Tuesday, January 17, 2017

DC, it's just not the place for me

There’s one place that I have visited twice, but it’s a location I don’t care to see again — especially if it were this weekend.

And that is Washington, DC.

Why? One may ask.

For one thing, if one doesn’t want to take a taxi, it is just more walking than I would like to do.

My first trip to the area was many years ago when my wife and I were sponsors of an Explorer journalism post that was connected to the newspaper on which we worked.

There are two things I remember most about that trip.

One, the landing approach to the airport was so rough, even seasoned travelers appeared to be a little uneasy.

A weather front had moved into the area causing a worker to die when the wind blew him off the top of a building. A tree was blown over at the zoo killing another person. Well, that’s the way I remember it.

The second incident was when our young son got away from my wife and disappeared for a few minutes. We were frantic.

Some well-meaning individuals noticed he was too young to be by himself and helped return him to us.

He told us they were all friends because they knew his name.

It just so happened that his name was written in big letters on the back of his T-shirt.

The other time, we were visiting family in Virginia and took a day trip into the area.

I don’t remember everything we saw, but one incident remains to this day.

We were eating lunch in a  museum cafeteria and had just about finished up.

Someone on the end of the table still had a slice of pizza that they didn’t want.

The same son who got lost years earlier, and was sitting on the other end of the table, asked if he could have the pizza.

We all said yes, and as it was passed down to him, each individual managed to take a bite out of it.

He did manage to get a little bit, I mean bite.

And that brings me to this weekend.

I don’t like crowds, and there’s going to be a lot of people there.

I don’t like confrontation, and from what I am reading, someone its offering money to people to get them to make trouble at Donald Trump’s inauguration.

It is going to be interesting and I’ll just catch it via TV.

Next post: Jan. 23, 201?

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