DNA of a Washingtonian

by Roberta Birdman

Living here, it helps to have an inquiring mind and a boundless appreciation of history. Everywhere you look on the National Mall and even around the city, there are symbols of the past, i.e., memorials, monuments, museums, and statutes.
But there are also symbols of how diverse our population is, with many colors and cultures displayed for all to see. Once could say that this city is one of extremes, with the very poor and the very rich, or the haves and have-nots. There are many signs of modern tools, (iPods and cells) but we do not know the source of the users or what they consider priorities in their lifestyles.
Nevertheless, this is a very exciting place to live, especially when you have lived in other cities around the world.
Even though the newer museums may now charge a fee, there are still enough of the older ones to warrant visits to the Mall. So do not be negligent in sharing our wealth of knowledge on Our National Mall with your loved ones. Start today! Now!!!

No name included (shocking? I think not)

"What does it mean to be a Washingtonian?"
To me being a Washington means never having to say "I don't know." You are in the "know" if you live or work in Washington, DC or its suburbs. You constantly read about in the best newspaper around, "The Washington Post."
It always comes up in conversations with family and friends, sometimes positive and sometimes negative. There is no escaping, even to the suburbs, being called a Washingtonian (I like it!) Washingtonians are wonderful sport fans with a great football team, baseball team, and basketball team.
You can be proud to be a "Washingtonian" with all its magnificent buildings and monuments. Streets are numbered going north and south while lettered streets run east and west. There is the Kennedy Center and Constitution hall. Who could for anything more!

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