on my way over to the hotel, i was mistaken….i did not see the white house. i saw the capitol building, i believe.
i saw the white house yesterday and it was tiny. i’ll be sure to take some pictures of the capitol building today.
DC is great. the city has a very different atmosphere from what i’m used to. people here seem to be ‘driven.’ i was telling my colleagues yesterday, “DC makes me feel smarter,” or something to that effect.
have a great hump day everyone. and happy leap day.
WASHINGTON, D.C.— we arrived here late last night, i slept here five hours and up and at ‘em. it feels different here. there’s seems to be a sense of ‘smartness’ in the air, like you have to be smart or something. i can’t explain it, but it is and i feel it.
on the drive to the hotel from the airport, i saw the white house, the washington monument (not 100% sure of the name, but the tall white, skinny building in front of water), and the lincoln memorial. i thought it was pretty cool to see those landmarks not far from each other. these are things i’ve only seen in movies and books.
after dropping my belongings into the room, i went for a walk to the 24-hour drug store for some essentials. i bought baby soap (for the shower), hair pretties (for my hair and saima’s and clara’s—black elastic bands), pringles, a chicken wrap, some cranberry juice, and sunflower seeds.
before retiring off to bed, i took a quick bath, watched sportscenter, talked to my honey and went to sleep. i was tired. i was hoping to sleep in, but i awoke at 6am. my wake-up call isn’t until 8. i was asleep by 1am though (that’s 9pm alaska time).
i may try to go back to sleep (its 6:30 now), but we’ll see if that happens. my mind races and thinks about things, which keeps me up. i’m a thinker and my mind is always running somewhere.
earlier, i was thinking about the message to congress and the obama administration about our dependence on marine wildlife. we are the original stewards of the land, we’ve maintained a harmonious relationship to the environment for thousands of years that’s sustained our people, we depend on seal, whale, fish, and the little creatures that swim in our waters. anyways these are some of my thoughts. i’m a simple man, a hunter, but i’m also a thinker.
peace and have a great week. mine is just beginning.
PS. i hope i get to see the President. that would be soooo coooooool.
i’m leaving to washington, dc this week for work. saima just arrived this afternoon from vegas. and i’m leaving tomorrow.
here’s the schedule:
sunday, february 26—leave kotzebue and arrive anchorage. spend the night.
monday, february 27—travel day. leave anchorage and arrive dc.
tuesday, february 28—‘training day.’ meet with members of the alaska wilderness league.
wednesday, february 29—leap day. meet with members of congress and the obama administration.
thursday, march 1—meet with members of congress and the obama administration.
friday, march 2—travel day. leave dc and arrive to anchorage.
on wednesday, i’m meeting up with my buddy matt and his family. matt is a friend that used to live here in kotzebue when i first moved here. he now lives near dc, with a wife and child. it’ll be great to meet his family and catch up. my other friend, derek, is supposed to be there too on wednesday night. it’ll be great to see them.
the purpose of this dc trip is to help educate members of congress and the obama administration about traditional knowledge and some of the realities of living in the arctic.
should be a great trip. i look forward to the upcoming week.
boyaq!!! hi. good luck on your audition!! you should post about Sasha Akaran's Space Race on your blog!! Let's send the first Alaska Native (&yup'ik) person to space!! go to my blog for details, cuz i guess i can't post links in your ask box. it should be one of the most recent posts.
“Our guest speaker in Environmental Geology class was a scientist lady from the Pebble Partnership. She shared a rather long, detailed powerpoint full of numbers, data, analysis, more numbers … I bet you not once did she measure the impacts that this source of pollution and greed would have on the cultural values and subsistence practices of the people who live there. Those things are immeasurable, and they are beyond her scope of comprehension.”—
polly, my buddy ossie’s girlfriend.
(the pebble mine is a proposed gold mine in bristol bay, which could have detrimental impacts to the livelihood of bristol bay residents.)
INDIO, CALIFORNIA—we’re here in indio (outskirts of palm springs), about to eat breakfast and excited for los angeles. we’ll be driving to LA after breakfast and plan to eat lunch in venice beach.
our stay here in indio has been great. when we landed on monday afternoon, we went to the store, bought a swim suit for clara, got some take-home lunch, then went ‘home.’ we ate and ran off to pool. our host darce has been great.
yesterday, we spent the whole day at the pool. it was a nice, relaxing day. then went shopping for the kids and saima for red carpet threads.
this morning, we’re off to the metropolis of los angeles. LEFT on madison, RIGHT on 111, RIGHT on jefferson, and exit on INTERSTATE 10.