Friday, June 23, 2017

DRIVING HOME FROM WASHINGTON DC


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After picking up our car from the underground parking lot at The Plaza, CityCenter, I took a few shots when driving through Washington DC on our way home.






The building in the photo below is the newest of the Smithsonian museums, The National Museum of African American History and Culture.  On our next trip into the city, it will be first on our list.  It opened in September 2016.



I have been taking photos of The Washington Monument for 41 years.  We started married life just outside of the city and brought our bikes in often, riding around all the monuments.  We rode for miles and miles.  Even though we have lived in several places on the East and West Coasts, we always seem to end up not too far away from Washington DC.



In the distance you can see The White House.


This is the Eccles Building, home of the Federal Reserve.


The statue of Albert Einstein had a lot of company that day.


And a quote by Albert, which I rather liked.
"Our task must be to free ourselves - by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty."



This building is part of the United States Institution of Peace.  


It is one of the newest buildings on Constitution Avenue, only about 10 years old.


We are driving by The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.  It is undergoing an expansion project.  I saw Swan Lake here when I first came to the States and a few years later, Madame Butterfly, a couple of other performances I can't remember.  I haven't attended any for a long time.


Here we are driving across the Potomac River via the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge.  The buildings are in Rosslyn.  When we cross we are back in Virginia.


It was a lovely day weather-wise.  Not too hot!




Wednesday, June 21, 2017

THE PLAZA, CENTERCITY, WASHINGTON DC


We had parked in an underground parking lot a few blocks away from the convention center.  Because there were thousands of people attending Awesome Con, I feel we were lucky getting a space in this one.  There are very good signs on each floor, indicating how many spaces are left.  Over each space is a light, red for not available, green for available.  When you are looking down a very long line of cars, that green light is clearly visible and you head towards it, hoping the space will stay empty until you can  reach it.  There are usually other cars driving around hoping for the same.  We drove into our 'green' spot and watched the light turn red as two cars passed by looking for their own green light.  



We took the elevator up into a large square (The Plaza, CityCenter) where there were shops and restaurants, and these lovely sculptures.   (We took our photos when we were heading back).



There are other sculptures around the city, and if you go to this site you can read all about them.



The artist is Hung Yi. 
From the above link you will read the following:

"Dromedary Camel (The Plaza at CityCenter) Hung Yi's Bactrian and Dromedary camels, aka two and one humped camels, represent travel, survival and journeying.  Bactrian, the two humped camel is named after the area once known as Bactria, or Central Asia, from where they originated.  Dromedary camels have one hump, and are native to African and Middle Eastern Deserts.  Not only did Hung Yi take two already unusual, almost mythical animals and make them even more wild and whimsical, he also is encouraging unity between the diverse cultures these two camels represent."

This link will give you even more information.



If you click on this you will learn what there is to see at the Plaza.  

In the following photo there are beachballs strung overhead.  These decorations change with the seasons.  The restaurant we went into was on the right just out of sight.



The same on the other side of the Plaza.


You can't really tell from the following photos but all those baubles are moving around at a fast rate of speed, up the wall, over your head and onto the other side, and then they appear again as if in a circular movement.  These also change design.  I saw a man floating through the air after this.  



I wish I had thought to take a video so that you could get a better idea of what it looks like. 


You can just about make out on the left the glass walls of the elevator shaft, which took us down into the parking area.  



Next time I will show you the views as we were heading out of the city.



Monday, June 19, 2017

RANDOM PHOTO AND A QUOTE



"Patience and humor are two camels that can take you through any desert."

~Author Unknown~



A TRIP INTO WASHINGTON DC FOR AWESOME CON

I truly didn't realize when our son invited us to see him speak on a panel for three writers, that we were actually going to Awesome  Con.  He has a full time job but writes articles in his limited free time.  


When we arrived we were a few minutes late.  There were no parking spaces and several underground parking lots were already full.  We finally parked in one three blocks away, so not so bad but we were driving around a while before we found it. 


We were very proud of our son.  When he was younger he used to be an introvert, more like me, but now he has done a 180 and is a confident speaker in front of a large audience, like his Dad :)
  
We had a lovely surprise.  In the audience there was a friend of his from way back in their high school days.  He had read about this event and decided to attend.  I hadn't seen him in years.  He introduced us to his wife, a sweet young lady originally from New York.  Our son was happily surprised when he saw his old friend.


We didn't hang around too long at the end, as there were people waiting to ask him more questions.  So we gave him a big hug and said our goodbyes.  


I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this event.  There were hundreds of people walking around in costumes (cosplay).  It was fun to see them and you couldn't help but admire the effort they had put into whatever they were wearing.  Everyone we saw was very pleasant and happy to be there.  The atmosphere was definitely catching. 


I had to laugh when I saw this fun photo they sent us later, my son and daughter-in-law.  I probably should know the dragon, it seems familiar but can't place him. 


I could not help myself, I was walked over to this group and asking them if I could get a photo taken.  They were happy to oblige.



Here are a few more we saw walking around the convention, and also on the street outside.









Even the little guys!

























 Now this I did recognize.  A young girl wearing a Tardis telephone box dress, from Dr. Who.  David Tennant, one of the Doctors, was attending today. 


This sweet little boy was very interested with the flashing lights on Green Lantern's pole.  Or is it the Riddler?  I will have to ask those in the know.













So there you go, it was great fun!  I have always had a great interest in costumes, whether it be from these today, or from around the world.  I am drawn to those down through the ages also.  If I had my dream job, I would be in the costume department at the New York Met.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!


We found ourselves in Washington DC yesterday, thanks to our son who invited us to Awesome Con 2017.  He in turn had been invited to be part of a three-person panel of local writers, which was why we were there in the first place.  

Gregg and I had a great time and after we left we saw a nice restaurant on the way to our car, and had a pre-celebration for Father's Day, so....

Happy Father's Day to Gregg.
Here's to all the great dads in the world.



Friday, June 16, 2017

A DEER PHOTO


My sister-in-law sent the deer photo.  It was in her son's front garden.  She has always told me that I can put any of the photos she sends on my blog, so I want to thank her once again.   


Thursday, June 15, 2017

THE DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM, ABILENE, KANSAS

was America's 34th President.


Gregg buying our tickets at the museum.  On opposite walls there were two very large murals, and all around the foyer, paintings depicting scenes from President Eisenhower's life.

























I will share more from our time at the museum in another post, but I wanted to continue the story behind the photo mentioned in my last one.



When I saw this statue with the photo behind it, we were at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum.  It was a fascinating place to walk around, with a lot of World War II memorabelia.  Both Gregg and I are always interested in history and we took a long time looking at everything. 

I am always drawn to sculptures and one of the first I saw that day was a depiction of a very famous photo taken on V-J Day, August 14th, 1945.  The photographer was Alfred Eisentaedt.  The photo was published in Life Magazine and captured what must have been the relief and joy people felt when they heard that the war had ended.  

The nurse, Greta Zimmer Friedman, was actually a 21 year old dental assistant, walking in Time Square when the news came that the war had ended.  The sailor was George Mendonsa

The true story behind that kiss can be found here.

The story begins on the first date of 20 year old Rita Petry and 22 year old George who were watching a matinee at Radio City Hall.  They never saw the end of the movie.  People started pounding on the doors with news that the war had ended.  

There was great excitement on the streets, and they went into a bar where the bartender had set up drinks to overflowing.  By the time they got out of the bar George had had quite a few. As he and Rita were walking around Time Square, he saw a woman in a nurse's uniform.  He left Rita's side momentarily, ran over to the nurse and gave her the kiss you see below, frozen in time.   In his own way George was thanking all the nurses he had encountered, and had always admired them for the work he had seen them do.


Obviously you can't go around grabbing ladies and giving them a big kiss these days, but I am trying to put this into the context of the time.  Everyone was euphoric. 

The sailor and the nurse never saw each other again, and George married Rita, the smiling lady you see in the background of the above photo. When the article was written in 2012, they had been married for 66 years.   

I always find it fascinating to learn about the people in these photos.  

More can be read here also.

There were other statues I saw at the museum.