Figured I’d combine these posts, since they are directly related. We took a quickie 2 day vacation down to DC, Saw the monuments and a good bit of the Smithsonian. Before we went down, my dad changed the oil on the escape. Advance was running a promotion that gave a free pair of hoonigan branded “speed socks” with purchase, that my dad promptly gave me:

notice a distinct lack of feature that one might want in a sock for high performance driving (or really any that aren’t typical of regular socks)?

They aren’t fire retardant. What is the point then? Free socks I guess. Wow. Now I can show all my friends that I am a dumbass corporate schill, and think high performance socks make me a better driver.

So, the trip then. We stayed at a hotel near downtown so we could walk/take the metro around. Nice, but the best part was the area.

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Just on the block the hotel was on, was the embassies of micronesia, trinidad and tobago, uzbekistan, and columbia (complete with 1980s drug money aesthetic):

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The other part was we picked the hotel because they allowed pets. which means hotel doggo:

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My thoughts and some pics: DC (downtown anyway) is incredibly beautiful. we couldn’t find an ugly building down there. Guess that’s what money gets you. Saw some nice cars, but wasn’t really down there for that, so no pics. I never knew that with DC, unlike alot of cities, almost all the landmarks are in one spot. Kind of a sensory overload thing going on.

The smithsonian was also cool, if not kind of odd. It definitely made me appreciate just how nice the Carnegie museums are in pittsburgh. They had alot more.... expensive/famous things but the quality was on par. What was really weird was how some stuff at the smithsonian was a big deal (such as the hope diamond with it’s own room) but other stuff was no big deal (Lucy’s skeleton, van goh paintings) and weird emphasis was put on certain things like Gene Kranz’s vest in the air and space museum. It had it’s own special display case, opposite this bad mofo:

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You know, something that actually matters. Some interesting pics for oppos first:

The GPS exhibit was a little.... out of date. couldn’t they just throw a garmin Nuvi in there?

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I need this boat plane.

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Really interesting design. These fiber pieces like the outside was made out of matchsticks.

That is the biggest biplane I have ever seen.

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Wampa bampa its the future

Now on to the monuments

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a very underappreciated building.