For your enjoyment, some Costa Rica photos. Many of the ones we took turned out horribly, so. More to come.
I am sick as a dog today. Are there any tropical illnesses that manifest as a ferociously sore throat, stuffy head, and gasping, wracking cough? If so, I have it. Also, I'm peeling from my "tan" and my joints and eyeballs hurt so much that I'm squinting and shuffling around like an octogenarian. I was supposed to be immune from respiratory illness as a result of quitting smoking and if I'm not, the deal is OFF.
I went on a tour of the White House yesterday. I've lived here for nearly 12 years, and in all that time I'd never visited 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Nor, as it happens, have I set foot inside the Capitol building. Or even on the steps. In fact, I avoid the "federal city" almost entirely. I'd like to suggest that it's in protest of the way the Feds treat DC, but the truth is I'm just lazy and tourists give me hives. Anyway, it was a cool tour. We saw the White House press room (incredibly dingy and small) and I got my picture taken standing behind the podium, pretending to be C.J. from The West Wing. We toured the West Wing lobby (a lot like a Marriott lobby, with better art) and the Roosevelt room, Oval Office, Rose Garden, and area where the Situation Room is located. The tour was courtesy of my friend K. whose family has some VIP connections, so our tour was a little special.
- Our tour guide asked the kids in the group if they could guess why the Oval Office desk was raised up a little bit: "One of the recent presidents was very tall. Do you know who that was?" "President Kerry!" the kid shouted back. Guide flinches. "Uh, noooo..." To hear that phrase shouted out, as we stood at the door to the Oval Office...pretty sweet.
- Big photos of the POTUS are everywhere, including a couple of him in that flight suit on the aircraft carrier. That appearance, you'll recall, was widely considered to be in bad taste. Not so in the White House, it seems.
- Lots and blots of photos of the POTUS clearing brush. Crawford landscaping it still a major priority, it would seem.
- At on point, I turned a corner and came upon a HUGE photo of Dick Cheney's head, staring right at me. I nearly umped out of my skin. That man is terrifying. I've heard people refer to him as "grandfatherly"; I feel sorry for those people. Their family reunions must have been hell on wheels.
- Tour guide quote: "Adults may recall a lot of talk during the last Administration about a hallway off the Oval Office; you can see that area to the right of the desk." <Adults stampede children to get a view of the place where The Deed was done.>