Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Signs

Dry cleaner on the corner of Georgia and Rittenhouse: They Martinize!

Yesterday's 2.3 mile walk took me along Georgia Avenue and past a number of signs on shops and in bus shelters. Here are just two of the 24 pictures I took before my batteries died, dang it all! I also had my first run in with the po-po (police), as the kids around here call them. I was taking pictures outside the offices for the Metropolitan Police Department's District 4 offices, when an officer came out and informed me that taking pictures of MPD facilities was a security concern and prohibited. Even though I was standing on a public sidewalk, I was gently admonished to refrain from any future picture taking.

Radio/dispatch tower behind the MPD-4D station

My point in taking the picture of the MPD-4D was to capture the radio/dispatch tower behind the building. When I first moved to my neighborhood, I hated that thing. I thought it was ugly and an eyesore. Over time, though, it's grown on me and I'm always looking for new ways to capture it. This photo is just one more perspective on what I now deem a cool tower and one of my favorite landmarks to look for on the D.C. horizon. To see other instances of this tower, go here, here, here, here, and here.

To see a few more of the signs I snapped yesterday, as well as one or two other things that caught my eye, visit Standing Room Only.


Photo copyright: D.C. Confidential, 07/08

11 comments:

Lori said...

interesting take on the tower shot! I always wondered what other people thought of that thing... i always call it the Eiffel Tower (of DC anyways).

Georgia Ave is a great place to take sign photos, so much eclecticism.

The Artful Eye said...

Po po's sure are protective. I don't know why but I have always admired these One Hour Martinizing storefronts, they were interesting. I'll continue to protest women's drycleaning prices and wear my clothes wrinkled.

April said...

Martin martinizes *lol*

Petrea said...

Oh, I remember one-hour martinizing!

USelaine said...

I see what you mean about the tower, and I like how you caught it. Shame on the coppers!

D.C. Confidential said...

Lori: I've called it the Eiffel of DC, too. And, as I said, it's grown on me but there was a time when I didn't like it. You're also right about GA Ave: it's got great signs and I only photographed signs in a three or four block stretch. There're miles to be had!


Andrea: Overly so sometimes. To be honest, I have no clue what Martinizing is, but I'm with you. It irks me that I pay more to have my stuff cleaned than men do. Same with hair cuts. So wrong.


April: Oh, I can imagine you've been running around all day saying that! LOL!


Petrea: I've heard of it, but this is the first place I've ever seen it advertised.


USElaine: Once it grows on you, it's a pretty cool tower. Thankfully, Officer Cordova was cordial. If he'd been a prick, I'd have a different story to tell!

Lara said...

that tower picture looks great! and now I go to see what exactly is Martinizing :)...

lino said...

nice photos janet... it made me missed DC... :(

D.C. Confidential said...

Lara: Thanks!

Lino: I know what you mean. I feel the same way when I see pictures of San Francisco.

Maya said...

A friend of mine got hassled for taking photos in the bus tunnel as well. I haven't been bothered yet, but I'm now more cautious about taking shots when the security people are around.

D.C. Confidential said...

Maya: It's crazy. On the one hand, I understand some of the caution. On the other hand, it's getting to be ridiculous. If this keeps up, I'm going to become a Thomas Hawk Groupie on this issue.