Washington, D.C.

Trip Start Sep 07, 2007
Trip End Jan 12, 2008

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Okay, so I'm a little behind. We're actually now in Richmond, but we'll pretend we're in DC. I haven't had much access to a computer since the desktop ceased to function. I only have Albert's laptop for a few minutes at a time sometimes in the evening. So I haven't been able to post. But finally! After doing some shopping, Best Buy finally had a sale on some no name computer so last night we finally bought me my own laptop for cheap! Yay!
So-on to DC.
DC was frought with challenges. We continued to have car trouble. And Albert continued to be sick. And I, as we all know, had something bizarre and uncomfortable happen to my ear. (Which is much better now, by the way. Thanks to all those who asked. It took a few days for the pressure to go away, but I never did have anything big and hairy come crawling out.) Albert was totally stressed with work, and that video took forever to fully complete. Aaargh.
We had been there for a day or two when Albert went out to the truck to head to work. The thing would not start. Totally dead. We checked everything, and nothing had been left on, so we didn't know why the battery was dead. We used a battery box that allows you to jumpstart your own car and he left for work. This went on all week. Since this had never been a problem before, we figured that the last mechanic we had been to in Atlanta had hooked something up wrong so that the battery was being unduly drained. It was such a drag. But Albert didn't have time to go to the dealer so the battery box would have to do. Come Sunday, we're all ready to go to the meeting. Dressed, Watchtowers studied, ready and out the door. The thing would not start. Not even with the battery box. Not even with a remote jumpstart from a neighbor camper. Nothing. We spent the next 5 hours trying everything possible to get the stupid truck to start. Needless to say, we missed the meeting (and were quite bummed about that-aaaargh) and our day was pretty much ruined. He finally put the trailer battery in there and it worked. Next day, he went to the dealer. Turns out nothing was connected wrong, it was just that both batteries (our truck needs two) happened to go completely dead at the same time, coincidentally right after we had just had the engine serviced a week previously. Hmmmm. $500.00 and 2 new batteries later, we're back in business.
The weather has continued to be crazy. The first Tuesday, it was 94degrees with 75% humidity. GROSS. Wednesday it was 80degrees and mildly muggy. Thursday the high was 57degrees, dry, with an extremely hard-blowing, freezing wind! We dropped nearly 40 degrees in 3 days! Crazy. We pulled out the sweaters and happily thought that Fall had arrived at last. The trees had started to turn (we're finally getting to see Eastern Fall colors! It's BEAUTIFUL!!)  and it was perfect weather for a campfire. Sitting outside by the fire, eating freshly grilled steak and sipping a glass of wine is my idea of wonderful perfection. We felt totally relaxed and at peace at last. Alas, it was not to last. We only had a few days of sweater weather, and then the heat and humidity returned. It's been that way ever since. Our only relief is an ocassional cool night. Oh well.
We kept trying to go do touristy stuff. We were in the nation's capitol after all. Lots of amazing museums and the Mall (as they call Capitol Hill). We at least wanted to see the Holocaust museum (out of a sense of duty, for me. Good stuff to know, but so depressing) and the Smithsonian. But with Albert's busy (and exhausting) schedule, all the car trouble, and the absolute determination to finish and send off that wedding video, we never did make it to see anything significant. We did, however, make it to several meetings with the Reston congregation. Again, a wonderful, warm congregation with so much personality. One brother, Bro. Swarns, was the kind of guy that just makes you want to tell your whole life story. He asked so many questions and was genuinely interested in the answers. Talk about personal interest. He made Albert and I both feel like we were old friends with an instant closeness. We really appreciated him.

On Thursday, I enjoyed a really nice day out in service with sister Angie Johnson. She was so much fun. We have very different personalities, but found out quickly that we had an amazing amount of things in common. We're about the same age, we've been married about the same amount of time, we're both a year and a half older than our husbands, we both lived in Tucson, AZ when we were little, and both moved away from there when we were in first grade. Our hubbies have been elders for about the same amount of time, we all chose not to have children, and all have similar spiritual goals that we are trying hard to achieve. She and I even had a similar spiritual upbringing, with Mom being the only one. Her dad just came into the Truth 6 years ago. My stepdad is in the process now. At one point we both realized how wonderful it was that we had never known each other before, and yet we never had a minute where the conversation lagged.
We enjoyed our day immensely, even though we found only 2 or 3 people home. We had fun together. Oh, and Angie-yes, that pumpkin mousse parfait was really good. You'll have to try it!
Come Friday, we were pretty done. The area was beautiful, the campground comfortable with a lovely lake just down the hill, and we greatly enjoyed the congregation. We had paid up through Saturday, but were just ready to move on. We were out of fresh water, and our waste tanks had been totally full for 2 days. We were tired of showering at the bath house (showering in your own home is just so much better, but we couldn't because it filled our waste tanks too fast with water) and I couldn't even wash dishes. We have to hook up and move the rig to dump the tanks and fill the fresh water, so we figured hey, if we're gonna have to do all that anyway, why don't we just hit the road? Save time on Saturday. So that's what we did. We loaded up, took care of the tanks, and took off to Williamsburg, VA for a fun weekend.
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