Wednesday, June 28, 2006

DC, Day 1: It's Just Right There!

After our 5-hour trek through New York, New Jersey, Maryland and some lesser New England states, we finally got to Washington, DC. And let me tell you, something really smells like shit. I don't know if it's the Republicans, the Democrats, or just the teeming mass of froth-mouthed tourists, but something really stinks. I promise, Mom, I used deoderant.

It was personally very difficult to leave New York. Manhattan was incredible, and NYC is probably the greatest city I've ever been to. DC is okay too, but maybe since my sister was with us the whole time in NY but is now back in Baton Rouge, we are really only have 2/3rds the fun that we should be having. Miss you, Reba!

So far we've walked the entire width of DC. We've seen the Capitol, Washington Monument, Reflecting Pools, WW II Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, and the Smithsonian Institute. Every time we felt like going back, we'd see another monument and say, "Well, it's just right there, let's go!" We didn't go into any monuments, just walked around them. The subway stations - excuse me, the Metro stations - are much nicer and cleaner than New York's, but they lack New York's customary Naked Cowboy and Guitar Flasher. These people have no culture!

The Washington Memorial is the largest building in DC by law, and what's most incredible about it is the sign right out front that says, "No Yelling, 'Does That Make You Horny, Baby?!'"

And if New York is the "City That Never Sleeps," then DC is the city that goes to bed at 6 sharp. All of the street vendors close at 6 pm. Nobody selling water. Nobody selling Lucky Dogs. Nobody selling themselves. Where are all the services!!

Tomorrow we're taking a tour of the Capitol, where our Senate and House of Representatives work tirelessly for 4 months out of the year. We may be able to do the "Duck Tour," where we'll ride an amphibious vehicle through the monument area and across the Potomac. It's going to be hard to top last week, but by golly we're gonna try.

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