Concrete Hockey Anyone?

During good weather, the pedestrian part of Pennsylvania Ave. in front of the White House becomes a field hockey court.  Leica M9, Summarit-M 90mm f/2.5.
During good weather, the pedestrian part of Pennsylvania Ave. in front of the White House becomes a field hockey court. Leica M9, Summarit-M 90mm f/2.5.

You know Washington, DC is a sports city when you walk around the White House on a winter day and you come face-to-face with flying hockey sticks and young men trying to recapture some of that High School glory.  I have to admit that some of the hockey moves I saw there gave me some disturbing visions of medical traction equipment and year-long therapy sessions, but you have to admire anyone that can skate on concrete as if their feet were being moved by subterranean magnets.  After all, I don’t think I could move that fast even if a tsunami were chasing me.  But there they were, oblivious the the curious gaze of strangers, moving like Michael Jordan on ice (well, you get the idea), and reminding the rest of us of all the beauty and spontaneity of youth.  Funny how that feeling never dies, or grows old, even if our knees are not what they used to be.  I’m glad that there are things that time will never change.

Where Your Feet Will Take You

We hardly ever stand still when walking around, but if you do, sometimes you are rewarded with unique sights. Leica M9, Summarit-M 90mm f/2.5.
Worker taking it all in at White House construction site for the President’s 2013 inaugural event. Leica M9, Summicron-M 28mm f/2 ASPH.
Elegant tourist about to hit the sites near the White House. Leica M9, Summarit-M 90mm f/2.5.
The irreverent Naughty Christmas event downtown DC was a non-stop caroling party for those who enjoy Christmas with a twist. Leica M9, Summicron-M 28mm f/2 ASPH.
Talk about eyes. This young man stood out from the crowd at the Naughty Christmas gathering without even trying. Leica M9, Summicron-M 50mm f/2.

When was the last time you took some time to just walk about town to see what the locals are up to?  If you haven’t done that for a while, I would suggest you give it a try, as you will be surprised with the range of human activities that occupy people besides their TV’s and overused computers.  Take for instance this past Saturday around the Penn Quarters neighborhood in Washington, DC and the White House.  Protesters manned the White House fence with signs demanding gun control laws, construction workers were working against the clock to build the reviewing stands for the President’s inaugural event, young men played concrete hockey in front of Lafayette Park, the Christmas market in front of the National Portrait Gallery was in full swing, and the incredibly colorful and jovial participants in the Naughty Christmas where caroling in front of the Natural History Museum.  Songs, laughter, and smiling faces were everywhere.  A contagious celebration of life that was as colorful as it was fun.  Amazing what your feet run into when you put them to work.