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What I Learned in D.C.

I had the chance to go to Washington, D.C. this week, and took it. Overall it was a good trip – it was nice to see how our research contributed to the body of knowledge in the field of interrogations, and it was great to network with some of the big names in the field. 


I got to do a little bit of sight-seeing, but did not venture out very far. This was my third time in the District of Columbia, and so I’d seen most of the monuments and memorials before. It was still fun to enjoy the history and significance of the area, though. The second day of the conference was held at the National Academy of Sciences, so that was pretty neat to see the building.


I have two regrets about the trip: (a) I tasted the tap water, and (b) I got in way too late my first night there, so I had zero energy my first full day there. 

The tap water in D.C. tastes like dirt – and not that high end sort of dirt that you might buy for a garden or potted plant, but that cheap dirt you’d find on the bottom of your hiking boots. I think I came home severely dehydrated because the taste of the water was so traumatic I couldn’t bring myself to drink it except in cases of extreme need. Awful. 

I also needed to fly in Monday night, but I teach my course Monday afternoons and didn’t want to cancel two classes. I ended up getting to my hotel at about 1:30 a.m. the day the conference started. That was a huge mistake because I spent the first day of the conference struggling to keep my eyes open, gleaning very little from the presentations. 

In any case, it’s good to be home! I missed the children horribly, and Kira did a wonderful job managing things. Carver even learned a new song about a witch:

It’s hard to understand, but there’s something about hearing a witch tapping on his window, but when he looks, he can’t find her because she’s flying on her broomstick. Adorable in any case.

We’ve another busy week ahead! Happy Halloween!

#Happenings #LittleGems

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