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Air , Space and Others

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We stayed with a friend in Maryland and commuted to Washington DC. We took the metro on all days. The metro was convenient and neat. I did not see any threat of miscreants during the hours we rode. (Late mornings to Late evenings). I would definitely recommend the metro if  you were commuting to see monuments. Stqaying in the city would be ideal but if life happens and you have to take the metro, please don’t be disheartened. 

The metro pulled into Union Station and the train station is a marvel. It was supposedly the biggest in the world when it was first built and yet it provided a very comforting feeling that you have arrived at an important place. The train station also serves Amtrak and other train networks connecting DC. It also eateries, rental car stations and a plethora of tour companies vying for your time and dollars during your stay at DC.
The Old Town trolley came heavily recommended to us and we booked a hop-on/hop-off tour with them. Hop-on and Hop-off your touches all the important monuments at DC and is a very good option. We had reserved a place ahead of time. The tour guide was humorous and his description of the monuments were both witty and informative. You can tip the tour guide so please have some dollar bills handy. I recommend tipping just like I recommend donating to Wikipedia- they are both knowledge sources and it is only fair you give them back something rather than just continuously consuming from them.
Our plan to hop on and hop off looked great until my daughter heard the words “Air and Space Museum” and followed by Smithsonian Castle. A castle in today’s era of Frozen movies, is something that cannot escape the attention of a pre schooler. We alighted at the Castle, which is supposed to be first Smithsonian ever built. It neatly captures the history of the Smithsonian and the serendipitous nature of this wonderful treasure. 
We did lunch at the castle. They have some healthy options at the cafe but parents beware, they have cupcakes- which are the second biggest danger to humanity behind selfie sticks. 
After lunch, we proceeded to the Air and Space museum. First surprise: Smithsonian entrances are free. Since we knew that we were not going to be able to museum hop with a four year old, we did not research the cost aspect of it, so it was a surprise.  If you are into anything that flies this is your playboy mansion. From the Wright Brothers first airplane to the moon landing to moon rocks, the walls are dotted with legendary moments in space history.  The exhibits around the aircraft carriers, planets and the room about how things fly intrigued my four year old daughter. 
The only sore spot of this museum is the world’s biggest McDonalds. The place attracts a ton of young kids and wannabe astronauts. It would be best to keep them healthy by encouraging them  not to eat unhealthy.

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April 11, 2015 at 7:16 am

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National Cathedral – Washington DC

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Large gothic church with stained glass windows depicting stories from the Bible. For inclusion sake, there is also a window depicting the moon landing.
The organ pipes and the choir arrangement looks spellbinding . Might be a good place to visit when the choir is playing.
State flags hang on the rafters and the order in which they are hung represent the order in which the states joined the union. 
The panoramic views of Washington, D.C.  from the seventh floor are breathtaking.
Note to Parents: there is a cute little chapel that is dedicated to six year old where the pews are setup for children. My daughter found it fascinating.
There is a good cafe adjoining the cathedral. 

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April 11, 2015 at 12:00 am

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Flying …

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Salt Lake City – long restroom lines. In fact the longest I have seen in any US airport. Scatlalogically speaking, the salt lake might just originating from the restrooms.
Long cross country flight and it is becoming increasingly difficult to keep the little one away from an electronic device as the kids in the rest of the plane are all focussing on the retina display. How are the other parents managing? Any thoughts? 

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April 10, 2015 at 9:21 pm

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Learning from a toddler-1

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My daughter is at a very entertaining and curious age right now. She is exploring and learning about a lot of new things through all her actions. 

In spite of her young age, her undistilled words present me with moments of epiphany. I want to collect them here.

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She gave me an important life lesson in optimism a few days back. 

Me: T, Why did you waste 1/2 the egg?

She: I finished 1/2 the egg Daddy. 

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Me(refering to mom and her): Are you guys done with dinner?

She: Why are you calling us guys? We are girls. 

That was an enjoyable rebuttal from a 2 year old feminist. 

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June 3, 2013 at 3:46 pm

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Avenue of the Giants Half Marathon

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May 5, 2012

I was just bolting down to the finish line as if I was running away from a crazy dog or a bad dream. One more half marathon had ended and this time it did not feel like half death. Due to the lack of a meticulously executed training plan, I had told myself  that I would keep the timing and the stupidity under control. So, I ran this race well with myself without trying to outpace my mind. In the end, I thought it was beautifully executed race. I kept my pace around 10:19 min/mile and I came home without wincing. 

About the race itself, this is one of the prettiest courses I have ever run. I would put it right alongside my runs in Mammoth lakes and in Stanley Park, Vancouver. The entire race is run amidst old, tall and fabulous Redwood trees whose presence make you feel insignificant in the worldly scheme of things.  If you ever want to run a race married to your watch and times, this is a bad place to do it because this is one of those races you need to enjoy  the surroundings around you and run.  Yet, if you are picking a race to do a PR, this is not a bad choice at all because the course is flat and easy. 

One last word- I tip my hat to the organizers Six Rivers Running Club [http://www.6rrc.com/]. The arrangements were excellent and the aid stations were abundant. A well managed race and kudos to all the volunteers. There was nothing haphazard and stressful about running here. ImageImageImage

Cameras can never do justice to the beauty of this place and my camera and photography skills might make them look ordinary. So, please check this out for yourself.

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May 11, 2013 at 6:35 pm

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moment of zen yesterday while running. I was telling myself constantly “Conversation pace”. Then realized, not only for a good run but also for a good life “Conversation pays” 🙂

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April 29, 2013 at 3:25 pm

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Lets Play Ball

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The NFL Playboy Association & the Owners Association announced a new collective bargaining deal today ending a six month long clusterfuck, which was threatening to restore Sundays and Mondays to American families. The agreement was 6000 pages long and neither side claimed full knowledge of it but seem to have signed it just because ABC was threatening to do Desperate Housewives re-run on Sundays. Speaking on the occasion, NFL commissioner Goger Roodell said “In order to repay the fans for their unflinching support and commitment to the game, all teams will observe “5 dollar Chalupa” day on opening day of theseason.On this day, fans will be able to enjoy a Chalupa for $8 and roar in support of their favorite team.” Bisele Gundchen, spokesperson for the NFL Playboy Association said ” Nothing excites me more than seeing athletic and muscular men in compromising positions. Sundays are back Baby!! “

Experts at Touchdown Fetish magazine have identified the following as the most important changes to the game.

  • Coaches who die during the Gatorade Bath will be not be eligible for workers compensation.
  • Rookies under the age of 21 or with a GPA over 3.6 will be automatically suspended for the season.
  • In order to help the NFL reduce its ecological footprint, the environmentally conscious Bay Area teams Raiders and Niners have pledged not to score during the entire season.
  • As a part of our “NFL cares” initiative, tailgating parties will be made strictly vegan.
  • It is now mandatory for players to sanitize their hands with Gem-X Aloe Hand Sanitizer  prior to every snap.
  • There is a 25% reduction in all fines and penalties if you like NFL on Facebook.
  • Non-white players appearing in a game in the State of Arizona are likely be shot in their belly buttons.
  • Quarterbacks will be required to wear helmets even when they are having sex and wear condoms even when they are playing.
  • Meaningless numbers on player jerseys will be replaced with last four digits of their Social and their Mother’s maiden name.
  • Every fantasy team will have at least one Victoria Secret Model.
  • Players are allowed only 3 F bombs per minute and anyone who violates the rule will be fucking punished.
  • Five touchdowns or two wardrobe malfunctions are guaranteed in every Super Bowl until 2018.
  • Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones will accept that he is an asshole on national TV.
  • Players are allowed to tweet lewd photos only with NFL logo.
  • Players with fake birth certificates will be banned for life and trained to run for President of America.
  • Anyone carrying reports on Brett Favre will be waterboarded.

Tim Tombrowski, a die-hard Steelers fan  and season ticket holder exclaimed “I am indebted to the league and to the Steelers. To show gratitude, I will clean up the entire 20F section in Heinz Field with my terrible towel after every home game. Go Steelers!!”. Conservative voice Pat Buchanan touched on a very important and often neglected aspect of the game  “Everyone expects this to be a fun season but lets pause for a moment and pray for the safety, security and virginity of the cheerleaders in the game.”

​God Bless Football and God Bless America.

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September 23, 2011 at 3:13 pm

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