Sunday, April 30, 2017

Ron Wyden

Sen. Ron Wyden (D) of Oregon, telling Trump to "knock it off" when it comes to proposing tax proposals that favor only corporations and the rich.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Shoot Out

Wasn't exactly the O.K. Corral. More like the West Lawn. And, yeah, there wasn't any contest. It was like his howitzer against my pea shooter. 

Friday, April 28, 2017

Media Rules

I know that title can be taken at least a couple of different ways. But when it comes to covering news events on Capitol grounds--well, if you've got the time, check out the rules.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Tax March

So I returned to D.C. for the Tax March on April 15 held on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Here's a an explanation from the movement's web site:

"Tax March is a growing national movement that extends far beyond one day of marching. Led by everyday Americans who are tired of paying into a system that is rigged in favor of the super-rich, the Tax March movement maintains that any reform to the tax code should be about closing loopholes for the wealthy and big corporations and building an economy that invests in working families. ("

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Ugliest Building in America

So what do you think? Was Mark Twain right?

"The Eisenhower Executive Office Building (EEOB) — formerly known as the Old Executive Office Building (OEOB) and even earlier as the State, War, and Navy Building — is a U.S. government building situated just west of the White House in the U.S. capital of Washington, D.C. Maintained by the General Services Administration, it is occupied by the Executive Office of the President, including the Office of the Vice President of the United States. . . .

It was designed by Alfred B. Mullett, Supervising Architect. Patterned after French Second Empire architecture that clashed sharply with the neoclassical style of the other Federal buildings in the city, it was generally regarded with scorn and disdain, and Mullett, the exterior architect, ended his life by suicide, while in litigation. The OEOB was referred to by Mark Twain as 'the ugliest building in America.' President Harry S. Truman called it 'the greatest monstrosity in America.' Historian Henry Adams called it Mullett's 'architectural infant asylum.' (Wikipedia)"

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

11th Street

Sure was nice of the D.C. police to close off this end of 11th Street so I could snap this picture (Emancipation Day Parade). Under any other circumstances, you'd have a screw loose to try this. Maybe even more than one. :-)

Monday, April 24, 2017


No, they were not part of the Cherry Blossom Festival. I think they were members of a precision drumming team that was practicing for the upcoming Emancipation Day Parade across the street from the Trump International Hotel. Yep, we really do have a lot of parades and demonstrations. :-)

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Two Tulips

After the parade, I stopped at one of my favorite luncheonettes near the U.S. Capitol. Hey! What did you expect? This ain't exactly Amsterdam, you know. :-)

Friday, April 21, 2017


"The first sousaphone was built by James Welsh Pepper in 1893 at the request of John Philip Sousa who was dissatisfied with the hélicons in use by the United States Marine Band. Some sources credit C.G. Conn with its construction, because of the first sousaphone he built later in 1898. Sousa wanted a tuba-like instrument that would send sound upward and over the band, much like a concert (upright) tuba. The new instrument had an oversized bell pointing straight up, rather than the directional bell of a normal hélicon. . . .Warren G. Harding, the 29th President of the United States, was a sousaphone player (Wikipedia)."

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Tuesday, April 18, 2017


The MGM Lion presented by MGM National Harbor (a local casino) is 40-feet long and requires 32 people to escort it through the parade.

Monday, April 17, 2017


Ready for a little fun?

Check out this clip of the Old Guard Fife & Drum Corps in concert.

Saturday, April 15, 2017


So this is where my visit to Switzerland ended, at the international airport in Geneva. My real reason for visiting was to explore some sites related to the so-called Radical Reformation and I certainly did that. The highlight? Well, nothing related to the Reformation. I blush to say that for me the highlight was my ride on the Jungfrau railway and visit to Kleine Scheidigg. But I'll also never forget my tour of St. Pierre Cathedral in Geneva. That really helped provide context for the whole episode involving John Calvin.

What's next? Well, I think I'm going to give RR Travel a wee rest until I return from my next month's adventure. Where am I headed? Hmm, let's just say, slán go fóill!

Cherry Blossoms

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Pulpit Steps

John Calvin would have climbed these steps on his way to preach.

St. Pierre Cathedral
Geneva, Switzerland


Went into D.C. for yesterday's Cherry Blossom Festival Parade, featuring bands, performers and celebrities from all over the United States. Lots of fun. I found these drummers warming up on 7th Street near Constitution Avenue.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Rose Window

St. Pierre Cathedral
Geneva, Switzerland


Also spreading out across the forest floor next to the C&O Canal are Virginia Bluebells, another sure sign that spring has come. They're called Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica), but they're actually native to all of eastern North America and this photo was taken in Maryland. 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Stained Glass

St. Pierre Cathedral
Geneva, Switzerland

Spring Beauty

Actually, yes, that's its name. Well, I suppose botanically speaking we'd have to call it Claytonia virginica. These specimens and others like them are spread all across the forest floor next to the C&O Canal towpath.