I live in a fairly small town. If I get in a conversation with someone who has lived in Washington as long as I have, we usually find we know someone in common in about 15 minutes. I went to a concert all the way out in Frederick last night and ran into an old college roommate and a cousin as soon as I walked in the door. I was surprised, but not shocked. A lot of people spend millions of dollars bad mouthing Washington "insiders" thinking this will win them a job on Capitol Hill, but the true insiders are those that live here for the beauty of two rivers, tree shaded streets, and the height limit on tall buildings. We have little to do with the politics blanketing the airwaves when we head down to Fletcher's with a half smoke picnic to watch small craft drift by on the Potomac.
This Fourth of July, if you are looking for an "insider" event, come see the District's home grown parade meander down MacArthur Boulevard. The pageant is truly democratic with a small "d." Anyone can be in the procession although boring politicians are discouraged. Here's the kind of politician we like to see:
Lineup to be part of the spectacle starts at 10 a.m. first come first serve. (The queue winds up Whitehaven Parkway between Foxhall Rd. and MacArthur Blvd.) The parade itself rolls at 11 - right in front of the city's oldest Safeway and ends at Palisades Park where free hotdogs and more hoopla await.