We survived our red-eye flight and are here in the heat of Washington, DC. For the record, we almost missed our plane (which is starting to be a little bit of a pattern); this time, though, they were trying to get it off the ground early. Still don’t know what that was all about... So - with that little scare - our hearts were pounding as we settled into our seats and started to read the airline’s magazine (why are those never fulfilling???). Anyhow, the CEO’s big message was all about urging customers to forego expensive car trips in favor of using his airline. Did you ever think you’d see the day when airlines were marketing themselves as the value alternative. Hmmm.
DC is rocking our world so far - no sleep for us. When we first got here we zoomed over to NPR headquarters because they only allow the public in on Thursdays at 11:00AM. We made it just in time for a great tour, seeing all of the studios and some of the personalities.
Then it was off to Senator Murray’s office, pictured above, to start our tour of the Capitol. It was a big day up on the hill; we even had the rare opportunity to sit in the Senate gallery and witness a vote. So many big-names were all around that we couldn’t tell who was who.
Every time we passed someone in a suit, Caanan was convinced it was a DC celebrity. “Oh my god that’s John Kerry!!!” it got hilarious after awhile. To be fair, one of the many people actually turned out to be John Kerry. We also witnessed feisty ol’ Barbara Boxer doing the magic she does on the Senate floor. It was nearly enough to make two grown men cry.