Thursday, April 27, 2017

Tax March

So I returned to D.C. for the Tax March on April 15 held on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Here's a an explanation from the movement's web site:

"Tax March is a growing national movement that extends far beyond one day of marching. Led by everyday Americans who are tired of paying into a system that is rigged in favor of the super-rich, the Tax March movement maintains that any reform to the tax code should be about closing loopholes for the wealthy and big corporations and building an economy that invests in working families. ("

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Ugliest Building in America

So what do you think? Was Mark Twain right?

"The Eisenhower Executive Office Building (EEOB) — formerly known as the Old Executive Office Building (OEOB) and even earlier as the State, War, and Navy Building — is a U.S. government building situated just west of the White House in the U.S. capital of Washington, D.C. Maintained by the General Services Administration, it is occupied by the Executive Office of the President, including the Office of the Vice President of the United States. . . .

It was designed by Alfred B. Mullett, Supervising Architect. Patterned after French Second Empire architecture that clashed sharply with the neoclassical style of the other Federal buildings in the city, it was generally regarded with scorn and disdain, and Mullett, the exterior architect, ended his life by suicide, while in litigation. The OEOB was referred to by Mark Twain as 'the ugliest building in America.' President Harry S. Truman called it 'the greatest monstrosity in America.' Historian Henry Adams called it Mullett's 'architectural infant asylum.' (Wikipedia)"

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

11th Street

Sure was nice of the D.C. police to close off this end of 11th Street so I could snap this picture (Emancipation Day Parade). Under any other circumstances, you'd have a screw loose to try this. Maybe even more than one. :-)

Monday, April 24, 2017


No, they were not part of the Cherry Blossom Festival. I think they were members of a precision drumming team that was practicing for the upcoming Emancipation Day Parade across the street from the Trump International Hotel. Yep, we really do have a lot of parades and demonstrations. :-)

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Two Tulips

After the parade, I stopped at one of my favorite luncheonettes near the U.S. Capitol. Hey! What did you expect? This ain't exactly Amsterdam, you know. :-)

Friday, April 21, 2017


"The first sousaphone was built by James Welsh Pepper in 1893 at the request of John Philip Sousa who was dissatisfied with the hélicons in use by the United States Marine Band. Some sources credit C.G. Conn with its construction, because of the first sousaphone he built later in 1898. Sousa wanted a tuba-like instrument that would send sound upward and over the band, much like a concert (upright) tuba. The new instrument had an oversized bell pointing straight up, rather than the directional bell of a normal hélicon. . . .Warren G. Harding, the 29th President of the United States, was a sousaphone player (Wikipedia)."