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While we were in Washington DC we did some of the tourist things. We went to the Washington monument etc. It is pretty amazing to see things you see on TV a lot. It was a beautiful day to walk but the wind was wickedly cold, when you were out in the open it was miserable but when you were sheltered it was wonderful. We started at the Washington monument it is a lot narrower than I expected. There is a rule in Washington that no building can be taller than the Washington monument. And there are a lot of buildings stuffed into a very small space. Which brings me to the White House.
When you see pictures of the White House it looks like it is in the middle of the country side. You see the pictures of the helicopter landing on the lawn and gardens and tennis courts etc. You just think it would be a very large place but it isn’t. It isn’t a large place and it isn’t in the country. It is smack dab in the middle of a very busy city. I would have to say that architecturally the West Wing Building is much better looking than the White House as well.
We walked from the Washington monument to the World War II memorial, that memorial is amazing. There are a number of fountains and the walls have quotes from various generals, leaders and important people. There are columns with the names of every state and protectorate that fought with the United States in the war. It was impressive and moving as heck. We then started walking to the Lincoln Memorial. Lincoln has always been a president I admired. When I was young I read everything I could get my hands on about him. We walked the mall to get there; the mall consists of reflecting pool and grounds. What a disgusting mess that is.
The reflection pool is the water pool that Forest Gump ran through to find Jenny in the movie. The reflecting pool is in desperate need of fixing. The water is a disgusting green covered in algae and full of duck shit. It is a sad, sad thing. We need to take better care of our national treasures.
Next time I go to Washington I hope to be able to see the Smithsonian. I think everyone should go see the capitol. I hope the paranoia levels relax soon. They have a tendency to take all the fun out of things. And I am all about fun!
Happy thoughts for a happy day!

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