Friday, August 20, 2004

D.C. Trip

Next week, I’ll be in the Nation’s Capital with Ame and Alex. This is exciting because Alex, world traveler that he is, has still not visited Washington DC.

The Smithsonian is the top destination for us. Alex is especially excited for the aviation displays and the two IMAX screens. I could spend a month in the Smithsonian, but the railroad and other transportation goodies are the main draw for me.

I highly recommend contacting your US Senator or US Representative in advance of any DC trip. Some of the notable landmarks are difficult to get tour access to, because the number of tourists is restricted due to security and other concerns. Walk-up access is virtually a thing of the past, unless extremely lucky. I contacted Senator Lugar’s office about a month ago, and was able to secure tour access to the Capitol Building and the Bureau of Printing and Engraving.

Providing this kind of access to citizens is one action by our elected officials I happily endorse. Alex spends most of the year living on a military base overseas. He ought to get a good look at the places policy is made. It would be even better if he could meet Senator Lugar and some of his colleagues.

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