February 01, 2010

Happy February from Washington, DC


od blesses us in many ways. But many times we need to look for those blessings and not take them for granted, and working in Washington, DC, is one of those blessings that I am prone to overlook.

Although the traffic and the lifestyle in the Washington, DC, area are both terrible annoyances, the plethora of jobs keeps many people in town even when they might look for a less stressful location to set up shop. But the blessing of living and working in the DC area is the same thing that brings so many tourists here. This city is dripping with history—the history of our nation. And because this is the seat of the federal government, everything here is paid for by taxes. Thus, everything is open to the public. After all, that’s who pays for it.

So I can go to the many Smithsonian museums. I can go to the Library of Congress and check out any book that has ever been published anywhere on the planet in all of history. I can visit the monuments, and the parks, and the scenic drives. And I can do all of it other than the drives without getting in my car. Everything is within walking distance of my office and it is a wealth of history and education.

As I drove past the Capitol building this morning, it hit me how blessed I am to be working here and living so close. So I pulled over and took a couple pictures of the Capitol. I hope you enjoy them. And I hope you get to visit Washington, DC, some day—if you’re not already one of my neighbors.

Here it is—the Capitol Building at about 6:00 am today:



  1. Afraid I wouldn't get much work done being so close to all those great places.

  2. I remember spending my honeymoon in the Capitol! We had a wonderful time -- stayed in West Falls Church and rode the train in. I'm dying to take my kids back very soon!

  3. This time when you come you'll have someplace cheap to stay. With us!!

    I've never thought of DC as a honeymoon type of place. But it is definitely a wonderful place to visit. And having lived here essentially all my life, I can say that no matter how long you're here, you'll never be able to see everything it has to offer.

  4. Enjoyed the photos. I do wish that DC was close enough that I could swing in for a day trip.

  5. Mrs. T - you're welcome to stay with us if you come to visit the nation's capitol too.

    Decadent - you too, although you're a bit further away. When I work from our G St. office downtown I can see the White House and the Washington Monument out of one set of windows and the National Mall and Smithsonian museums out the other bank of windows. If I walk to the other side of the building and look out those windows I can see the Capitol Building, the Supreme Court, and the Library of Congress.

    My office is one block over from Ford's Theater, where Abraham Lincoln was shot. It really is overwhelming if you allow yourself the time to think about it.

  6. Beautiful photos! That time of the morning was perfect. We loved our time in that area too. As we were able we took time to enjoy some of our great country's historic sites. Keep up the good work.


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