Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Leave-takings.

When I drove back to Logan Airport to leave Massachusetts last Monday, I got forced out of my lane by the flashing blue lights of a cop behind me. Just as that lane diverted onto an exit ramp into Boston. I've not lived in a big city in a while, so the driving was a little hairy for me. Boston drivers are aggressive! I had to wind my way back, and finally found myself in a long series of tunnels.
 Rental car returned and plane boarded, I watched as we headed out over the shore.
I have always been fascinated by the perspective from above the clouds. It seems to me that you could surely sleep on them, drifting in their pillowy embrace.
I loved that I got a bird's eve view of flying into DC.  Passing over the Lincoln Memorial, I thought about Abe Lincoln, perpetually gazing out across the reflecting pool to the Washington Monument.
And Capitol Hill, with the US Capitol building, flanked by the House and Senate, among other things. So much capacity for good there, so much propensity for bad.
The Washington Monument between the two, currently girdled in scaffolding for repairs. When I was a teen, I used to take my younger brothers and sister into the city to see these monuments, along with the many Smithsonian museums. It's not a bad town to have as your playground.
By the Tidal basin, the Jefferson Memorial. From the front steps, you can see the White House. Maybe wave at the Obamas. And hopefully not be too self-conscious about the fact that your arms are not as buff as Michelle's.
I was less pleased with my delayed flight out of DC. Stuck at a gate that had many restaurants but only one that served wine. Why? Where is the sense in this? What kind of cruel, cold world... oh, okay. Small as problems go. But tell that to everyone who stood in line for a long, long time to get one of the too-few tables. When they asked if there was anyone alone who would share a table, I shot my hand into the air. So while Mr. Unsociable Macbook stared at his screen and drank a beer, I had a glass of pinot grigio and a bowl of lobster bisque and people-watched.
And thought about what my next adventure would be. I've given up predicting what life will throw my way, and just trust that it will be interesting.

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  1. I love the last shot of the clouds and your words about not predicting and just trusting that whatever comes will be interesting...

    I still have so much to learn...
    Hope you got home safe and sound.

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    1. So far, it has been. It's just a matter of riding out the uncertainty and sadness, which are just part of life.

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  2. Once again, girl, faaaaaaaabulous photos!!!

    WOW...the ones you took looking outside the plane are just awesome! The one passing over the Lincoln Memorial is truly WOW WHEE!

    I've only been to DC when I was a kid. But what I can remember, I really liked!

    Thanks so much for sharing your adventure with us. Really, really enjoyed!

    Love your attitude about just trusting.

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    1. Thanks, I was really surprised that the photos came out as well as they did through the cloudy glass window.

      My Dad lived in Northern Virginia and I went to grad school in Charlottesville, so I've spent a lot of time (including working one summer) in DC. Very cool city.

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  3. You got some great shots from the plane. :)

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  4. very cool shots....have yet to make it to DC this year....always look forward to it with my fam...nice to get a peek....and i am def up for a nap on the clouds...

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    1. I love how much free stuff there is to do with kids there.

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  5. As much as I detest the political arena, D,C. has always been my favorite city to visit. Incredible architecture, museums, and a great walking city. Thanks for the wonderful perspective from above.

    What a shame about Mr. Unsocialable. I could blame technology, but it used to be a newspaper they'd hide behind.

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    1. I don't think he was all that stoked about having to share his table. But hell, he didn't even buy his food there - he got a beer and brought a sandwich from somewhere else!

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  6. Mr and Ms Unsociables are ubiquitous now. Whole families sit together in restaurants and spend time on each individual gadget without talking to each other. I find it crazy.

    Your photographs remind me of some of the scenes that I saw in Olympus Has Fallen.

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    1. I don't get it - dinner is conversation time in my book.

      I've never seen that movie - I'll have to wait until it's streaming on Netflix!

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  7. i admire you GREATLY for that drive to the airport. Boston is a tough place to drive. crazy drivers and crazy turns and signs.

    it's wise to show up and see what happens. good, bad, wondrous, hard things can appear and change on a dime. best to bend like a tree, yes? :^)

    here's to travelin shoes. myself: i'm eyeing italy.

    love
    kj

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    1. Boston drivers are far more impatient than Southern drivers - they will blow the horn at a millisecond's hesitation.

      Yes, bend rather than break. It's the sanest way. And Italy does sound good.

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  8. It appears that some spam is leaking into the comment section, eh?

    I've taken a wrong turn going to Logan in a rental car and gotten hopelessly lost, this was during the period when they were working on the tunnel.

    Nice pics of DC, I've taken many a long walk along the mall.

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    1. What, you think I'm not some kind of expert? I find this particular bit of spam (although I've deleted it) amusing because it advertises "trouble getting pregnant at 40." Considering the fact that I got pregnant at 47 in spite of myself, I sure don't need that link!

      Sigh. I may need to use comment moderation.

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  9. It will be interesting--because you greet everything with an attitude of curiosity, open to possiblity. Interesting grows where there's interest!

    Gorgeous shots, reminding me of our fabulous family road trip (to see all those Smithsonians with our kids).

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    1. Life is, I find, nothing if not interesting. Scary sometimes, hurtful sometimes, but always interesting.

      I LOVE the Smithsonians!

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  10. Always enjoy it when you take us along for your journeys.

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  11. Your pictures are awesome! Love the DC shots and I hope to visit there someday. Yes wine is a must.....

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  12. I've never been to DC, but have now gotten a nice little air tour! Lovely.
    Keep on having your adventures and please, please keep sharing them. I look forward to each of your blog entries very much.

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    1. Blogging them lets me re-live them, which just adds to the fun for me.

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  13. My main memories of our family trip to DC was getting lost on turnpikes and tunnels.....
    You got some wonderful views - and photos - of the city from above!

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    1. I went all the way around the beltway when I was 16 when I missed my exit. But you learn.

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  14. Wow! You've been busy while I've been out of the loop! Enjoyed reading of your travels.....

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  15. i LOVE your out the plane window shots of DC. what a great photo opportunity! glad you seized all your opportunities whether in boston or the airport.

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    1. I could not believe how clear DC was as we flew into it.

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  16. "I've given up predicting what life will throw my way, and just trust that it will be interesting." My sentiments entirely.

    I also enjoy the view above the clouds. Doesn't it just look like a super-comfortable bed you could sprawl on luxuriously?

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    1. Yes, not at all like something you'd fall right through!

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  17. I love that perspective from above the clouds too. They do look solid and comfy.

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    1. I find clouds breath-takinglu beautiful.

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  18. you got some great shots from your plane! nice!

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  19. Don't you just love the unpredictability of it all though? I get the feeling you do!

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    1. Honestly, I'm mixed about it. I love it and hate it!

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  20. Your soup looked yummy.

    When I'm above the clouds, I have a VERY strong urge to step out into the air.

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    1. It was surprisingly good for an airport restaurant,

      I do too, which scares me a little

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