|Inside the Washington National Cathedral|
Just in case you missed all the Black Friday / Cyber Monday / Countdown-of-Shopping-Days-Until-Christmas hype.
Just in case you missed the Christmas decorations going up all over the place.
Yup, just in case you've recently landed on this part of the planet and had no clue as to what all the fuss is about.
Truth be told, I don't really get my knickers in a twist over all the hype. It is what it is and hey, those companies do need to make a buck. Employees need to be paid and this time of year is make or break for some companies. Have a bad holiday season and those employees may be looking for work after the holidays. Not good.
So you'll not hear a lot of ranting and raving about that from me.
I'm just back from a very nice five days down in the DC area. Spent some quality time with The Missus Herself, The Nuke, The Sea Lawyer (see here), Bear and Kodi. (Those last two are not italicized because those are their real names, there's a picture of those two canines at that link.)
We went to Mount Vernon the day after Thanksgiving. I have to tell you, pausing for a few moments at the tomb of the General (and President, though he preferred the former title) with cap in hand was, in a word, humbling.
The Father of his country, the first Commander-in-Chief, George Washington has always been someone I deeply respect.
|The view from the Washington's back porch.|
|George, Martha and the grandkids.*|
You read about the Washington's in the history books, forgetting sometimes that they were real people, not just historic icons. Visiting their home makes this clear in a number of ways. From all I know of Martha Washington, she must have been a great "Skipper's Wife." Folks in Naval Aviation know what that means. Suffice to say, she was a woman who cared about her husband and the men who served under him.
I'll have more stories from DC in the near future. For those who just have to see pictures from Udvar-Hazy right now, head on over to Lagniappe's Lair. Pay no attention to that geezer in the opening photo of that link, he's a nice guy just cranky due to a lack of sleep. Stayed up way too late Saturday night and got up way too early Sunday morning, but it was well worth it, Murphy's Law and I had a great time, we plan to do it again, real soon! With any luck we can drag Old NFO and Big Time along next time.
* The sculptures make you feel that way. Two grandparents enjoying life and their little ones, a feeling I know well. I certainly don't mean any disrespect to the very first First Family.