Thursday, February 1, 2018

Ramblings, iv

Thoughts from the week | January 15-21, 2018

Washington D.C. is bewilderingly cliche sometimes. My job entirely consists of handling a DOL grant so I'm aware of the government presence. But during my second full week of work, a coworker said to me, "Oh by the way, I'll be out of town tomorrow and I need to drop off some paperwork at Congress. Can you run it over instead?" and I found myself riding the metro over to Congress the next morning with a stack of papers, acting like it was all very normal but inside a bit dazed.

My first day at work I noticed the office has a very fancy, very expensive espresso machine. I didn't say anything at the time, but a week later I asked about it and learned that it was a gift from Tom Hanks(!!!!) because he wanted to do something nice for a couple nonprofits, and ours was one of the chosen ones.

Just another day in the epicenter of nonprofits, I guess.

My roommate was out of town over the weekend, which brought an unexpected stillness to the days. The weather was unseasonably nice and the sun was shining, so I drove over to Gravelly Point, a large field overlooking the airport on one side and the Potomac on the other that connects to the Mount Vernon Trail. I hadn't been running since I moved to D.C. but even despite the lack of consistency, the weather felt so nice and the trail crowd was so friendly that I ran five miles, up to the Lincoln Memorial and back. I paused at the memorial, having unwittingly run into the center of the Women's March, which I'd completely forgotten about. The crowds congregated on the frozen Reflecting Pool and along the front of the Lincoln Memorial, and I heard the ongoing speeches as I paused to stretch on the stairs. As I turned to leave, I saw that Memorial Bridge was packed with people toting big signs and decked out in hot pink accessories, and as cars drove by they honked their horns and waved in support. Even on a Saturday, my run took a political turn.

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