Welcome Visitors from Blogging Around the States

Booklogged over at A Reader’s Journal has embarked upon an effort to blog about bloggers from all 50 states. As soon as I saw this I wrote to her and said “don’t forget about the District of Columbia”.  And she didn’t. This week she highlights Yours Truly. Thanks for the opportunity.

So, to all of you visiting for the first time, I say Welcome. And don’t forget to leave me a comment or two. Sometimes I get tired of the sound of my own voice–not often, but it does happen.  You can find lots of stuff on MyPorch, I have lots of travel pictures (Europe, Australia, Africa, the US, Canada), a few political rants, lots of stuff about books, some musical musings, and a whole lot of hyperbole.  Feel free to take me down a notch or two.

By the way, no comment from me on Blogging Around the States would be complete without mentioning that half a million American citizens living here in Washington DC have NO voting representation in Congress. American citizens in the rest of the US have two Senators and one Representative you can write to, call, email, etc., we have NONE. The reason those patriots dumped all that tea into Boston Harbor 200+ years ago was over taxation without representation. Well the Potomac is polluted enough so we won’t dump anytning more into it, but you get my point.

13 thoughts on “Welcome Visitors from Blogging Around the States

  1. Margaret Evans Porter October 24, 2009 / 6:05 pm

    Gorgeous photo of DuPont Circle fountain making me nostalgic. My home-away-from-home neighbourhood.

    Next time I'm in town, if you're willing, we should meet for caipirinhas at the Grill from Ipanema in Adams-Morgan. 'Kay?


  2. Thomas October 24, 2009 / 8:36 pm

    We should definitely get together next time you are in DC.


  3. M Denise C October 24, 2009 / 8:51 pm

    This very day I was telling some friends that have never been to DC about Dupont. Glad you posted the pic!


  4. Paperback Reader October 25, 2009 / 7:26 am

    Oh my goodness, I've just realised that the C of Washington DC does not mean capital (I know, District Capital doesn't even make sense). How could I NOT have known that? I could have stayed quiet but I am so shocked and grateful for your illumination.

    I am a clever girl, honest, but this reminds me of the time that I found out that “Dubya” was pronounced Dub-Y-a (the way I read it and said in head) instead of Dub-ya. Another d'oh moment.


  5. juliebean October 25, 2009 / 2:46 pm

    Does DC still have the “taxation without representation” license plates?


  6. Thomas October 25, 2009 / 4:24 pm

    Denise: Glad I could be of help.

    Paperback: I appreciate your honesty. I actually do pronounce it as Dub-ya. In essence it is supposed to sound like a Texas hick saying the letter W when referring to our former president. No offense to any non-hick Texans reading this…

    Julia: Yes we do have license plates.


  7. Paperback Reader October 25, 2009 / 4:27 pm

    Yes, I could have pretended that I knew all along! I understand why it's pronounced Dub-ya and it made perfect sense when it was explained to me but I had it in head the other way and thought it was some in-joke that I wasn't privy to!


  8. juliebean October 25, 2009 / 10:14 pm

    I just thought I had seen some DC plates that said “taxation w/o representation” where, for example, MN plates say “10,000 lakes”. You know, more of a political statement (like Quebec's “je me souviens”) than a Convention & Visitor's Bureau advertisement…


  9. Thomas October 25, 2009 / 10:24 pm

    Julia: I am laughing because I realized my earlier response sounded really snarky, like I didn't understand your comment. Which I did. I just answered stupidly. Yes, they do say Taxation Without Repsentation. Clinton had them put on the WH fleet back in the old days. Then the Bush folks had them taken off. Obama has put them back on. However, everything remains the same. Still no vote.


  10. Candleman October 27, 2009 / 3:05 pm

    Hi Thomas. I've been out of town but couldn't believe when I returned home that only 2 people commented on my Blogging Around the States post highlighting you! Good Grief!

    Looking back I remember it was the 24-hour Readathon on Sat so that might explain things.

    I can't believe D.C. has no representation! That's appalling. We need to get that fixed.


  11. Thomas October 27, 2009 / 10:31 pm

    Candleman: And I even did a special Welcome for them… :)


  12. Meg October 30, 2009 / 11:37 am

    Yay for D.C. — you're just a hop, skip and a jump from me in Southern Maryland! :)


  13. Thomas October 30, 2009 / 12:00 pm

    Meg: You should hop on over to A Reader's Journal and let her know you are out there (if she doesn't know already) then maybe you could represent MD…


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