By Edward M. Bury, APR (aka The PRDude)
The woman was deliberate, methodical and efficient. Her task was to shuttle three shopping carts, presumably containing all her worldly possessions, one after the other a short distance uphill north on 21st Street NW in the DuPont Circle neighborhood of Washington, D.C.
Where the woman was headed along the streets lined with embassies, row houses and hotels, I don’t know. But I admired her diligence and perseverance on that day, Tuesday January 9, a day when the temperatures finally warmed up to the mid-40s following the cold snap that impacted much of eastern half of the nation since 2018 began.
The encounter with the woman took place on my final day of a two-day visit to the nation’s capitol to participate in the 2018 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, a five-day conference that draws some 14,000 transportation professionals and scholars from around the world.
So, why recount this brief episode?
For me, the woman somewhat encapsulates and embodies the nation today in the second year of a new administration: Steadfastly trying to move forward but unsure of what’s the right direction to take.
Regardless of your party affiliation (should you have one), personal perspectives on the state of the union or observations on America at the dawn of the New Year, the past year unquestionably was unprecedented in many ways. Yet, in light of charges, investigations, allegations and non-stop news gathering and reporting, the republic endured.
Back to my 48 or so hours in Washington. During recent visits over the past five years, I found many things I’ve grown to like and admire about the city. Below is a short perspective through images and captions.
Perhaps you’re wondering why I did not include an image of the lady noted at the onset of this post. That would be demeaning and unfair, and an affront to her integrity.
However, I do hope the lady found a safe place and will remain safe through the balance of this year; same sentiment for our nation.