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Thursday, April 13, 2006


today my father and brother drove down to meet me at arlington national cemetery to visit george's grave. today was the 100th anniversary of his heroic actions on board USS Kearsarge (BB-5), for which he was awarded the medal of honor a month later. they arrived a little after noon, and without flowers, so we spent the next hour or two driving around washington, d.c. and arlington county, looking for a flower shop, before finally finding one on lee highway, barely a few miles from T's place.

all in all, we ended up driving on many different roads in the area, passing the pentagon about 15 times ("look kids, big ben!") before finding ourselves back at the cemetery, cold drinks and flowers and cameras ready. a short hike from the visitor center found us in section 6 of the cemetery, facing the stone. a few minutes passed as we just stood and thought about the man who was buried there, and what he had accomplished. dad had a lot of new information that I had never heard: that george was nothing more than a seaman when he was awarded the medal, and that he ended up leaving the navy for a few years shortly thereafter before re-enlisting and ultimately retiring with the rank of chief turret captain. we took some pictures, and I took out my book and read a short verse I had found on another arlington dedication site.

after fighting traffic, we made it back to baltimore for some dinner at koopers. I guess I still use T's name too much in conversation, because dad kept qualifying me with a slightly sarcastic, "but she's not your girlfriend, right?" (not sure how much of my thoughts on the overall subject of T that I want to share with this blog, so I'll leave things there for now.)

we drove back to lucy and sat and rested and watched the news. at some point the discussion turned to God, religion, and science, and a spirited, heated, respectful debate was had. it grew out of my casual mention of the sopranos and the ridiculous comments made by christopher regarding dinosaurs and adam & eve. I managed to make some good points (with a few more drops of T) and it made me feel proud and content to have the words and points come out of me without much thought or effort. these past few months have really awakened me to what is out there, what isn't out there, and how to rectify those two into a hopeful future and acceptable reality. it's funny how this all came up the same day I re-stumbled across ram's site, where I hadn't been in years (not that it appears to have changed much in that time), and sifting through his explanation of why he's an atheist.

they hit the road around seven-thirty, right around the time ovechkin was scoring his 50th goal of his rookie season, which I managed to miss. I felt a little ponyish, righted myself, and took to the gym, especially since I skipped rowing practice today to hang out with these two. (workout: free bar, goblin, fly, pull, legs up, legs down, roman chair, hanging abs) need to do some cardio again, it's been almost a week. enough with the weights already! hehe


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