Big thanks to Jos Truitt and Viktor Kerney for filling in for me while I took a few vacation days. Didn't they do a good job? A woman from my building this morning told me in the elevator that she really enjoyed Jos's posts! How cool! (I didn't know she read the blog.)
While I go to a lot of conferences and such, those aren't really vacations. They're work related! Thanks to the ed team, Jos, and Viktor, I spent the past few days gloriously ignoring Bilerico and all of its attendant issues. I can't remember a time that I actually took a vacation from Bilerico Project since we launched.
Jerame and I explored DC a bit during our time off. (He's on vacation this week from work too, but he gets the entire week, the lucky dog!) One of my biggest complaints about moving here is that I haven't had a chance to go see everything yet because I'm always stuck behind the laptop. Determined to unplug, we hoofed it over to the Smithsonian Museum of American History and Mt. Vernon.
Our trip to the Smithsonian was originally planned for Monday, but we decided to goof off and spent the day playing video games instead. I'd checked their website and once we saw that they stayed open later in the summer, we decided to postpone the trip till Tuesday afternoon. After a super slow start on Tuesday morning, we arrived at the museum around 4:30. I should have read the website closer; at the bottom in small print it said "Exceptions: Aug 9." They closed at 5:30. Knowing we only had an hour to explore, we picked an exhibit at random and dove in.
The section we picked (by turning to the right in the lobby and saying, "Let's start here!") was called Science and Innovation. While this collection is right up Jerame's alley, I was a little dispirited that after finally getting to the museum, we only had time to see one section I had absolutely no interest in seeing. Still, I tagged along determined to find something that would interest me. Shortly after entering, I saw it.
The ongoing exhibit is called "HIV and AIDS Thirty Years Ago."