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Washington, or Canberra, I forget?

February 2, 2007

Me, at the White House

The White House

The Capitol Building (Parliament)

Lincoln Memorial

Lincoln Memorial

Me, at the Lincoln Memorial with the Washington Memorial in the background
Normally, the area behind me, is green and the pool is filled with water. In winter, apparently not.
You may know this vista from many movies, including Forrest Gump.

The Korean War Memorial

Planes, hanging from the ceiling!

Space station thingy from the 1960’s

Abraham Licncoln’s Hat that he was wearing the day he was assasinated

Kermit the Frog
Ruby Slippers and Scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz

C3PO & R2D2

Malcolm X by Richard Avedon

Muhammad Ali’s Gloves from his second title win

Ray Charles’s Suit, and Dizzy Gillespie’s Cornet

Thomas Jefferson’s Uniform

On February 1, 1960 four African American university students protesting segregation entered a Woolworth’s store in Greensboro , North Carolina, sat down at this “Whites Only” lunch counter, and politely asked to be served. When their request was denied, the students refused to leave.
For six months, students and supporters staged a sit-in protest and boycott of the store. In July 1960, the Woolworth’s lunch counter was desegregated. A watershed event in the Civil Rights Movement, the Greensboro sit-in led to to similar protests across the South.

Prince’s guitar
And Tito Puentes’s Timbales

Carrie Bradshaw’s Computer from the series
Sex and the City

Signpost from the tv series, MASH

Jackie Kennedy’s Inauguration Gown

Yesterday was long. Very long. I didn’t sleep well, as I was worried about getting up in time to get to Grand Central, our pick up point. So got up at 5:15am (not cool when you are on holiday), and headed over.

So, on the bus with a bunch of Italians, Spaniards, Argentinians, Germans and some English people. It was probably the least professional tour I’ve ever been on. The bus driver didn’t know where he was going half the time, and was very “tired”. The tour guide, a little Israeli/American guy, didn’t understand the English/Australian sense of humour, e.g. sarcasm

The food stops were at McDonald’s. Yuck!

But, I got to see a couple of really cool things. Like the White House, and the Lincoln Memorial.

But Washington seems worse than Canberra in Many ways. There was no one around. And I mean, it was worse than Canberra in Winter! At least, you go to Civic and there are people shopping and stuff. Couldn’t find anything like that in Washington. The people we did see, seemed very unhappy!

We had such short time there, but it didn’t feel like it was somewhere I’d go back to. No soul.

I didn’t get back till round 11pm last night. I’ll be cancelling that trip to Boston!

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