Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Two Interviews

About to head off to two interviews. Again with CAP and a new one with ConSource.

ConSource is working on putting all the original legal documents of America and put them online for law dogs and teachers to have access to them. the best part is they are having a huge party for the launch of it with a few of the Chief Justices, Hillary Clinton and a few other big wigs.... oh man.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007


I had another day off because the lady who was suppose to interview me left for the day and I still haven't heard from here again today. It's really stressing being out here and not having the internship yet, while all the other kids are going and telling stories about their jobs... makes me jealous.

But yesterday I went and got my hair did. Shaved and put on some of my good clothes, even though I wasn't going to work I was going to freaking look good!

I went to the Aeronautics Smithsonian first. Was really cool to see all the Apollo stuff along with the lunar lander. It's massive, way freaking big. I best was the mirror setup of the Saturn V rocket. They only had one and a half rockets, but with with mirrors they could make it look like there were the 5 rockets... and it was enormous! No wonder we are out of money, it'd take so much fuel to make those suckers go. They had an interesting setup of the 70's Soyez Russian space station docking with an American thinger... way cool.

Okay I lied. The best part was the Flight Simulator in there. I got to be the gunner and this young kid I let be the pilot. So off we went, rolling and diving... so fun. Trying to shoot upside down was way hard. We got a high score though, we got 12 kills within 6 minutes. And somehow I ended up with quarters inside my shirt, and it was a long sleeved shirt tucked in... I have no idea how it happened.

From there went to the fine arts building and saw a bunch of old art, the whole time I was looking for the modern art area and by the time I found it in the East building I was so tired of walking that I didn't care and left. So I have to go back sometime here and check it all out.

Umm as for living. It's been fun! We met our neighbors upstairs and they've been helping us out with the City and we're all going out on Thursday to some bar. Hmm, evenings are rather boring. Thinking of going and buying an Xbox 360... heh, just because it's so boring watching fox tv! lol.

Right now it's very cloudy outside. The news said it is left over moisture from Tropical Storm Erin. I hope a small little hurricane hits up around here, be a good story :)

The Zoo

The zoo was really kick ass. It really doesn't have that many animals but the cages they are in are really really well done. Probably the best exhibit was the Giant Panda. There were two younger ones and they were both way playful. One scaled a tree and sat in a branch then started humping the tree... most people laughed about it some parents covered their kids eyes... but needless to say it was damn funny.

I couldn't find any monkeys, so I was bummed about that :(

But they had a cool Gorilla set up, this is a picture of a young male.

Hmm what next... oh the Orang utan kept throwing up and re-eating it. Was really funny stuff!! He'd eat some of it up then kiss the window and gross out all the kids that were near by. It was great! The other guy in the cage I guess had been eating soap bubbles for over an hour. The tour guide said they like the feel of the bubbles and that they are nontoxic for him.

The lion kicked ass, Allen would have loved it! The zoo keeper over there tossed a big bone into his cage... the cage is setup in a three tier section and be bolted down the three tiers to the water where the bone accidentally went. He then spent the better part of 30 minutes pacing the pond, getting real close to the water and growling at it. But he would not get wet. Unlike the tigers who after their nap were all swimming and having fun. The best part of the tigers was they were practicing stalking each other. One would get way low, and move slowly towards the other one then suddenly just spring in action and chase the other around. Mom was not happy, she kept growling and trying to swat any of the cubs that came close... what a jerk.

Oh and then there was this scary bird!! It was shaped like an ostrich but then it's head was bright blue and red and it had this weird skull fin type thing on top. It more reminded me of one of those mean dino's off Jurassic Park.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Our Apartment

Took some quick pictures of the apartment to test out the camera

Here's my room:

Our living Room:

All my roommates are in, only one is LDS so thats awesome :) heh

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Another day

Today started off with a yummy sandwich at Potbellies and a trip to the mall near the pentagon to buy some makeup to cover up my tattoo.

Our tourist thing of the day was Arlington Cemetery. Really interesting experience. First we walked up the big hill past the miles and rows of white tombstones and found ourselves at the Kennedy Memorial. The flame is still burning on. From there we continued up the hill and visited Robert E. Lee's former house. Arlington belonged to the Lee's until he resign from the US Army and joined the Confederacy. The house is massive and has the best wine cellar I've ever seen. From there we stumbled along reading the old graves from the Civil war era. We made it to the Tomb of the Unknown Solider right on time to see the changing of the guards. They are more machine then humans. Their movements were so precise and perfect. Probably about a 100 people there all silent and watching the guards change.

It really was weird seeing all those graves. Makes the point of how worthless wars are.

The visitors center had a computer to look up surnames. There were like 30 Warner's and only like 3 of my roommates last name. Warner's must just be bad at ducking!

Oh and I forgot yesterday evening we left DuPont Circle and walked down Embassy Row. I was rather sad with the whole thing. I was expecting each one to be guarded by each countries army/marines... but no, most didn't even have gates! Grr.

tonight... who knows, I hope to eat some yummy food though.

Being a tourist...

Well yesterday was our big tourist day. Went to the mall, wandered around the Smithsonian Castle, National Monument, Lincoln Memorial, WW2 and the Korean/Vietnam memorials. The best part about it was there were two men protesting at the Lincoln and they had it roped off and tons and tons of police there. Dressed as Captain America and Batman they were getting the awareness out for their group that fights for mens rights after divorces with their children. Watch their YouTube video, so guess their gag worked eh?

After that we came home and went to dinner, ate some really good Mexican food. Who'd have thought clear out here would have good Mexican?! Oh and you can order whole pitchers of margs :) Met most of the group afterwards and went to Du Pont circle and found a few cool bars down there and just had a lot of fun with our specialty: being from Utah.

I was suppose to have a phone interview at 2pm but my potential supervisor was using a different computer and didn't see the alert come up. I emailed her and rescheduled for Monday at 11am. So at least I get on more day off before I start working!! Now it is time to go find a place for a hair cut. I look like a mangy dog.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Well made it!

Made it to DC! My luggage didn't make it with me, but it is on it's way, I'll be picking it up tomorrow. So far I've met two of the girls and one of the guys who are interning and one of the girls from the summer semester. She's my room mate for the evening and will be departing at 6am tomorrow for SLC.

So far haven't seen much of DC. Flew in and was able to see the national monument and also see the White House. Really cool to finally see it other then in movies and books. Rode the metro to my apartment which was a little nerve racking but easy like all the other subways. The first line I was on was so clean and new, put TRAX to shame. But the 2nd line was the orange from the 70's and had trash in it. So averages out to OKAY.

I have what should be my final phone interview tomorrow with Center for American Progress.

The weirdest thing is to be sitting here in D.C. and having Utah be one of the top stories on the news right now for those miners. Odd.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007


Okay I'm going to be lame and use this for my DC trip. I'll attempt to blog here everyday and post pictures of what's going on. But knowing me it'll probably be like a once a week type deal.