Thursday, March 15, 2007

This week my wife and I are in Washington DC. I had business meetings the first couple days and took vacation for the latter half of the week.

On Wednesday sat in session of congress, which was a pretty neat experience. Several congressman talked about a few bills, HR 1254, HR 155, and HR 1309. These bills are part of "Sunshine Week" and are related to improving the openness of our government. HR 1254 was bill aimed at creating accountability for funding sources for Presidential Libraries. The Clinton library cost ~$180 million, whereas the G.W. Bush library is expected to cost $500 million. The concern is that donors can exert influence over the presidents while still in office by donating large sums of money to their libraries with no accountability of who donated and/or how much. The other two bills address disclosure of presidential records and amendments to the Freedom of Information Act, respectively. In the end, all three bills passed.

Today we toured the Pentagon. The tour was okay, but it was not impressive. It really is just a military history tour; it could have been aware, you can never even tell you are in the Pentagon. One interesting aspect is, however, that the enlist person giving the tour walks backwards for almost the entire tour. On of our tour guides happened to be from Los Angeles, which was kind of cool.

Washington DC is a pretty cool area, from Georgetown to Dupont Circle, to the Federal Triangle, to the National Mall, there is an incredible number of things to see and experience. We have had great weather so far. However, tomorrow they are predicting freezing rain. Oh well, I guess we will tour the Nation Mall in crappy weather. This may be better anyhow because the nice weather really makes us miss Dakota. We feel bad for leaving her at the trainers, but it is the only practical place. She would terrorize any normal boarding facility. We look forward to picking her up on Sunday.

We miss you Dakota.


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