The Heat Has Its Benefits

The Heat Has Its Benefits

No doubt, whether you're here in DC or somewhere else in the country, you have noticed that the average temperature around here in the past week has been around 100 degrees. You know it's a scorcher of a summer when 80 degrees feels like somebody turned the air conditioning on. Thus, I'm sure you can imagine my absolute joy at wearing a suit and tie to work every day of the week. Five minutes outside looks like you've just spent an hour in a swimming pool. So, like any good intern, I've learned to keep the tie and jacket off until you reach the workplace and to avoid hot coffee. I swear, combining these two things will keep your body feeling about thirty degrees colder.

Now, sure, all this talk is making the heat sound atrocious. And you're right, it kind of is atrocious. However, the heat has forced me out of the house and other monotonous things like "laying in the yard tanning". Instead, I'm continuing this neverending quest of the last week or two here to see as much as I can of the city. This past week, I did two things that I normally would not have done!

First, I decided to go against my pre-conceived notions of the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and pay a visit. I'm not much of a science or fossil man, so I didn't expect there'd be much there for me. Well, I was pretty wrong. First of all, I found a pretty accurate representation of my friends and I after we walked across the National Mall to get to the museum. This guy below just says it all.

I'm not even kidding you, folks. That is legitimately how we individually felt. However, the next picture shows how we were feeling about each other.

Remember that old saying that your parents used to tell you? The one about how your face will freeze when you're giving a nasty look. Yeah, well these fossils kind of prove that I'd say. The heat will drive you a little bonkers and put you on edge. But just keep yourselves hydrated and don't spend more than ten minutes at a time outside. I think you'll be pleased with the results. Another thing that helps is seeing rare and exquisite diamonds that distract you and your friends from any sense of reality. I had no idea that the Hope Diamond was at the Smithsonian! But we rounded a corner not long after seeing our fossilized representations and there she was! What a beauty. It was a little out of the price range, so this picture will have to do until my internship in DC really pays off.

So after all, there was a lot of interesting stuff to be said for and done in the Natural History Museum. Don't let that heat drive you mad, but rather let it drive you inside! I'm glad I went. And like I said in the previous entry, the Smithsonians are easy on the wallet when you're faced with bursting through your own debt ceiling any day.

Finally, I think the best thing the heat brought was the desire to not want to see the monuments of DC at all during the day. By monuments, I mean the entire spectacle that is the National Mall and its surroundings. We left our apartment around nine at night and headed into the city. The difference in temperature wasn't all that much in reality, but without the sun and humidity it felt like a warm spring evening. We took full advantage of this and walked down the Mall. We saw everything there, including the FDR and Vietnam Memorials. Seeing it all at night really makes it more powerful and visually striking.

Since being in DC, I will say that my favorite monument has been the Lincoln Memorial. And after seeing it at night, I think I'm going to have to reaffirm that statement big time. It's gorgeous and its inspiring. Not to mention that my home state of Massachusetts gets a center spot right above Lincoln on the outside of the memorial. I'm pretty pleased with it.

So the moral of the story here is to conquer the heat! Don't let it conquer you. You'll be amazed at the tricks you learn, the things you'll decide to try out, and the beauty that a change in pace will bring.

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