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  • they had me until “clown.”

    no thank you.

    • Egon, Clown Judy and Clown Gary are Cleveland Park neighbors — wonderful neighbors who live very close to the fire house. They do their thing, with balloons, etc., mostly to entertain hospitalized vets. Come meet them and enjoy the event!

  • I don’t want to hold a whole station responsible, but I certainly won’t be going. Walked past there once and firemen sitting in the doorway yelled some pretty crappy things at me. I was still young enough to take it personally and feel lousy about myself for days. That was in the 90s, so those guys are probably retired with full benefits by now.

    Sorry – just brought back a whole lot of bad memories.

    • I’m so sorry you had that experience. I am a young female and deal with street harassment often. I cross the street near certain places because otherwise harassment is almost guaranteed. I walk past this station multiple times per week and always appreciate that the firefighters at this station DON’T harass; they don’t even stare. They have always been good natured and kind. So I do think, fortunately, that your harassers are long gone.

    • I didn’t even think about that – sucks that the public servants we rely on to protect us would treat us this way.
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      I’m middle-aged, and my initial thought was that this sounds like fun. (Though I’ll have to fight the kids to climb on the fire trucks.)
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      One of the benefits of being middle-aged, with some middle-aged middle spread, is that sexual harassment, on street and in offices, which was so much a part of my life for decades, rarely is directed at me now.

  • Every time I’ve walked past the station there is a super expensive Jag sports car with DCFD plates parked out front. Public servants flaunting their wealth really rubs be the wrong way.

    • Blithe

      Why? Someone who earns a decent salary — albeit not one that would allow them to live luxuriously in the city in which they work, doing a heroic, often extremely risky job, decides to save up to purchase their dream car. Why would this bother you more than the same purchase by a paper pushing lawyer? Or Donald Trump? (Not picking on Donald — but “Trump”, as the ultimate public servant-elect and “flaunting their wealth” is an easy association.) Or a defense contractor? A “super expensive” car, even one purchased pre-owned, would not be my priority, but I don’t get why the combination of the car and a specific job “really rubs (you) the wrong way”.

      – Seems like a nice event. I know a lot of people who would enjoy the opportunity to climb on fire apparatus.

    • HaileUnlikely

      Maybe the firefighter has a wealthy spouse. Only half jokingly, I’m not sure how a firefighter would make it in the DC metro area without one.

  • What about fire pole dancing?

  • I was chagrined to read the comment from someone who wrote that he/she doesn’t plan to attend the Fire Station’s celebration because of the presence of clowns. My husband (“Clown Gary”) and I (“Clown Judy”) are the two clowns who will be entertaining children and children-at-heart with our balloon creations and silly magic tricks at the December 4 celebration of our neighborhood’s Cleveland Park Fire House on Connecticut Avenue NW (between Ordway and Porter Streets). We are not scary clowns; we wear no clown face makeup, except that I paint big hearts on my cheeks, and I also paint inch-long black eyelashes under my eyes.

    We never get paid for entertaining; we always volunteer our services, primarily for Wounded Warriors at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the DC Veterans Administration Medical Center, pediatric units of local hospitals, and various non-profit organizations. For example, two nights ago we volunteered as clowns for about 100 children who lost a parent in the U.S. military in the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan. The event was “Tiny Heroes Winter Wonderland,” sponsored by Yellow Ribbons United for families of TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors), for families of fallen U.S. service members.

    To learn more about our volunteer clowning activities, please read this June 10, 2013, Washington Post profile of us (with 12 photos):
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/clown-couple-find-calling-in-bringing-smiles-to-others/2013/06/09/89860d34-bd76-11e2-9b09-1638acc3942e_story.html

    In addition, here is a link to a July 13, 2013, CBS national television evening news segment about our clowning at an Easter Seals event: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/clowning-around-for-a-greater-purpose/