Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Better Than Paris

As the number 42 bus lumbered down Columbia Road this morning, six squad cars slowed traffic at 19th street, a pretty, tree-lined residential street that is usually fairly quiet. Suddenly I blurted out, "Oh my God!"

A scramble for Blackberries ensued as people chimed in.

"Was that..."

"A dead body, yeah."

"Wow, there's so much blood!"

"Hey, let's just give everyone the constitutional right to carry handguns!"

"They could have at least covered the person's feet."

"I know, that's so tacky."

"That's just the flavor of the city."

"Who says DC isn't romantic in the springtime?"

A woman looked up from her magazine, finally realizing the fracas around her. "What's going on? Did something happen?"

"Yeah there were a bunch of squad cars back there and a dead body lying in the driveway."

"Are you telling me I missed a dead body because of Time magazine? Dammit!"

7 Comments:

Anonymous Chris Chan said...

Whoa! It's like you're one of those people in the first thirty seconds of "Law & Order" who's just acting normally and then suddenly discovers the corpse!

3:57 PM  
Anonymous Chris Chan said...

Whoa! It's like you're one of those people in the first thirty seconds of "Law & Order" who's just acting normally and then suddenly discovers the corpse!

3:57 PM  
Blogger Philosophic Bard said...

Unless she was reading the recent article about George Clooney, that lady missed out. I guess.

5:48 PM  
Blogger The Bird said...

From the neighborhood listserv:

Apparent suicide 19th and Wyoming
Posted by: "Jim Graham"
Wed Mar 26, 2008 6:08 am (PDT)
Dear Friends:

According to MPD: At around 6:30 AM, this morning, a woman in her 40s fell to her death from one of the balconies at the Promenade Apts. The death is presently under investigation, although there are no present indications of foul play.

More information as it is released. Please pass on to others who may be interested.

Bests CM Jim Graham


There you go...

9:38 AM  
Blogger lacochran said...

Ah, the compassion! :)

Great post. You really captured the moment. Life: much stranger than fiction.

9:41 AM  
Blogger The Goo said...

Way to suck all the Law & Order fun out of the room.

9:42 AM  
Anonymous Arjewtino said...

I used to live on 19th and California, one block south of Wyoming.

It must have been the effects of the 7-11 "The Bomb" burrito.

12:30 PM  

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