The other day I received an email inquiry from a person with a long, antiquated name, and an even longer, pompous signature.
He wanted me to price my single word .com domain – if it were for sale, of course.
At the bottom of it all, Mr. Samuel Washington had signed with his address, in the nation’s Capital. A Sam Washington living in DC, hardly unique, I thought.
In my short reply, I asked for a phone number to discuss this further; his listing of an address would not make me hop on a car trip to DC.
While awaiting some sort of response, I decided to punch his address into Google Earth. I wasn’t shocked when the images showed a large and busy under construction site, with the street number clearly stuck onto a chain-link fence.
Then I noticed that the images were taken in 2009, according to Google Earth; repeating the same task in Bing yielded nothing new: the bird’s eye view was more or less the same, and I could even see a construction crane hovering nearby.
She offered to take an investigative trip to downtown Washington DC, armed with a GPS and her loyal dog, Izzy.
Nadia came back several hours later, excited about her findings:
“I took off the highway, and I ended up passing through Chinatown. For the sake of intrigue, I was kind of hoping the address would turn out to be a rickety apartment above a Chinese supermarket – but alas, I was a few turns away. Once I hit Massachusetts Ave., the “under construction” part made sense – the area between Mass Ave. and NY is a hot and up-and-coming part of town with a lot of new buildings. Every corner I passed had a lot with bulldozers and “coming soon” signs.”
Was Nadia about to make a remarkable discovery? Part 2 of the adventure.