Small orchard of bollards

Sights on the way to Washington, DC

Traveling to the nation’s capital from distant Silver Spring, Maryland, was a journey through a single timezone and a distance measured in subway stops. Along the way there were many wonders, such as this Transformer attempting to sneak toward the capital disguised as, ah, a Transformer?

Rare CSX Transformer
Transformers may have originated in Japan, but this one seems to have mastered at least a few letters of the Roman alphabet.

It isn’t clear if this is a good Transformer or one of those bad ones that appear to be pawns of developers, laying waste to urban areas in order to promote redevelopment.

Once in the District of Columbia, there were many unusual sights, such as this orchard of bollards, part of the vast bollard forest that is expanding to cover every spare inch of Washington, DC:

Small orchard of bollards
A small orchard of bollards, an offshoot of the vast bollard forest that seems to have engulfed the capital of the United States.

Bollards were developed to tie up ships to shore facilities, but one thing Washington does not have is an accompanying fleet of ships tied to the forest of bollards. As the bollard population is constantly growing, we can only conclude this is proof positive that global climate change is real, the oceans are rising, and the government is preparing for a massive rescue fleet.

Finally, just two blocks from the Capitol (with an “o”) in the capital (with an “a”) you can find this luxurious vehicle, showing what separates the movers and shakers in government from the rest of the masses. Note the unique customizations to this relatively late model car:

Custom ride, DC style
This highly customized car features the latest in capital innovations, from the oddly pink floor sealant (or ceiling spackle, or silly putty) on the split-skirted bumper to the abstract tape artwork on side panel. The rusted wheel, sans wheel cover, is a bonus.

People in the capital aren’t like you or I; they’ve got custom rides!

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