Sunday, January 22, 2017

At the Ellipse ..

It is now after 5 p.m, getting dark, and chilly. I put on my jacket.  Getting closer to the Ellipse.   People still marching.   The barriers at the back end of the White House were a perfect repository for more signs.  The White House is between 16th and 17th on Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.

After looking at the signs (and taking photos), I decided that it time to walk back to Chinatown (7th Street) and find a place to eat.   I had already walked more than two miles so what is another half mile or so.   I think it was about 10th Street when a policeman said we had to get on the sidewalk as Pennsylvania Avenue was being reopened.  Of course, my right ankle gave out as I stepped on the curve.  I put my right hand down to try to prevent the fall.  That didn't work.  A number of women came running, as did the policeman.  He said: protect her head.  (My head had not hit the pavement.)  I was more concerned about my camera (one of the women had it and said it's fine (said she was a photographer so she understood my concern.)

I told the police officer that I didn't need an ambulance, that it was my foot and my knee that hurt.  One of the women turned out be a nurse, and she briefly examined me. Another woman asked me if I were with anyone.  I said: No, I came alone.  They helped me up and walked with me for a few blocks.  I said I was fine, hungry and in need of a strong drink.

The police officer saw me and asked me how I was . I said fine, a little sore.  I told him it was his fault because he asked me to get on the sidewalk.  He laughed.  

Huge line of marchers waiting to get into the Archives Metro station. I kept walking to 7th, then turned left, walked a few blocks toward Chinatown.  Restaurants were filled with marchers (great for the economy).  I ended up at the bar at the Green Turtle -- played the age card, and a nice young man (a marcher) gave up his seat.  I ordered a Blue Moon and something to eat.

By the time I got to the Metro at Gallery Place, there were no lines (still lots of marchers traveling by Metro).  No Rush Plush Yellow so I had to switch for the Blue at King Street.

A glimpse of the South Portico

Signs in a restaurant window


  1. Thank you for this blog and thank you for marching as well as the millions who marched worldwide on Sat. I'm not done reading everything yet but your detailed chronical of your day was very inspiring and uplifting. I hope your ankle is on the mend.

  2. Honey, y'all are the ones who are hating.