Tag Archives: Washington DC

House Guests

There was a surprise in store for members of the FBI Knoxville Citizens Academy Alumni Association during our field trip to Washington, D.C. last week. We expected a staff-led tour of the U.S. Capitol, similar to one my wife and … Continue reading

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Only 122 Shopping Days…

Special Agent in Charge Ken Moore and I have something in common. While we were in the Recreation Association store at the FBI Academy in Quantico, he purchased the 2012 White House Christmas ornament to add to his collection. I … Continue reading

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Express Yourself

One of my favorite things about riding the Metro is getting a free newspaper to enjoy on the trip. There are actually two papers available for the taking. The Washington Examiner has a decidedly conservative slant. Express shares the views … Continue reading

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USA Yesterday

The best exhibit at the Newseum, in my opinion, made me feel like I had gotten a head start on my field trip with the FBI Knoxville Citizens Academy Alumni Association. After the orientation film, I headed straight for their … Continue reading

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Sorry Folks, AARP’s Closed

AARP The Magazine often features members doing things like sky-diving and rock-climbing. I didn’t think they would mind one bit if I did a little climbing on the stone pillar outside their headquarters, even if they weren’t there at time. … Continue reading

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Presidential Parts

Abraham Lincoln’s skull fragments drew me to the National Museum of Health and Medicine. James Garfield’s vertebrae were an unexpected bonus. Both presidents fell victim to assassins’ bullets. The bullet that killed Lincoln is on display, along with some small … Continue reading

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App-parent Motive

Even without cellular service, I’ve been downloading apps and getting used to my new smartphone while connected to the Internet via WiFi. The HTC One V came with several apps pre-installed, such as Facebook, Twitter and TuneIn Radio. Most of … Continue reading

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DC, ABC, BBC

As luck would have it, the Washington Improv Theater is having an improv festival called Improvapalooza during the same week that I will be in D.C. for a field trip with the FBI Knoxville Citizens Academy Alumni Association. I’m glad … Continue reading

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What Up, Folk Life?

Frank Jr. had an early-morning appointment in Washington, D.C. on Thursday. After finishing work, he had a few hours to kill before a college alumni gathering at Clyde’s that night. He got on the Metro, intending to browse a favorite … Continue reading

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Mix and Matches

The funeral home that handled the arrangements for my brother-in-law gave us an interesting item. They placed the Mass cards, guest book and memorial DVD in a reusable grocery bag with their logo on it. That same day, my sister … Continue reading

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Monumental Clarity

There is a major anachronistic flaw in the movie trailer for “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.” It shows a completed Washington Monument. On my last visit, I learned that an anti-Catholic group called the Know Nothings halted construction of the monument … Continue reading

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The Phantom Knows

In the days before DVRs, I would have popped out the tab on the VHS tape immediately after recording “The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall”. Now, I wonder how long I will have room to save … Continue reading

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It Was Twenty Years Ago Today

WAVA will always hold a special place in my heart. I started there as a college intern and didn’t leave until almost eight years later when new owners changed the format. WAVA’s final hour is still legendary in the radio … Continue reading

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One Who Presides

Dennis Reedy, president of the FBI Knoxville Citizens Academy Alumni Association, asked for a motion to approve the slate of new officers on Thursday night. The motion was made, seconded and then approved by voice vote. With that, I was … Continue reading

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