naturally, I got to reading stuff for work, and was going through the May booklet of Economic Indicators from the JEC.

A little Boston Red Sox fan sat down next to me (the trains were nearly full after the Sox – Nats game) and took interest in the graph I was reading on unemployment.

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I ended up going over the graph with the little guy and he found it interesting. I did mention he should probably find a better baseball team to follow, like the Indians or the Cardinals.

Red Line Train Accident

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My thoughts and prayers are with the deceased, injured, and their families.

This is obviously horrible.

Apparently, one train went up 40 feet in the air. That is nuts. After seeing the picture below, I believe it.

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UPDATE: I just got home and the orange/blue to L’Enfant and Yellow/Blue to Huntington didn’t take too long, but the trains were more crowded.


Check the news stand for the July Washingtonian Magazine

You’ll see my pic on page 10.

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6/21 Pictures

Here are some of my pictures from this Sunday’s photo adventure with Woody and Lehner. I also went out around my neighbor hood at night and took some more pics!


The Huntington Metro and the Midtown Avenue Condos where I live.


The Capitol by the National Association of Realtors Building.


A sculpture outside of the NAR building.


Clouds reflecting on the NAR Building


Stained Glass Window at the National Cathederal. They do have a Darth Vader grotesque, although we couldn’t find it.


Swords ho! At the Capitol.

Lobbyists use homeless to hold their spots in line.

I see this every day. It’s true.

Boxer vs. The General

My buddy and softball colleague is behind Boxer in this video.

Sex Offenders in your community?


I just found out that our three local states or governing entities (you’re not a state, DC!) have websites where you can find out where sex offenders live and what their crime(s) were. There are 6 who live near me and all of them are violent. Awesome.

Sorry to ruin your friday.

Why would Lee Fisher ever agree to this?

Lee Fisher is currently the Lieutenant Governor of Ohio, and it’s widely expected that he’s running for Senate in Ohio for Voinovich’s open seat in 2010. What’s worse is that Fisher is from my home town of Shaker Heights. How embarrassing.

According to the Dayton Daily News:

The footage comes from ‘Swing State,’ a documentary co-directed by Fisher’s son during the 2006 campaign. It was posted on YouTube by RightOhio.com, a conservative blog run by Matt Naugle.

Download the video here.

WSJ Photo Journal

I didn’t realize that WSJ has a good photo journal section. I’d encourage you to check it out. Recently, they did a little bit about the firefighter’s pension fund of Springfield, MO, where I once lived for a couple months.

Above, a man walked in downtown Springfield. (Catalin Abagiu for The Wall Street Journal)

Above, a man walked in downtown Springfield. (Catalin Abagiu for The Wall Street Journal)

My photos from last night’s Congressional Baseball Game are online. Check them out here.

The Alexandria sky outside my apartment

The Alexandria sky outside my apartment (photo taken by me)

Baseball game recap


My pictures are here.

The Republicans lost, 15-10. It was a close game until Rep. Barton made the disastrous decision to put retiring Rep. Putnam on the mound. His first pitch hit the backstop.

From Roll Call:

With the game tied at 6, Republican manager Rep. Joe Barton (Texas) replaced Shimkus on the mound with Rep. Adam Putnam (Fla.) in the bottom of the third.

That’s when all hell broke loose for the Republicans.

The Sunshine State lawmaker proceeded to give up five walks, two base hits, a wild pitch, nine runs and, ultimately, the Democrats’ first win in nearly a decade. Graves ended the inning with a dazzling catch in center field after Shimkus had returned to the mound to relieve his reliever.

Yeah, well the Democrats had to win at least one game in 9 years, I guess. Fun was had by all.