The District of Columbia
Oct 12, 2006

Quite a lot has happened so far this week, it may turn out to be too much for a single post. We shall see. The week started out, on Monday, with a road trip. Jessi and I drove down to Washington DC for a couple of reasons. The first, which we had been planning for a while, was to sell my car. This was accomplished easily enough, and the title transferred to Ourisman Chevrolet in Marlow Heights. The second, which came up more recently, was to attend, on Wednesday afternoon, the swearing in ceremony for the 'Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of United States of America to Barbados, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Antigua and Barbuda, the Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines'. The ceremony was conducted by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and was attended by sundry important people in the DC set. The ambassadors from the seven Caribbean nations were there, as well as the ambassadors from Jordan and Morocco. At least one senator and one former senator were there. I also had a chance to meet and talk to Sam Donaldson—and it was actually from him that I learned about the plane crash that killed New York Yankee Cory Lidle. In addition, since the person being sworn in as the ambassador was my grandmother, the vast majority of the Ourisman family was there; from my 11 month old cousin Caroline, to my 97 year old great-great-aunt Molly. After the ceremony was a cocktail party at the Chevy Chase club in Chevy Chase Maryland. There I had the opportunity to talk with Chris Matthews, host of Hardball with Chris Matthews on MSNBC, and his wife, Kathleen. Chris, I discovered, was very well familiar with national politics, including local Berkeley politics (which my dad chatted with him about) and the Massachusetts Gubernatorial race, which, in his opinion, has already been won. I tried to get his opinion on the Mihos campaign, but he, understandably, didn't seem to want to talk about politics that much. He did, however, tell us about the next episode of Hardball which was shot on Friday. Apparently he interviews Robin Williams. I can't wait to see it. There were other people there whom I recognized but couldn't place. Undoubtedly they were other public figures from various walks of life. All in all, quite the networking opportunity. Hopefully some future opportunities, business or otherwise, will come of it. The rest of the time in DC was spent visiting with my family. I haven't had a chance to see them much since we moved to California in '92, but hopefully now that I'm back on the East Coast I'll be seeing them more often. [Edit: Ok, it's a little weird when there are bloggers calling my grandmother hot.]
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