Went up to DC this weekend with a group of people. Overall, fun weekend.
Friday, left work a little earlier and went and picked up a few things I needed and finished packing. We ended up leaving between 7:30 and 8 and hit Boston Market on the way out for dinner. Then, proceeded to DC and made reasonably good time. The whole way, we were using walkie talkies and saying ridiculous things. But it was fun.
Got to Arlington and sat around talking and watching movies a bit. Eventually got to sleep and slept like a rock. Woke up a little on the late side Saturday morning, but it was okay because we were waiting for Mike anyway. Had a bagel sandwich for lunch and then sat around and waited a little longer. Eventually headed into the city and went to the International Spy Museum. It was pretty interesting, although it was fairly crowded which made it hard to see and do some of the things in there. I'm guessing the crypto museum at Fort Meade would be better, but it's probably closed on Monday so so much for that idea.
After that, some of us went out to the Mall and the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial. By this point, it was late and we were hungry, so we wandered back to the Metro and ended up eating in Chinatown. Very very very very good Chinese food… I don't think I'll be able to eat Chinese anywhere else for quite a while now.
On our way back while waiting on the Orange Line in Metro Center, I turned around and who should I see but Jon Phillips. I swear I can't go anywhere without running into people from Science and Math. Small world networks are wonderful like that.
Came back, watched some movies and eventually got to sleep.
Sunday, woke up at a more reasonable hour and grabbed a quick breakfast and then headed into the city. The plan for the day was to hit a few Smithsonian museums. First, we had to find a battery for Nathan's camera. Eventually ended up at a CVS and succeeded. Then, went to the Hirshorn (which is the Smithsonian museum of modern art). There were some cool things in there and some things that were weird as hell. The weirdest things that stuck with me were a) the pile of rags with the sort of statue of a person b) the room that had nothing but a few fluorescent bulbs at one end c) the room that had sheets of paper being dropped from the ceiling and let people walk around in it and d) the room that just had a square of pollen in the center. Took a fair number of pictures (will put them up later).
After that, headed over to the Air and Space Museum, which as always, was nice. Didn't see a whole lot that was all that different, but it's still fun to go in. Most of what I did was walk around and take some pictures. Also picked up a fairly nice long-sleeved t-shirt while in there.
Headed back to Arlington and had dinner at a nice little Italian restaurant within walking distance. Had a really good dish with chicken, eggplant, proscuttio. Then, headed back and watched An Evening with Kevin Smith which was quite funny. Well, started to watch at least… we started falling asleep about two thirds of the way through it and decided to just go to bed.
This morning, woke up a little late and grabbed brunch at a diner before hitting the road. Stopped at IKEA on our way out. IKEA is impressive. I can definitely see how people go there and spend absurd amounts of money. Luckily, there was no room for carrying furniture so I didn't buy anything. Got back on the road and eventually made it back. Grabbed dinner and then watched Chicago. Such an awesome movie.
Now, I'm home again and catching up a little so I'm not too hosed tomorrow as well as doing a load of laundry. All in all a good weekend and a nice change from the normal. Need to do things like that more often.