The title sounds like a call for help because I’ve packed the month of May with enough tasks to fill a year. Thankfully my team — Charlie and Sug — plus my son and his wife are committed to a long, desperate summer’s worth of to-do lists. The fun will start in May.
More or less in order of what’s about to happen we’ll be doing the following:
The program is set, the menu is set, the guest list is set — time for the party.
We will need the guest room — my son’s old bedroom — for weekly visits from him due to his work schedule. He plans to stay overnight once a week instead of driving back and forth to the Eastern shore of Maryland, 2.5 hours away.
There are a few more items in the back room that need to be distributed or done away with. We’re planning to finish up the guest room (#9 on the 101 in 1001).
Charlie and I will be spending long weekend at beach (#24 on the 101 in 1001). Charlie has to play the piano for some meetings but I am just going along for the ride.
We’ll be staying on the Boardwalk in Wildwood, New Jersey, but plan to do a little touring on this long weekend.
Mother’s Day — I’m declaring this as my personal free day.
I only plan to do stuff I enjoy. I’m hoping to also have something special and delicious to eat.
I have spoken with our contractor who is getting ready to add a new surface and railing to our bedroom deck (#73 on the 101 in 1001).
We haven’t used the deck for a couple of years except for building projects due to the lack of railing.
Then I took my driver’s license, the application, 2 passport photos, and $20 plus tax to my local AAA office where the agent verified my information.
My permit was issued immediately and is good for a year from the start date which I chose as September 1st. Actually I am hoping to be the navigator on our trip to Europe so Charlie and Sug are getting IDPs too.
Does $20 seem like reasonable insurance for a document that may never be needed?
I was neither payed nor perked to give the above information.
1. We opened a new electric account in our son’s name and the power company left his last name off. I don’t know how they’ll check his credit with no last name. I also don’t know if they’ve turned the power on or not which was supposed to happen today.
2. Charlie can’t find his passport.
3. My son is trying to figure out how to get rid of an old mobile home. Any suggestions?
4. We need to get International Driving Permits from AAA before our fall trip.
5. Friday we’ll meet a plumber and an inspector at a property we want to purchase. I don’t look forward to the bad news.
In honor of the people of Paris I am reposting below my article on the hinges of the doors of the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris.
The Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris has many unique and exquisite attributes.
Even before entering the great stone edifice the doors grab attention. Not the doors so much as the hinges.
They are made from wrought iron by Biscornette who was a very mysterious worker. Legend has it no one ever saw him constructing the hinges. Reports went round that he had sold his soul to the devil to get him to help. The design is supposed to represent the Earthly Paradise.
An iron master named Gaegart broke off fragments of the iron to try and figure out how Notre Dame’s hinges were created. Some experts think that they are cast, and then treated with a file; others say they must have been created solely by casting, with no soldering. In any case, the secret will never be divulged, it died with Biscornette.
The logistics of it were not for the faint of heart but lots of people did the same thing so it’s not impossible. Hardier folks might have opted to see more sites but we were focused on the cherry blossoms.
We drove to the Greenbelt Metro Station so we could take the Green Line into DC. (Alternatively we could have chosen to board at Silver Spring (Red Line) but would have had to make a transfer en route.)
The nearest station to the Tidal Basin is “Smithsonian” but we opted for “L’Enfant Plaza,” again so we would not need to change trains.
The walk to the Tidal Basin from L’Enfant Plaza was easy with the use of my iPhone map app.
I knew we should keep the Washington Monument in our right hand to be heading in the direction of the cherry blossoms.
The actual walking was not difficult until we neared the Tidal Basin where one of the thruways was closed off and so we, like others before us who had worn a path, cut across some median triangles.
We leisurely toured the Tidal Basin and the Jefferson Memorial. The trip from the Beltsville Metro Station and back again took 3.5 hours (train ride one way was approximately 35 minutes).
Once back to our car in the parking lot of the Metro Station we needed a credit card to get out. I didn’t leave fast enough so the gate closed in front of me. When I rang the bell for the attendant he opened the gate again.
As a special treat on the way home we stopped at Tippy’s for a taco and tostada snack called “Tampico”.
Is there someplace close to where you live that you’ve always meant to visit but have not yet done so?
Later this month or early in April Charlie and I are planning a day trip to Washington DC.
We’ll need to take the DC Metro to our destination near the Tidal Basin.
Since we don’t generally use public transportation in the US I wanted to make sure we had metro/bus cards which would allow us to travel from a suburban parking lot to our destination downtown.
Happily I found my SmarTrip card which works on both systems. Then I found out I could use a Senior SmarTrip card which saves about 50% on fares. I bought it at the Commuter Store at Takoma Langley Transit Center
7900 New Hampshire Ave, Hyattsville, MD 20783 (Weekdays 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
While anyone can use a blue SmarTrip card, the senior card is person specific so I’m the sole user. Now we both have a card to use public transportation in both Washington and Baltimore.
Have you ever been to Washington DC? What memorable thing did you see?