Category Archives: Washington life

Happy 2018

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Monumental Thoughts turns 7

Happy birthday to . . . us. Seven years of roaming the streets as a licensed Washington tour guide, seven years of blogging about what I see and learn. When will it end? I have no idea. Probably at least … Continue reading

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Christmastime in Georgetown

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White House Christmas tree

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Christmas village at 8th and F Sts. NW

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Barred photo sites around Washington

Washington is the seventh most photographed city in the world, but some buildings and inside exhibits are barred. The most prominent no-no is the Pentagon because it is a military installation. There are big signs on the perimeter that say … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving

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Bladensburg-D.C. boundary marker at Ft. Lincoln Cemetery

Long before it was a staging area for Civil War troops met by president Abe Lincoln or where blood was shed during the Battle of 1812 as British troops marched into Washington or even when it became a cemetery, Fort … Continue reading

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My declaration of war: End the madness

Dear Politicians – we don’t need yours thoughts and prayers and excuses because they accomplish nothing. When someone walked into Sandy Hook Elementary and slaughtered children or even shot politicians on a baseball field and yet nothing was done, then … Continue reading

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Secret White House entrance is no secret

Is something a secret if everyone that cared to know about it since 1941 indeed knows about it? Visitors often asked about whether there are secret tunnels from the White House. They’re thinking of the 1993 movie “Dave” where a … Continue reading

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Meridian Hill Park is for lovers?

Saw three wedding couples posing for photos on Saturday.

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Finding Boss Shepherd’s tomb

Alexander Shepherd was one of the key people responsible for Washington being what it is today, but few know who “Boss” Shepherd was even if his statue is to the right of City Hall’s steps. Indeed, Shepherd is known as … Continue reading

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Lazy day at National Harbor

It’s not often I spend a lazy Sunday afternoon doing nothing, but while waiting for my wife at National Harbor I wandered by the many statues near the water that I’ve driven by dozens of times. Park the car and … Continue reading

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Eating big at Bobby Van’s steakhouse

The Tower of Seafood was on the table in minutes like the starting gun to a fine meal. And, we were off. My Redskins podcast partner Matt and I along with our wives eat at Bobby Van’s each season. A … Continue reading

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Date night – Fogo de Chao and Trump Hotel

I have walked by Fogo de Chao at least several hundred times while leading tours, telling people how good the food was inside. At least, I heard it was. I’m like a dog with his nose pressed against the glass. … Continue reading

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A new White House?

Dear Mr. President, I have a simple solution to the White House allegedly being “a dump.” You’re a real estate developer so glam it up. Make it great again. Go live at your hotel down the street for the next … Continue reading

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Jimmy’s Place was best casino between New York and Havana

Like a lot of stories, this one starts with a family member. After all, my family has been in Washington since the early 1800s. A distant cousin I never knew emailed me about a blog entry on his grandfather and … Continue reading

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Happy Fourth of July

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Wordless Wednesday: Life on the Mall

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Wordless Wednesday: Capitol pool

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