Change Is Hard

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What made me smile this week?


Well, the week was spent mostly in DC and was very busy and full of stress. But once the work was done on Tuesday I had plenty of things to smile about.

I love Union Station.

I didn’t take my camera with me, so all the images I post today were taken with my phone. I had fun with the phone, you can take pictures of people easily because no one notices you messing with a phone.

Everyone going to work.

And someday I’d like to do a whole series about people on the Metro. I suppose there’s something less then honest about taking pictures of people without them knowing it.

Different generations travel together.

But I captured the images I did because the people caught my attention, both because of their diversity and because they were interesting. I love people watching on the metro. I’m hardly ever really on my phone there, I’m usually watching and sometimes snapping a shot.

Another thing I love about DC is walking at night. The monuments are, of course, beautiful, but we didn’t visit them this trip. We did, however, see other beautiful things.

Coming up out of the Metro at Judiciary Square. I love the lines.

A lot of the buildings are lit up and glow against the sky.

It shines more at night then during the day.

And the play at Ford Theatre was so good. It held my attention even though we were sitting so close to the box where Lincoln was shot. That usually distracts me, but not during this play.

The night time set contrasts against the lit box where the President was shot.

It was called “Silent Sky” and was about a woman in 1900 who mapped stars but couldn’t take credit for her work which eventually was used in the Hubble Spacecraft.

And still more I love about DC – the Metro. I know the locals don’t like it.

Late in the evening, not many people riding but I like that lone person on the escalator across the way.

There are lots of breakdowns and while we were there it was raining and there was more than one leak in the ceiling. Still….it got us where we wanted to go efficiently and quickly. And did I mention the people watching?

In fact, people watching is good all over the city, even in the museums.

Sitting next to her quiet friend.

No matter where you look there’s something fun to capture.

When I first saw this both guards were leaning on their side of the wall and I thought, for a moment, it was a mirror.

And the museums themselves are pretty awesome, and free.

Inside the castle visitor center for the Smithsonian museums.

It’s a wonderful city, Washington DC, if you can ignore the lack of production happening there.

There are great lines in the architecture everywhere.

Everything that is not political made me smile this week. I hope it made you smile too!

And the food is good too!

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

16 thoughts on “What made me smile this week?

  1. I like DC and the Metro, too. Maybe because I don’t live there. But there is so much to see and do (and great food!). Great series of shots, Dawn. And I shall heed your advice and get to Ford’s Theater someday soon. 🙂


  2. That’s a lot of smiling!


  3. I enjoy visiting DC and I agree that the metro is always interesting. While I’ve been focused this week on politics, it’s good to remember that DC is more than that.


  4. I love DC. The last few times I was there was for work, but I was still able to have a great time. I like Boston’s subway, the T, but DCs Metro is so much cleaner and modern. Ok, the last time I was there I had to take a taxi to the airport after waiting for a train for almost an hour! Still, I like it. Yes, I have a Metro card… I’ve only visited Ford’s Theater as a tourist, never to see a play. I’ll have to do it some time. My opinion, every American needs to spend time in our Capital! Glad you were able to enjoy yourself after the Senate Committee meeting,even if you didn’t have time for the museums this trip.


    • We did get to see several museums this trip, first time in any of them in many many years, since we were kids. We saw the American History, the Natural History, the Hirshorn, Air and Space and the Castle. My feet hurt just thinking about it.

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      • OK, I misinterpreted what you said – you said you didn’t visit any monuments, and I read it as museums. I do love all of the museums and visit as much as I can. Glad you had a good visit!


  5. Love all your captures Dawn, especially the escalator perspective. Wonderful night photos.


  6. These photos are wonderful and made me smile. I have never been to DC and may never go so it was a delight to see your photos. I love people watching—especially liked the two guards.


  7. I think you did a great job capturing DC for us, Dawn! I love how advanced even cell phone cameras are these days. I’ve been to DC, but it was such a quick trip and so long ago that I know I missed all the good stuff — your perspective assures me I need to remedy that!


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