You know, it's a good thing there's good news

Because the bad news is that my alarm woke me up this morning just as I got started making out with McDreamy. So I smashed my alarm to pieces with a hammer and then lit those pieces on fire, because you JUST DON'T DO THAT. I don't think I overreacted at all, do you?

The good news is that I'm going to Washington D.C. next month! The library is sending me to the Computers in Libraries 2007 conference. I'll be gone April 14-19. I get there right after the Cherry Blossom Parade. I hope there will still be some pretty pinkness left over, because I do love me some cherry blossoms.

(And I hope the photographer will forgive me for using his picture without permission but it was by far the nicest. Someone please go buy his stuff so he won't get mad or sue me.)

The conference should be pretty cool. It's timely, too, since we need to get a new automated system sooner rather than later and I'll be able to check out what's what. Also it would be really nice if we could upgrade from Office '97. Little things like that.

In reality, I'll probably just get overloaded with ideas of millions of cool things my library is too tiny/understaffed/rural/poor to be able to do. But hey! Free trip to D.C.! I get all AP U.S. History geekish about the kind of stuff. I haven't been in about 10 years--is there anything new or cool that I should check out?


Scully said... [reply]

Oh, I love DC, but I haven't been in 5 years, so the only new thing I know of is the International Spy Museum which is, sadly, not part of the the Smithsonian and therefore costs $. But if you like spy stuff, it is kind of fun. Especially the gift shop! And I once destroyed an alarm because it woke me up from a Jim Halpert dream.

Kristeee said... [reply]

You should definitely go see the new(er) WWII Memorial. It's pretty grand and beautiful. I had a friend who worked in the Judiciary Committee for a while, and so I got a private tour through the capitol building and got to see a vote on the Senate floor - the Senate floor was actually pretty cool. You can get passes from Hatch's office by calling - they can also set up White House tours.

C. said... [reply]

Definitely the cherry blossoms and definitely the WWII Memorial. So fabulous for taking pictures.

Anonymous said... [reply]

If you like performing arts see the Kennedy Center. http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/millennium/schedule.html
This site has free shows.

Jenny said... [reply]

Everything good happens to you. You suck.

Saxon said... [reply]

The consenus of Engineseer, Fraggle, Social, Saxon and Cordeila is yes you might have over reacted just a tad.

Coming at you live from Engineseer's digs in geektown. More at 11

abby said... [reply]

My first library conference was in San Antonio. DC is so much better, but I work there.

The Natural History Museum and the National Gallery are the big must sees. I don't get why everyone loves the Air & Space Museum. Seeing the memorials at night, going to the Library of Congress, the Holocaust Museum, the National Archives (so you can pretend your Nicolas Cage), and Georgetown for night life. If you want to meet as one random internet stranger to another let me know.

April said... [reply]

I do love me some rumpled McDreamy.

Have fun in DC!

CoolMom said... [reply]

Sometimes the trees aren't even in bloom yet, it depends on the weather. But I'm sure they will be blooming for you. AND it would be so much more fun if I could come with you, but I have to go on that dumb cruise to the Caribbean. Gosh!

JB said... [reply]

Windows '97?? Yikes. Vulnerabilities galore, my friend. Not to mention the bugs.

Nemesis said... [reply]

It's not SO bad as that, JB. We have Windows XP, but apparently it didn't come with a new Office suite. So I'm going to get OpenOffice 2.2 on there, I think. Which will be fun for me, since the people who use the library computers have to ask for help on MS Word as it is. Their heads will probably explode when I switch it out for a whole brand new program . . .

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