(I could write about about the shooting in my alley or another shooting, that according to an email I got, occurred between 6th and Marion, but I’m not in the mood for that kind of negativity right now.)
Walking to the Post Office, I saw a familiar face standing at New Jersey and S St NW heading in the direction of the Shaw station, Metro General Manager Dan Tangherlini. I wanted to say something. Something like, why the blankity-blank did my blanking bus not bother showing up Friday and what ditch digger school did Metro find the driver who showed up 1/2 an hour late on Monday. But I said nothing, I just looked in his eyes and smiled.
Once I finished my business at the Post Office I ran into a neighbor who was trying to remember where he parked his car. We exchanged pleasantries and I got on him about driving and not walking.
Going about half a block I ran into another neighbor, L’s mother. She was pushing her little ‘old lady cart’. We exchanged smiles as we continued to our separate destinations.
This is the thing I like the neighborhood. Yes, there is the crime that pokes its head up in various forms. But between the bad there is the good everyday where you run into familiar faces and good will is exchanged.