Day 37, Monday, July 23, 2012: Today was another wonderful day at iCivics. I went on a fun adventure to drop off something for a Congressman, so that was fun to see where they had offices. After work, I went to a wonderful Tex-Mex place and met some Texans for happy hour and dinner. It was so good to taste a little bit of home!
Day 38, Tuesday, July 24, 2012: Today was so fun. We began the day meeting with a man who works for the National Archives. Charlie was so kind to meet us and discuss some upcoming projects that would be a be worked on by three separate parties, and then besides the gift of his time, he gave us the coolest tour I’ve ever been on. We saw the stacks (where they house papers in cold storage) and then we saw a vault. We saw: the first Congressional Record which included the electoral vote count for electing George Washington as president…it was unanimous; an original copy of the Texas Constitution; Women’s Opposition to Suffrage; Pearl Harbor radio map that the men plotted on as they were receiving radio signals for things they didn’t know what they were…turned out to be the Japanese planes; an original draft with mark-ups of the Bill of Rights…SO COOL!; George Washington’s hand-written speech that he gave for his inaugural address to Congress; Lincoln’s hand-written letter on his personal stationary to nominate Ulyssess S. Grant during the Civil War; Andrew Jackson’s note to Congress over the fact that his distillery had burned down; Davy Crockett’s letter asking for West Point to be shut down or altered; Jefferson’s congragulatory letter for the Louisiana Purchase; the 1964 Civil Rights marked-up draft; the original MAD comic book, and many more things. I was on cloud nine all day. That night we had our final dinner with Karon, our colleague from Baylor. She headed back to Texas earlier than we did, so we had our final iCivics and farewell dinner with her. We went to Zengo. It was excellent, I highly recommend it if you are anywhere near Gallery Place Metro in D.C. anytime soon.
Day 39, Wednesday, July 25, 2012: Today was just as good as the previous day. We went to a senate hearing that Justice Sandra Day O’Connor was testifying at! It was so cool to watch her on fire as she answered every single question that the senators threw at her. It was a wonderful beginning to a wonderful day. That night I ventured to the National Mall for the HBO Screen on the Green again. It was so fun! They showed It Happened One Night, which was absolutely hysterical and precious! It was a fun end to a perfect day.
Day 40, Thursday, July 26, 2012: Today was another fun day in the iCivics office. We worked on a few new projects and finished up others. After work, we went to happy hour together, which was very entertaining because other groups there thought we were part of theirs and a few people tried to sit at our table. After happy hour, I took a little walk around D.C. and managed to catch up with some people on the phone. It was wonderful.
Day 41, Friday, July 27, 2012: Today was great also. We got a few more fun projects to do at work. Alaina, Jeff (our boss) and I went to a great Turkish place for lunch and picked up food (so good!). Then, after work, Alaina and I went on a Moonlight Monuments tour. It was so fun! The driver told us cool stories the whole time we were in the trolley, and we got to see a few monuments we hadn’t been able to as well as see them beautifully lit up at night! It was the perfect way to end a perfect week.
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