07/28/2005: "Sorry to bore you holly but..."
Today Rick had to finish a paper before a night class so I took the entire day to roam around DC on my own. He lives near a metro line that goes directly to the Mall, the Smithsonian to be more specific. I got this great feeling of like, I don't know...how socialism could be in a perfect universe I guess, like you are being spoiled just for beign a citizen because absolutely everything is FREE FREE FREE!
I ended up going to the following (in this order):
the Smithsonian Institution (Castle)
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (fantastic art and "visual music" exhibit...I took lots o fotos)
National Air and Space Museum (my personal fav, + saw an amazing show called "Infinity Express" at the Albert Einstein Planetarium)
the United States Botanical Garden (now I want to get a green roof)
the US Capitol
the Library of Congress (the librarian nerd in my *adored* this one, I even got a researchers "reader card" that's good for life.)
One thing I noticed since the last time I visited DC, which was probably 1987 or there abouts...is the increase in security. They have those big concrete road blocks lining Independance Ave. (irony anyone?) cop cars with darkend windows on every street corner (it's creepy cuz you can't see in them, not even sure there were any police inside or if the cars are just there for deterance?) men armed with automatic weapons on the stairs of the Capitol, metal detectors and bag scanners at the entrance to *every* building...etc. I suppose it's to make us feel safer but...I'm not sure how I feel about it.
I had about 15 men digging through my purse today. AKWARD!@
Finally, I went to a movie March of the Penguins which was sooooo touching and beautifully filmed. Tonight Rick and I are going to a Spanish tapas bar. After an entire day of free stuff I feel like I can splurge a little.