And Then Life Found Another Gear

Just got back from a week in North Carolina, very tired yesterday, lots of travel, lots of travel after nights of just a couple hours of sleep. You were thinking that you would be regaled with tales of our adventures on the trip, as well as a zillion pictures.

You will, but just not yet.

On April 1st (really, no fooling!) I said, “Of course, there’s a really, really good NASA Social on the East Coast that I would love to do (Hubble 25th Anniversary) as a second trip later in the month, but I think that’s not going to happen for economic reasons.” Today a funny thing happened.


While I’ve been to three NASA Socials so far, they’ve all been in the Los Angeles area. This one’s in Washington, DC. In addition – HUBBLE!! 25th ANNIVERSARY!! This is really going to be huge.

On the other hand, I’m not going to dash across the country (again) and then dash back 48 hours later. Especially since Washington is one of my favorite places to visit and I haven’t been there in over forty-five years. I did get there for a dash-in, dash-out SF convention out in the suburbs about twenty-five years ago (didn’t see anything but the airport, metro, and hotel) and a five-hour visit in 2005 to the Smithsonian Air & Space facility out at Dulles Airport, the Udvar-Hazy museum.

The NASA Social is next Thursday, April 23rd. I’ve spent the evening hip deep in hotels and airfares and juggling variables, trying to find something approaching a deal. (DAMN, the Washington DC area is expensive!) It looks like I’ll be sightseeing on the 22nd, 24th, 25th, and 26th.

Yeah, between the NASA Social, the Smithsonian, the Air & Space Museum, all of the monuments, I may just be geeking and squeeing my way through the next week.

But now I’ve got a ton of things to do that I thought would take weeks but now need to be done (or put off) by next Tuesday. I may not get any sleep between now and then.

And sooner or later, I’ll tell you about North Carolina.



Filed under Astronomy, Space, Travel

2 responses to “And Then Life Found Another Gear

  1. Jemima Pett

    Oh that sounds amazing! I spent something like 12 hours in Washington once (apart from a change at the airport) and LOVED the Smithsonian.
    Have a great time.
    I’m mired in the A to Z Challenge this month, which is why I haven’t been commenting much – but I have been reading 🙂

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    • I’ve done the “12-hour lightning tour” of London twice. Paddington! Parliment! Buckingham Palace! Picadilly! Trafalger Square! Hyde Park! Heathrow! Looking forward to getting there for a week some time.

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