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March 5, 2007

X Marks the Spot

I had a wonderful trip to D.C. this past weekend with my friends in the SHU College Republicans. Our entire time spent on the road and frolicking about our nation's capital was full of new experiences for me. I'd never been to D.C. at all. Nor had I driven such a distance before. Nor had I dealt with undue stress while driving in ridiculous city traffic before... Basically I learned a lot.

Another thing I'd had no experience with before is the metro system. It was fun to learn to use it with the maps and crazy escalators. When I was waiting for some of our friends to pick us up from one station, I examined the map and was baffled.

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There was not one--but two!--spelling errors.

First we see the area called Silver Spring--labeled on the map as "Silver String."


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And the second error pertains to the recently newsworthy Walter Reed Army Hospital.


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walterroadmetromap.jpg

I didn't flip out, but I did take these pictures. People looked at me like I was strange, but hey, at least I noticed... I wonder how many other folks do.

Posted by KarissaKilgore at March 5, 2007 11:12 PM


Comments


Ah ha! Maybe the misspelling of Walter Reed is what led to the hospital's poor conditions and current controversy.

Posted by: Mike at March 6, 2007 9:50 AM


Good eye, Karissa.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at March 6, 2007 11:37 AM


Haha, thanks Dr. Jerz. I don't know if it's necessarily my eyes that are doing the work... I just have a thing for consistency.

And Mike, calling it "Walter Road" on the map probably shouldn't make things as bad as people say they are on the news... but that's just my opinion.

Posted by: Karissa at March 6, 2007 12:00 PM


Are you kidding!? People on the metro are so busy reading the Post, sipping on a doubleshot latte, and updating their PDA (WHILE clinging to life from tiny metal bars and bumping into innocent mortals, by the way) that they could care less about such things.

And oh yes, I speak from experience. I rode the entire length of the Metro to visit the Smithsonian and go to a concert at Constitution Hall...from Silver String.

I mean Spring.

I am lucky enough to have an uncle and aunt that live there, else I would have been subjected to the same bullseye-style map torture that other disadvantaged tourists are.

Note to self: Get the window seat. Or else.

Posted by: Krista at March 8, 2007 11:02 AM



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