David is off to see our eye doctor this morning, who’s office is in our community hospital. I asked him if he wanted me to go with him. No, says he, I’ll just sit and wait for the eye drops (that dilate the pupils) to wear off. Where you going to sit says I. In the cafeteria he responds. Well of course he is. Hospital food aint what it used to be. Only recently did the hospital stop cooking soul food and set up the equivalent of a “healthy” food court.
When I first came to live in the Washington area, the city was a small Southern town. It had yet to see the huge expansion of “modern” construction that occurred over the past 50+ years. It was a city preserved in amber, with much remaining from the nineteenth century. Two wars and a depression had slowed development for a long time.
Many ‘temporary’ buildings from The War lined major arteries. For example, in the area that now houses the WWII, Korean and Vietnam memorials along Constitution Avenue, stood old termite ridden wooden structures hastily constructed during wartime. Recently, one of the last of these buildings (here in Arlington and near the Pentagon) that went by the name T-7, was demolished. In its wake, Arlington Cemetery is undergoing expansion to accommodate WWII, Korea and Vietnam veterans. Because Arlington is closed to all others, Veterans of contemporary wars will be buried at the new national cemetery at Quantico MCS Virginia.
My kids’ Dad worked at T-7 during the Vietnam war. As a new fangled computer programmer (one of “McNamara’s boys”), he was not in combat, although he spent part of the war in Japan on Okinawa.
These days, David and I take taxis with GPS to various destinations in the city. Or, we ride the Metro, the second most busy subway system in the USA and modeled on the Paris Metro.
Although I commuted into or through the city for over 30 years (1975 to 2006), we NEVER drive downtown anymore, leaving the traffic snarls to out-of-town commuters or tourists.
Working together to facilitate movement through the core Metro area, DC, Arlington and Alexandria are installing a trolley system to serve the city and inner suburbs (de facto one entity). One branch of the new trolley system will run 4 blocks from us, connecting with the Arlington County bus system and the Metro system which serves greater Washington. Both bus lines pass through our neighborhood with stops a block away.
A few days ago, I placed a couple of orders with for necessities such as cat pan, liners, bed, toys etc. and additional items for my Gluten-free pantry. The result has been a flood of small boxes, 18 yesterday (one of them held a package of stylus-pens). I suppose someone in the warehouse thinks we can’t handle anything heavy, so they placed each item in a separate box. However we still got the odd box with something heavy…like a bag of Kitty litter.
A few years ago, I bought some very large plastic containers on wheels. I use the containers to roll heavy items such as 50 lb bags of bird seed, and now one of these rolling containers works well with kitty litter.