Memorial Day! And John’s birthday!
And first day of three in Virginia… day!! Already, I’m having a real nice time here. It’s overcast but the hotel is very pleasant- a bunch of little tan townhouse looking buildings sprawled out along hills and lots of nature. Shopping strip around the corner, made a trip to Walmart for essentials, did some cooking, felt like I was at home again! Some of the rooms weren’t ready till late, including Nathan’s, so I had to wait till 315 to meet up with Steve and Nate to head to the Metro station to visit DC. First thing we did was look for a place to eat outside of the L'Enfant Plaza station but everything was mostly closed for Memorial Day. Had to walk down a ways to some food trucks on the lawn across Capitol Hill. The architecture of the town was all very mid-20th century and stoney and gray. Some of the Smithsonian buildings were a little more Gothic but not by much. Got some Indian food (luckily I didn't get food poisoning), and we hit the Air and Space Museum first. I was so excited to see it!! Spent an hour there- looked through the Solar System exhibit upstairs that was so incredible, and then we saw Dark Universe in the Albert Einstein planetarium, this short film narrated by Neil DeGrasse Tyson that was also amazing, and so well written. We walked West down the lawn until we came to the World War II Memorial and took a rest. A solicitor then tried to get us to talk with him about the Bible.. they're everywhere I tell ya! Reflecting pool is pretty but really shallow- walked up to the Lincoln Memorial. Didn't realize it was solid marble that's pretty dope... reminded me of Night at the Museum. Checked out the Korean and the Vietnam memorials. Steven had a family friend who fought in Vietnam so we looked around for his name online and eventually he got a picture of it on the wall- the names aren't alphabetized which really surprised me for something with that many names on it. Lots of 8th graders running around on field trips with their school… pretty busy area! By that point we were pretty tired of walking, it was around 8:30 PM, so we picked a restaurant- Old Ebbit Grill just two blocks from the White House. We got in and it was a lot fancier than we anticipated. The rest of the crew was back at the hotel lobby watching the hockey game between the Vegas Knights and the Golden Capitals- we could’ve cared less, but most of the crew is from Vegas. The town reminded us a lot of the Financial District in LA, significantly less trashy but similar look and architecture. After Metro-ing back to Vienna we grabbed 24-hour Baskin Robbins and, because I was for some reason in charge of navigation, we walked around for nearly an hour going to two different “Tyson’s Corner Marriot” hotels before deciding to call an Uber to the real one. Ooooops. Ultimately it was a really relaxing day off, especially when we can not be concerned about time, or deadlines, or having to achieve certain things that day. It feels great to be free for a spell, and then coming back to the grind feels more natural and more enjoyable. Lookin forward to a great show tomorrow, also looking to compose a little bit. Listened to a lot of Esperanza Spalding the last few days, really digging the textures she creates.
We have to check out of the hotel tomorrow morning (Tuesday) around 915 AM, since tomorrow night we'll be staying on the bus again in between the two shows we have at the next venue.
Ok that’s enough for now.. good night! (PS sorry for the late post).