Talk About a Memorable Week...

Talk About a Memorable Week...

What a crazy week!  I had so much to finish up on before I headed home for Thanksgiving.  I got to do some really great things though, and meet some incredible people.  I felt like I was all over the map this week, from work, to Senate hearings, to the botanical gardens.


The president of my company, BITS, testified at a Senate hearing before the Committee on Aging.  Fraud against elders is a growing problem in our country, and because the elderly are not as tech savvy as younger generations, they are being taken advantage of at a more alarming rate.  It was my job to take notes on the hearing.  It was a great experience.  On the committee were Senator Kohl (D-WI), Senator Corker (R-TN), Senator Whitehouse (D-RI), Senator Wyden (D-OR), Senator Casey (D-PA), Senator Blumenthal (D-CT), and Senator Nelson (D-FL).  It was amazing seeing all these people I watch on TV run a hearing right in front of me.  Among the people testifying was Frank Abagnale.  If you’re not familiar with Frank Abagnale, he is the gentleman who the movie “Catch Me If You Can” is based on.  After the meeting I introduced myself and shook his hand.  That was certainly an experience I’ll never forget.


Dinner in Georgetown

Some high school friends and I met up for dinner at a restaurant in Georgetown. They recommended it and told me it was great when they went before. It was a nice place, but a little pricey. We made reservations for 8:45 PM. Before we headed over, at around 8:20 PM, we called to confirm our reservations. We were told that they in fact didn’t have us written down, and that the best they could do was to get us in at 9:15.  This was annoying, but was fine.


We graciously accepted that reservation time, and arrived at 9:05. When we got there, we were informed that we missed our reservation, which was 8:45. Even more annoying. Because we were all frustrated, I just wanted to let the manager know that this was a problem with their system and they should get it fixed. She was very apologetic, and offered to give us a round of appetizers on her. It was really nice and great service for her to do that. Finally, after what felt like a long wait, we were seated.


We ordered our (free) appetizers and dinner, and eventually they came out. I think every single one of us felt like we hadn’t eaten in days; we were ravenous. We finished them very quickly and waited for our meals to arrive. For dinner, the girl seated next to me ordered a soup, and the rest of us ordered our various meals. After an extra hour and a half of waiting, finally our meals came. All but that poor girl’s soup. The food was good, but the service was abysmal. The soup inevitably arrived after constant reminders from our table to the waiter.


My friends demanded that I again speak with the manager. She came over, and I explained the situation, again expressing my dismay. She again apologized, and offered to cover the entire meal! Now, when I said pricey earlier, I think I may have understated. What we ordered, between the six of us, appetizers and entrees equated to the sum of $500. The manager covered the whole thing! The fact that she was even willing to do that shows how poor the service truly was. We left a very generous tip, and I wrote a thank you note to the manager on the back of the receipt. The truth is, initially we were very annoyed with our experience there, but that manager turned our opinions around, did a great job, and made us leave happy with intentions of returning for another meal.  Hopefully it was just an off night.


Botanical Gardens

On Saturday, my friends and I decided to go to the Botanical Gardens. That was a great experience. It was neat seeing all sorts of different plants from all over the world. One really amazing thing that the gardens did was construct most of the buildings in Washington, out of leaves. It was just another thing I was very glad I was able to do while in D.C.



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