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