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I'm going to be spending a short time in the US soon, in/near Washington. What should I do when I am there? I will have one (maybe two) days, and will probably be a bit jetlagged. Things have to leave me in a state suitable for a job interview the day after.
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Washington state or Washington DC? Very different places.

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The big needle thing with the pool and Lincoln-on-a-chair statue thingy is quite neat... other than that -- IHOP! (Mmmmmm... )

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I remember my class trip to DC, I wanted to see the air and space museum, wen ended up at the mall ( after seeing the holocaust museum. I complained that we could go to the mall at home, I ws quickly informed this one was bigger better and had a few different stores.

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I would recommend the Smithsonian museums.

The International Spy Museum is also kinda nifty.

There are a lot of sight-seeing tours available, too. They usually take an hour or two and will let you see most of the national monuments from a distance, which is a good way to decide which you want to go back and actually visit.

Six Flags America is nearby as well, although that's really more a go-with-friends type of place and is a bit on the expensive side.

And then there's the Palace of Wonders which has a museum, of sorts, and burlesque/vaudville type shows (may be NSFW). This one might not fit your "leave me in a state suitable for a job interview the day after" criteria, however, so maybe not (but I recommend it anyway).

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Definitely the Smithsonian. Two days is not long enough; it's enormous. The Air and Space museum is def. a geek must-see. And I believe it's the Museum of American History that has the history of computers on one of the lower levels.

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____ Little fish I was stationed in Washinton for a year, I still did not see every thing. On Sat & Sun you can buy an all day pass on the Metro, that is a good investment.

Partial List:

Arlington Cemetary, Tomb of the Unknown, JFK, and Robert Kennedy, walk across the Potomic River on the Four Horsemen Bridge and you are at the Lincoln Mem. as you are on the steps of the lin. looking at the Washington Mem. to your left is the Vietnam Vets Mem, a little farther is the WWII Mem.

Then on the left is the White House, veer to the right and the Smithsonian will be on your right and Congress straight ahead.

You have now used up about six hours and not paid admission at any thing.

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Smithsonian. Natural History is another geek must-see.

I lived in the DC area the first 11 years of my life. The Smithsonian is what I miss the most.

Good luck with the interview! Is it another post-doc or a real job?

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quote:
Originally posted by Xanthine:
Good luck with the interview! Is it another post-doc or a real job?

It's a post doc with NIST, at Gaithersburg. Should be good.

Thanks for all the suggestions. I was planning on the Smithsonian, but their website makes it look like it could take a month to see everything. A bus tour sounds like a good way to see everything without tiring out my legs. I'll try to find an IHOP too.

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You should come to the Boulder NIST. We're nicer. [Wink]

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quote:
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quote:
Originally posted by Xanthine:
Good luck with the interview! Is it another post-doc or a real job?

It's a post doc with NIST, at Gaithersburg. Should be good.

Thanks for all the suggestions. I was planning on the Smithsonian, but their website makes it look like it could take a month to see everything. A bus tour sounds like a good way to see everything without tiring out my legs. I'll try to find an IHOP too.

Americans, prefering size over quality, like to boast that if you spent 8 hours a day 7 days a week looking at the smithsonian collection, you could not see everyything in a lifetime. But at least only mostly interesting things are on display.

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quote:
Originally posted by Xanthine:
You should come to the Boulder NIST. We're nicer. [Wink]

Is it NIST you work at now then? Any top hints for the interview?
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Yes it is and sadly, no, no hints. I won a fellowship that, unfortunately for you, is available only to US citizens.

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I've never been to DC, but I shall foolishly advocate a visit to IHOP anyway. [Smile]
I'd also never been to one of those until about a year ago - it was a very welcome place to go on my way back from some French-speaking place to our north.

/me is glad to see some of these ideas, as I really want to take a short trip there...someday. Clearly there's a lot to see, so maybe I'll do something novel, and go back for more. [Razz] (Obviously not as easy an option for lf.)

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Keeping in mind that I've never been to D.C. either, I still have to make a motion for IHOP. They're not on the menu anymore, but IHOP's "cornbread cakes" are a nice, light snack if you're not looking for a full, big, stuffed-to-the-gills meal. Most of the time they'll still make them for you if you ask nicely.

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Smithsonian is of course on any list. Just like going by the White House, and other basic tourist visit's.

Now there are also some quirkier aspects of any trip. Places like a tour of the places Patsy Cline lived, or even some of those oddball truly American types of tourist attractions fascinate me.

If you are in for something just odd, here is a great site to check out.

http://www.roadsideamerica.com/

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Another question, since this *is* geek culture. Does anyone have any experience with transporting apple goods across international boundaries.

I probably won't buy an ipad, but if I did, there wouldn't be any problems with servicing or guarantees would there?

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____ Apple the fruit that may be not allowed. Used consumer products you may have to prove that they work and are not repurposed, new in a box may be a different story, best to check with each custums.
As for repair work that may raise problems in the future as the region codes to protect CD/DVD copyrights.

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quote:
Originally posted by littlefish:
Another question, since this *is* geek culture. Does anyone have any experience with transporting apple goods across international boundaries.

I probably won't buy an ipad, but if I did, there wouldn't be any problems with servicing or guarantees would there?

I can't answer the first question, but I would be very curious as to whether or not it would even work with iTunes in a foreign country. I have a feeling that the app store would kill the ability to do anything more than what it would come with by default.

I could certainly be wrong in this assumption, but I doubt it.

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I don't think Allan is around these parts much lately, but I'm pretty sure he's done it without issue before. (Dunno if he ever needed support, though.)

AFAIK, the price factor is a biggie. (You might want to ship the empty box home, BTW.)

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littlefish, we've never had any problem with Apple goods bought in the USA or originating in the USA. Just register it as usual once you are home.
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____ Digital rights BS three zones in the world, Eastern (Asia), The Americas, EU third zone different copyright laws, it may rear its ugly head.

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Well I probably won't get one, but if it is as magical as Steve says, then Boom! I might get bewitched.
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quote:
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Well I probably won't get one, but if it is as magical as Steve says, then Boom! I might get bewitched.

It totally is.

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