Friday, November 22, 2013

JFK 50 years ago...

Today, the country remembers a tragedy from 50 years ago.  I have been engrossed in all the television specials commemorating the assassination of a President so many years ago.  I think this is such an important time, because this is the last "big commemoration" where we will be able hear from the aging doctors, reporters, secret service agents, etc. who have such intimate knowledge of the events from November 22, 1963.

For so many of us, we only know these dark days of our history from stories told by our parents, grandparents, and great grandparents.  For me, I know my Mom talks about sitting in her elementary school class and hearing the announcement.  She talks about how terrible they all felt because the President had been killed in Texas.  My great-grandmother always told how she heard the news while she was in the beauty salon getting her hair done because they were suppose to be attending an event with Kennedy that night.  Everyone has their own stories...
I toyed with the idea of trying to get tickets to the big Dallas event today, but it was a real pain in the butt to register for the possibility of getting one of the 5,000 tickets.  The weather is so terrible today, I'm glad that I can just watch on television from the warmth of my home.  I have thought today about how different history would have been if the weather 50 years ago would have been the same as the weather today.  

I recently saw the movie "Parkland"

It is still at the theaters, but it is also available on iTunes.  I thought it was very good.  If you are interested in the Kennedy story, this is a great film.  It has a really great cast too: Paul Giamatti as Abraham Zapruder, Zac Ephron as Dr. Jim Carrico, Marcia Gay Harden, as a Nurse at Parkland, Billy Bob Thornton as Secret Service Agent Forrest Sorrels, & Ron Livingston as FBI Agent James Hosty.


Friday, November 8, 2013

Kara Goes to Washington, D.C. {last day, plus Fall Foliage}

I certainly didn't plan this trip (like at all), but if I had, I couldn't have picked a better time to go to DC and enjoy the gorgeous fall foliage.  We get a bit of fall foliage here in Texas, but the colors are not the same as in DC.  I just couldn't get enough.  Seeing these sights made me think of the quote from Ann of Green Gables, "I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers."

Because I have so many pics of the beautiful golds, reds, and oranges, I decided to put them all in one post.

Get ready for Fall Overload!

I took this pics from my phone as the cab zipped down the road...

On Saturday, I got to the airport way too early, so I had the cab drive me to Alexandria, VA to look at more leaves!  I took these in Old Town Alexandria...

It was such a great trip!  I feel really fortunate to have been invited to such a great event, and have had the ability to drop everything and go.  I got on the plane sad about going home, but had the pleasure of sitting behind Cory's Aunt and Uncle.  We got to talk along the way, so the fun continued! 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Kara Goes To Washington, D.C. {Day 3 ~ Friday Night}

On Friday, I took a tour called "Monuments in Moonlight".  It wasn't the exact tour I wanted to go on, but I decided it was good enough because that particular tour company picked-up and dropped-off at my hotel.  I really wish that I had taken my tripod with me to D.C.  Some of the darker spots were very difficult to photograph without it.  But I think I got some good shots anyway.

The first stop was The White House.
It's a little difficult to find you way, and our bus driver didn't get off of the bus.  Since I had been there earlier in the day, I was able to make my way easily.  There were some people from New Jersey on our tour (they weren't there for the Booker event...just a coincidence).  At one point, I heard them yell, "Slow down Texas!  We are all following you!"  

Next stop was the Thomas Jefferson Memorial.  It has always been a favorite of mine.

The next stop was a dual stop... The FDR and MLK memorials
Roosevelt's is a huge memorial.  It is made up of "multiple rooms".  One marking each of his terms in office.  It also has a statue of his dog and his wife, which is unusual for the memorials.

"I pledge you, I pledge myself, to a new deal for the American people" ~ Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Love that Fala was memorialized too!
Next up was the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
I was very impressed with this memorial.  I thought it was very well done.

One of my two favorite MLK quotes.

I don't know why I didn't get a pic of my second favorite quote: "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.  Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." ~ MLK, Jr.

The Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Memorial, & Vietnam War Memorial were all on the next stop.  They didn't really give enough time on the stops, so I skipped the Vietnam Memorial.  The Korean War Memorial was super dark.  It was very hard to get a decent picture here without a tripod.  This was the best I got, but it isn't very good.

The Lincoln Memorial

Final stop was the Marine Corp. War Memorial (Iwo Jima).  I didn't get a great shot here either.  This one is from my camera phone

I was disappointed my tour didn't stop at the World War II Memorial.  We drove by and it looked really pretty all lit up at night.  We also didn't stop at the Capitol for a pic.  I got this not-very-good photo as we drove by
I really enjoyed seeing all the monuments lit up at night.  


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