Friday, April 25, 2008

The Simple Life...

The Simple Pleasures in Life-
  • Watching little birds taking dirt baths
  • Getting to a Metro stop to find a train waiting an empty seat
  • Being outside at 6:30 a.m. when the city is just a little more quite
  • Thaitanic for the best Chicken Pad Thai of ever
  • The relief and self-satisfaction you experience after wrapping up a successful interview
  • A dewy golf course at 8:00 a.m. shot gun
  • Having the luxury of dozens of the world's top museums at your fingertips
  • Michael's hugs
  • The smell of toast

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Pope Town

As most of you probably know (and if you don't you should seriously consider reading a paper or turning on the news) the Pope was in Washington last week. It is pretty amazing when you realize that THE Pope is in your proverbial 'hood. Granted the visit made the traffic horrendous and practically brought the Metro to a crawl- it was still a success!

This was also quite momentous because the President met the Pope at Andrew's which he has never done before for any other visiting State Head. It was hilarious watching the coverage on Fox News because they literally had a split screen of the blank sky for 45 minutes.

Eventually Sheperd One landed and taxied to the red carpet. The Pope was then greeted first by Nancy Brinker (Ambassador of State Protocol- lovely woman but I will talk about her later). She is always the first to greet visiting heads of state.

The next event was the State Arrival on the South Lawn of the WH- the largest in history w/ 12,000 attendees. When I attended the Queen's arrival last year it was pretty crowded and that was only around 5,000 people (lucky for me I had a front row spot).
Mega Mass was conducted on Thursday and was completely breath-taking to see. My buddy Blayne owns a production company and put together all of the lighting/sound/staging for the event. Here are some great buildout pics. The mass was held at the brand new Nat's Stadium which, while being a great improvement on RFK Stadium, is still a bit of an architectual let down. These show the stages of buildout.

Next thing you know, it is game day and the Pope is arriving.

Interesting facts...the Pope Mobile is constructed on a Mercedes SUV chasie and is bullet- and bomb-proof.

You may know him as, The Pope (BF's mom actually got to touch him, but received a slap on the wrist from his guards. Oops.)

Friday, April 11, 2008

Common sitings

These are the things that I randomly see (fairly often) on the streets of DC.

1. chunks of people's polyester weaves
2. folks commuting to work via uni-cycle
3. people riding segways around the park while rocking out to Poison
4. an obese homeless woman who chases me down the street telling me she is pregnant and huuungry- she has been pregnant for about 3 years
5. tourists decked out in their new DC gear (I heart DC) aimlessly, loudly wandering around the metro, sidewalks, restaurants (these people don't really "bother" me because they are so entertaining and usually ask me for directions- guess I look like I know where I'm going...suckers)
6. protesters- usually wearing ridiculous outfits and shouting that you're a war-monger
7. pickles, oddly enough there are a great number of them out there just waiting for you to slip on them on the sidewalk

DC is pretty fun and pretty entertaining.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

The First...

these things are kind of hard to start...

where does one begin a blog about themself or about what one experiences in their day to day existence? i guess we just jump right in!

i live in the nation's capitol and it is an interesting place. dc is a very transient city- almost everyone here is on a mission. there are very few people who move to washington just to settle down and raise a family. unheard of. people come here to save the world. i don't know if i fall into that category of folks but i'm trying my best to do good.

the museum arena of dc seems like it would be pretty vast, full of opportunities for a young art historian. but that isn't the case. there are something like 20 smithsonian museums and they all hire through the same hr department making it quite difficult to ever work for them- that is if you want to get paid. this led me to take a different path and venture outside the umbrella of smithsonian museums. i started my career at the phillip's collection and the decatur house museum. both great museums- i highly recommend them on your next trip to washington.

museums are fantastic places to people watch.

anyway, i left the museum world to experience the wild and wacky political realm. it is intense but more interesting than i could have imagined.

my job has given me opportunities to do some pretty cool things. maybe i will share a bit about some of these events and experiences.

that is all i have for now.