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Last weekend, Dave and I headed down to Washington, D.C. -- it was going to be the I.C.S. weekend, but due to poor registration, I.C.S. was canceled. We went anyway. After arriving Friday afternoon, we met up with my long-time chat buddy, Ike B. and had wraps! Yum! We walked around the Dupont Circle area for a while and then headed back to our hotel for some mutual investigation! Ike is slated to be circumcised due to phimosos, I don't think Dave has ever seen someone with a non-retracting foreskin before.

Later that evening, Dr. Cornell arrived and we scheduled dinner together -- we walked to "Dupont Italian Kitchen" for a lovely dinner, then over to a local bar for a while. We were going to head to the Green Lantern, but we turned right when we should have turned left and decided to just go back to the hotel. Dave's a real sweetheart -- he's been reading me a chapter out of "Haunted" by Chuck Palahniuk as a bedtime story every night we're together. I haven't been "read to" since my mother did when I was a tyke. It's quite a treat for me.

Saturday started out with light breakfast and a brisk walk around Dupont Circle. Ike was to meet up with us, and Dr. David (for his consultation) -- this took a bit longer than we anticipated, but was worthwhile, as I'd never met Ike in person before, we've only chatted online and on the phone. It was nice to meet him in person!

Following lunch with Dr. Cornell, Dave and I went to The National Museum of Health and Medicine at The Walter Reed Army Hospital. We saw everything from conjoined twins in formaldehyde, the history of prosthetic limbs, a hairball shaped like a stomach (removed from compulsive hair-eating girl), to real, live leeches! It was a very cool place to visit!

We met up at about 19:30 and went to the National Mall (where all the monuments are), and walked (quite a bit) to the Jefferson Memorial, then the Lincoln Memorial, and then something new to me! The F.D.R. Memorial and the Korean War Memorials!! Quite breath-taking!

Later that evening, we ate at Annie's Paramont Steakhouse. Dave and I went back to the hotel and changed into our leather to go out to The D.C. Eagle, Washington's "leather bar." I met up with my high school friend Scott J., it was great seeing him -- it has been about 6 years since the last time I saw him! After a few hours, we walked back towards the hotel, stopping at The Green Lantern/Tool Shed (which were quite slow) for one final nightcap.

On Sunday, after an annoying brunch at The Food Bar (slow service, annoying patrons), we had about three hours to kill... We headed over to Arlington National Cemetery -- it was huge! We didn't have much time, so we walked up to John F Kennedy's grave site and then back to the Metro to get our luggage and head to the airport...

All in all, it was an enjoyable weekend -- Dave and my MRSA settled down with the new antibiotics, and we napped on the plane on the way back north. Our only major gripes were with Continental Airlines -- in addition to being late on BOTH legs of our flight, they managed to loose our luggage in Newark (it was returned to us the next day.)



My ex-lover, Alex J. is in town this week, Monday through Friday, which means that I won't have any time with Dave this week, which is depressing -- but with all the touristy stuff I'm doing with Alex, I have been distracted from my loneliness. I've been doing the usual work-week and pointing Alex in directions for him to explore on his own during the day. In the evenings, we've been tooling around on the motorcycle seeing everything from Hull Village, MA, The Alley and The Ramrod, Boston Common, the Public Garden, Commonwealth Ave, Fenway Park, and of course The Fens!

There's a good chance that I will be going to Sterling Forest Monday through Wednesday for a diaster recovery this coming week. This was a last-minute request (as they almost all are!)

I'm missing Dave something bad -- I'm hoping that this weekend, we'll be able to make up for lost time.



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freebear1
Jul. 14th, 2005 05:20 pm (UTC)
Me too.
The feeling is mutual Chaz.
loxie
Jul. 15th, 2005 01:13 am (UTC)
The phallic symbol!!!! (the monument) That or it was the KKK dude.
(weird things you learn when you live in the area)

That picture of the hairball made me gag!!

So... I've had so many interviews this week. I haven't been able to talk to you. I actually had one in Portsmouth, but it was for entry level and she didn't say that in the add. Umm.. no? I had another in Boston which would have been great if not for being a mom. I would literally only see Emily on the weekends. I find that extremely unacceptable and not fair to her. I pretty much have the job at UMass Medical in the bag. She wanted to hire me sight-unseen. (makes me feel good about myself for a change) It's contract for now, but I will WOW them of course, and they will want to keep me :) Hehehehe (such confidence, huh?)

Let me know about my penciled in schedule when it gets closer.

*hugs*
mc4bbs
Jul. 15th, 2005 03:32 pm (UTC)
The phallic symbol!!!! (the monument) That or it was the KKK dude. (weird things you learn when you live in the area)


I didn't know you lived in Washington!!!

That picture of the hairball made me gag!!


Yeah, pretty, eh? Don't let Emily chew her hair!!

So... I've had so many interviews this week. I haven't been able to talk to you. I actually had one in Portsmouth, but it was for entry level and she didn't say that in the add. Umm.. no? I had another in Boston which would have been great if not for being a mom. I would literally only see Emily on the weekends. I find that extremely unacceptable and not fair to her. I pretty much have the job at UMass Medical in the bag. She wanted to hire me sight-unseen. (makes me feel good about myself for a change) It's contract for now, but I will WOW them of course, and they will want to keep me :) Hehehehe (such confidence, huh?)

Let me know about my penciled in schedule when it gets closer.


Best of luck with the job-hunt. I know you will do well.

As we get closer to our date (21-AUG-2005), I will let you know! :-)

(Anonymous)
Jul. 26th, 2005 03:14 pm (UTC)
National Museum of Health and Medicine
Nice write up about your visit to our museum, but why did you only mention the hairball. The elephantiasis leg, for example, is also a big crowd pleaser!

Steven Solomon
Public Affairs Officer
National Museum of Health and Medicine,
Armed Forces Institute of Pathology
6900 Georgia Avenue at Elder Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20307

www.nmhm.washingtondc.museum

mc4bbs
Jul. 26th, 2005 04:38 pm (UTC)
Re: National Museum of Health and Medicine

Nice write up about your visit to our museum, but why did you only mention the hairball. The elephantiasis leg, for example, is also a big crowd pleaser!

Well, there was a lot to see there -- the left (west) side of the museum was my most favourite -- the right (east) side's collection of microscopes and electron-microscopes was not of much interest to me. Everything else was!

The co-joined twins were creepy, as was that entire section in the centre of the museum! Great stuff!

I'm assuming, due to your title, you have something to do with the museum?

_
\/ Chaz

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