Stories for June 2006

June 30, 2006

American Art Reopens Tomorrow

The Patent Office Building, which houses the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery, is about to receive visitors. After a six and one-half year hiatus for renovations, the Smithsonian American Art Museum reopens tomorrow. As a…

June 26, 2006

The DC Subway: Don’t Block the Box

Sardines. Every morning subway commuters are packed into overcrowded tins like generic and anonymous fish. The only way out of these cans is through three small doors. And by the time I’m ready for my exit there’s almost no way…

June 17, 2006

Football: It’s a Vesica Piscis!

Stewie Griffin and Arnold: fitting namesakes for our American football. It’s the World Cup and EVERYBODY has football fever. Everybody but Americans. Ok, not all Americans. Everybody south of our soon-to-be fortified US-Mexican border is glued to their TV….

June 8, 2006

Wanderlust Never Smelled So Sweet

With little provocation, The Wanderlust wisks me away to polluted but exotic places. As I walked out of my office building the other day I was suddenly hit by a faintly sweet and very nostalgic odor. What was that?…

June 3, 2006

You Can Judge a Doctor by His Magazines

First impressions are important. I discovered this copy of Ferrets magazine in my doctor’s waiting room. A visit with a new doctor always brings some hesitation. It’s like a first date. Will you like him/her? Will he be kind…