Friday, June 30, 2006

DC, Day 3: Nothing To Do, Lots To See

Last night we went to a bar instead of to the Matchbox, and I had an Aaron Burr-ger. It was killer!

Today we hit the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. We learned about air and space, and saw Smithson's tomb. The Federal Archives (where the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and other documents that Nicolas Cage found maps on in National Treasure) is closed until further notice, due to all of the flooding in the DC area. The American Museum, where Dorothy's ruby red slippers are held, is also closed due to flooding. The horror!

In the Air and Space Museum, we saw the plane that the Wright Brothers flew at Kitty Hawk. We also saw Hindenburg's plane, as well as Amelia Earhart's. After reading about how several inventors built their own planes and engines before the age of 15, I reviewed my life and tried to throw myself off the roof. Fortunately, the roof wasn't open until 10:30, and by then I had forgotten about my failures in life.

In the Natural History Museum, we saw the Hope Diamond (yes, the very same one that was thrown to the bottom of the ocean in Titanic - don't ask me how I know that), and we also saw some dino fossils, other gems, and lots of bugs. We caught an IMAX film, "Aliens of the Deep," about underwater sea creatures and possible aliens on other planets that we may be able to interbreed with.

We took our tour of the Library of Congress, and let me tell you, I saw no Alfred Bester, Gene Wolfe, or Philip K. Dick books. You can't call your book collection a "library" without these authors. Actually, we learned that to obtain a copyright for any book, the author has to submit two copies to the Library of Congress. Also, we learned that after the Taliban burned the laws in Afghanistan, the Afghan Whigs had to come to DC to obtain a copy of their own laws. In your face, Taliban!

We spent the rest of the day visiting monuments. We saw the Vietnam War Monument, which was very powerful, as well as the Korean War monument, Lincoln Memorial (where we saw one of our friends - get back to work, slacker!), and the DC Memorial. We also got to see the White House from a distance. On our way back, we saw 50 Port-O-Potties (called "Royal Flushes"), one for every state. DC just loves their monuments!

Pizza at Tunnicliff's Tavern was great - 7 slices out of 10. Our other meals were simple, classy, elegant, and cheap.

Tomorrow we're meeting Betty's cousins at the DC Zoo. We may go to Mount Vernon, too, but we hear that George Washington is dead, so it's just his house. Jay Melder is coming into town tomorrow, so who knows what the rest of the week will be like. Woo!

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