R5F – The D.C. edition

I finally made it to D.C. Tuesday night, missed our conference but made all of my Hill meetings (that’s how the regulars say it when they’re meeting with Congressional reps … heh heh).

Here’s my Random 5 Friday for today – the D.C. edition ….

1. If you’ve never been to Washington, D.C. you must go.  Yes it’s a big city. Yes there are a ton of tourists. But – there’s so much to see and do. And nearly every step you take is laced with history and meaning.   I say this every year but next year I am adding a couple of vacation days to be a tourist and take it all in.

2. Just driving past the Pentagon takes more than a few minutes. It’s that massive.

3. In the 2 days I was in D.C., I walked at least 12 miles and most of it was below the city. Did you know that tunnels connect many Governmental Buildings?  They’re clean and well-lit, but old as time.  I felt a bit like Desmond in “L.O.S.T”  Freaky.

"See you in another life, Brotha."  -L.O.S.T.

“See you in another life, Brotha.” -L.O.S.T.

4.  Meetings were fast and furious, back-to-back and took a lot of effort to get from one place to another. But, more than once, I stopped the race to just look around and linger in the moment.  Me.  6 years a citizen. From immigrant to company representative, meeting with the highest offices in the land!  In one such meeting I stepped away from the talking points and commented on a  photo of that particular Congressman with President Ford.  Impulsively, I told him I was a new citizen and that I’d taken my Oath of Citizenship at the Ford Museum in Grand Rapids.  His eyes met mine, he reached across the table, shook my hand and, with a tear in his eye, he quietly said, “Welcome. We’re glad to have you.”  It was a good meeting turned great and I learned once again that being yourself is more than enough.

5.  As much difficulty as we had getting there, it was the people I met who made this trip great for me.   The elderly veterans, many on scooters, dressed in their uniforms and pins and badges, just so patriotic and happy to have someone stop them to say hello.   My work colleagues from around the country who shouted my name as I entered the hotel; it was so fun to have them close to me.    The students I helped in the tunnels, because even though I walked them multiple times, I know how easy it is to get lost and how good it feels when someone offers you a hand.

It’s Random. It’s Friday. And I’m glad to be home.  You?

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18 thoughts on “R5F – The D.C. edition

  1. Roxanne

    A tear came to my eye just now too. So happy for you having this wonderful experience, your wonderful job, your happy life! 🙂

  2. Sounds like a whirlwind, but wonderful trip, MJ. And next year, when you plan your extra couple of days to be a tourist? Maybe Motor Man and I can drive 4 hours north and have dinner with you!

  3. Sounds like you made the most of it!

    • Indeed. Still feeling a bit tired from it all but it was quite a trip. Spent Wed. evening at the E.R. with a co-worker having chest pains. Not fun. But I wasn’t going to let him go alone (he has heart disease and this wasn’t my first time accompanying him…) What can you do but live in the moment?

      • I guess it was a whirlwind time! Even in the ER!

      • It sure was! I had a few moments of uncertainty sitting there holding his wallet and thinking through all of the “what if” moments … not the least of them was .. how do I get out of here, at night, by myself? EEK. it worked out OK but leaves its mark on me. MJ

  4. Washington is one of those crazy places that practically everywhere you look, there’s a landmark, historical marker or SOUVENIR STAND!! LOL. 🙂
    I’m glad that you had a good experience. Even though I hate big cities, Washington is a place that I’d go to again (been there twice) for more sightseeing. It’s kind of like Disney World…three days at a time are enough before you’re numb to it all.
    Don’t forget us little people now that you’re all “popular” and such! 😉

  5. 25 Points to House MJ for the Desmond shout out!

    I like DC, but I’ve never had to do business there. Only in Bethesda (where the NIH) is, but that’s pretty suburban.

    Glad you had a successful trip!

    • Greatest. TV. Show. Ever! And Desmond was hot to boot 🙂

      It was a good trip, but I’m glad to be home again … Bests!

  6. Love how you pushed “pause”, took a risk and shared personal stuff. Glad you had a good trip and made it home safe and sound. Was thinking about you and your trip for several days, wondering how it was going. DM

    • Thank you; I had a moment when I could feel what the Congressman must be feeling — as my colleagues were delivering their “schtick” I thought, “he must hear this every day all day” so I broke from protocol to mix it up. Totally worth it. A real connection was made and the tone of the meeting shifted in a very meaningful way … Cheers! MJ

  7. Perfect, glad you were able to make your trip! Like you, I’m awed and impressed by the city and the history. I never get my fill, always promise myself more time next time! ~ Sheila

  8. I’m glad your trip went well. Blessed as you got such a warm welcome.

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