Day in the Capital

Trip Start Dec 27, 2008
Trip End Jan 05, 2009

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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

So I underestimated just how big DC is. I must have walked for about four or five hours today! It was worth it though. DC is relatively easy to navigate once you spot the landmarks. Plus I got see a lot of the cool things going on around town.  
I started at the Vietnam Memorial where I encountered a veteran from the war. He is now a homeless diabetic who has been walking the wall answering questions for money since 2001. His knowledge of the war and the wall was extensive. It was as though he had become the war somewhere between then and now committing his life to absorbing every minute detail. It's a shame that our government has turned its back on him after two tours of duty. Maybe I'm just a sucker for a sad story. I found myself listening to him until he started repeating himself. I would bet that he has told those stories a thousand times but you could hear the emotion in his tone. It was very dark. Evermore when he described the 27 men that he knew personally. I regret not staying longer......  
I was a little less impressed than I remembered with the Lincoln Memorial. Thousands of people flocking daily to a statue seemed a bit blasphemous to me. That's all I have to say about that. The rest of the day was pretty uneventful. I finished by getting pics of the Washington Monument, Capital Building and the White House. Although I was surrounded by thousands of people, the walk was incredibly peaceful. All in all, it was a good day. I was able to see a beautiful city and spend some much needed time to myself.
For dinner Nicci and I met with her friend Kristen in Chinatown. The restaurant was cool but I definitely enjoyed the company more than the food. It was one of those places that the menu didn't really give you that great of an idea of what you would actually be eating. I believe I ordered the Mango Infused-Blackened/Lime Encrusted-Atlantic/Freshwater Salmon on a bed of fresh baby greens and buttered sweet potatoes. With cornbread! Anyway, Kristen was just as engaging as she was beautiful. We talked about everything from psycho exes to deep-fried bacon. Who deep fries bacon anyway?! "Um yeah, I'll have the hash browns, eggs, a couple slices of toast.........and a side of hypertension. And a diet coke." Whatever..... I had a good time.

So I missed LB today. Tomorrow looks evens worse because I'm tryin' to get to New York. We'll see, the buses and flights look pretty full. Wish me luck. I won't hype NY up just in case I don't make it. Getting' tired. Gotta go. Love you bye.
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