'Born Inside the Diamond'

by Emily S. Goldman

Someone who . . .

• Was born inside "the Diamond" - and knows what "the Diamond" is
• As a kid climbed on the then-existing triceratops in front of the Museum of Natural History
• Is a proud product of the DC Public Schools and Libraries
• Fell in love with political cartoons because of Herblock
• Was babysat by members of the Capitol Hill Babysitting Co-op, while my parents "repaid" them by babysitting their children
• Was born during the Poor People's March on June 19, 1968 - my father maneuvered through heavy traffic to get my pregnant mother to Sibley Hospital
• Rode Metro when it opened in 1976 - the Red Line ran from Dupont Circle to Union Station
• Knows that the lit light at the top of the Capitol cupola denotes Congress is in session
• Lives in a city where local news is international news
• Enjoys the best (and free!) museums in the world
• Is often involved in the "NYC vs. DC: whose-city-is-better" argument
• Shows forbearance when Marylanders and Virginians claim to be "from Washington"
• Knows that "The New U" doesn't refer to personal makeovers, but to the revitalized U Street Corridor
• Knows that Ben's Chili Bowl represents a major food group
• Has never had voting representation in Congress
• Knows that "Eye Street" refers to the letter "i" - not where ophthalmologists work
• Knows that the first definition of "mall" is the National Mall - not a bunch of stores!
• Lives in the city with the largest inner-city National Park in the country
• Volunteers at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival
• Makes the annual pilgrimage to the Tidal Basin's incomparable cherry blossoms
• Lives in a city where buildings cannot be taller than the Washington Monument

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  January 26, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  | Category:  Reader Submission
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