Today (Monday) Amy and I went to the Capitol and had our wonderful Senate breakfast. We had to get up in the middle of the night (5:30) to get there on time. We were going to meet Amy's friend Jeff who is a staffer for Jeff Sessions. We got to the door we were supposed to go in and there was a sign there that said, "The following items are prohibited: (the obvious things like weapons and bombs), and cell phones, anything with batteries. What??? So we were wondering if we had to hand them over or something, but we didn't. Nobody said anything about them when we went through security. We met Jeff and some other friends and went in the dining room. Unfortunately there were not a lot of fat cats having breakfast with us, but it was still a great experience. I had "Senate Eggs," in case you were wondering.
After that Jeff gave us a little tour of the Capitol. He said that all staffers have to take a tour guide course when they start. He showed us the rotunda (finally!) and it's a lot smaller than I thought it would be. I got to see the painting at the top of the dome with my own two eyes. It was great. Then he showed us the crypt and someone asked him a question and he said, "I don't know, google it," and Amy said "I bet they didn't tell you to do that in tour guide school." Then he brought us on the tiny little subway that goes under the Capitol and the congressional office buildings. Jeff had to go to work so then Amy and I went to Al Franken's office and signed the guest book and chatted up the receptionist for a while.
Then we went to the Pentagon so Amy could check in at work and look at her email. I met some more people who said that they look at my blog. Wow! (Hi Kristin! Hi Gene! Hi Matt! Hi Bill!) Thank you, Amy for forcing all your co-workers to read my blog. We also went to the pentagon Starbucks which Kristin wasn't thrilled about because the last time she went there she got oatmeal that she suspects gave her food poisoning so bad she had to go to the hospital.
Then Amy and I went to the Holocaust Museum. We weren't sure if we were going to get to go today because on the news this morning we heard that the president was going to be making a speech from there this morning so we thought maybe we wouldn't even be able to get close to the place. He was done by noon so we got to go. I made a total fool of myself when we were going through security. I was kind of excited that the president was there earlier, so I thought I'd chat up the security guard about it as we were going through. He was very unenthusiastically telling everyone "Please leave your cell phones and cameras in your bags, set your bags on the belt and go through the metal detector," and I was so busy asking him questions about the president: "Did you see the president?" (no), "Weren't you excited?" (no) "Isn't it exciting!?" (just put your bag on the belt), that I wasn't listening to him and I took my camera and phone out of my bag and he said, "LEAVE your electronics IN your bag," and I said, "Ohhhhhh..." so I put them back in and put my purse on the belt but the strap was wrapped around my scarf and it started pulling me into the belt and finally Mr. Grumpy laughed a little and said, "Hey, we don't want any accidents here." It was funny.
The Holocaust museum: Total downer.
Then we came home.
Other things I've seen on this trip to Washington:
1. National Archives
2. Washington Monument
3. Sculpture Garden
4. Martin Luther King Memorial
5. FDR Memorial
6. Walked around the tidal pool.
7. Jefferson Monument
8. American History Museum
9. American Art/Portrait gallery
10. The movie 21 Jump Street
11. Amy's party
12. Amy arguing with her friend Marcel
13. National Cathedral
14. The Capitals (hockey team) lose in over-time at a bar with Amy who wanted to go to the actual game but nobody wanted to spend hundreds of dollars on a ticket to go with her. Every time the Caps made a goal Amy said, "I wish I was there!" and then every time the Bruins made a goal she said, "I'm glad I'm not there." She is a fair-weather fan to a schizophrenic degree.
I did not get to the National Zoo which I kind of wanted to do, but I did see a rat on the tracks of the subway while I was waiting for a train! That was exciting! Almost as good as the zoo. Better than stupid pandas anyway. I wasn't really looking but then this kid said, "HEY DAD! THERE'S A RAT!" so I ran up to look and I saw it. The dad said, "Yeah yeah, stop yelling, get away from the edge," (of the platform). But the kid didn't get away from the edge. He kept looking and apparently developed an eye for rat-spotting and spotted about three more before his train came. So therefore:
15. A subway rat.
Tomorrow I am going to Mount Vernon. I might not come back.