It’s Friday … Are You Going to Klecksography?

It’s Friday, the weather is beautiful and it feels like we’re on the cusp of spring (and allergies). Here’s the bad news … it’s supposed to rain this evening, Saturday and Sunday. The good news is that you can catch up on all the GoDC posts you missed this week.

If you’re lazy (like me) and want me to summarize things for you, I can do that.

Here are the three top posts from this week.

  1. Smith Commons
    Smith Commons

    If Walls Could Talk: Smith Commons — The latest poll winner and recent IWCT post has an interesting history which includes a tandem bicycle accident, robberies, Redskin marching band members and Leopold Birkle, Prohibition violating German brewer. Don’t miss out on this one.

  2. U2 Live in Georgetown Day Before Lennon Shot — I loved this one. Their second concert in the U.S. was at The Bayou in Georgetown. U2 also played at the Ontario Theater in Adams Morgan and DAR Constitution Hall before exploding to the biggest band in recent memory (and way better than Bieber).
  3. Robert H. Muir: Manager of The Cairo — This is a cool brief look into the life of a regular D.C. resident in the early 20th century. He just happened to be the manager of the most notable building in the city and a resident of Adams Morgan (or Washington Heights as it was called back then).

… and here are the crappy ones.

  1. U.S. and Iraqi representatives standing on porch of White House (May 28th, 1945)
    U.S. and Iraqi representatives standing on porch of White House (May 28th, 1945)

    Prince Adful Ilah of Iraq Visits Washington — I guess people could care less about visits from foreign dignitaries.

  2. Robert Brent: Friend of Thomas Jefferson and Washington City’s First Mayor — Really? People don’t want to learn about the city’s first mayor? That’s kind of a bummer. I really like this one.
  3. If Walls Could Talk: 54 Rhode island Ave. NW — I could have predicted this one. Interest is usually pretty low when I write about houses. But I’m sure the owner of 54 Rhode Island Ave. liked it.
I’d like to add that the most fascinating one for me this week was the crazy mid-air disaster just south of National Airport. I can’t even imagine how horrific that was.

As always, I should make my plug for Officer Sprinkle, who was a badass and to date, is my favorite D.C. resident. He even showed up in the Smith Commons post. He’s everywhere!

Speaking of H Street and Officer Sprinkle … I’m going to Rorschach Theatre (1333 H St. NE) to watch Klecksography: DC Underground. This is right up my alley and rumor has it that Officer Sprinkle might make an appearance. Maybe I’ll get to shake his hand. Thanks for putting this on my radar Randy, looking forward to it!

Rorschach Theatre - 1333 H St. NE
Rorschach Theatre - 1333 H St. NE

What the hell is Klecksography you ask? I had to look it up too. It appears to be a game played by children in Switzerland, where they would pour ink on a piece of paper, fold the paper in half and reopen it. Strange an interesting patterns would appear to the delight of children. This game became the basis of Rorschach’s inkblot tests.

I learned something new today.

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Tom founded Ghosts of DC on January 4th, 2012 as a blog to uncover the lost and untold history of Washington, D.C. He has lived in the city for over a decade and loves exploring every corner of the District.

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  • I enjoyed your post on the location of our Capital City and will be back to troll through your archives.
    I’ve a question: Today – can we locate the spot where John Quincy Adams swam in the Potomac? On one of his last dips – in his journal on July 13, 1846 he writes: “I rose this morning with the dawn and drawn by an irresistible impulse walked over the lower Tiber bridge to my old bathing spot on the margin of the Potomac. . .”

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