I’m in DC for a meeting at the National Academies. (I really like typing “National Academies.” Must be all the time I spent reading Hunter Dupree’s book on the National Academy of Sciences and the history of American science.)

I’ve done my usual redeye thing, but since the plane was a little late and the meeting starts a little early, I’m probably going to be a bit late getting there. But this time I’m staying overnight, rather than leaving this evening, which is a bit of a novelty.

Other than being a few minutes late, the flight was pretty uneventful. I put on my noise canceling headphones, turned on the Beethoven symphonies, and read for a little while. I got a couple hours’ sleep, but will definitely be running a caffeine drip for the rest of the day.

Last night as I was heading out the door, I stopped at the refrigerator to get a drink before leaving. I managed to knock over one of the drawers on the door of the refrigerator, breaking a jar of pasta sauce and sending a couple bottles of wine and other stuff flying. Not what you mean to do with seconds to go before leaving, but I still managed to get to the airport even after cleaning it up.

So now I’m in a cab, hurtling toward downtown. I always enjoy taking the Metro, but I don’t have time this morning: I’d get to the meeting at least an hour after it started, and don’t particularly want to miss anything. My driver has decorated his cab with Persian rugs and copies of Maxim, leavened by numerous objects with American flags or bald eagles on them. On the other hand, he’s got Democracy Now on the radio.

I’m staying a hotel I’ve never been to before, but there was a deal on Expedia. So it’ll be a little adventure.

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