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Irene Adler
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PostSubject: Definitely a great trip!   Fri Mar 26, 2010 10:21 am

Last week, I visited Washington DC and Langly AFB in Hampton, Virginia. It was, in one word, fantastic. I waded in the ocean, held Gershwin's original copy of Rhapsody in Blue (along with works by Liszt, Beethoven, Rachmaninov, Mozart, Chopin, Irving Berlin, and Rogers and Hammerstein), and sat on the steps of the capital in my socks as congress debated health care reform. I visited a few of the Smithsonians and walked the entire length of the mall several times (such that I thought my legs might fall off).

I thought I would go ahead and share some of the photographs that best summarize my trip. =)


The Spirit of St. Louis and Chuck Yeager's Bell X-1. I was so ecstatic, I had to take a picture:




The original copy of Rhapsody in Blue, in George's handwriting, currently filed away at the Library of Congress. I have a friend who works there who arranged a private tour of the music division for me, so I had the rare opportunity to see and touch original music most people will never have the chance to. (Don't worry, I turned my flash off to take this.)




On the subject of Gershwin, this was his piano. =)





Me at the capital:





And...a picture I took of the monument from the Lincoln Memorial:



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PostSubject: Re: Definitely a great trip!   Fri Mar 26, 2010 10:28 am

A random fact about Rhapsody in Blue (because I didn't just take pictures, I also learned quite a bit):

According to the curator at the Library of Congress, George and Ira were sitting at a restaurant when Ira noticed that the paper said George would be composing a piece for an upcoming concert. He had no idea, and so he went home and started writing Rhapsody.

It was first performed only five weeks later. Shocked
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PostSubject: Re: Definitely a great trip!   Fri Mar 26, 2010 12:14 pm

Looks pretty cool! Glad you had fun.

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PostSubject: Re: Definitely a great trip!   Fri Mar 26, 2010 12:23 pm

Looks like a super trip!! FTRPLT
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PostSubject: Re: Definitely a great trip!   Fri Mar 26, 2010 3:22 pm

Did you get to "touch" the keys of the piano? Great town with great museums. Now, you have to go to Broadway and catch several shows.

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PostSubject: Re: Definitely a great trip!   Fri Mar 26, 2010 6:32 pm

Natch wrote:
Did you get to "touch" the keys of the piano?

I totally leaned over the glass and played a C.

They have it far enough away from the glass that most people can't reach it, but I have freakishly long arms. Cool
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PostSubject: Re: Definitely a great trip!   Fri Mar 26, 2010 6:36 pm

Sounds like a great trip, Amy. Glad you had fun! cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Definitely a great trip!   Sat Mar 27, 2010 3:19 pm

I have often thought that when I retire, I would like to move to Washington and become a bum during the day and hide in the basement of the Smithsonian at night, wandering the halls after hours, smoking my pipe and looking at all the stuff.

For vacation, I could hide out in the Library of Congress, smoking my pipe and reading.

I know this is too ambitious, but next time your there, if you smell a wisp of good tobacco, look around, I may have made it lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Definitely a great trip!   Sat Mar 27, 2010 3:38 pm

shootist51 wrote:
I have often thought that when I retire, I would like to move to Washington and become a bum during the day and hide in the basement of the Smithsonian at night, wandering the halls after hours, smoking my pipe and looking at all the stuff.

For vacation, I could hide out in the Library of Congress, smoking my pipe and reading.

I know this is too ambitious, but next time your there, if you smell a wisp of good tobacco, look around, I may have made it lol!
Awesome idea! I still remember reading that when they moved James Smithson's body to the wonderful place he endowed, scientists looked at his remains and noted that a few teeth were ground down from repeated clenching of a (clay) pipe. I say that gives you permission to light up in the crypts!
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