Originally Posted by edinatlanta
Its the best you'll get. Put a ring on it.
Sorry to hear about that, B. Keep your head up.
You must have missed the part where MrG was complaining.
lol. You have the worst fucking luck. lol.
So I had to go drop off some documents in D.C. the past few days. Not nearly as shady as it sounds but... it was a huge PITA, truly Kafka-esque (and I wasn't dealing with the Feds!). Had to keep walking between these two offices which were about 1.5 miles apart, finally got it all done. That said, it was better than two days in the office.
Anyway, because it was still light out late, I took a walk to the National Mall.
1) Tourists suck.
2) None of them have any fucking decency or courtesy at the memorials.
Get to the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial which was really moving. Went once as a kid which meant almost nothing. There were people posing and smiling for photos there. I was like WTF is wrong with you? Go to the Lincoln Memorial. Despite signs all over the place
that ask for silence, its fucking loud as shit. Korean War Memorial was OK (there were some problems with the memorial itself but whatever...) and a couple of hipsters stuck their fixies in the fountain and were trying to take photos of them (I shit you not). Then the WWII memorial was just waaaaaaay too literal and reflective of the way Americans try to memorialize shit now which just doesn't work. I get that they wanted to show how the war hit every state and territory, fine. But we don't need 30 quotes engraved everywhere and fountains poring water all over the place with two giant geysers in the middle. The worst is that its right in the shadow of the Washington Monument so its like, the architects had no excuse for designing that mess. Memorials work best in their abstraction and simplicity. We know Vietnam was a horrible loss of life for the U.S. because we have a simple printing of all the names rising to a crescendo. WM expresses power and authority. I'm not sure what the other new ones are trying to convey because they keep trying to tell us what to think. It just really bothered me.
I noticed similar things when I was there 2 weeks ago.
Vietnam was quite moving, but when I was there, everybody was being pretty respectful. Lincoln was pretty loud when I first showed up, but I think it was almost entirely a big group of young azn tourists...when they left it really got pretty quiet. I quite enjoyed walking around the back of the Lincoln Memorial--I think people often forget that entire structures are designed
and that even things like the back side can be striking and impressive.
I didn't formula a solid opinion of WWII, but I think what you guys said was about right for what I was thinking.
The worst was the behavior of children at the air and space museum. Some seriously poorly behaved little fucks with parents standing there not doing anything about it. I can't count the number of times I'd be doing something at some interactive exhibit and some kid would just run in and take the controls out of my hand and their parent wouldn't say shit. So much so that I was impressed when a woman stopped her kid from running in front of me at a thing that I had to wait in line for (which is not something that should be impressive...all children should have either learned to wait their turn or still be with a parent who is actively teaching them to do so).