Thursday, April 2, 2009


Checkmate: Some speed chess and lunch with a view.
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Continuing with 100 Strangers, I give you three strangers and an extra. Mike, Victor, and David were playing speed chess the other day outside the Brown Bag, but it was the guy in the window who first caught my eye.

Photo copyright: D.C. Confidential/Janet Kincaid.


Dusty Lens said...

The man in the window seems trapped. Trapped inside as others enjoy the outdoors.

The Artful Eye said...

Great photo! Even though visually you can tell the guy in the window is unable to see what's going on around the corner. It almost appears that intuitively he is aware something is happening. The lights above his head could be thought bubbles.

Cele said...

Wow, I didn't even see him. Crap, I'm losing my touch. You're not, great photo

D.C. Confidential / Janet Kincaid said...

Rob: He does look a bit confined.

Andrea: Thanks! I think you're right about the guy.

Cele: Yeah! That makes this the kind of picture that I love to see and come back to because there's always something new to find.

Maya said...

Nice shot! I like the guy looking out the window as well as the other guys at the table.

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

Love the variety in your blog postings: from the educational like the monuments of Lincoln to the men playing chess!

Brian said...

Yeah the guy in the window is definitely the most intriguing part of the picture! :)

Godinla said...

Awwww. What did he do? Why can't he come out and play?

Virginia said...

Oh I like this one a lot. What is speed chess. A timer involved?

Merisi said...

Great capture! :-)
I pity the poor guy behind the window panes who misses out on all the fun.

I suppose the Brown Bag has branched out. I only know the Bethesda location. Your pictures always make me want to figure out the exact location.

Are you ever up near the Eastern Market, on 7th Street? There was a small Salvadorian place, great food and a few tables on the side walk. Loved it.

D.C. Confidential / Janet Kincaid said...

Maya: Thanks! Don't you feel bad for the guy in the window? It's like the kid who can't come out to play because they didn't finish their homework. Or something...

Greensboro: Thank you! I try to change it up a bit around here. Lots of good information for people who might be thinking of visiting and then the occasional photo of average life around the city to show we're more than just Congress, the White House, and monuments and memorials to old dead guys!

Brian: Thanks! I thought so, too.

GIL: Got a job on K Street and sold his soul to the devil and Big Corporate America?

Virginia: Thank you! And yes, speed chess involves a timer. I think you have to play the game in under two minutes, but I'm not sure. I just know it's fast.

Merisi: Vielen Dank! I feel bad for that guy, too. This Brown Bag is located on 14th Street between K and L Streets NW. It's next to the Crown Plaza Hotel. Does that help? I ate lunch there with a friend. It was my first time eating there. I think I like Cosi better, but I should probably go back again just to be fair. I haven't been to the Eastern Market in a while, but if I get a chance, I'll check out the restaurant you recommend.