And so this was my first weekend in the town they call Washington, DC. Yes, I have been working here for a couple months now, but I have never actually stayed to see what this place has to offer. Luck had it that Eric was planning on coming down to visit family and see the Capitols/Devils game. So, I stayed and here’s the rundown. Friday night, we cruised over to the Adam’s Morgan section of town where we shot pool at a cool billiards joint and talked to girls with cool socks. Afterwards, we hopped around to a bunch of little bars, all of which were packed with beautiful people of all styles, colors and inebriations. After the bars, things got interesting. We saw a fight almost break out and get stopped by a cop. While the cop was talking to the dudes who were arguing, one ran off and the cop chased after him, stiff-arming some innocent dude who happened to be in his way. One word: Awesome. Then we managed to get a cab ride with a driver that was obviously wasted after a couple of near-collisions. All in all, a fun night. Saturday, we got up really late, ordered pizza, and then rolled out into DC. We hit the Corcoran art museum to see a really amazing photography exhibit (including some unreal shots of Pyramid Lake in the Nevada Desert) and cute, smart girls that come to the museum alone. After that we left and got yelled at by a homeless man when we wouldn’t give him money, and Eric tried to educate me on traffic light ettiquette while we headed back to Virginia. A quick nap and clean-up session and we were back over the Potomac in the MCI center where we proceeded to watch the Devils get their asses handed to them by the Capitols. The only good thing was that the Devils really started handing out the beatings once it was pretty clear they were losing. After the game, it was back to Adam’s Morgan where we stopped at a place called Dan’s that serves you a pint of liquor, a bucket of ice and cans of soda, when you order a highball. This place would dominate in NY. There, I ran into this dude Flea (real name Mike) from college; as it turns out he is now a lawyer that works in North Dakota. Crazy. After the craziness at Dan’s, we headed over to Bedrock Billiards, meeting a 23 year old birthday girl who was abandoned by her friends. We took her with us, had a few drinks and a few laughs and decided to put her in a cab home when it was clear that more drinks were not making her any more coherent. All in all, another good night. Today, after breakfast I learned that World War III had started and watched the Presidential address. I then got dressed and headed downtown to take pictures of touristy stuff. It turned out to be the best possible day to do it. Cool and crisp with blue skies and sunshine. Despite the huge amount of security in the streets and the current events, the city was packed with tourists too. I even hit Arlington Cemetary on the way back and got a serious workout walking around that place. I have to say that it is probably one of the most beautiful spots in this country; Virginia is a generally beautiful state, but something about the view there and the gorgeous trees all beginning to change color….it almost seems like the ideal place to be buried. In fact, the whole place is generally soothing; I don’t know the last time that I felt so safe anywhere. I guess that when you are surrounded by that many patriots, a little bit is bound to rub off on you. I can’t wait to get the shots developed.
What else? I came back to the hotel, had chinese food and slothed. Good-bye.