After attending the funeral for my uncle Rick
Blattenberger at Arlington National Cemetery (he was a decorated Army Ranger
during the Vietnam era), Melanie and I drove to the nearby Udvar-Hazy Center
annex of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. It has been nearly
two decades since we last visited the NASM in Washington, D.C., so I do
not know what it looks like now, but the UHC is an incredibly densely packed
collection of awesome artifacts from America's aerospace endeavors.
Having another appointment meant only being able to spend about two
hours there, which is nowhere near enough time to even come close to taking
in all there is to offer. Other visitors must have thought I was a deranged
lunatic because of my roaming at a rapid pace, with my head continually
rolling from trying to see everything, jaw hanging down out of amazement,
drool running down my cheek from a Pavlovian response to the intellectual
food all around me, and unintelligible sounds being uttered as I quickly
read informational placards half out loud.
Posted February 23, 2014