Nice pictures and trip report. Hope I can find some of those deals when I go back to DC. What was the Capitol and the Monument made from at the Botanic Garden?
I understand passing up the Redskins game nowadays....but I think I remember seeing you and your pals at the games back in glory days.....
Well, in our home, we've taken to referring to them as "the Washington Football Team" ....
Whichever side you fall on this issue, our sense is that it's only a matter of time until there's a name change... [Remember when the local basketball team, originally the boys from Baltimore, was (were) known as "the Ammunition"? at least back then, folks could call them Les Boulez, which is a whole 'nuther story....]
The big Q is: which goes first: the name or the owner? (We know the coach will be long before before both...)
anadyr, on this (controversial) issue, we're predicting, not opining.... As crystal ball gazers, we think all three - coach, owner, and name - are doomed... As noted above, we think it's just a matter of time... So the speculation (nay, wagering) interest has morphed from whether to when (and, again, in what order)....
anadyr and ssindc - Happy Holidays
Ok, ladies, I could chat all week about dannyboy, bruce and george allen, mike and kyle shanahan, the redskins, the deadskins and the shaking of RFK, but this is The Nation's Capital and the Holidays, so here's a photo that brings us back to DC and the hotel business
The Old Post Office Pavilion, similar to Georgetown Park, a concept that has run
its time. This will be converted into a Trump Hotel (by Ivanka) but the Tower, with
its terrific views of the city (see elsewhere in this post) remains part of the
US Park Service.
Merry Christmas to all and to all, a good day
There's always something interesting going on in DC.... I spent the day focusing on Corinthians - not the book in the Bible, but, instead, photographying the columns (and arches) in the Great Hall at the National Building Museum, which is quite a structure.... Our Historic Building Just tried to post some photos, but the web site has defeated me.... It must have been this evening's upgrade...
Ah yes erc. those halcyon days at the farm and at Quanitco, what great memories! I still have the cuffs (on my pants at least), and my decoder ring.
DC was and is an artifact for me, and when in millenia to come they unearth the place, some sage archeologist or Roswellian alien from outer space will comment on the mountains of petrified paper regulations, signifying nothing as the saying goes, and the stone monuments to the founders.
As Henny Youngman famously (did not) say "Take my DC. please!"
Wrapped up another nice stay at the Gaithersburg Marriott (again honking the horn as we drove by Intergalactic), hopefully my Wardman Park Marriott - zoo trip and Ritz Carlton New Year's Eve stays will be just as pleasant, as I wrap up my earn MegaBonus (jr. varsity level) in a month, local sightseeing tour.
Oops, just read a message from ssindc to give him the scoop on the property - so here's an add on;
There's a link - Gaithersburg Marriott Still Delivering (http://www.rewards-insiders.marriott.com/message/73126#73126 ) and the property has been improved even since my previous write up and their renovation. The lobby is nicer, the deck area on the lake has been improved, and they have strengthened their wi-fi capability. They continued their excellent service (they were even open yesterday in the CL and had a full breakfast this morning in CL - CL closed on weekends but buffets for elites in restaurtant). Like ssindc, I often use this when hitting the shops and restaurants in Frederick, Md. and I rank the props at Rio Center in following order: G'burg Marriott, Res. Inn, CY with a surprisingly pedestrian performance by the SpringHill (perhaps I was aggravated at them charging me $2 for an aspirin).
The G'burg Marriott though is a successful business property Sun-Thurs. so rates often require an expense account, but terrific deals on holidays and weekends with great service.
Thanks for info, erc.... (Information is power!) I've never had an excuse to take advantage of one of the Gaithersburg Marriott's weekend rates, and (as you note), when I've wanted to stay there during the week, the rates have been higher than I'd like (often in the same ballpark as the Mayflower downtown)... All things in time...
Ok folks, as ssindc demonstrated with his lovely photos of the Building Museum, we Insiders are here to serve. The United States Botanic Garden Plant Hotline called me back (I wonder what mailing and phone lists I'm on now) and informed me that no, the monuments were not made of radioactive Uranium 238 (a natural product), but rather pine cones, bark, tree parts (like McNuggets - chicken parts) and fungi and are made for them by Applied Imagination a Kentucky company (glad it's US) http://appliedimagination.biz/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=814.
Now, if only Blue Cross would call me back about my 26 year old daughter's Health Insurance plan. We think Rewards is a tough cost cutting task master - the young 'un leaves my program for her own $3k annual individual coverage and my annual premium goes down $100, now that's an enhancement!
I would suggest, actually request, that anyone who visits the National Building Museum, take a few minutes to honor our fallen law enforcement officers at their memorial right across the street. The names of four of my fallen brothers and very good friends are engraved there. Thank you in advance.
Good suggestion. We spent several minutes there reading the names. This is best viewed in the daytime Insiders, 400 and 500 blocks of E and F can get pretty sketchy at night, as it was, we walked from the memorial to the firehouse up the street where a friend of ours was a former captain and the marijuana aroma was wafting in the air bigtime. We've been down here several times and with the Judiciary Building and a lot of DC services all around, a significant amount of panhandling and general jostling can take place, but the Memorial is fine (although don't look for statues, it's a pretty understated area, lions and a remembrance pool), just stay alert Insiders.
bpelican And I will join your father in law one day when my last battle on earth is fought. I will remember to think of your father in law in the future every time I go to Arlington, usually twice a year.
The National Zoo (part of the Smithsonian Institution) is always a great place to visit (and it's free, courtesy of tax dollars) but it's especially pleasant during the holidays. They host a ZooLights festival in the evenings (until Jan. 5 usually) which is an enjoyable stroll through the grounds all decorated.
Many exhibits during the festival (above are paper creations) and most animal
houses are open at night.
Two of the zoos newest residents, born in August - Sumatran Tigers
Thanks eb and Happy New Year to you and your family. I considered signing her up about a year ago (would also take advantage of the referral program) but we just didn't have enough nights to spare - often I have to stretch to make my own MegaBonus (although now that they dropped from three certificates/six stays to two certificates/four stays, I may revisit the idea). This last promo was unique in that I was able to convert two award stays to inexpensive paid stays due to the CyberMonday sale, thus giving me two extra stays (and a savings in points).
Always something interesting going on in the DC area around the holidays. Last night, the family saw the revival of Andrew Lloyd Weber's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - it was goofy (but fun and hugely entertaining) when it came out in the 1960's, and it remains so today.... Before the show, the crowd at the (free) performance on the Millennium Stage was extraordinary!
The Kennedy Center remains one of my favorite "upgrades" to DC in my lifetime. As JFK remarked (and the walls read): "I look forward to an America which will reward achievement in the Arts as we reward achievement in business or statecraft.... I look forward to an America which commands respect throughout the world not only for its strength but for its civilization...."
Welcome Rewards, sit yourself down
See Freddie's winner, the best in town
As for the rest, all of them tools
Trailing our lead, and copying our rules
Seldom do you see
Anything for free
A plan of such design
That's content to be
Master of your perks, doling out the charm
Giving you improvements, that might do some harm
Spin a juicy tale, creates a little fuss
F & B credit, makes a purchase a must
Likes to always change the bennies
Doesn't cost us to be nice
Enhancements get you little
As we often jack up your price
Master of your perks, keeper of your stays
Ready to raise categories any day
Take away your wine, giving you some points
Bistro coffee costs and now we all must pay
Everybody loves a resort
Everybody pays the fee
Strap the title on the building
And it raises our P.E.
Master of the perks, quick to take your cash
Better book 'em now, because the deals won't last
Lodger to the loyal, chaser of the new
200 nights a year and it's premier for you
That's unless we just decide not to
That's unless we change our mind
Keep saving up your points, and
They'll lose their value, you will find
How does one follow that??
Other than to say I hope the erc Wiz bring their "A Game" tonight as they are sure to meet a bunch of surly Rockets after their lackluster performance last evening against San Antonio!!
IAH and Foxglove
Thanks fellas, I couldn't wouldn't have done it without you .
And for those of you keeping track at home, so that you don't think I'm like one of those guys who always tells you about his casino or racetrack winnings (but is still driving his Chevy Vega), my five year poker winning streak came to a thunderous crash this year. Picking up a few coins in the kiddie nickel and dime game (really, how much fun can you have taking a 13 year old's money?), I moved into the big boy quarter/half/table stakes games and had my behind handed to me. Too many second place finishes, often losing on the last card, will find your author dusting off his AARP card for use at Denny's in the upcoming month (no Bandera for me). I had no problem taking the razzing from the know it all millennials about using my discount at Denny's, afterall, I'm staying at JW's and they're not , what I did have trouble finessing though, was the fact that I actually like Denny's entrees ! Go man, go.
And, for erc and the DC crowd (and, of course, all good hockey fans everywhere) in the once in a lifetime category, really REALLY enjoyed the Winter Classic today! It's a very different view of Nats Park (in DC, of course). Here's a few pics - not sure if I have the energy to create a photo album (since it's not like future tourists will ever get the opportunity)....
Yeah, IAHFLYR, I'd say it was "packed" - they announced the crowd at 42,000+ (which exceeds their published capacity of 41,888) - they sold a significant number of SRO (standing room only) tickets - it felt significantly more crowded than a sold out Nats playoff game - concession (and restroom) lines were absurd, and there were many places on the upper concourse were it was pretty much gridlock...
quite a show... good hockey, a series of mini-concerts (including Billy Idol, who sounded great), well thought out tributes to the military (including a fighter-jet flyover), some fireworks, and all the trappings of consumerism, including the $9 beer and the $11 hot chocolate in commemorative mug (also available for $16 with a shot of Bailey's in it) - but wait - they appear to have sold out of the collector's mugs long before the third period of the game...
I'm guessing erc was in one of the (warm, comfortable, upscale) luxury boxes with his friends in the Marriott family, where the food and drink flowed freely, but the rest of us did the best we could out in the cold....
Ha, ha. You've got me pegged, I think you've been talking to my neighbors! We have several guys who have season tickets and the joke is, erc won't go unless there's parking, wings, and beers! You played it right yesterday - that was the event to be at, congrats. The guys had some excellent seats in CF and even though cold, they had a blast. We were coming back from the Mayflower on the Orange Line and heading in was a sea of red - very exciting and of course you couldn't ask for a more exciting outcome (as opposed to the often, blown two goal lead, OT dead zone, loss in shoot out ). Now let's hope some of that rubs off into some playoff Natitude success.
Great photos, thanks for sharing.