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Re: American University (totally off topic)

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I'm glad your writer liked going to school in DC.  So did I.  I still 
work in Washington.  But I'm not sure what this part in your writer's 
note meant:  "No, it > is > totally incorrect to assume DC breeds 
conservatism - those are still > some of the
> most progressive, friendly white folk you can have the pleasure of > 
meeting."

I've lived in the DC area since 1954.  I can tell you there are 
wonderful and "friendly" "folk" here in this area of various races and 
political persuasions.  Just as there are people you would want to 
avoid in any locality, regardless of how they look or vote or how much 
money they earn or do not earn.  DC is no different from any other part 
of the United States, people are people and, in my view, whether you 
find pleasure in meeting them depends largely on individual character 
(one's own and their's).  Just my 2 cents worth.  (As if I haven't 
yapped enough today .)

I agree that the city is very walkable.  But you have to be streetwise 
and careful after dark-- in the city and in the suburbs.  I've never 
been mugged or otherwise been the victim of a crime in DC.  But I was 
mugged two blocks from my house in Arlington, VA on New Year's Day, 
2004 -- and you can tell something about the neighborhood by the fact 
that the house behind mine sold last year for $1.6 million.  (No, mine 
wouldn't sell for quite that much, LOL.)  My neighborhood is just West 
of the Potomac River from Washington.  No one who has read about some 
of my somewhat feisty archival doings will be surprised to hear that 
after being flung to the ground by the mugger, I got up and chased 
after the thief, yelling "Stop, thief, he's got my purse."  He got so 
rattled, he flung my purse at a passerby and took off in a car.  So I 
got my stuff back right away.  The police put out an APB, the guy was 
caught within an hour.  Don't know that I would do that again, on 
second thought.

Maarja


-----Original Message-----
From: Valerie A. Metzler <[log in to unmask]>
To: [log in to unmask]
Sent: Fri, 14 Apr 2006 15:24:27 -0400
Subject: Fwd: American University  (totally off topic)

Begin forwarded message: 
 
> From: [log in to unmask] 
> Date: Fr Apr 14, 2006 13:49:00 US/Eastern 
> To: [log in to unmask] 
> Subject: Re: American University (totally off topic) 
> 
> Hiya, Valerie Metzler forwarded me your e-mail. I graduated from AU 
in > '81 so 
> I don't know how much good this will do you . The school has really > 
grown 
> since I was there, and the surrounding area has been built up. My > 
degree was in 
> anthropology but I took a lot of other stuff to. My experiences were 
> entirely 
> possitive vis-a-vis the school experience although I never lived on > 
campus but 
> rather several miles away so I walked to school. DC is the best city 
> for 
> walking. Even if I did not recommend the school I would have to > 
recomend the city 
> for an education. There was so much info available there - all the > 
other 
> libraries, esp. the lib of congress, the free museums, all kind of > 
headquarters. If 
> you were really keen on independent research the city was limitless. 
> Also 
> when I attended you could take classes at any of the other colleges 
or 
> universities in the city - I took classes at Catholic and UDC in the 
> summer. My niece 
> was just accepted at Georgetown and AU and chose G-town but this kid 
> could go 
> anywhere and was sold on DC. I always lived in a mixed neighborhood 
and 
> although obviously violence is always getting worse, I found that the 
> sheer number 
> of people on the streets at all times made you feel very safe. No, it 
> is 
> totally incorrect to assume DC breeds conservatism - those are still 
> some of the 
> most progressive, friendly white folk you can have the pleasure of > 
meeting. . 
> Mind you, it's what you choose to seek out but to this day as you > 
approach DC the 
> bumper stickers improve radically. Also DC is flush with fabulous > 
intern 
> opportunities - WAMU, the NPR station I have listened to for decades 
> is on campus, 
> which is cool for communications majors, yes? I won't kid you, at > 
least when 
> I was there there was a certain segment of the student populace that 
> were 
> passing their time wealthy kids ,pretty boring, but easily > 
academically overtaken. 
> Traffic may seem daunting but there is a short cut into the back of 
AU > which 
> gets you in and out of the city really quick off of the beltway. > 
E-mail me for 
> directions or anything else - subject head the e-mail "Kid at AU" > 
because i 
> delete most stuff. And one more thing, altough I have no idea where > 
you live, 
> but DC is a wonderful city for the senses, esp. seasonally. After all 
> these 
> years and all the places I have lived, there are smells that take me 
> right back 
> there. Good luck with the decision making.Louise > 
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> 
> 
> 
--------- 
Valerie A. Metzler, M. A., C. A. 
Valerie Metzler Archivist/Historian 
114 Ruskin Drive 
Altoona, PA 16602-2916 
814 940 0493 
fax 940 0449 
cell 932 1740 
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