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March 17, 2008

three years
posted by soe 11:58 pm

Three years ago, I hung out my shingle and opened shop.

I hadn’t kept any kind of regular journal since high school and my writing skills were rusty. I didn’t read blogs for the most part, except for occasionally those written by friends. I certainly had no idea what to talk about.

But talk I have. I’m nearing my 1000th post — a milestone I’m likely to hit in April or May. I’ve been haphazard about posting this year and my writing has gotten lazy. I’m hoping that in this, my fourth year of blogging, the wild wordy way is going to open fresh before me, and I plan to take more time to cultivate notes and observations worth reading.

So here’s to another year together! Have some cake.

My 33rd Birthday

May I pour you some tea?

Thanks for sticking with me, dear readers. Three years ago most of us didn’t know each other. I’m pleased to have met you and to have been deemed worthy of your staying in touch with me.

I look forward to spending even better times together in the year to come.

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my d.c.: donkeys and elephants
posted by soe 12:52 am

Six years ago, D.C. offered a toast to its renowned friends on the Hill and asked artists to create “Party Animals,” elephants and donkeys decorated in various ways. Later they were auctioned off for charity.

D.C. residents have a love-hate relationship with politicians. We want to be known as being a city that is more than just one tourist stop after another. We resent when pundits say “D.C.” but really mean “the national government.” Yet, we are a city where powerful things happen and where tvs in bars are at least as likely to be tuned to CSPAN and CNN as to ESPN. And we’re proud of that, too. (Frankly, we’d be more proud if we had a legitimate vote in Congress. Could you guys get on that, please?)

So as a D.C. resident with conflicting feelings about politicians and politics, I find the Party Animals that remain around the city cute but not necessarily photoworthy.

That is until I was walking home past the University Club — a hoity toity private club — one night and found that their Party Animals were protected by knitwear. Yup. This Donkey and Elephant are wearing scarves.

Chilly Donkey and Elephant

The closer statue is the Grand Old Pachyderm, which apparently has 51 stars adorning it in deference to a hope for future D.C. statehood. I’m not sure what the name of the Donkey is. Anyone?

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