July 16th, 2012

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Poem for Monday and Museum of Crime

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We had vouchers from The Capitol Deal, so on Sunday we went to the Museum of Crime and Punishment downtown. I must confess that it is not my favorite DC museum, even less so than the Spy Museum -- it certainly does not highlight human nature at its best, and as depressing as I found the medieval and Wild West galleries of torture devices and guns, the exhibits on capitol punishment and the forensics gallery, plus the set of America's Most Wanted, are even more so. Still, I learned quite a bit about the development of the American prison and the displays on crime in popular entertainment (where the criminals are nearly always the protagonists) are very interesting.

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We stopped for Starbucks on the way back to the car, which we had parked several blocks away, then came home and had hot dogs (well, veggie dogs) for dinner. Then we watched this week's episode of Queen & Country, "The Queen's Possessions," then the first episode of Political Animals, because I cannot resist Sigourney Weaver and Carla Gugino as the Secretary of State and a political reporter respectively, and to my delight, I discovered that Ciaran Hinds is the love child of Bill Clinton and John Edwards, and Nathan Petrelli is finally the President of the United States. So I will definitely be tuning in again next week.