EQUALS: a great time in D.C. this week.
That would be George Mason and the Cherry blossoms in bloom.
Was down in D.C. for business this week and the excitement for George Masons Final Four appearance along with the influx of tourists made for a memorable week. I did work long hours (which kept me indoors much of the daylight hours) but got out on Thursday to witness the local populace and their passion for George Mason B-Ball (apparently it was show your spirit day because I witnessed several business men and women wearing gosh awful green and yellow T-shirts over their business attire), although I believe much of the hoopla was bandwagoneering it was still legitimate for the residents of D.C., because of the proximity of the campus. The vibe was palpatable and the spirit overcame me (as you'll see in my next post of picks for the final four). I noticed for the first time the number of parking permit stickers from the George Mason Campus in the parking garages and the receptionist at my work site volunteered much of her academic career and alum status at that university. Very proud she was.
I never understood the whole cherry blossom phenomena because I grew up on a farm that had cherry trees, and yea they were nice, but my main concern was when the cherries were edible. The trees looked o.k. Thursday but still no big deal. Then today I finished my work at noon and emerged from my hole in the wall to a bright sunny, 76 degree day, with an azure sky, that highlighted the pink blossoms and was in awe. It wasn't even the height of the blossoms but my goodness it was breathtaking.
A whole lot of tourists show up for this including many from Japan and they truly understand the significance of how the Capital of the free world has preserved this tradition. The couple I spoke to had arranged their entire vacation around this event.
Overall a pretty good week. My favorite time of the year in Wisconsin growing up was Fall but this was pretty special and I would recommend to all, if they get the chance, to visit D.C. in the spring.