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After the short drive from Williamburg we arrived at our hotel in the suburb of Alexandria. I wanted to be near the Metro and outside of the city, as well as a short drive to Mount Vernon for a later stop.
The hotel had great potential. Despite having a sketchy apartment complex right behind it, the room was spacious, nicely appointed, and convenient. As I sat with my laptop catching up on my TMS e-mail ( I cannot go more than a day without clearing it out or the numbers get out of hand) the attack began.
No, not liberals...ants.
The slow march of ants up my leg began. The hotel could offer little hope or help. We had unpacked and it was late at night, so when the offer of moving to another room was made we hesitated. By the time we answered the room was gone. So, the answer was a broken can of Raid. The night of sleep was, well...restless to a certain extent. Needless to say, we relocated to Crystal City and had much better accommodations.
We awoke early on Thursday to head to the Metro station and make our way to Washington, D.C. On the ride, we met a Navy Chaplain and had a delightful conversation. We were on our way to a morning meeting with U.S. Senator Marco Rubio. The perks of doing what I do is that I can share my friends and acquaintances with my family. Senator Rubio is a delightful guy, very bright. Listeners of the show know of obvious support of a man who, I believe, will be President. We visited for a while and got our picture taken with him in his office.
However, before our meeting we got some breakfast. We made a short walk from the South Capitol stop on the Metro to Pete's Diner. It was upon arriving that the black Suburbans arrived and next thing you know I am holding the door for Speaker of The House, Rep. John Boehner. To make a fascinating breakfast short and sweet - afterward we enjoyed a short visit with the Speaker.
In the first hour and half of our stop in Washington, D.C. we had met the third most powerful person in our government and one of the rising stars of the U.S. Senate. And the day was just beginning...what could be next?