'The Good With the Bad'

by Sharise Harrison

A true Washingtonian is a person who appreciates the wonderful city in which they live. Whether they've been here for six weeks or six generations a Washingtonian revels in the unique ability to call Washington, DC home. We take the good along with the bad. We may have a dismal public school system but we consistently crank out some of the best minds the area has to offer. The crime may be high but, even during the drug wars of the 90s, we always find a way to feel safe. Nowhere is off limits. We are equally comfortable in Hillcrest as in Glover Park. Us Washingtonians, we're a hearty bunch. We've survived riots, blizzards, protests, and a crack addicted mayor. No matter how dismal DC may seem at times we always see the brightness. We get the irony of being the seat of government yet not having representation. We are willing to give perfect strangers a history lesson when they question our license plates. We walk to the left and stand to the right, ALWAYS!! We loathe Baltimore and tourists. We appreciate the unique charm of the Petworth row houses, Georgetown cobblestone streets and grand homes of Anacostia. We will loudly proclaim that it is impossible to get lost in DC. We do not catch cabs. We are the most politically minded people on the planet. Everyone from the Capitol Hill staffer to the five year old at the National Zoo has an opinion on our elected officials. We sit back and watch as DC faces yet another transformation and embrace it.

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