Days 59-66 Back in DC

Trip Start Jul 13, 2005
Trip End Sep 20, 2005

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Monday, September 19, 2005

Back in DC! We leafletted all week before the rally, making me feel all the more like a college student again and completely draining all my energy that week. Who woulda ever thought that standing around handing people little pieces of paper would get that tiring? We popped back to Philly for an afternoon at the EMS on Tuesday which was a lotta fun since I went up the night before and hung out with Clara all night and then practically all day Tuesday since Rebecca volunteered to take the day to make up for being gone Monday. We talked about anything and everything as we new stepsisters always seem to do whenever we get together. Clara also took me to her climbing gym where I was glaringly reminded that my upper body strength is USELESS =P. Bouldering and rock climbing seem like so much fun though and whenever I become settled enough in one place to justify a gym membership and all the gear to go along with it, methinks I will take up climbing =).
The rest of the week was a crazy mess of leafletting, wrapping up work stuff and dealing with the withdrawal of the impending loss of our van, 'arctic girl' status, and steady income! Two treats of the week were Friday night's Lunafest which yes, as they advertise, made me cry, laugh, and have an all around good time, and our last two nights on the organization's tab which we hotwired and got for $115/night at the Omni Shoram--just about the nicest place I've stayed at in my life. As I put it to Rebecca as we checked in, 'this place just isn't going to cut it--there are only 7 chandeliers' =P. We lived like queens and damnit, we deserved it =P
Oh yes, and one little detail. I got my bike, and with it, the concretization of my plans to head back to New Hampshire after this gig is done. I found this amazing deal on a Trek 520, the same bike that my friend rode cross country on, and swooped up the bike as fast as I could (with a huge help from Clara since it was up in Philly). It's 8 years old with a year and a half of actually riding and whereas this year's model goes for $1100, I got mine for $300!!! My tentative plan, gear up and go back to the White Mountains for a nice little bike camping trip/tour until it gets too cold. Haha, temps for October start at 60 to 30F at the beginning of the month and drop to 50 to 30F near the end. Hehe, I know, it's crazy and there are all sorts of details that need working out, but that's what the week after the rally's for!
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