december 10, 2018

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“You’re doing better than you think you are. Keep going. You got this.” ~ TinyBuddha

set list 1964

I’m staying at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in DC for the conference I’m attending. I had no idea the history of this place until I got here. There’s a large display in the front window of the variety of things that have happened here; everything from Franklin Roosevelt’s inaugural party (a tradition that held for 70 years) to Frank Sinatra performances (among others). My favorite, of course, is that the Beatles stayed here during this first US tour in 1964. There’s a great display in the West portico with this original set list written on Shoreham stationary. The notes in the display (below) will tell all about it. My only disappointment during this trip is that I wasn’t put in the Beatles wing, but hey, my BFF Beverly Howell just got tickets to see Sir Paul next summer in Arlington, Texas checking off #1 on her bucket list, and that makes up for it completely. 

 

december 9, 2018

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“We rise by lifting others.” ~ Unknown

friendly skies (Camera+)

 

There’s a direct flight to DC from Lexington except on weekends. I flew up yesterday, early for the conference I’m attending tomorrow and Tuesday, and that meant I had to catch a connecting flight in Atlanta. I used to love flying, but I don’t anymore. The flights are too crowded, the lines too long, the waits insane, the TSA invasive, and so on and so forth, but until they perfect teleportation, it’s sometimes the only game in town. I always go for the window seats because at least I’ve got something to look at to take my mind off my discomfort. Add to that my recent rediscovery of  my Camera+ app, and I had a little fun while I waited in one line or another. The flight path from Atlanta to Reagan National isn’t nearly as cool as the flight path from Lexington that usually gives one a clear view of DC proper. Nevertheless, I thought this highway over the Potomac was pretty cool.

september 22, 2014

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“When you start seeing your worth, you’ll find it harder to be around people who don’t.”
~ Unknown

 

Kramerbooks admirer
Kramerbooks admirer

 

A week ago tonight I was having dinner with my BFF Lisa Banyai at Kramerbooks in Dupont Circle. Dinner at a bookstore, I hear you asking? Why, yes, and it was some of the finest food I’ve ever had. Killer shrimp and grits with andouille sausage good enough to make you wanna slap yer granny. The bookstore itself was just as awesome. It’s a good thing I had only a small bag, or I would have spent way too much money. The whole trip was worth those few hours with Lisa. We always have such great talks. That’s what makes a BFF.

 

rainbow toes
rainbow toes

september 18, 2014

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“A ship in port is safe, but that’s not what ships were built for.”
~ Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper

 

the reflecting pool
the reflecting pool

 

There are several ducks to enjoy the water between the Lincoln Memorial and the World War II Memorial. What I never seemed to notice before in photos of the Reflecting Pool is just how shallow and filthy it is. You don’t want to fall into it, trust me. No matter, it’s a beautiful setting for Lincoln’s Memorial. It’s an exquisite view that Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. must have surely appreciated during his historic speech. Good things happen here.

 

a good Kentucky boy
a good Kentucky boy

 

from here
from here

september 25, 2012

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When people hurt you over and over, think of them as sandpaper. They scratch and hurt you. But later, you’ll be shining and polished, while they end up useless.” ~ Chris Colfer

riding on The Metro (autostitch)

I didn’t ride The Metro until it was time for dinner. For the rest of the day, I put on my walking shoes and got to walking. I’ve got a lot of lovely shots, but I’m too dang tired to process any of them. One advantage to riding The Metro is that one has time to process photos taken with their iPhone. Thus….scenes from our nation’s capital. But I will say that I love my friends and colleagues – people could not have been kinder to me today: lunch with Curtis Tate, NEH and LC colleagues, then dinner with my University of North Texas colleagues. I’ve had a most excellent day, indeed! Now, sleep.

sunny capital (autostitch)