Alley sign

Last night, while my neighbors were entertaining guests on the patio I wandered out onto mine to… I forget, dump trash in the big green bin? Anywho I get out there and though parts of the fence I noticed the alley cleaning man has taped up a sign.

At this time it is dark and the only light is from my back porch. So with the comfort of knowing there are 2-3 men sipping wine on the next patio to save me (ok maybe not)/call 9-1-1 should I come to harm, I wander out into the dark alley.


Now alley cleaning man normally leaves little paper signs in the alley typically saying “NO DUMPING” which gets washed away with the next rain. But this sign was different, and I was the only one with it. I checked ’cause wine sipping Brett asked. I checked his fence and everyone elses, no one else had this sign. Of course there is a big green trash bin opposite my property in the alley. But it is not mine. I don’t know whose it is. I was thinking of getting the contents dumped and taking it, ’cause it don’t belong in the alley and anything left on public property is fair game.

Now tiffed at the sign on my fence, I wrote back. I don’t remember the exact words but they went along the lines of: To whom it may concern I take offense of you saying that I’m leaving my trash here, if you bother to check my can is still in my yard, if you have a problem please speak to me directly.

Yes, now I feel better, I have pissed off alley cleaning man.


I heard a quick blurb on WAMU that there was a study that there are huge drug markets near drug treatment centers in the city. Duuuuuuuh! Was my silent reponse. When I still attended police community meetings it was mentioned often that there was a brisk trade near the methodone clinic ’round here.

Talk back to In Shaw

I just have to remember how to tweak the html coding to put it in the menu, but I bothered setting up an e-mail for this page, so if you’d like you could e-mail me and if I so chose, I could respond, or not.

So inshaw AT (since I’m going to get charged extra now, bastards!) is where you, the five to 10 people who view this blog and already have my other various e-mails can write me.

Research can be fun

Semi-stolen from my other blog….
Well this lovely fourth of July was not as alcohol soaked as I may have let on. In fact the only drink I had was communion wine and one pina colada. But this weekend shall be fondly remembered as the research weekend.
The MLK Library’s Washintonia collection was useless to me. Mainly cause it was closed. I mean I looked at their website and they only mentioned being closed on the 4th, not the 3rd or the 5th, as their sign clearly said on the door. So not to be deterred I wandered over to the Historical Society at Mt. Vernon Sq. Well I swear their Real Estate maps from 1887 are in much better shape than and at MLK. Sadly the Historical Society’s library is not the best when it comes to reproducing what you found.
I was able to look at these great maps of the neighborhood and see how old some of these places are. My papers when I bought my crumbly pair of bricks and board said the house was built in 1900. Not so. It sits on the 1887 map. But that’s not all. In the 1940s and 1950s a guy (if I took better notes I’d have the name) went around DC taking pictures of different neighborhoods. Well I thought my neighborhood was sooooo uninteresting he wouldn’t have wasted film in my hood. Well he did and I found a picture of my street as well as the neighborhing areas. Woo hoo!

July meetings


Below please find a copy of the public notices that are being

circulated around the community in connection with the next two meetings of ANC 5C.

Please pass the word to our neighbors and encourage them to attend this meeting.


Jim Berry






TELEPHONE: (202) 832-1965/1966


Monthly Forum

Invited guests include representatives from the following






Where: Saint Paul’s College

3015 4th Street, N.E.

When: Tuesday, July 6, 2004

Time: 7:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M.


Monthly Meeting

Where: Trinity College

125 Michigan Avenue, N.E.

When: Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Time: 7:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M.

Need to stock up on booze

It’s going to get worse this weekend.

I saw a fireworks stand on the corner of 7th and S and last night a hail of fire sounded. The days leading up to the 4th and a few days after the fourth are going to be bad. The odd days before the 4th it hasn’t been as bad as the previous years. But I know the 4th will be bad and I haven’t heard from Jimabeth if they are going to have their annual 4th of July party, I still have no where to go. So if I’m stuck here I’m just going to drink myself silly, that way I won’t care about the noise.