Monday, October 8, 2007

Washington, DC

Visiting Washington, DC is fun and frustrating at the same time. There are so many things to do that you will never get bored but there never seems to be enough time to cover it all.

If you think going the airport is creepy due to the security issues, maybe Washington, DC isn’t for you. The entire city is on lockdown, which makes sense after you think about it. It is the Capitol after all. There are police cars on every other corner with plenty of cops floating around. Don’t confuse them with the homeless crackheads that are also everywhere.

When visiting Washington, DC, make sure your digital camera is fully charged and you have comfortable shoes. It is impossible not to walk around that city without taking pictures at every block you come to. There are so many landmarks and historical buildings, my brain hurt from learning so much.

Here are a few fun facts:

- The Library of Congress was originally burned by the British so Thomas Jefferson sold the US Government his personal library for $24,000. Way to stick it to the man, Thomas.

- When it was built in 1884, the Washington Monument was the tallest building in the world. It is made entirely of stone and at 555 feet, is only 75 feet shorter than the Gateway Arch. The monument is shaped like an Egyptian obelisk, which means big phallic structure that is sure to make every man insecure.

- The National Portrait Gallery’s 3rd Floor is the Great Hall. At one time, this was the largest room in America and was the site of Abraham Lincoln’s 2nd Inaugural Ball. The gallery also houses the American President portraits. The George Washington artist is about 200 years late but this is the image used for the dollar bill.

- Abraham Lincoln died in a boarding house on April 15th. Word is that he didn’t have to mail in his taxes that year.

- You can actually buy Confederate money at The Lincoln Memorial. This only confuses people from the South because they think it is some sort of a currency exchange program for “Yankee money”.

- The White House did not get its name because all the US Presidents have been Caucasian. In order to cover up the burning the British had done, the natives whitewashed the building so it wouldn’t be called The Black House. Somebody get Jesse Jackson on the phone.

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