On the Road Again

Ode to D.C.: a melting pot of beauty, funk, culture, heritage and history

Ella Numera Una demonstrates “Metro-Surfing” on the way to D.C. If you’re curious about the pastime, it’s a “you really had to be there” kind of experience. Photo c/o the author’s archives.
Things weren’t always bucolic when we lived on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., but we loved it during the 12 years we lived in the Victorian-era neighborhood. Photo c/o the author’s archives.
We enjoyed our 27 years in suburban D.C., but recognized when it was time to hit the road again. After almost three decades, we headed to Charlotte, NC to live near family. Photo c/o the author’s archives.
Ella Numera Dos’ (fifth from right) D.C.-area life was bracketed by a multi-syllabic sentence as an infant and the ability to swing hot incense in a 360-degree arc during Holy Day services at church. Of course, the incense was in a gilded container at the end of a long chain. Moker always sat a few rows back when Dos was on duty. Photo c/o the author’s archives.

A Native Texan and Mizzou Journalism grad, Nelson has worked in newspapers, politics, PR and as a high school publications adviser and AP English teacher.

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