MS. REBECCA SHEIR
Welcome to "Metro Connection." I'm Rebecca Sheir and believe it or not, this coming Wednesday is already that all-American holiday when we celebrate the anniversary of our nation's Declaration of Independence, the 4th of July. So today, we're bringing you a show all about independence. We'll learn the surprising ways Capital Bike Share is affecting small, independent bike shops across the city.
MS. REBECCA SHEIR
We'll check out a Fringe Festival show that's performed for and with one audience member at a time and we'll hear the tale of a painter who took his artistic license to the extreme with rather stunning results. But before we get to all that, we sent our new intern, Raphaella Bennin, out on the streets to talk with Washingtonians about their ideas on today's theme and the role independence has played in their own lives.
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I've always been a creature of independence.
Freedom of expression.
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When I hitchhiked to California in 1967 at 16 years old and went to San Francisco, the summer of love, that was my first bout of independence, right out of Catholic school.
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I was seven. I went off to summer camp. I didn't feel very independent at that time. I felt, you know, homesick. But then once I got over the homesickness, I felt very independent in achieving goals and, you know, learning how to be myself.
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When I was in Afghanistan, I grew up in Afghanistan. In 2001, I was just in high school. I turned on radio and I would hear the news and I heard, you know, American forces with Afghan troops came in and they kicked out (unintelligible) went out of power and that was a great moment for, not just only me, for my family and the whole people of Afghanistan.
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First time I felt independent, graduating college and starting a job where it really sinks in that, you know, you are an adult and I'm in grad school right now and a lot of my classmates are a lot of older, like, my parent's age. So that made me feel I'm more independent. It was great, it was liberating for me.
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I know I've been independent all my life because I come from Scotland and I wear the kilt. I'm independent. I have been reared to obey the rules of the family but at 18 I became a voter and was able to make up my own mind. That's when I felt independent. So that's my story.
Those were Washingtonians in Tinley Town and Metro Center speaking with "Metro Connection's" intern, Raphaella Bennin. If you'd like to share your idea of personal independence, you can reach us at email@example.com or if you can independently sum it up in 140 characters or less, send us a Tweet. Our handle is @wamumetro.
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