To the White House! I knew the address (1600 Pennsylvannia Ave) from playing The Secret of Monket Island. Computer games are educational.
You can go on a tour but need to apply at least a month ahead.
Next I went to the Occupy site.
Then I went up to the NZ embassy. It’s not on Embassy Row with the others – it’s snuggled in behind the British embassy.
It is my right to have a secret vote, but remember the specials always go National. I returned to the city centre.
Next stop was the Museum of the American Indian.
There’s a video to start – not especially informative, but fancy. The displays are all very new but it didn’t feel cohesive to me.
I’d been told their cafeteria was very good. They do have fancier food but expect to pay $10-$20 for a main.
After that I went to the Air and Space Museum.
They have a lot here but several of the displays were very old – at least 20 years. The objects were ok but the panels were very dated – ‘The future of computer aided design!’
I have always had a thing for the Voyager spacecraft. Launched in 1977 to go to the depths of space, they send back signals about what they pass – they have shown us what Jupiter etc are made from, and decided that Pluto was not a planet. They have now gone outside of the Solar System and still send signals back. But what fascinates me is their cargo.
On board is a copper LP with information about Earth and the human race – greetings, messages of peace, the sounds of wind in the trees. In case the aliens don’t have record players, they included a stylus, and pictograms about how to play it back. It also has video included on some of the tracks.