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The Open Road Project exists to spread kindness and meet the needs of strangers. We travel in a 1979 GMC Vanguard named Lily. These are our stories.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Fred from the Bank of America

This is Fred.

Shortly after we barrelled into downotwn DC, we met Fred. He was the first person to receive a handful of chocolates as we were taking laps around the downtown, enjoying the sights.  While stopped at a red light outside his post at the Bank of America, we struck up a conversation about Lily.  Fred was happy to provide us with suggestions for Lily's look, such as “Y’all gotta rim it up! Put some 24's on this thing!”  I guess it’s safe to say we liked Fred from the beginning.  After our little encounter with the Secret Service, we came back to Fred who was laughing as we approached. He saw the hot pursuit and pull over go down, and asked us what we did to deserve the encounter.  This was also our first experience of how closely connected all levels of security are in Washington.  We continued to talk with Fred and soon realized he was a true Washington local and would be able to give us some great insight and where to eat and what to do.  Over the next two days Fred was our expert on everything and more importantly someone we just wanted to hang out with and get to know.  He provided us with quotes that kept us laughing as well as candid facts, like how we were on the radar of security while walking around the nation’s capital.  He helped put a face to the city and remind us of the difference between simply rolling through as a tourist and intentionally getting to know people and let them help shape your experience there.

Home is where you park it,
The Boys

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