Sunday, August 12, 2007

poojalooba_cow's Vacation

Sorry for not posting anything in the last three weeks, but I've been on vacation and haven't had time to write anything. However, someone doesn't have that excuse. Jman--8 is just lazy. He did, however, save my life in Ronald Reagan National Airport by having an intelligent discussion with me via Gmail Chat. It was the first intelligent conversation I'd had in weeks and frankly, I needed it badly.

I visited three places on vacation with my family: Yellowstone National Park; Spokane, Washington; and Washington DC. We drove to my grandparents' house in Washington state, but then we flew to Washington DC. I did lots of waterskiing and swimming at my grandparents' lake cabin in Loon Lake, Washington, but the fun and interesting part of my vacation was the Washington DC trip, and that's what I'm going to focus on in this blog post.

We landed at Ronald Reagan National Airport late Saturday, August 4th, and we left on Wednesday, August 8th, so we had almost four days to wander around and explore. I won't go into detail on any of the things I did there, because that wasn't the important part of the trip, either. The highlights of my trip to Washington DC were... The drinking fountains and air conditioning! It was SO hot and SO humid there. I won't say exactly where I'm from, because this is a worldwide audience (if we even have any audience), but I'll just say that I live in a very dry state and the humidity almost killed me. Accordingly, I decided to make a rating of the water fountains and air conditioning of every building we stayed in. Ratings are in the standard 1-10 style, 1 being horrible and 10 being perfect. Here goes:

Hilton Arlington (The hotel we stayed in):
Water- 5
Air Conditioning- 10 (They keep all the rooms at 60 degrees Fahrenheit)

National Holocaust Museum:
Water- 7
Air Conditioning- 8

Bureau of Engraving and Printing:
Water- 8
Air Conditioning- 8

Washington Monument:
Water- (No Water)
Air Conditioning- 10 (REALLY BIG fans blowing tons of air)

Smithsonian Castle:
Water- 4
Air Conditioning- 7

National Aquarium:
Water- N/A
Air Conditioning- 8

Museum of Natural History:
Water- 7
Air Conditioning- 7

Air and Space Museum:
Water- 8 (Ice-cold, but very little water pressure)
Air Conditioning- 9

White House Visitors' Center:
Water- 9 (Would be 10, but there wasn't good pressure)
Air Conditioning- 8

Jefferson Memorial (Visitors' center underneath):
Water- 7
Air Conditioning- 4

National Archives:
Water- 9 (No water pressure)
Air Conditioning- 10 (Very good climate control for all those old documents)

National Gallery of Art East:
Water- N/A
Air Conditioning- 9

National Gallery of Art West:
Water- 6
Air Conditioning- 7

American Indian Museum:
Water- 8
Air Conditioning- 8

US Botanic Gardens:
Water- (No Water)
Air Conditioning- 9 (In the administrative areas, and not the obscenely hot and humid greenhouses)

Ronald Reagan National Airport:
Water- 4
Air Conditioning- 9

The Mall (The outdoor strip of grass between the Washington Monument and the Capitol Building):
Water- 5
Air Conditioning- N/A

Sorry they're not in alphabetical order. I was planning on doing that after I had typed them all up, but Blogger won't let me move them around very easily and I'm too lazy to take the effort to do so.

In summary, the water in DC was generally disgustingly lukewarm and unrefrigerated. In a few places, the water was very good, and that's where we filled up our water bottles. However, fifteen minutes later our water would be warm and yucky again. Turns out the wonderful water at the Archives was just a very chilled form of the standard lukewarm DC garbage.

Air conditioning was a different story, however. For the most part, buildings in DC are kept at very low temperatures, which feel divine as you walk into a building from outside. Mom complained about being cold inside the buildings, but I reveled in every second spent inside. It was a fairly enjoyable trip, but I hated the heat. In actuality, the only day it got hotter than 90 degrees was Wednesday, when it peaked at 98. All other days, it was 85-ish all day long, but it was SO HUMID that it still felt like it was 120. Give me 105-degree dry desert heat any day!

Well, that's my random blog posting for now.