I’m on a compressed work schedule, working 9 days per biweek and getting every other Friday off. Sounds good? It is!
Yesterday was my day off, so my husband Greg and I spent some time exploring metro DC, partly as tourists and partly as residents.
First we took a stroll along the National Mall. When we got to the National Gallery of Art, we decided to go in. Neither of us had ever been inside before, despite roughly a dozen trips to DC over the last two decades.
We loved it. We spent about two hours inside and saw approximately 10% of the collection. We’ll be going back repeatedly to see more.
Then we walked down to the Washington Monument and the White House. By then we were well and truly sunburned, so we ducked down into a snazzy cocktail lounge and had lunch.
On the way home we stopped at the Pentagon City Mall. OMG. Just, OMG.
I shed a tear, embarrassed to be human upon seeing this monument to consumerism. I’ve read that people are leaving the church in droves, giving up any faith in God they had. Now I realized they haven’t left entirely. They still worship a deity: the almighty dollar. I truly wanted to hurl myself over the edge and go splat on the floor below, except I knew no one would notice as they were too busy rushing from store to store, clutching their precious credit cards and designer apparel.
Also in the mall was an Apple store. That’s the second one we’ve stumbled upon since moving here. Do you know how many were in Dayton? Zero. I think there may have been three in the entire state of Ohio. But here in NoVa we live within 5 miles of two.
As we walked by the Apple store we noticed it was jam-packed with people. I said to Greg, “Are those people really buying things or are they just a bunch of nerds with nowhere else to waste time?” We agreed it was the latter. We’ll be joining the nerd collective soon enough, for we decided to take the plunge into the world of smartphoniness and buy the new Apple iPhone 5 next month when it comes out. Please either wish us luck or recite kaddish, however you feel about it all.
When we got home we were wiped out from the sun, so we guzzled down a beer and went over to our new favorite Mom & Pop restaurant, Atlantis, and had a Greek pizza (with tomato, feta, and gyro meat). Mmm.
And that was our day in the big city.