Blogs from Washington D.C., District of Columbia, United States, North America


DC, USA 🇺🇸 at Capitol Hill May 2008 Parul and I did a memorial weekend getaway...educational and fun 🤩🤩🤩... read more
Parul at Capitol Hill
Me at Capitol Hill
Capitol Hill

I have a feeling of Deja Vu. It is late December 2010 and we are in the Radisson Blu in Bamako, Mali, West Africa on our way to Timbuktu...two items dominating the News...the floods sweeping through our fellow travellers' hometown in Toowoomba, Queensland and a simmering coup in Cote d'Ivoire. Kinda surreal that 39 hours from Australia and Mike & Ros's hometown is in the News...houses swept away...lives threatened. Their house is on a hill so they will be OK they say. Images of fighting in the streets of Abidjan... turmoil following incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo’s refusal to concede defeat in the 28 November 2010 Presidential elections to his opponent, former Prime Minister Alassane Ouattara. Daily reports...killings...the UN forces holed up...all say Ouattara clearly won...but no way Ghagbo is relinquishing power without a fight. Sound familiar? ... read more

From Jetsetting Fools: Travel inspirations – like movies filmed in far-away places and food from foreign lands – can have multifaceted affects. A film can spark wanderlust for places you never knew existed. A book can create excitement about an upcoming trip. Feasting on cuisine from another country can quell the urge to book a trip and sipping a glass of wine can bring back fond memories of previous travels. GK: the only movies or TV shows that inspired me were the Olympics. Places like Vancouver, Montreal, Rio, Tokyo, and Sydney! With a good travel book – or a destination cocktail – in hand, we can virtually travel to cities around the world…even if we are currently stuck at home. I have read all the Bryson and Theroux books,... read more
The Itch
High on Brazil

I was only 17, when I matriculated to UC Berkeley in the Fall of 1964. The Free Speech Movement took over our campus, creating protests, sit ins, faculty strikes, and lots of tear gas. I knew I could only observe from a distance, since my parents were back home watching on TV. A guy next door to me in the dorms was arrested during the big Sproul Hall sit in. I made sure that I was always a safe distance away. Fast forward to 1969, and the anti-war protests of the Vietnam War. Walking to the UC campus with my girlfriend, we were tear gassed, and had to flee. We saw legions of National Guard running towards us! The killings at Kent State had mobilized just about every red blooded American. Even at placid University of ... read more
MLK lead only peaceful protests
I was in Berkeley in 1964 for this!

I suppose today is as good a time as any to write my first post about my first trip in the time of Covid. I went to the nation’s capital, which so many terrorists have occupied at this writing. I hadn’t intended to put off writing this post so long; but since I did, a lot of it will necessarily be a reflection of my time there through the lens of what’s happened since that time (especially today, January 6, 2021). My first views of Washington, DC, were at night as I drove past the back of the Lincoln Memorial, beside the Kennedy Center and the Watergate Hotel, up to Connecticut Avenue and back down to my hotel near the University of DC. It had been a long drive, and I knew I needed some sleep ... read more
Union Station
The Supreme Court
The Capitol sans terrorists

The entire world seems to depend on tourism. It has become painfully obvious during this shelter in place around the world. From GZero: Few sectors of the global economy are immune from pandemic-induced economic pain right now, but some find comfort in the fact they will bounce-back in the near or medium-term. The travel business, which has been brought to a standstill as billions of people have been forced to stay home, may not be one of those lucky industries. As social distancing will likely remain a reality until a COVID-19 vaccine is made available – a process that could still take 12-18 months – people's appetite to take foreign holidays is unlikely to bounce back in a big way. And many countries will keep their borders closed to non-residents for months to come, as fears ... read more
California stats
Frontline heroes

From Trivia Genius: "Jack's the nation's favorite guy, everyone wants to back Jack." Those were lyrics from Frank Sinatra's rewrite of his hit song "High Hopes," tweaked to support John F. Kennedy's 1960 Democratic presidential campaign. It's unclear how Sinatra and Kennedy met, but the two were friends for many years before Kennedy made a run at the White House. They had mutual connections in both Hollywood and politics, and Kennedy's sister Pat was married to "Rat Pack" member Peter Lawford. In February 1960, then-Senator Kennedy attended a Rat Pack concert where Sinatra publicly proclaimed him the "next president of the United States." Kennedy's father, Joseph, reportedly encouraged the friendship, hoping that Sinatra's organized crime ties would help his son lock down the union vote. Sinatra often sang his "High Hopes" redux at concerts, and he ... read more
My blue jeans
Family bikes
Old hospital

That is the line that will take over for the famous, "dark and stormy night" opening line. Who will get credit for this, or some variation of this line, as we hopefully move years and decades from this pandemic? My guess, is it will get credited to someone more famous than either you or me. But for starters, let's revisit dark and stormy. You can thank the Victorian writer and politician Sir Edward George Earle Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton, for this now-cliche phrase. In the centuries since Bulwer-Lytton used it to open his 1830 novel "Paul Clifford," it has come to symbolize overwritten, melodramatic prose — a style at which the Victorians excelled, although for them it was the height of fashion. While not necessarily the worst offender, Bulwer-Lytton wrote many such cringe-worthy openers in his ... read more
Primary time
Adopt a shelter pet

From 2009, but still important!!! I know we all celebrate Mother's Day when we try to make our Moms and Grandmothers feel extra special. My Mom is now 85, so I know the Mother's Day celebrations remaining can be counted on one or two hands. Both of my Grandmothers lived into their 90s, but are no longer living. I know in my case, I owe them so much, for coming to a strange country, marrying a stranger via arranged marriage, and trying to cope with a new and different world. But did you know that Mother's Day was promoted by a woman named Anna Jarvis? She was born in West Virginia, and on May 12, 1907, two years after he mother died, she held a memorial for her mother and ... read more
Tired of this!!!

I will try a few jokes to entertain you, as well as lighten the mood. I hate being cooped up during the "shelter in place", but at least, I can go to work a few days a week. Thanks to my dear friend, Barry the V: I once knew a grape which could have been served up as the finest cab. sauvignon in all of South Africa, but sadly she landed up in a bottle of mediocre over sugary Manischewitz Shabbat wine.If the virus had come along in earlier times: Bleeding was the accepted treatment for really ill patients for over 100 years, until there was actually a controlled trial. (Thank you Dr. W)As see on the CNN John Travolta was hospitalized for a suspected Coronavirus. But ... read more
TP is king!
Virus words

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