Oh Glorious Weather

Spring is the time in DC where life is tolerable, the weather beautiful, and the memory of winter just recent enough to remind you of the cold. This weekend it was too beautiful to remain indoors, picked up lunch and headed for the Jefferson Memorial. As we sat eating our sandwich in the perfect sun and breeze, we were treated to the somewhat uninentionally polyphonic tones of a middle school marching band, rocking away on Smashmouth’s “All Star” like a hurdy gurdy with a broken valve. We wandered into the Memorial, and read Jefferson’s words, still yet relevant today:

“I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions, but laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors.”

Wreath and Lines.jpg

We wandered around the Tidal Basin and back to the car, drove out to Hains Point, seeing the man emerging from the confluence of the Potomac and Anacostia, reaching skyward. Sunday was no less glorious, heading out to Elkridge, MD and the Rockburn Branch Disc Golf Course. Elkridge is the bane of my disc game, frequently causing me to dive deep into brambles and poison ivy in search of my errant discs. The wind on Sunday won no friends, carrying my discs, and those of my friends Dave and Jason all over the fairways and well into the rough. We gave in after 13, as we each had to be somewhere by 7pm.

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Today’s weather appears to be more of the same, and so I met my friends JB and Mickey for lunch over at the Old Post Office, as they were in town to see a few of the museums on the Mall. Walking back to the office, I was reminded of DC’s gorgeous spring and that the tree-lined avenues that L’Enfant had envisioned for this capitol city were one of the best ideas this coast has ever seen. Walking up Penn, in the dappled shade, Ben stared down from his pedestal, looking sad not to be wandering with me on this gorgeous day.

1 Comment so far

  1. Shawn Honnick (unregistered) on May 10th, 2005 @ 12:07 am

    Great pics and yes, GREAT weather today. That quote from the Jefferson Memorial is now, more than ever, my favorite.

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