What a day.. I spent the whole day at a workshop on the white house campus in the Eisenhower office building. We had to get there by 7:30 to begin security screening.. I walked over from my hotel in the beautiful pre dawn .. i came across a familiar-sh landmark.. which made me feel at somehow at home.
Here’s the Eisenhower building its in the White house compound.. and the security showed..
It took more than 30 minutes of waiting in the cold to get screened three times for entry.. brrrrrrr
The workshop was fascinating, chaotic and satisfying.. i met so many cool people and made soem really good work connections..
I even got to try on google glass… that this guy Charles I knew from MIT brought.. here’s Justayna wearing them..
here’s me.. man are they strange to wear !.. hey.. whose that behind me ?
Well.. know sign of the pres or any cronies.. but plenty of pictures.. the highest brass we met was th acting under sec’y of Commerce (brilliant guy) ,, and the assistant director of the Nat’l Institute for Science and Technology
but it didn’t keep us from pretending
Again .. the meeting was amazing and confusing all at the same time.. i’m still just taking it in.. After the meeting ended i had about an hours wirht of follow on conversations.. now to write it all up … (ugh)..
I had a work call immediately after the meeting, so i wandered up a few stairways in the very beautiful old building until i found a quiet place ot use my phone.. It was so cool walking the halls of the place..
by the time i was done, the building was almost completely empty.. and i do mean empty… i did find a big party on the 4th floor (Federal Trade Commission).. which I crashed… I walked around a bit.. but didn’t eat any of their food.. that would have been creepy i think.. still.. know one asked me who i was or why i was there
uh-oh.. soemone was coming towards me.. better run !
from there I just wanted to find a way out.. but i swear.. i could not find a door.. or even a person to ask.. i came across soem pretty weird signs….
And then realized.. I probably.. no… I defintely… was not in a place i was not supposed to be…. could this really be happening ? no security.. no locked doors… or if there were, id’ found a way around them… I almost knocked.. but hey.. he couldn’t be as fun as Al Gore was.
i wandered around for another 15 minutes looking for an door that was unlocked and would let me out.. i did manage to find JFK’s rocking chair in the basement…
at last i found another person.. a woman who was lost like me.. we walked through a door and ended up in an alley.. but that alley lead out to a gate.. I was free !.. I’d succeeded in braking out of the white house office building !
i turned the corner and there were a bunch of folks making selfies in front of the real white house.. i guess since the pres can do it.. they can too..
and so can I !
i walked back to my hotel, dodging limos.. hapy, confused and tired
as I climbed down into the subway.. i found the perfect close to my visit.. a connection i suppose..
now.. to write my notes for the day.. where to start ?
-nite all, nite sam