05 May 2008

Unlike Mr Wolff, We Go Home Again and Again




















I spent some time this morning reviewing the problem of forgetfulness in the aging. My term paper was a practical demonstration of same. Leisurely my brother and I packed our bags and methodically checked through the drawers for forgotten items. We did not look behind the door to the closet that looked like a mirror. Note to self, when age-proofing a place, do not put full-length mirrors on doors! I should have made a note when it took us 5 minutes to find the closet 4 days ago!

Then we shared a $10 taxi to Union Station when the 50 cent bus stopped across the street from the hotel. I realized that I had forgotten the clothes carefully hung in the closet at Union Station. By the time I got back there the Spanish-speaking cleaning ladies told me that they had already sent it down to the laundry. At least that is what I translated it as. Eventually I caught up with the clothes and took them back to Union Station where I stored the luggage for $15, forgetting that luggage storage is part of the deal for a sleeper ticket on Amtrak. Ah well, this memory stuff probably has some pitfalls too, which I hope to remember one of these days. Oh yes, I forgot to mention that I misplaced my tickets for about an hour but the kind lady looking after the waiting room knew where I was, and who the tickets belonged to.

I did some walking around Capitol Hill and had a nice lunch at a restaurant called Cosi. Then I checked out the Folger Shakespeare Library. They also have a small theatre there and usually very nice exhibits. Today it was on historical revisionism in the Tudor history of England.


The Capitol Limited (see above) departed from Washington DC right on time this afternoon at 4:05 pm. The steward for our car is Jameesha, the same guy we had on the way out. (See below) While coming into Harper’s Ferry WV the conductor kindly pointed out that the tracks paralleled the old canal and mule path now turned into a very long and thin national park.

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