Papa’s World – weekend ? In retirement you count the days by Garbage !

I never imagined – back when – as I neared retirement – I would sometimes not remember what day of the week it was ! Nor – would I ever wonder – with the hours of each day – “HOW DID I EVER FIND TIME TO WORK”?

You want to stay Young ? You want to stay active ? To do that – at least I find – the way I remember – is that Monday night is put out the GARBAGE – and pick up is Tuesday ! Now – that I remember for some reason. Also – I know it is Monday – because that is the day Tammy – our daughter – closes her store up , Kids 529 Consignment shop ! So – she does not work that day – and in the school year – I do not pick up the twins from school.

Bode – Cassidy and Taylor- Tammy & Marcus little ones.

The rest of the week – each day – I go and wait in a car line to pick up the girls – and I get there early – so I am usually second in line – and the line when school is out is about 70 or more cars ! So – I am prepared – I take my water -maybe a snack- a pillow – and leave the car on – it is a Hybrid so it mostly runs on the battery. I kick the seat back and turn my favorite radio show on – 106.7 – the Sports radio show that covers the D.C. area.

Sometimes I even drift off for a power nap!

Cassidy – Bode & Taylor 8 – 4 – 8 years old.

That takes me up to Tuesday – garbage day and pick up the girls day. Wednesday is take the twins to choir day – and meet Granny -( Jennie )- Marcus mother – who picks up Bode every day from preschool.

She takes him home and when Marcus is done – he picks him up and then will come to our house and pick up the twins.

But – Wednesday is church choir and all three sing – even Bode who can not read but will memorize the words and they are good singers.

We now have covered Monday thru Wednesday . Thursday – I start preparing again for garbage day – but also recycle day – by setting everything out for pick up on Friday !

At National Harbor – Washington D.C. Sherry’s shirt says it all!

There are also days that we will journey into D.C. for special trips – taking all the grand kids – we took the two oldest – Maddy and Ella – and got off at Arlington – took in the Tomb of the Unknown soldier and then walked across the 14 th. street bridge and spent the day at all the memorials – walking the Mall and having lunch. We walked miles that day and they loved it.

So – that leaves Friday – the day the GARBAGE & RECYCLES are picked up. I count the days by that format – very seldom do I know the exact date – I can look at the top of the paper – or my phone.

On Oahu – North Shore NO CARES – NO WORRIES #livinglifetotheplus

But to be perfectly honest with you – being retired – it does not really matter – I also count down days by what we have scheduled coming up ! Yes -we PLAN- put it down in writing – search and research – add names of visitors to come – the dates and what we are going to do. Some people can not do that for whatever reason – but not us – WE DO IT! Such as so goes our life – we live life to the plus one day at a time – but we know what is ahead – after all – for us – that is part of the excitement – just like little kids – “HOW MANY SLEEPS ARE LEFT PAPA ” ?

And then the early morning comes and you head out – all part of that special time – now I look back – and I wonder – JUST HOW DID I FIND TIME TO WORK ?

RETIREMENT – YOU COUNT THE DAYS BY GARBAGE – the weekends – well they are just another day -most times you just do not care !

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Papa’s World – Union Station-Peaceful protests – White House

We ended our day in Congress – where we had to be searched –

pockets emptied – no phone for pictures

The whole Congress was rude.

We settled in for about 45 minutes – and there was to be a vote –

But – NO ONE on the floor paid any attention –

they were divided on the right side and the left side –

The entire congress did nothing but talk –

So loud we – in the balcony – could not hear what they were saying

on the loud speakers!

The Capital
where nothing gets done
and no one listens

I was disgusted at the whole thing and how they all acted.

All we could do was watch the electronic board to see the total of the votes.

Paul Jo Sherry
walking to Union Station
Sherry Jo Paul
waiting to cross the street
to Union Station
Paul Jo Sherry
inside Union Station

We toured Union Station and had lunch – then boarded the Metro there

and got off at the Smithstonian in the Mall.

Paul on the Mall
Jo Paul and Sherry
on the Mall
The Capital
view from the Mall
Paul Jo Sherry
on our way
to the White House

We left the Mall behind and walked to the front of the White House

We had covered a lot that day

and decided to see the front and the back

But on our way we came across a very peaceful protest

in front of the EPA building

They were not yelling – they were respectful when we talked to them

Protesters
outside the EPA
Headquarters

Now – I can not understand why anyone would be against clean air

Withe clean air comes better gas mileage

The back of the White House
More peaceful protest
This one has been there
for the entire time we have
been in NVA

The one who was here first passed away several years ago

they have kept it here as each election

brings new Government

as a way to keep the power in the people

and a eye on what is going on.

Both Democrats and Republicans have seen this protest.

Walking the blocks long way around the White House
Paul Sherry Jo
At the front of the White House
When we first came here 20 years ago
you could get a lot closer
Sherry and Jo
Sherry and Jo
We continued walking
back to the Metro
Our own Peaceful
non violent protest

We had walked almost all DC with Jo and Paul

We covered everything plus on their list !

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One last bench to rest
Tom Paul Jo
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Papa’s World – The tour of the Capital continues

GOOD MORNING

As we continued on the tour

I noticed the plaques over doors leading into historic rooms

The old Supreme Court room used from 1810 to 1860 – 50 years !

Historic room
Historic room

I could not help but wonder-

” IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK ” !

Historic room

Everything was just decorated in elegance.

Sherry with our tour guide Henry

We went into and out of so many rooms I lost track of just what they were !

Historic room
The many historic events
that would of happened here !
The room under the Rotunda
where George Washington was to be interred
and his wishes were to be interred
on his own property
at Mount Vernon
Henry – Jo- Sherry and Paul
under the Rotunda

The artwork and floors were just beautiful –

The walls and statues and the deco work on the walls

It is hard to explain – you just have to see it for yourself !

The speaker of the Senate
Mitch McConnell
office
Not much goes on here !

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for making the arrangements
through their congress woman
so we could do the tour
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Papa’s World – tour continues Halls of Congress – the Capital

Set up for interviews
The floor of the Rotunda
below
Reporter or newscaster

We walked in wonder – I was amazed at seeing History !

I have loved History all my life –

this day I felt I walked among it !

The ceiling of the Rotunda
Looking up
the wall
and all the reliefs
The Rotunda
where Presidents
have been viewed

The statues – the floor – the walls and the ceiling

spoke centuries of thought to me.

Each state has a statue
or more !

There are so many statues – that we were told –

They had to move them to another room

as the weight was causing structural damage to the floor.

That room had been closed off for interior work being done!

The original statue
that was to be placed on the dome
was too heavy
so they made a lighter one
that now stands and faces
the executive branch
watching to over see JUSTICE

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Jo and Sherry
standing in front of a statue
dedicated to the Women
of the U.S.A. who have made
dramatic changes such as
Women’s rights to vote
This statue is left undone
to signify there is more to be done
and one day
A WOMEN SHALL BE ELECTED PRESIDENT !
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Papa’s World – Tour the Capital and sit in on congress

WHAT IF ?
Good Morning

We had our tour guide named Henry –

And Henry was from Australia !!! MATE !

Henry – another lady – Jo – Sherry and Paul

Henry’s mother is from Tucson Az. and his father from down under !

His accent was pure Australian !

The long tunnel
to the Capital
Jo Paul Sherry and Henry
Security
The tunnel lined
by paintings by students
from each state of the Union
Continuing the walk
through the long
tunnel and complex
Almost there
Our destination
at the top
Arrival
at the visitor center
of the U.S. Capital
In the visitor center
A view to the Rotunda

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you will see the historic inside of the Capital building.

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Papa’s World – On the way – we took in DC.

GOOD MORNING

This day we were on our way for a appointment at 10:30 AM.

To tour the Capital building and see a session of Congress !

However – little did we know – that we would get caught in TRAFFIC !

What should of been a 30 minute drive with traffic to the Metro

turned into one and one half hours !

Only to find all parking garages were full as were the next two stations!

We then made our way thru more traffic nightmare

To the Tyson’s Corner Mall where we parked and took the Metro.

We had to call and see if we could reschedule the appointment –

And the moved it to 12:30 PM.

Jo Paul Sherry
coffee tea and rest after a three hour trip
by car and rail
which normally takes
45 minutes !

We stopped on our walk to the Capital to rest up and have a beverage !

Jo and Sherry
after a beverage
we were on our way
to the capital
taking in the sights!

Passing many historical buildings and and reading the quotations –

Jo Paul Sherry
our 12:30 appointment
1/2 hour away
Paul Jo Sherry
our final rest before
before we find the
entrance to the congressional
building where our
appointment is !

Just around the corner from the capital !

JO and Paul
Paul
In the halls of congress
Jo Paul and Sherry
Signing in on the register
to go inside the congress woman’s
office – to begin our Capital Tour
THIS WAS A FIRST
FOR US !

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Congress woman Kilpatrick’s Office
Jo & Paul’s
state Of AZ.

Thank you Paul for making the arrangements for our visit.

Something Sherry and I have thought about –

but never did in all our years in NVA !

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Papa’s World – Martin Luther King Jr. memorial- D.C.

Our last tour of this day –

The memorial of Martin Luther King Jr.

next to the tidal basin

Across from the Jefferson Memorial.

The Jefferson Memorial

I could not help but wonder –

if every man is created equal

then why ( economics) were there slaves !

Sherry – Jo and Paul

The statue is gazing across the basin as if to ask that very question.

No truer words spoken

Today we think back knowing what we know-

Yet – generations have come and gone

and that rancor still remains

Paul and Jo

“I took a picture of one of the sayings – I could not help myself in walking around and taking a picture of each ” Paul Peterson

This was our first visit here

I found it profound and troubling at the same time

Jo and Paul

Profound that it took so long

Troubling because 400 years later –

it still exists .

Today – twitter seems to dominate
and those that follow are as sheep
Today I stand with reason
I stand with comprehension
I wield my vote
and I communicate in church
with my faith
Sherry and Jo
Pondering what they see

Today –

we must not let those in power move us backward

with fear and hateful words

but reflect on our teachings

from those of a much kinder generation

Thank you for letting me share this with you

Jo and Paul have now crossed off

yet another

and Sherry and I the same

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Jo and Sherry
“ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL”
within sight of each other across the tidal basin
The Jefferson Memorial
and
The Martin Luther King Jr.memorial
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Jo Paul Sherry
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