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Memories, I have been thinking about memories a lot lately.  I was driving home the other day, it is a long trip and I try to look at as much as I can while I drive.  There is an old abandoned house along the route.  Old houses that are so neglected and falling down are so said.  They look sad and depressed.  I always wonder “what has happened to cause this house to be abandoned?”  Now a-days it is probably foreclosure, but this particular house has been empty for many, many years.  It is an old farmhouse with some old broken down trees to go with the old broken down house.  But there is something remarkable about the house.  It has these old beveled windows.  Many of them are broken but you can still see the remnants of them.  It is the windows that draw my attention to the house.

One of my earliest memories is when my grandparents moved from the brick house to their white house.  I am not sure how old I was but I was pretty young, maybe 4 or 5.  I remember feeling very grown up “helping” to move things between the two places.  The move was only a matter of blocks so I remember walking – or in my case running- between the two.  I don’t remember much about the brick house except a stone stair case and the windows with the beveling that made rainbows.

Most of the memories I have of grandma’s house were from her big white house with the two big veranda style porches.  Grandma’s house had three entrances which I thought was the coolest thing ever.  Her yard had great big tall trees in it that kept the house remarkably cool.  She also had the most amazing patch of lily-of-the-valley.  I would love to get some for a flower garden someday.  Grandma used to wear lily-of-the-valley perfume too.

What do you think about when you are driving?  Do you pay attention to those old places?  What do you remember?

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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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