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Old 10-29-09, 08:06 AM
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Ha! I used to live on Perry Street!
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Old 10-29-09, 04:58 PM
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I know that. I've risked getting this thread moved to the Northeast regional forum by posting that picture, just for you tulip!

Moderators, please note I've removed the other picture taken in the free state and some of the pictures have the old dominion in the background.

This guy is often seen riding this bike with three xerox boxes on board, and after business hours, he rides for Pizza Hut where he's been known to carry as many as 18 pizzas at the same time. Yep, without a rack and sometimes without a front brake. 17th and K.


Apologies to Joel Gwadz, renowned photographer of DC bicycle riders, for this blatant rip-off of his photographic style. Sincerest form of flattery, Joel!

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Old 11-01-09, 01:39 PM
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Mason-Dixon line is up near Rockville. You're okay.
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I think it's in Pennsylvania actually. It was supposed to be the state line, to settle a dispute between Calvert and Penn, but it seems in the end, Penn ended up with a few extra miles. Google says it is the state line, but I think that's wrong. Haha, I know more than the internet, right? In other words, I could be wrong.

Anyway, the first response to this thread was from a moderator who said "No offense, but you're from Maryland. We don't like your kind around here." I guess the war between the states trumps the war between the Calverts and the Penns and some folks are still fighting it. Very disappointed in you, Virginia, by the way. You know why.

I'm posting three pictures today because I couldn't decide on one. A large family of "bike tourists" at the Lincoln Memorial, and two commuters on Pennsylvania Ave. near 17th.





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Old 11-05-09, 08:37 PM
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...Very disappointed in you, Virginia, by the way. You know why.
I'm disappointed in me too, but what can you do? The guy promised to fix the all transportation problems by cutting taxes and without cutting other programs. Anyone who can work that kind of miracle probably deserves to be governor.

Looks like a good riding weekend coming up. Just need to pick a place with nice views of fall leaves and bring my camera along. Forget about the election and drown my sorrows in scenery.
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Old 11-07-09, 05:07 PM
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I did my best...what more could I do? He's going to fix the transportation problems by selling off the ABC stores...that means there'll be a liquor store on every corner in my part of town, same as when I was in Maryland. Happy happy. Joy joy.

BTW, nice new pics. Love that Jamis Coda.
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Apologies accepted.

She was smiling when I started shooting, but by the time I got her in focus, she was over it and I'd lost the light. I chased her down and was shooting on the fly.

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Old 11-08-09, 02:50 PM
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gmsdc15, do you ever get people who don't want their pictures taken? Do you ask first, or worry about that later? I would like to photograph people around town, but I'm pretty shy and I don't know the etiquette.
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You can see from the expressions on their faces that the riders who know they are being pictured don't seem too happy about it. Usually, they are gone before I've had a chance to ask. I would get better pictures in cases like above where I rode along side that nice lady for a block and a half, if I was talking to her. I said a few things but the wrong things like "oh, you're too big!" meaning I was too zoomed in, she could easily have taken that the wrong way. After which I dangerously swerved away from her to make her "smaller", instead of adjusting the lens. I haven't figured out the eiquette any better than I've figured out the camera. I just hope I don't die trying.

If, like the guy with the red shopping cart, you give me attitude about taking your picture, I'll post it out of spite. If, on the other hand, you don't complain, I figure it's OK. Actually, he is the only one that told me out right not to take his picture or said anything at all negative. I am trying to be more engaging, the camera connects me with people, I need to take advantage of that.

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Old 11-10-09, 02:48 PM
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I'll keep all that in mind. New camera, so I want to start using it on things other than trees.
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Rhode Island Ave. NE.

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Old 11-14-09, 10:23 AM
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I guess he rides in with his wife and drops her off. This was taken at lunch time. He's not doing everything right, but he looked to be a very skilled and competent driver.
There used to be a messenger in DC who rode a yellow tandem by himself all the time. Black guy named Guy. The Post did a story on him, he was so visible.

Cool pics BTW.

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Originally Posted by qmsdc15
I think it's in Pennsylvania actually. It was supposed to be the state line, to settle a dispute between Calvert and Penn, but it seems in the end, Penn ended up with a few extra miles. Google says it is the state line, but I think that's wrong. Haha, I know more than the internet, right? In other words, I could be wrong.
The Mason-Dixon line is the state line. It's what settled territorial disputes between Penn. and Md.
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I didn't know this thread existed. Consider me subscribed; maybe I'll post some interesting pics later.

Btw - any of you guys know Kenny Mac?
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Yeah, K Street sucks. The potholes are atrocious. There are too many buses. You can't turn left during rush hour on most days. It is a craphole.

However, it can be convenient at times. I've discovered a particular affinity for Rhode Island Avenue and M Street though.

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Boneshake(r), great username, you have a good memory. I remember Guy, but not his name or the color of his bike. The boom box was strapped to the rear seat rather that on a rear rack, if I recall, defeating any gypsy cab potential. Guy was a kook, lasted less than a year on the street. Blasted irie reggae though, mon.

Google, a search engine, provided links to websites that concur with your theory concerning the location of the Mason-Dixon line. I just seem to recall being in Pennsylvania and seeing signs indicating the Mason-Dixon line. Most recently (although over ten years ago) on the southernmost section of the network of mountain bike trails that Whitetail ski resort used to maintain and sell access to. An old rusty sign which was fallen down and off the trail, thus authentic looking to me. It could have been the state line, Whitetail is very close to Maryland.

BarracksSi, A dearth of photos here from your quaudrant, and this is the Southeast region forum, so pics from Southeast Washington are desperately needed, Haha. I'm assuming you are located at the Marine Barracks. I think I know that from other posts of yours, but maybe mistaken. So who's Kenny Mac?

koffee brown, when I was lurking on this site more, I saw a lot of your posts. I don't search new posts much anymore, more of a spammer now than a lurker, but I didn't know you were still around here, the virtual here and/or the real here, greater DC. I must admit I delayed responding to this thread so the last post would be from 'the' koffee brown!

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This past weekend's ride was a little ways from K Street. I had a meeting late Sunday afternoon in Dale City, so I drove down to Brentsville at about 11 am, parked at the historic site, rode the flat farm lands between Brentsville and Nokesville, then up to Manassas and back. Cleaned up and changed at the restrooms at a local park, went to my meeting and signed the new contract.

Pictures of the old Brentsville courthouse, farms around Flory, alpaca farm near Nokesville, Old Town Manassas, and the Brentsville "Superette".
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So who's Kenny Mac?
Kenny Mac is a beast of a rider who some of the bike shops know by name. He's a big, black dude who's just a tad mentally disabled and missing some teeth, and works through Melwood at, I think, the Navy Yard. I asked some CHB shop staff about him and they said he used to race, often simply crushing most of the rest of the field. Some of the other racers got frustrated because was he wasn't a "serious rider" -- he just liked to go out and have fun riding as fast and hard as he could.

He's got a few bikes, including a Specialized road bike (steel, I think) and a Jekyll mountain bike. The one time I spotted him on the street without him stopping to talk, he was spinning the hell out of that Jekyll like a kid on a BMX.

About a month ago, I had heard that he was in the hospital after getting hit by a car, and that he'd be back out a few days after that. I haven't heard anything since, though, so my (hopeful) guess is that he's back on his feet.
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If this is Kenny Mac, we know each other but not by name. I know his name now. The internet, making a small world smaller. If he had turned his head my way, this picture would have been posted the day it was taken, and it would have been one of my favorite shots, because (I don't know him but) I love this guy! Very friendly person, huge smile. I hope he's OK.

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CCR, thanks for posting the pictures. Nice shots, not K Street, but you are a DC rider, pictures you take on vacation in France are welcome in this thread if I have anything to say about it. Well, as long as it's the southeast part of France. Haha, your latest pictures are the first posted in this thread that are indisputably part of southeast USA.
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Yeah, that's him -- super friendly guy, isn't he? He'd come in and just ramble on about bikes and stuff like that. I never rode with him since our schedules never seemed to match up.
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Yep, whenever I interacted with him it would invariably make my day.
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Another gray day, another picture from the car free section of Pennsylvania Avenue. It seems I'm much more likely to pull out the camera when I don't need to concentrate on traffic. I'll try to quit showing this place, but the rider was too cute. Almost in focus. The best picture I took all day.

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Glad I found this thread! Great pics too!!
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