“Journalism is the first rough draft of history.” -Philip Graham
In case you’re wondering I’m quite the sucker for a good museum. I love em. Since I have been able to travel to D.C. a lot over the past few years, I always try to stop and look at some of the sites or go to some of the museums with M. My favorite museum of all is the Spy Museum but next to it, I’d probably go with the NEWSEUM. I was able to go there are on my last weekend in DC with M before I took leave and headed to Japan. It was amazing! This is coming from too very active nerds though. haha. We started our tour off with a look at one of the towers found on the Berlin wall. The berlin wall just a smidge before my time, I was a tiny baby when that world news was happening, so it was very interesting to see and hear some of the drama.
A Watch Tower from the Berlin Wall
An indication of where you were in relation to the wall.
The day the wall Fell.
Graffiti on the Wall
I would say this is a very sad museum. The only happy exhibit I saw was about one of the greatest sports photographers John Rooney. Those were some of the happiest photos in the entire museum and I have a feeling its because most news reports are looking for the shock and awe factor, which has always led to very serious and sad stories.
THE 9/11 EXHIBIT
Newspapers from every Country talking about the Terrorist Attack
The tippy top of one of the tower that was recovered from the wreckage
A picture of all the photographers who have lost their lives doing what they love best over the past years
There are many different exhibits that i have not talked about at the NEWSEUM. The two that were the most emotional for me, were the 9/11 exhibit, and the Pulitzer prize winners photographers. Most of those photographs were about impending doom of something or pictures of moments frozen in time right before someones death or right after some giant disaster. It was very moving too see and when I left the entire rest of the day I felt this ache in my heart. It was very emotional.
It’s official. My tour of the white house this Friday has a green light and I’ve got the in. How awesome. I was nervous because I heard that we might not be able to go since we hadn’t heard back from the guy who will be giving us the tour that we got our clearance. I was really bummed and thought that I would be sitting at the bookstore all day helping angry people buy college textbooks which they already don’t want to buy in the first place. Great. I’ve been dealing with them for ten hours a day this past week. blah blah. My friend told me that the chances of us being able to go now were very small because she hadn’t heard anything and it was Tuesday and we were supposed to be leaving for D.C. on Thursday. EEEKKK.
Happily I got a message on my phone when I was taking a break and it was a very frantic voice mail saying that P had called and he got all of our clearances and we were still going to be able to go.
I was already working extra hours at the bookstore so as soon as I got off I rushed home and M and I reserved a hotel. yay. Now I work all morning on Thursday and then I leave for D.C. immediately after I get off. I’m sooo excited. I’m sure all of the bookstore employees are sick and tired of hearing me talk about it but I can’t help it. I’m getting a tour of the East wing of the white house. Not just everybody can say they’ve done that, in fact I’d say I’m in a very small percentage of the people who have. I can’t wait to find out what its like. oooo. Afterwards were going to the newest Smithsonian because we are huge nerds and greatly enjoy nerdy things. At least M and I, can’t say the same for everyone else. ha.
Right now I have to run three miles and I have five to run tomorrow. Just because I’m going to D.C. doesn’t mean the marathon training program can wait because it can’t. I have to keep up.
P.S. After three months of obsessing over my new ski jacket (the one I knew I was buying but just couldn’t decide on) I have finally made a decision. From the beginning I knew it was going to be a 686. I love 686. I really wanted the smarty maven jacket in truffle by them. Unfortunately I could not find it anywhere. I searched every corner of the internet and I feel like it was discontinued because I could only find certain sizes for sale and the one that I did see was coming from Russia. Wayyyy too far.
I had my heart set on that one and was sort of disappointed so I kept putting it off and putting it off until finally I decided that I had to make a decision. The winter coat I’ve been wearing, I bought in the 9th grade. That is quite a long time ago. So I started looking at the other 686 jackets on the smarty line. They had this one jacket that was called the admiral smarty jacket. I looked at it and at first didn’t really like it but then it started growing on me. The fact that I am in the middle of my naval application really sold me to the idea since the highest rank in the navy is a four star admiral. Alright. I gave in. I bought the jacket. I have been obsessing over it and waiting impatiently for it to arrive since Saturday. Unfortunately the store I bought it from only ships M-F so I have been in even more agony then I could have thought. The only consolation I have is that it will definitely arrive by Thursday so I can hit the slopes ASAP! So Excited.
[For some reason the navy one won’t upload so imagine this jacket in all navy no dots. ]
So I must go now but be waiting for an update on Friday or Saturday. EEEE. So Pumped!
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So my To-Do list is being knocked out left and right. It just can’t keep up with me. Love It! As a senior in college I have aspired to finish quite a few things before I graduate. Sort of like a bucket list except I do not plan on dying anytime soon. Woo. A few of the major items of the list were to visit the FBI academy. check. Run a marathon. In the works. Visit different people around the area. Mostly done. And best of all Visit the White House. Coming Up!
I have been given many amazing oppurtunities because of one of my best friends and I only have her to thank for the FBI visit to Quantico Va and now the upcoming tour of the East Wing of the White House. (Where the President Lives) She has connections and a top secret security clearance so she was able to set this up for herself and five friends. WOO! Good thing were friends right?? haha. She was even more fortunate than me and got a tour of the west wing of the white house about a month ago and yep she got to sit in the oval office. There’s nothing like me bragging about her accomplishments like I’m her mother or somehting. ha. In case you were wandering, she is only a senior in college like me. She is the girl I am running the marathon with in April.
So, we are planning for this trip and we are both super excited. We’re going to be driving down to D.C., then we will get the tour, and then of course the true nerds that we are, we want to hit up the Smithsonian. She and I previously went to the Spy Museum in D.C. If you have never been there I highly recommend it. So fascinating.
Overall I consider myself highly blessed and lucky to be given these oppurtunities. On an even lighter note I can’t remember if I already mentioned this in a previous post but I got the results to the Naval Officer Training Program back. After waiting for four weeks when my contact said it would only take one (Apparently their computer system was down or something. Freak Out.) he called me and filled me in with my scores. Yikes. Well, it turns out that I qualified for Intelligence. You’ve got to be shitting me. That is awesome. I do realize that this is only small and minute part of the hurtle into making this a realization but I can’t help but be excited. Because of the highly competitive nature of these programs I still have a long way to go before I find out if I actually make it. That’s okay with me, all I can do is try right?
So as of right now, everything is going A okay. I’m having a great break and I’m just trying to get some balls rolling for my future. Let me tell you how big and heavy those balls actually are. wew.
P.S. I just completed week 2 of my marathon training program and I ran six miles. That is the most I have ever run consecutively. I have forteen more weeks to go and as of right now I’m still hanging on.ha.
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O I’m sooo excited. Next week, this is where I will be and I absolutely cannot wait! I’ve been conducting my own spy work since I was a child. I always thought that I would do something like that some day although, I do realise how competetive it is now, but hey, there’s still a small chance I could still become involved. Like 2% to be exact.
I’ve bought a read through various spy books and I have tried to device a few contraptions of my own. Of course none of these things ever survived. Alias was my all time favorite show back in the day and I watched seasons 1-4 religiously.
I can’t Wait!
A review will be posted after I return, but I already know that I’m going to absolutely love it.
All that’s left now is to act like a spy.
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