Friday, June 19, 2009

Greetings from the Kogod Courtyard

I'm back once again in the safe, quiet and friendly confines of the Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard at the National Portrait Gallery in downtown D.C. This is now my third time relaxing in the sunny portico, and I definitey consider it my preferred refuge in our nation's capital. Thankfully, even though sun is pouring in onto the live trees and rhododendrons, the air conditioning is also working at full power, so it's quite comfortable.

On the personal front, I have gotten my things about as settled as possible at Ted's house. Not that it should be a surprise to anyone, but Ted is also a very gracious and accommodating roommate to have. Huge relief there since we share a bathroom, but not surprising. There is another roommate in the house, but his room is in the basement, so sightings of him are pretty much limited to an occasional meeting in the kitchen.

Professionally, the job search still has not been completely resolved, although I hope to have it tied up in the next week or so. In the meantime, I keep working and hoping that the search will, indeed, be over soon. Living in an area the size of D.C. does have its benefits, and I am truly glad to have found a place like the Kogod Courtyard to spend some of my free time. It's a bit of a new experience, but I love spending time here. Unfortunately, the one downside is they do not have electrical outlets here, so I only ever get about an hour of laptop use before the battery dies.

Going to have one of my first 'cultural' experiences since coming to D.C. tonight. Apparently gathering in the sculpture garden on the National Mall on Friday evenings is quite the happening place to be. There are world music concerts and plenty of people gather on picnic blankets sipping adult beverages or maybe having a picnic dinner while they mingle with friends and listen to music. Tonight is going to be Brazilian Jazz I'm told; what the heck is that? I've pondered that this afternoon, but haven't gotten much of an idea what I'm in for in the auditory department. Ah well, an interesting evening at least!

Anyway, for those that still check this blog, I just thought I'd update a bit on how things are going here. It's pretty humid but, for the most part, a positive experience thus far. If there is further news on the job front soon, I will likely post it here. Ciao until then.


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