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Month: October 2014

Last day in DC

Last day in DC

On Saturday morning we got up early and headed to the red line subway station, with plenty of time to spare for the estimated 20 minute transport to the white house (we’d timed it the day before). The train was leaving as we walked up the steps, but we weren’t worried as there would be another along soon and we were early. However, fifteen minutes later we were informed via the PA that the red line was operating on a…

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Friday in DC

Friday in DC

On Friday morning we made sure to get down to the Washington Monument booth even earlier (not long after they opened) and we were able to pick up some of the last tickets available. Our tickets were for the 3:30 tour, so we visited the department of agriculture farmer’s market and then walked through the natural history museum and american history museum before heading over to a windswept Washington Monument and finally up to the top. After the monument we…

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Thursday in DC

Thursday in DC

On Thursday morning we went down to the Washington Monument to see if we could pick up any of the will call tickets that are distributed on a first-come-first-served basis every morning. We got there just a few minutes too late and they were all gone. We walked over to the Air and Space Museum and spent a few hours there before heading east to take our Capital Building tour. We were unaware that the tour of the actual senate…

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Death to Silver Airways

Death to Silver Airways

That flight did leave the next morning . . . eventually, about an hour and a half later than scheduled. We found out that the flights cancelled the day before were not full, and the morning flight easily accommodated all tickets for all three flights (2 yesterday and the morning today). Obviously the only “mechanical issues” the plane was experiencing was too much gas used for too few passengers on the previous days scheduled flights – so they cancelled the…

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MOV III, metaphor

MOV III, metaphor

On Tuesday the rain which had plagued our Ohio visit became even worse. So bad that we really couldn’t do much outside at all. To make up for this mom took Sam to a cooking shop and a chocolate shop in “downtown” Marietta. We had home made BBQ pork ribs for dinner before heading to the airport. Except we didn’t head to the airport. Google Now notified Sam that the flight was delayed. We never heard from Silver Airways about…

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MOV II

MOV II

On Monday my mother and father took Sam on the MOV highlights tour. This was a tour of my hometown which included lookout point, our courthouse featuring backwards swastikas (native american symbols), mound cemetery, the Marietta “arboretum”, the “start western” monument and driving past several “landmarks.” We concluded the tour with what is supposedly the valley’s best Mexican restaurant, although I never would have known from the food. I suppose it’s not fair to judge a southeastern Ohio small town…

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MOV

MOV

We slept in on Sunday morning after going from Columbus to Marietta after the game and arriving late. In the afternoon and evening several of my relatives arrived for dinner and desert. Before that Sam and I walked around “the grounds.” My parents’ house and property always changes between visits as my dad’s primary occupation upon retirement became Senior Earth Mover. Sam was enamored with the cows across the street, so we walked up and she said hello to them….

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The Game

The Game

On Friday morning Sam and I flew to Ohio, landing just after 6 EST.  We went to dinner with my parents, my brother, two aunts and one cousin.  Afterwards we went to my aunt’s house for a while to discuss family mythology.  Apparently my grandmother was a prolific teddy bear knitter, making 100 (although the veracity of this number is in dispute) bears while she was in a nursing home.  I vaguely remember one of them, which my brother informed…

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shaws cove

shaws cove

On Saturday Sam and I made the last trip of the “season” to Shaw’s Cove for snorkeling. We arrived around 11:30 and got to work. The water was the clearest we’ve ever seen it there, and possibly ever seen it in California. The warmth of the water in California follows a late summer early fall curve, peaking around early September. The water felt fine inside of a wetsuit, but we saw many others at the beach enjoying the water wearing…

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