I'm in Washington DC for the day. It's a quick trip, but it involves a couple of long days.
I drove up here from Raleigh after work yesterday. I've driven all over this country and there's something about driving within a 50 mile radius of DC that I find particularly and uniquely draining. I got into town by 10, was in bed by 11:30, was up at 5am to dress and get myself to the Metro, and here I sit chillin' before the day really gets going.
There was a time when I envisioned that I'd live here, or work here. Now I can't imagine that in my wildest dreams. There are a number of places where I will live, but a much longer list of places that I won't. That's not to say its a bad place - its just that the pace of things here isn't my cup of tea. Anyway, it's a beautiful day here but if all goes well I'll be sitting at my desk in Raleigh at this time tomorrow.
I'm staying with a friend here and we spent some time last night talking about how I've retreated from so much of the advocacy work that was a significant portion of my life for a little while. Chapters of like come and go and for the most part that work is being done by people who are likely much more qualified than I was. It's nice to look back at the people and the things that filled my life those days but in most ways that count I'm off on other adventures right now.
I registered a number of domains yesterday as part of a "Domain Name Sale". One of the domains I claimed is Donnanator.com. I'm not sure what, if anything, I'll do with it. But its kinda fun to have.
I talk with someone in Raliegh who I've only met in person once but who lifts my spirits when we talk. She's got a good energy about her, and she seems to know when I need to hear a friendly voice. I doubt she'll ever know that I appreciate her as much as I do just because.... Katriana rocks.
Anyway...I need to get the next phase of the day going so I'll keep this short. Onwards...