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I spent the first Sunday in December attending another session of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School at the Bier Baron in Washington, DC.

When I got off the Metro at Dupont Circle I encountered this protest.

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Yes, it was a group of Muslims who were protesting ISIS and terrorism in general. I hear so many right wing people in the media saying that all Muslims are terrorists but this march I saw directly contradicted that belief. Not only are all Muslims not terrorists but only a very tiny majority of them are actually waging violent jihad.

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These right wingers will denounce all Muslims for being terrorists yet they are strangely silent on white Christians who also commit terrorism, such as Robert Lewis Dear and Dylann Storm Roof.

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Having seen first-hand the outpouring of Muslims denouncing the terrorist extremists like ISIS makes Donald Trump’s call for a total ban on Muslims from entering the United States and refusal to rule out warrantless searches and ID cards for Muslims even more odious and more Hitler-like.

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The next two photographs show some of the flyers and postcards that the protesters were handing out to bystanders.

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I took one last shot as the protesters were walking south of Dupont Circle.

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I ate a quick lunch as Cosi then I walked over to the Bier Baron. On my way there I took a couple of photos of this wall mural that’s located on the side on this building on P Street, N.W.

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Not only does this mural depict a scene from The Wizard of Oz but it is also an example of a trompe l’oeil with a depiction of a realistic window that looks like it faces a view of the yellow brick road and the Emerald City in the distance.

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I arrived at the Bier Baron just in time for the start of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School. A bellydancer named Naimah was the model so she was more clothed than the burlesque performers who usually serve as models. But she definitely had a way with a sword, as some of these drawings show.

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There was only one contest at that event and I took part in it. Since the latest Star Wars movie was opening soon, the challenge was to put Naimah in a scene from any of the films. I had Naimah laying triumphantly on the body of Jabba the Hutt, whose throat she slashed with one of her long swords. That drawing didn’t make it to the finals.

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After the contest I did a few more drawings of Naimah before the event ended.

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Even though the event ended at 6 p.m. it felt like it was much later at night since it has been getting dark earlier and earlier. I noticed a bar and restaurant located around the corner from the Bier Baron called The Fireplace, which has a fireplace facing the street outside.

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The fireplace at The Fireplace is covered with plexiglass, which felt warm when I put my hand on it.

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I also made a brief stop at Fantom Comics since it was on the way back to the Metro station.

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As you can guess from the name, Fantom Comics is a comic book store that’s located on the second floor of a building. The stairwell leading to the store is decorated with posters, drawings, and paintings, which makes it very colorful and interesting.

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Like I wrote in my last entry, I planned to spend today in Crofton to help my support group’s annual yard sale. This is the first time I went to the yard sale in person because last year I had a scheduling conflict. I knew that it was designed to run concurrently with the Festival on the Green craft show that was held on the grounds of the Crofton Country Club. When I arrived in Crofton, I was surprised at the number of cars there and how big this entire event was. I had a hard time finding parking because there were so many cars.

I finally ended up parking at the local Baptist church down the street. That church had its own yard sale to coincide with the Festival on the Green. I walked past it on the way to the other yard sale but I briefly checked it out when I walked back to the car after I decided to go home.

Yard Sale at Baptist Church, Crofton, Maryland, September 28, 2013

Since I parked so far down the street, I reached the Festival on the Green on the way to the yard sale. I was surprised how big this craft show was. It was full of nice handcrafted stuff and I found myself wishing I knew about this earlier because I definitely would’ve considered applying to be a vendor.

Festival on the Green, Crofton, Maryland, September 28, 2013
Festival on the Green, Crofton, Maryland, September 28, 2013

There were activities for kids and all kinds of food available for sale. As for the crafts, they included jewelry, marionette puppets, bags, photographs, watercolors, magnets, and even handmade clothes for American Girl dolls.

Festival on the Green, Crofton, Maryland, September 28, 2013
Festival on the Green, Crofton, Maryland, September 28, 2013
Festival on the Green, Crofton, Maryland, September 28, 2013
Festival on the Green, Crofton, Maryland, September 28, 2013
Festival on the Green, Crofton, Maryland, September 28, 2013
Festival on the Green, Crofton, Maryland, September 28, 2013
Festival on the Green, Crofton, Maryland, September 28, 2013
Festival on the Green, Crofton, Maryland, September 28, 2013
Festival on the Green, Crofton, Maryland, September 28, 2013
Festival on the Green, Crofton, Maryland, September 28, 2013
Festival on the Green, Crofton, Maryland, September 28, 2013
Festival on the Green, Crofton, Maryland, September 28, 2013

I have to admit that the most memorable handcrafted item I saw at the Festival on the Green is this hand-built wooden table in the photo below. The table has a sunken hole where the owner can put in a proper-sized basin full of either beer or steamed crabs. After a while the server can lift the basin full of empty bottles or crab shells and discard them. It’s a really neat concept and if I owned a large place where I held frequent parties, I would buy one of these tables. It would also be a cool table for restaurants that serve beer and seafood.

Festival on the Green, Crofton, Maryland, September 28, 2013

I eventually walked from the Festival on the Green craft show to the Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church (located next door) where the Changing Focus Yard Sale took place.

Changing Focus Yard Sale, Crofton, Maryland, September 28, 2013
Changing Focus Yard Sale, Crofton, Maryland, September 28, 2013

I ran into some of the people I knew from attending the Changing Focus support group meetings, which was cool. I helped with the pricing the day before the yard sale and I saw all kinds of stuff that was on sale. Many items (such as children’s clothes and housewares) were pretty useful and I thought they stood a good chance of being sold. There were a few items I saw that I thought belonged in a museum. When I went to the actual yard sale the next day, I took a photo of some of these vintage electronic items. You’ll get a kick out of seeing the next three pictures.

A vintage Westinghouse electronic tube that has been never removed from its original box.

Changing Focus Yard Sale, Crofton, Maryland, September 28, 2013

A Panasonic camcorder that uses VHS tapes.

Changing Focus Yard Sale, Crofton, Maryland, September 28, 2013

A vintage 1960’s hi-fi stereo system whose features include a built-in turntable, a built-in AM/FM radio, and an empty space where one can store vinyl albums.

Changing Focus Yard Sale, Crofton, Maryland, September 28, 2013

As I was driving home I saw that there were three homes just down the street from the Festival on the Green who were having their own yard sales on their front lawns. With all these yard sales, bargain hunters would’ve had a field day if they had traveled to Crofton today. On the way out, I saw a series of signs advertising Legos starting at $3. I decided to follow the signs for the heck of it until I found this store located in the middle of an office park called Bricks, Galore & More.

Bricks, Galore & More, Crofton, Maryland, September 28, 2013
Bricks, Galore & More, Crofton, Maryland, September 28, 2013

It was a Lego store that had all kinds of neat stuff including customized Minifigs and Lego sets based on movies like Star Wars.

Bricks, Galore & More, Crofton, Maryland, September 28, 2013
Bricks, Galore & More, Crofton, Maryland, September 28, 2013
Bricks, Galore & More, Crofton, Maryland, September 28, 2013

That was it for my day in Crofton.

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