Category Archives: Citizen Journalism

2012 in Five Movements


2012. The year through a symphony of kinetic snapshots in five movements. 1. Dragon boat race on the Potomac – GO!!!!! 2. Arlington County carnival. 3. A brief interlude on the Potomac down in Alexandria. 4. The Clarendon street fest featuring a spinning class to flog health club memberships (it was better than milling crowds). 5. The Marine Corps Marathon après fini mob in Rosslyn.


Chain Bridge Water Main Burst


Film of the great water main burst under Chain Bridge (12 mar 2006) has been found swept up on an Icelandic beach. Cinematographer, Luigi Cafeteria is still missing, with his whereabouts under investigation. WARNING: Graphic footage may be too intense for hydrophobes. Peter Jackson eat your heart out.

Originally posted elsewhere on 24 April 2006

Occupy DC – Freedom Plaza


The economic justice, anti-war, anti-corporate capitalism, pro-democracy demonstration in Freedom Plaza, Washington DC. A lot of tents, but not many occupiers. They were even outnumbered by the lunch hour curious. The musical accompaniment is Little By Little by UB40.

Originally published elsewhere on 6 February 2012.

The Stewart-Colbert Rally


30 Oktober 2010. The Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear on the National Mall. As I was with the bike, I couldn’t crawl on my belly like a reptile through the forest of legs to reach the front. But everyone has already seen what happened up on the stage (except me 😦 ). So instead, here’s the crowd that made it happen. The musical accompaniment is Love Train by The O’Jays.

Originally published elsewhere on 31 October 2010.

Snowmageddon 2010


6 February 2010 Arlington, Virginia – The biggest, bloody snow storm since the last Ice Age (and without hyperbole, mate). Odin must have been angry. Wear appropriate clothing when viewing this video to avoid frost bite. The musical accompaniment is Unstoppable by E. S. Posthumus.

Originally published elsewhere on 7 February 2010.

Bike Race


Arlington, Virginia. In Clarendon (or Bankrupt Row, speaking in future tense) bike was pitted against velo, pitted against fiets, pitted against the spectators’ threshold of boredom. Round and round and round… The musical accompaniment is Zazie Fait De La Bicyclette by Les Plastiscines.

Originally published on 11 June 2009.

Vroom Vroom


Suddenly, the crickets were silenced. Birds stopped singing. Pets cowered in basements. Windows slammed shut and doors locked, while humble townsfolk hid beneath their beds. From over the horizon came the approach of an ominous rumbling. They were back. The moto hordes. And the muscular musical accompaniment is Moto Shagg by April March.

Originally published elsewhere on 28 September 2008.