part I: patriot
don't know much about history (quick and easy) and alexis de toqueville's democracy in america (neither quick nor easy). i have, in similar fits, read the constitution and all its amendments, the sunday new york times religiously for a month or so, and various other things that caught my interest. and let me tell you--going to washington dc when i am feeling this way is only adding fuel to the fire. i have abandoned my fiction and knitting books to read a little book on the lives of the presidents. who knows what will be next. karen, my friend of many years, humored my patriotic urges by taking me to the national archive where i got to see the declaration of independence first hand (i bought a copy) as well as the magna carta, the constituion, the bill of rights, the emancipation proclamation, the warrant for susan b. anthony's arrest (for voting when women had no such right) and the subsequent document giving the right of suffrage to women. and people--it was amazing. crowded, hard to see, but amazing. since the museum of american history was--sadly--closed for renovations (till 2008!!!) we walked all over the place instead: around the washington monument, through the WWII memorial, along the reflecting pool, and to the lincoln memorial (for which i have a greater appreciaton after devouring sarah vowell's assassination vacation. a glorious day of patriotism was had by all. don't worry--i'm sure it will pass. :)
pictures from the trip can be found here.
part II: ridin' the rails