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This weekend my family was blessed to be able to be reunited with some good friends we met in Memphis, TN. Bill Jones flew in Wednesday night. Bill and I first met 10 years ago at Freed Hardeman University. Bill, myself, and about 5-6 others guys from there still remain friends today because of the bonds we built in college. Bill is currently in pharmacy school. He has way too much knowledge crammed into his head. He really seems to enjoy the career he has chosen and is very knowledgeable about his field.
We met Jeremy and Diane Post about two years ago. Jeremy is originally from Nashville, TN and Diane is from Florida. Diane has her PhD and is working for the NIH (National Institutes of Health). Jeremy works for Johns Hopkins University and is currently applying for medical school to get a MD/PhD. This couple is remarkably talented. They moved to Columbia, MD two weeks before we moved to Lebanon, PA. It is really a blessing to have old friends within a 120 miles of you.
On Friday night we headed down to Columbia. This town was amazing. This year Columbia was named as the #4 city in America to live in by CNN Money Magazine. The town consists of 11 boroughs that surround the downtown. Each of the boroughs have their own community center and shopping plaza. The downtown area has a mall that housed several stores that I could never afford to shop in, but it was fun looking at it anyway. We spent most of Friday night catching up with everyone and enjoying a great meal of lasagna, salad, and rolls.
On Saturday morning we drove to the Metro station and took the subway into Washington D.C. This was my only second trip to D.C. since age 3. So needless to say it was basically my first trip. Mikayla thought the subways system was cool. She repeatedly told us that it was the best subway she had ever seen 🙂
We saw too many things to post here so I will just end this blog with my top five thoughts about the city:
1) I didn’t know a $1.50 vendor hot dog could taste so good
2) WWII memorial is a definite must see
3) I will be returning to visit all of the Smithsonian museums
4) We need to do more for our homeless, especially in the nations capital
5) Rallies regardless of the cause are interesting to watch

Never underestimate the power of good friendships!

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  1. JimmyBob
    October 26, 2006 at 6:47 am

    Ahh. Good ol Washington D.C. I really enjoyed the museums and the parks. I especially liked the Lincoln Memorial. That was pretty cool. Sounds like you had a great time with your friends. God bless you!

  2. J.D.
    November 2, 2006 at 11:34 am

    Dude, I haven’t seen Bill in ages. You’re right, though, what a brain on that one.

  3. Kelli Baugh
    November 4, 2006 at 6:03 am

    key from a former Freedie living in DC as well. 🙂

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