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[#] Thu Sep 29 2016 18:49:50 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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And we'll be sure to avoid New Jersey Transit. Hoo boy.

[#] Sat Oct 08 2016 12:06:45 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Hey, I'm on a train!

Greetings from the Amtrak 280 to Penn Station, the first leg of our trip.
Amtrak has free wi-fi.

[#] Sat Oct 08 2016 15:45:49 EDT from zooer

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"free"



[#] Sat Oct 08 2016 17:10:05 EDT from wizard of aahz

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Hope all of you, especially Iglet enjoy the trip!

[#] Mon Oct 10 2016 21:58:16 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Comments so far:

1. Tourism is big here, and therefore everything is sold at ripoff prices.

2. Amtrak was teh r0x0r. Loved it.

3. The "planetarium show" at the Air & Space Museum was a bunch of bubblegum cosmology narrated by Neil DeGrasse Tyson, who is a moron.

4. The Metro is pretty darn cool. The first thing I noticed was that the subway tunnels here are bored rather than trenched, so they're 100+ feet below the surface. In NYC the subways are directly beneath the streets.

5. The Washington Monument was built as a tribute to George Washington, but its phallic shape evokes thoughts of Bill Clinton.

6. We're staying at a hotel in Arlington and noticed that the old maxim continues to hold true: once you've seen New York City, every other "big city" just looks like White Plains.

[#] Tue Oct 11 2016 08:31:27 EDT from fleeb

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The thing about DC isn't so much its size as its variety. That said, I don't know if NYC is similar to DC in that respect... I've never been to another place in the country that seemed as quitessentially a cultural center as DC.



[#] Tue Oct 11 2016 08:48:33 EDT from zooer

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Mon Oct 10 2016 09:58:16 PM EDT from IGnatius T Foobar
Comments so far:

1. Tourism is big here, and therefore everything is sold at ripoff prices.

2. Amtrak was teh r0x0r. Loved it.

3. The "planetarium show" at the Air & Space Museum was a bunch of bubblegum cosmology narrated by Neil DeGrasse Tyson, who is a moron.

4. The Metro is pretty darn cool. The first thing I noticed was that the subway tunnels here are bored rather than trenched, so they're 100+ feet below the surface. In NYC the subways are directly beneath the streets.

5. The Washington Monument was built as a tribute to George Washington, but its phallic shape evokes thoughts of Bill Clinton.

6. We're staying at a hotel in Arlington and noticed that the old maxim continues to hold true: once you've seen New York City, every other "big city" just looks like White Plains.

2) I knew you were a statist at heart.

3) All planetarium shows at more about entertainment than education.

 



[#] Tue Oct 11 2016 17:25:11 EDT from athos-mn

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I love Amtrak; I used to take it all the time between Connecticut and Syracuse. But outside the east coast, it's just way too expensive. And here it's too hard to get a seat; the Empire Builder is usually sold out even when I check for it months in advance (but then end up flying regardless because it's a 1/6th of the price). 



[#] Tue Oct 11 2016 17:26:57 EDT from athos-mn

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I got a change to take a couple of the high-speed trains in France this summer, too (from Paris to Toulouse and back); those were fantastic. Fortunately it was between strikes. ;)



[#] Wed Oct 12 2016 14:44:17 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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3) All planetarium shows at more about entertainment than education.

I grew up going to a school system that had a real planetarium, with a real star projector. We were given actual astronomy lessons. Once you've had that, the bubblegum entertainment shows are just that. Might as well just be watching an IMAX movie.

Also, since I'm way smarter than Neil deGrasse Tyson, I wouldn't have learned anything from him anyway.

[#] Wed Oct 12 2016 14:47:30 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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I don't know if NYC is similar to DC in that respect... I've never been

to another place in the country that seemed as quitessentially a
cultural center as DC.

That much I noticed. There were people from all over the world. I don't know how many were tourists. But it had a pretty good "people from everywhere" feel, rather than the "there are subcultures here who are not assimilating" feel that you get in some metro areas. Also there was a guy urinating on a tree in public.

[#] Wed Oct 12 2016 15:21:41 EDT from fleeb

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are not assimilating" feel that you get in some metro areas. Also
there was a guy urinating on a tree in public.

Part of the charm of DC, I expect.

[#] Wed Oct 12 2016 18:40:11 EDT from zooer

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I would see drunk men urinating in public in Palm Beach, I was told I should respect aspiring citizens culture.



[#] Thu Oct 13 2016 07:14:31 EDT from fleeb

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Heh... 'France'...

[#] Fri Oct 14 2016 10:52:17 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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We also went to the zoo. Pandas are also teh r0x0r. Mei Xiang and Bei Bei were out playing and rolling/running around ... really cool. Pandas are one thing I don't mind seeing imported from China.

[#] Fri Oct 14 2016 11:12:14 EDT from fleeb

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Oh, we took Rayne to that zoo quite a while ago. Plenty of walking, but it's not a bad zoo.