Helping To Put Things In Context: Something You Should Know About D.C.

Everyone knows Washington, D.C. for being the nation's capital where decisions are made that affect the country itself and impacts the world at large. But between the time that politicians and special interest groups like to use the city as the reason for all that ails America, it has a more intimate side. This is the side that one could think of as the "local" aspect of the city. I think if people understood what really exists within the boundaries of this diamond shaped (minus a complete side) metropolis, their perspectives may be altered considerably. As AWashingtonWoman will continue to focus on some of the wonderful women who make up the fabric of the DMV (a term used for the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and includes: the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia), we will also strive to give you a little of the backstory, as objectively as we can. So it's been a year since this all began and without really trying, this blog has exceeded what our expectations were. So we are thinking that with a little love and a lot of integrity, we can share some real true insight which can be entertaining as well as informative. Who knows?.... Maybe it will even be ..... helpful.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

True Power Is the Woman of the Day at 4th of July Celebrations in the Washington, D.C. Area

...... So the sun has set on yet another successful Fourth of July Celebrationhere in the nation's capital. There were parades, cook-outs, fireworks and fun available for all. The operative word here is "available". That doesn't necessarily mean everyone was having fun. When my husband, my kids and myself walk over a block or so to try to catch a neighborhood parade and found ourselves serving as the caboose, I encounter many neighbors who still had no power -literally. Tomorrow will make it one full week. For those of us who had our electricity restored....many of us were exhausted.
On a happy note, there were reunions, songs, food and a good time for all to be had, but inevitably the conversations would somehow wander back to "how we are making it". In 2012 it seems this holiday found many of us realizing how truly being powerless feels. There was frustration that so many are in the dark about what to expect in the future. This is a new sort of an experience here. We are used to situations that can be manipulated. We understand who we need to do what with to get our way. To make things happen. This is an new realization that we may not have the power to fix this now. The main topic of conversation today was "power". Many residents seem to be really angry with the regional electric company, PEPCO. Much of the anger is misplaced if you ask me. The fact of the matter is that (from what I understand) natural disasters aren't orchestrated and thus as humans we can only do what we can to correct things out of our control. Now having said that, I believe the true mounting frustration at the electric company is rooted in the power that they seem to possess. Even when things are "normal" the power company will send out invoices along with cut off dates. I think many feel bullied by these type companies. This is now our chance to say "if you demand perfection from us then we demand perfection in our electric company as well.
{Even "Uncle Sam" knows this isn't fair. None-the-less, it's hard to feel sorry for these guys when you know you have tried to talk to them and you realize, this isn't even a human with reasoning abilities. Trying to dialogue with them is like talking to an inanimate object. Simply put, it looks like you reap what you sew.

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