October 13th, 2008

little review

Poem for Monday

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Yet again we had glorious, cloudless October weather, and since we had plans to go to the Melting Pot in the evening -- purely for reasons of reconaissance for Adam's Bar Mitzvah, of course, plus having a discount coupon we didn't want to waste -- we drove downtown after lunch to do a bit of sightseeing. We parked behind the Smithsonian, walked around the Washington Monument and went to the National World War II Memorial, which we've only seen once before, during the Cherry Blossom Festival a couple of years ago; it's a gorgeous monument with dozens of fountains, a wall of stars commemorating fallen soldiers, pillars representing the US states and territories and pavilions representing the Atlantic and Pacific theaters of war. From there we walked to the Lincoln Memorial along the Reflecting Pool, which had several ducks and a turtle fighting to stand on the handful of rocks above the surface. The memorial itself was very crowded but the paths in the garden were not.

We walked back to the Smithsonian and went into the Museum of Natural History to see the Sant Ocean Hall, which just reopened on September 27th after a long renovation with the input of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Now there are big overhead viewscreens showing sea life, a permanent exhibit on changes in the oceans from prehistoric eras to the modern era, a display about life on the shores and in the shallows, a display about life at the poles (with penguins), a temporary exhibit about sea travel by humans and large central display in glass cases on animals that live in the ocean, with videos, preserved specimens (including a giant squid), and lots of photos.

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We left early to go to the restaurant, afraid we'd hit IMF traffic -- which we did, both unexpectedly closed roads and police everywhere, even though I thought the weekend meetings were over by 5 (and if there were protesters anywhere near the White House, they'd been dispersed by the time we got there) -- but the food was so, so worth it, Fiesta Cheese fondue, Caesar salads, Mojo style main course and chocolate fondue! We had "watched" the end of the Redskins game on my cell phone, auto-reloading espn.com every fifteen seconds, so we already knew the Washington had blown it, but as we walked back to the car, we passed several restaurants with equally unhappy Cowboys fans so that was some consolation.

I hope the Telegraph is right and all seven surviving Doctor Whos will really appear together in a charity TV special, that would be fantastic. I watched the latest SJA episode, "Day of the Clown, Part One" -- Collapse )