Sunday, January 11, 2009

Thanks for the Gloves--It's Cold

My first full week in DC has officially come to a close. To be honest, it crept by, but it was really amazing. We visited a lot of really majestic places and I have spent time with many great friends. I've never realized how inquisitive I am. Meggie and I have played a card game called "5 Kings" together a lot (hey meggie, who always wins? don't worry. I won't publicly announce the winner and cause shame to any individual) especially when we were the first here. Anyways, the point of you telling me this is that we always reference US History for Dummies while the other person is shuffling and dealing. We've learned a lot. I love it.
Lincoln Memorial
Those of you who know me well know that I love government and I love anything having to do with the Civil War or Civil Rights Movements. This spot is where Martin Luther King, Jr. stood to give his "I Have a Dream" Speech. Can you imagine? The cheers of 250,000 civil rights supporters on August 28, 1963, united in a cause to let freedom ring. Wow.
"Let freedom ring. And when this happens, and when we allow freedom ring—when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children—black men and white men, Jews, Gentiles, Protestants, and Catholics--will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: "Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"
Lincoln Memorial
Wendy said his hands in sign language form his initials, "A. L."
Korean War Memorial
I am reading a book called To Destroy You is No Loss about a war torn Cambodia when the Communist Khmer Rouge takes over. It has really made me contemplate the cause of freedom and what is worth fighting for. I'm grateful to be an American. We have been truly blessed for the sacrifice of so many noble and brave individuals.
Supreme Courthouse
The first complete roommate picture!!! Susie, Carolyn, Meggie, Colleen, myself, Marisha, Wendy, and Kristen. Yes, that is correct. Roommates--as in, we live together, in ONE apartment, with ONE refrigerator, ONE bathroom, ONE key. It's a happy family. Oh, and I lied about the bathroom...and the key. We have 2.5 bathrooms and 5 keys. Just saying...
Washington Memorial
I'm not sure who thought of this pose, but yes...our feet are on the memorial. Thank you for paying your taxes so we could take a picture standing on the Washington Memorial.

It's kind of funny looking at it sideways too. Please give your attention to the man. Ah, dangit. My computer won't let me upload? At this time, please turn your laptop sideways and look at it. It looks like we are doing wall sits and the man is floating on his way down from doing a toe touch or something.

At the home of President Bush: The White House
Directly Across the Street from Georgetown
The cutest little town houses at Georgetown. I would really, really love to live here (or somewhere similar) one day.
Georgetown University
Speaking of universities, in my DC history class, I learned that DC residents can attend any state university and pay in-state tuition. I had no idea! The government also gives them $10,000 yearly.
Watergate Hotel
Randilyn, Meggie, and I outside the infamous Watergate Hotel. Thank you, President Nixon. Without you, we just wouldn't know what to do if a president resigned. Randilyn has invited me to do so much! She got me in with the "insiders," AKA, the Saturday Ultimate Frisbee Crew. I'm so glad she is here :)

1 comment:

Mindy said...

Pretty much jealous of everything you're doing out there ... Except the teaching part. :)