What we learned about life on our vacation!

by admin on November 4, 2011

We’ve been on a whirlwind vacation that happily was combined with a job in Washington D.C.  I don’t know where the time went as we cruised the museums and experienced the fall colors and east coast personalities.  It seems that everyone in Washington D.C. is a lawyer – even our waiter!

Being from the “west coast” really is different than living on the eastern shores.  For one thing Washington D.C. is such an icon of democracy!  I mean California certainly has the views and a free wheeling attitude that is open and wonderful, but being in the presence of the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence can certainly be heady stuff for a born and bred Californian.  If you ever get to D.C., checkout the Capitol!  Most of the museums are “FREE”,  yes…Free!

Innovation and Creativity is Alive and Well

Consider the Air and Space Museum, it’s just amazing to be there,  admiring     the Wright Brother’s perseverance, creativity and stamina as they tried to get      a  winged crate off the ground.  Then, finally, Orville Wright took the flyer for     a 12-second, sustained flight on December 17, 1903. This was the first                   successful, powered, piloted flight in history. Incredible!

 

Then, we walked over to the Apollo 11 exhibit, Apollo 11 was the spaceflight which landed the first humans, Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, Jr, on the Moon on July 20, 1969. That’s only 63 years after the Wright brothers first took to the air!

Can you imagine?

So when you consider the imagination that went into creating the Declaration of Independence, and all the visionary ideas that it still holds.  The courage that it must have taken to stand up against the King and all his men and the will of the colonies to create a land where freedom is the goal, even though the fight for all to enjoy this “right” is still a battle.  When you consider the innovation and creativity ordinary citizens take into their own minds to create ideas that lead to Apple computers, and smart phones and new ways to do all the things we do everyday.  How can we take anything for granted?

 

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