RT Cunningham


Washington, DC, is the Capital of the United States - Not the State

White House - Washington, DC I was supposed to visit downtown Washington, DC, on November 10. I decided it wasn’t a good idea since it was the Veterans Day weekend.

Silly me, we (me, my wife Josie, my aunt Sarah and Tony, her significant other) tried to tour the city yesterday. It was overcast and too cold for me and Josie, even though we wore layered clothing. It was a few degrees colder than it was at Tony’s house in Temple Hills, Maryland even though it’s relatively close by.

Washington, DC, is the Capital of the United States

I don’t know how many times I’ll have to repeat that phrase before I die of old age (if I make it that far). American school districts have produced way too many people lacking in proper education. It’s sad when a foreigner can name the capital of the United States quickly and correctly and a native-born citizen cannot.

There are a lot of places and buildings named after George Washington, the first president of the United States. Streets with that last name are very common, in more cities than I can count. There are quite a few people named after him as well, as first and middle names.

Touring Washington

As I said, it was way too cold for me. I had to stop near the White House and Washington Monument to relieve myself at one of the publicly available portable toilets. Cold weather tends to do that to me if I haven’t relieved myself recently.

We tried to take pictures of various places. Unfortunately, the only good pictures were of the Washington Monument. Because of the September 11 attacks of 2001, barriers in front of the White House made it impossible for us to get a close up picture of it. With us in the picture, I mean.

The others wanted pictures of the Jefferson and Lincoln memorials. I persuaded them to wait for a sunny and warmer day. I don’t think it’s worthwhile without including the statues themselves. We’ve got a couple of weeks to go, so there should be at least one nice day before we head back to Florida.

The traffic downtown isn’t any worse than any big city I’ve ever visited. I can’t complain. I can only complain about the cold because it doesn’t agree with me.

Patiently Waiting for the Heat

Josie and I will be heading back to Florida on my birthday. We’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving Day here in Maryland the week before. It’s not much warmer in Florida.

We’ll be heading to Hawaii in February, to stay with our other son and his wife. They live in base housing at the Helemano Military Reservation, commonly called “HMR”. It still won’t be as warm as where we live in the Philippines but it’ll be comfortable.

The heat and humidity of the Philippines can sometimes be nearly unbearable. Even so, I prefer it over the cold weather of any other place in the world. I don’t think I’ll ever move away from the Philippines (unless something forces me to do so).

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By RT Cunningham
November 14, 2018

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