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Wed Mar 31, 2021, 12:41 AM

16. One of my oldest friends & her husband ended up in Civil Service careers there, so I got to visit...

...several times by staying with them. The first time was in May and I was in my mid-30s. I used the Washington Monument as my gnomon and walked everywhere. I know schoolkids get to go — but not if you grow up in Hawai’i! It was a wonderful experience.

When my own kids were 13 and 11 there was an air-fare promotion, so I took them from SoCal to DC. Our local congressman’s office was able to help with tickets for tours of various government buildings. Unfortunately it was the end of July, beginning of August, so the heat and humidity were killer. There was a brief thunderstorm that literally made the stone buildings and asphalt streets steam. I took full advantage of air conditioned buildings, especially the various Smithsonians. I made sure the kids got to see Space & Science. My 11 yo son got so enchanted with the African art we lost him for awhile and then had to scramble to get a taxi to meet my friend on time.

On one of my trips sans kids, I met up with a cousin who was working in the city, and he took me to visit the Vietnam War Memorial. I did not expect it to have the impact on me that it did, but I cried and cried for the young men of my generation.

I went for several protest marches. One was against Dubya’s invasion of Iraq, where I looked up friends from the Vets for Peace, with whom I was working back home; and one was the March for Women’s lives, which my by-then-grown daughter insisted we go to. There were indeed a million protestors for the women’s march — the organizers were counting, not fantasizing. May I say that in both cases there was no violence and no vandalism.

And here’s the thing about protesting in Washington, D.C. — it is very much our right to do so. We have “the right to petition the government for redress of grievances,” and we were loud and noisy and in the case of the anti-war protest we were very angry. But none of us (as far as I could tell, or I would not have been there) wanted to overthrow the US government by other than votes, nor did we want to harm or destroy the jewel that is OUR city. The city that represents in its very architecture the core of our Founders’ aspirations. And as much as I despised BushCheney, they didn’t set troops on us and try to kill us, the way Trump did to “his” protestors when his turn came.

The Jan 6 insurrectionists are nothing but thugs and murderers — and how dare they.

My friend and her husband retired a number of years ago, and now divide their time between Florida and Tennessee, leaving me without a free place to sleep near DC. I doubt I shall return, as much as I would dearly love to visit all the Smithsonian museums, the old and the new.

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