Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Waxing Moon
Uranus Retrograde

Still in DC. But I’ve got a post up on The Scruffy Dog Review blog about Nano and Real Life, so go check it out.

I’m also a guest over on Penny Ehrenkranz’s blog, where I talk about organizing writing time.


I am REALLY angry about the “new guidelines” saying we shouldn’t get mammograms until 50. Yet another way for insurance companies to deny women coverage, as if women’s health care isn’t shunted to the side enough. It’s bad enough that some companies consider being a woman a “pre-existing condition.” This is absolutely unacceptable.

Now, to yesterday — well, let’s just say I did far too much to write it all out tonight. I took well over 200 photos.

Here are some highlights:

Arlington National Cemetery — amazing, astonishing, heartbreaking. 29 funerals scheduled for yesterday. We witnessed 6, without intending so to do. Ideas for stories.

Washington Monument — wow, it’s really tall!

World War II Memorial — gorgeous architecture

Reflecting Pool — so many leaves in it that it couldn’t reflect.

Lincoln Monument — Abe looked tired and kind. Met a lovely woman from Australia.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial — as emotional as the first time I visited.

Women in Vietnam Memorial — I helped raise money and signatures for this, but had never seen it complete and in place. Very emotional.

Who knew there was a huge duck pond?

Meetings for confidential Job #3 — fascinating, rushed, made them ship the massive amounts of reports and paperwork so I don’t have to drag it around. I’d have had to purchase another suitcase.

The Smithsonian: National Museum of National HIstory. So much to see. I didn’t expect Julia Child’s kitchen to have so much STUFF. And I found so many inspirations for the steam punk novella . . .

The Smithsonian: The Museum of Natural History. A statue from Easter Island and a mortar and pestle so heavy I could barely lift it.

The Building of Arts and Industries — Fascinating Architecture

The Smithsonian: National Air and Space Museum. I could have lived here for a week. I mean, I got to climb into and poke around on the back-up model of Skylab. SKYLAB!!!!! And see Apollo capsules and what a Tomahawk missile looks like. I am of the generation where all that actually means something.

The White House: hey, Prez! Hope you’re having good talks in China. The house looks really nice.

A quick cocktail in a Very Upscale Hotel that’s just as big a meat market as desperate singles bar. No wonder a Madam was once based there.

Talked into another Happy Hour cocktail (long story, will wind up in fiction) at a more casual DuPont Circle hangout — not much different except the men and women are closer in age.

Fabulous dinner near DuPont Circle — great fish tacos.

I was so sore that I took a good, long soak in the tub.



  1. You’re making me miss D.C. I love that city, especially as a tourist with the Lincoln Memorial as my favorite stop.

  2. The new guidelines have me more than a little concerned. My first thought was yours – insurance companies denying coverage for preventative care. If they had brains, they’d encourage preventative care – it’s so much cheaper in the long run.

    LOVE the places you went. Yes, I agree. Abe looks tired. And I can’t get enough of the Air and Space Museum. My kid and I took to the cheesy things – Madame Tousaud’s, oddly juxtaposed across from where Abe died. We saw that, as well, which was sobering.

  3. Love the pics!

    Surprisingly, my doctor (who is a woman) said that in women under 50 there are more chances for a “false positive” with a mammogram because our breast tissue is denser than a woman who is older than 50. Since I have a history of BCancer in my family, she recommended a baseline mammogram at the hospital, with a genetic counselor. Interesting.

    Hope that soak worked! Hubby and I would LOVE to take the kids to DC one day…so much history!

  4. I can’t wait to take my children to see Washington, DC. Um, which monument is it where it looks as though a soldier is immersed in the ground. I can’t remember. Thank you for the fabulous pictures!
    I hope you enjoyed your soak and are having a lovely day!

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