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linda22003
10-16-2009, 07:50 AM
The weather is awful - rain and cold, in DC.

TOTD: We have friends visiting this week for their first time in Washington. We're doing a prioritized list of the things they want to see, which include the Capitol, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, Mount Vernon, Arlington Cemetery, Ford's Theatre and the Petersen House, and the Lincoln Cottage.

What would be the top thing be that you would want to see in Washington? Serious answers please, not "Congressmen being whipped through the streets" or something like that.

Gingersnap
10-16-2009, 09:57 AM
We'll have seasonal weather over the weekend so I'll be able to clear out the remains of the garden and evaluate my pumpkin status. The Halloween lights will going up this weekend.

TOTD: I would like to see the mall, the Vietnam Memorial, the Capitol, the Octagon House, "Exorcist Alley" (in Georgetown), the National Archives, and I'd like to tour the White House.

That's to begin with. I'd probably need a full month to see all the things I'd like to see. :)

djones520
10-16-2009, 10:01 AM
TOTD: I got to visit DC in the summer of the Senior Year. I was lucky enough to have time to visit a lot of monuments. Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, The Mall, Congress, White House, Roosevelt Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, and a couple of the Smithsonians (Art, and Natural History).

I would like to visit the Air and Space Museum, and I'd love to go back to the Natural History Museum. As for monuments, I'd like to visit the Vietnam one once again. And if I get the oppurtunity to go once my kids older, all in all, I'd like him to see as much as he possibly could.

linda22003
10-16-2009, 10:02 AM
Touring the White House is a complete pain in the ass now. You have to go through your congressman's office months in advance and submit your social security # in case they want to do background checks.

No ODS, please... this started during the Bush administration, once the WH finally reopened after Sept. 11.

djones520
10-16-2009, 10:09 AM
The tour I got through the White House wasn't worth the 3 hour wait in line. It was the summer before 9/11. We were shown 4 or 5 rooms, that was completely cordoned off from the actual living area of the White House. I might as well have been walking through a museum on the other side of the country.

BadCat
10-16-2009, 10:09 AM
TOTD: I got to visit DC in the summer of the Senior Year. I was lucky enough to have time to visit a lot of monuments. Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, The Mall, Congress, White House, Roosevelt Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, and a couple of the Smithsonians (Art, and Natural History).

I would like to visit the Air and Space Museum, and I'd love to go back to the Natural History Museum. As for monuments, I'd like to visit the Vietnam one once again. And if I get the oppurtunity to go once my kids older, all in all, I'd like him to see as much as he possibly could.

The Air & Space Museum out by Dulles Airport is much better than the one on the mall.

As an added benefit, you don't have to go into crime infested D.C.

djones520
10-16-2009, 10:11 AM
The Air & Space Museum out by Dulles Airport is much better than the one on the mall.

As an added benefit, you don't have to go into crime infested D.C.

I spent a week walking around D.C. Didn't have a single issue at all. Granted, we where in a high end hotel, and stuck to the touristy area's.

BadCat
10-16-2009, 10:21 AM
I spent a week walking around D.C. Didn't have a single issue at all. Granted, we where in a high end hotel, and stuck to the touristy area's.

Of course.
They keep the "tourist/government" areas very safe.

Go down by the Navy yards sometime, you'll see what I meant.

djones520
10-16-2009, 10:39 AM
Of course.
They keep the "tourist/government" areas very safe.

Go down by the Navy yards sometime, you'll see what I meant.

I'd have to reason to go down there though.

Funny story regarding this. When I was going through a deployment training program, one of the instructors was telling us about a NCOIC he had while he was in Iraq. They were in Transportation, and part of a QRF (Quick Reaction Force). The next rotation coming up had the unit being replaced by people from Bolling AFB, and he was real happy, because he was going to be getting people who already knew what it was like to be shot at while going to work. :D

aerojarod
10-16-2009, 11:20 AM
Cold and rainy in Connecticut. Actually snowed briefly last night near the shoreline, and accumlated in the higher elevations. The folks are coming down w/ my sister this weekend to stay with the GF and I at my new Townhouse. Any dinner ideas? I'm thinking Pork Roast. Mmmm.


TOTD: I've been to DC quite a few times. Got an inside tour of the Pentagon w/ my ROTC detachment once. Got to walk thru one of the "Air Force 2" 757's, too, at Andrews AFB. I've never been up in the Washington Monument, though. I love the WWII memorial. Exorcist Alley sounds cool. Oh, and what's that locally famous fast food joint that "only Bill Cosby eats for free" called? I'll go there too. Hey, you think Nick Cage could take me on a National Treasure tour? Will Jon Voigt be making an appearence?

linda22003
10-16-2009, 11:20 AM
I worked for several months on a project at Bolling AFB last winter. It's in Anacostia, but if you drive onto the base you'd think you were in Nebraska.

BadCat
10-16-2009, 11:21 AM
I played in a couple of bands when I lived in NoVA. One of them used to play a lot at this place called the 9:30 Club.

There were hookers all over, and if your window was open, they would try to climb in your car. Their trick was to crawl half way in, and grab hold of your equipment, while rubbing all over you, the other hand was reaching for your wallet.

I always hated going into DC.

linda22003
10-16-2009, 11:23 AM
Did it finally occur to you to put your windows up? :)

jendf
10-16-2009, 01:20 PM
It's going to be a fun and exhausting weekend. The carpet cleaners come today. Tomorrow I'll move boxes and whatever I can carry down the stairs. On Monday the movers will transport all the big stuff. Woot!

TOTD: Never been to Washington. Would love to visit someday.

noonwitch
10-16-2009, 01:36 PM
It's cold and cloudy, with an expected high of 45.


I haven't been to DC since the 70s. I think Ford was president when my family went there, but it might have been the first year of Carter's administration.

We went to all the tourist stops-the capitol, the white house, the monuments, Mt. Vernon. We even went to colonial Williamsburg for a day. I'd like to have more time to see the Smithsonian and I'd like to go back to the National Cathedral, which really impressed my 12 year old mind with it's beauty.

linda22003
10-16-2009, 01:39 PM
The Cathedral really is gorgeous.
Williamsburg is about three hours from here, and you did it in a DAY? :eek:

lacarnut
10-16-2009, 01:47 PM
Cold wave came thru; it's 70 degrees and supposed to get down to 50 tonight with clear sunny skies.

TOTD: Was stationed outside of DC for 3 months. Was more interested in chasing monkeys than sightseeing. There are many more sights I would rather see out West that I have already seen or a trip to AK that I have not seen.

BadCat
10-16-2009, 11:00 PM
Did it finally occur to you to put your windows up? :)

They tend to stop when you stick a .45 ACP pistol in their ugly face.

Rockntractor
10-16-2009, 11:18 PM
I worked for several months on a project at Bolling AFB last winter. It's in Anacostia, but if you drive onto the base you'd think you were in Nebraska.

How do you get the Nebraska comparison? Nebraska is flat farmland with small duck marshes.

PoliCon
10-16-2009, 11:20 PM
Touring the White House is a complete pain in the ass now. You have to go through your congressman's office months in advance and submit your social security # in case they want to do background checks.

No ODS, please... this started during the Bush administration, once the WH finally reopened after Sept. 11.

It's a common sense precaution.

TOTD: the national cathedral - the Smithsonian - the SCOUTS

Shannon
10-16-2009, 11:27 PM
One of my fondest childhood memories is sliding down the rail of the Lincoln Memorial. That's not permitted, btw. ;)

RobJohnson
10-17-2009, 08:09 AM
The tour I got through the White House wasn't worth the 3 hour wait in line. It was the summer before 9/11. We were shown 4 or 5 rooms, that was completely cordoned off from the actual living area of the White House. I might as well have been walking through a museum on the other side of the country.

That's how I remember my White House tour also, my senior year. The FBI (Hoover Bldg) tour was about the same thing, not much to see. It was still awesome being at both.

RobJohnson
10-17-2009, 08:15 AM
I played in a couple of bands when I lived in NoVA. One of them used to play a lot at this place called the 9:30 Club.

There were hookers all over, and if your window was open, they would try to climb in your car. Their trick was to crawl half way in, and grab hold of your equipment, while rubbing all over you, the other hand was reaching for your wallet.

I always hated going into DC.

They tried to steal your band equipment?