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October 29, 2011 Air & Space Muesum followed by Dinner with the Board   Leave a comment

What a nasty day!  Dropping temps and rain mixed with snow.  A great day to spend at Smithsonian’s Steven F. Udvar – Hazy Center (Air & Space museum near Dulles Airport) with NICET Board members.  According to our guide, all the aircraft on display flew at one time or another.  Many found the museum super interesting (Ok so I grew around air planes and such because our father worked for McDonnell Douglas.  I had to laugh when my sister and I were talking about meeting up in Washington DC we both said our husband’s could go to Air & Space and we’d go to a girly thing like Inauguration Ball exhibit.  She repeated my words – saw enough of that stuff as a kid.)  When this opportunity presented it’s self before Patty and Ken’s arrival Bill and I took advantage of the invitation.  I did enjoy looking at airplanes of the past, especially the wooden beauties.  Enola Gay was repulsive yet attractive (I wised I had a Geiger Counter to see if there was any residue still pinging on those wings). 

Our “George Washington Might have ate here” moment came when we had dinner at Gadsby’s Tavern & Museum ( ) Great food, great company and a bit of entertainment from Benjamin Franklin sharing a bit about the history of the period.  It was our last night in Washington DC hosted by the NICET staff.  Another fantastic Board of Directors meeting completed and now Bill and I could both be on vacation!




Enola Gay:

Yesterday in the present

Humm, what kind of fire protection are they using…

Fun at dinner with Benjamin Franklyn:

Fun based on a little historical fact.  Fun night!


NEXT:  Visiting Bob and Nancy and enjoying fall colors and snow.


Posted January 30, 2012 by cjaaron1 in Uncategorized

October 28, 2011 Mt. Vernon   Leave a comment

Kathy, Marjorie and I visited Mt. Vernon on this day.  It was a bit cooler and dry.  A great day for visiting George Washington’s Farm Home.  Not a great photography day though.  I don’t know why I thought it would be a good idea to keep all photos in one file even thought I was downloading each night.  What I didn’t realize until I was going through my pictures, I did not replace but I also did not save pictures with existing file numbers.  I should have continued using my original file/naming nomenclature.  Another hard lesson learned, unfortunately the hard way.  Sorry Kathy and Marjorie I don’t have those pictures I took of you at Mt. Vernon.

Mt. Vernon tour does have a “George Washington slept here” moment.  Ok it’s really a “George Washington Died Here”, they have the bed that President Washington died in.  While being shuffled past this room all I could think of was EWWWW!  There are several things on display that are borrowed from the George Washington Masonic Memorial. 

Mt. Vernon – Washington’s Family Farm


Washington’s Carriage

What a view! 

NEXT:  Air and Space Museum

Posted January 19, 2012 by cjaaron1 in Uncategorized

October 27 – November 4, 2011 Washington DC   Leave a comment

Bill had meetings in Old Virgina so I tagged along to sight see while he was in meetings October 27 through 29.  Beginning Sunday, October 30 we were officially on vacation.  Here are the results of our October trip beginning.

October 27, 2011 Kathy G. and I met up for a rainy day in Old Town Alexandria.  We agreed upon a visit to The George Washington Masonic Memorial (  – which happened to be up the hill from our hotel.  Because it was raining it was too far to walk in the drizzly weather.  The hotel provided local shuttle so we took advantage of their service.   The buildings and grounds are beautiful!  This memorial was paid for as it was built – no debit service for The Masons.  You know all those famous George Washington’s portraits you’ve seen – yep  the Mason’s own them which you can touch if you desired.  No Secrete Service here to make sure your shoe dust doesn’t get on the carpet, it’s a much more relaxed atmosphere than the buildings and memorials on the Mall in Washington DC.  Amazing access to our National Archives or should I say Mason Archives. 

No George Washington slept here plaques but they do have George Washington’s desk that you are encouraged to touch.  If you get the opportunity to visit this memorial, you will not be able to return to a floor previously viewed so don’t allow the tour guide push you along to the next floor.  I missed seeing a few things of interest and I missed a few photo opportunities because I misunderstood and didn’t want to hold up everyone else on the tour.  We would have to tag along with another tour group to see the things we missed.  Kathy and I chose lunch instead of another tour since our morning was gone and lunch time would be over soon. 

After our Mason Memorial tour it was raining steady and we did not have umbrellas, we called the hotel for shuttle service. Next stop lunch on King Street (almost to the Potomac River).  After lunch we enjoyed window shopping on King Street and a stop in CVS for umbrellas.  On the way back to the hotel we discovered a Crate & Barrel outlet store.  I wanted to return to pick up a few bargains, never found the time LOL.  I guess those great bargains needed a different home! 

Evening was NICET’s 50 Anniversary Reception and Dinner.  Great Food and it was wonderful seeing everyone again!

NICET is housed with their Parent company NSPE in Old Town Virginia

Kathy G and George at The George Washington Masonic Memorial – main floor

George Washington’s Presidential Desk – The George Washington Masonic Memorial

Shriners’ Display – The George Washington Masonic Memorial

Over the Top View from The George Washington Masonic Memorial

View of Old Town Virgina and Potomac River from The George Washington Masonic Memorial

Virginia’s Fall Colors from The George Washington Masonic Memorial

Community Pharmacists Association Statuary


Next:  October 28 and a trip to Mt. Vernon

Posted January 16, 2012 by cjaaron1 in Uncategorized