Self-righteous tourists vandalize Logan Circle Bank

Originally uploaded by In Shaw

I thought it was a mistake when I read the Washington Post about the IMF protesters breaking windows at 14th and P of the PNC and Wachovia banks. Seriously, you have to get through Dupont to get here from the IMF offices. There are banks there. Should Trinidad be on high alert?
On my way back to church I went to take a look and lo and behold, plywood, bringing a little ghetto back to the hood. There was a security guard out in front of Wachovia and the ATM for Wachovia was working fine, as there was a short line. The sidewalks of the 1400 block of P Street were filled with diners. So besides the plywood it was a normal looking Sunday.

Supposedly the vandals had an ideological problem with banks. Something, blah, blah, about foreclosures. You wanna prevent foreclosures? Ban mortgages. Tell people if they don’t have 100% the money up front, they can’t buy a house.

Open letter to DC visitors

Hello and welcome,
I hope that you are enjoying our fair city be it for work or leisure. As you walk around the unfamiliar settings I understand that you might have questions. Seeing me with my tags as I come from or go to work, you may confuse me with a tour guide. I am not. Yet I am willing to answer two questions. Two. One main question and one follow up to clarify the first question.
Also do not assume that just because I work downtown that I actually know where anything is. When I was a student at UMCP I knew where 5 buildings were on campus. I was aware of other buildings but since I didn’t have to go in them, I didn’t bother remembering their names. Downtown is similar, if I don’t go in it, don’t have to go in it, or don’t relate to it, I don’t know where it is. Lucky for you I am okay with not knowing and will say so. Also, there are people in red jackets, that say “Downtown” on them, and they are there to answer questions. They are good for when you’ve forgotten where the Payless and the Wachovia are and sometime they can tell you if the bus you wanted just passed.
Also don’t get testy with me when you ask where the Smithsonian is and I say “on the mall” or ask “which one?” The Smithsonian is an institution with several museums. You mean the Castle? Well it’s on the mall.
Thank you.