A Trip to the Capitol

On Friday, May 19, and charming gentleman took the day off to show me around Washington D.C. I had been there a year before with my choir, but we didn’t know what to look for and do, so I was anticipating a visit with a D.C. regular.

The four hour drive went quickly and we got to D.C. just in time to meet some friends for lunch at the Hawk ‘n Dove. One of the guys we met there told us that the last time he was there, a huge rat ran out of the kitchen and a waiter ran after it with a broom. We ate outside.

The weather wasn’t the best and my escort and I walked back to the car in some rain and tried to figure out how to plan the afternoon. We took a driving tour of the Mall area and stopped at a park to take some pictures with a very unusual sculpture.

After this adventure, we went to the capitol for our scheduled tour with a friend from the House of Ways and Means. As I am a tour guide for the summer, my evaluation is that this man guided fairly well under my cunning supervision. We got to sit in Congress, and he even took us into some “off-limits” areas such as a conference room he uses and the Ways and Means hearing room.

By the time we finished sprinting up and down stairs, and running around the capitol, my date and I were tuckered right out, so after weighing our options, we decided the best idea would be to get Starbucks and sit for a little bit. That little bit turned into about an hour of talking and napping–mostly napping.

When we awoke, we went to the home of some friends and collected our group for dinner. While waiting for people, I played with this couple’s 3 year old son, who fell in love with me (hey, I’ve gotta get ’em before they know any better!) When it was bedtime, he asked me to read him his goodnight story, then, when asked to say goodnight to everyone, ran up to me, gave me a hug and then ran out of the room, ignoring his father and father’s friends. Everyone looked a little bereft and his mother commanded him to go back in several times to say goodnight to everyone, but he would get partway through the lineup and say goodnight to me, then leave.

We walked from there to a nearby restaurant and sat on the roof and ate. It was a wonderful time to get to know some of my date’s closest friends. After dinner we grabbed coffee, snapped a quick picture, then said goodbye and headed out around 9:30.

While this trip to D.C. was short, it was so beneficial and enjoyable!


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Amy
    May 30, 2006 @ 18:02:00

    It is good to know that you had fun, and of course you had to mention the starbucks. Can’t go without mentioning that.


  2. jules
    May 30, 2006 @ 22:37:00

    looks like GREAT fun! 🙂 hahaa, all i can say is “MONSTER TOES!” hahaaaaaaaaaaaaa 🙂 love u, it was SO great to talk this past weekend.


  3. Daisy
    May 31, 2006 @ 16:16:00

    hehehe!! That pic was for you, my lovely monster toes!


  4. Slim
    Jun 02, 2006 @ 15:33:00

    D.C. is great city if you know how to get around……which I don’t.


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