I’m giving a talk at DC PHP in… oh… 40 minutes. I started the day in New York City, and hopefully will make it back there tonight. Long day.
This morning, when I got to Penn Station, I tried to use the ticket machine’s barcode scanner. It usually scans my confirmation page and prints out the tickets. Nothing. I put down all my stuff and tried a bunch of variations, but the barcode scanner continued to ignore me. Fine. I took out my credit card and retrieved my tickets that way. I picked up my coat and… it was all wet. Ew. I wiped my coat off on my jeans, figuring jeans would dry out faster. As I was walking over to the trains, I had an unpleasant thought. Maybe that wasn’t water… I sniffed my coat. Ugh. Nope, not water. Now, not only does my coat smell like hobo piss, I brilliantly wiped it on my jeans so now I smell like hobo piss. Hopefully I’m talking in a big, well-ventilated room.
So far, Washington gets an A+. The train station was great (although possibly Penn Station is such a cesspool that my expectations have been lowered, but it was really nice) and the information booth gave me good directions to the Metro (which I promptly ignored, but that was hardly their fault). The Metro was really nice (padded seats!), fast, well-marked, and made sense.
I was walking along K Street and saw the Washington Monument, which I took a picture of like a total tourist. Then I realized that there was a white house under it, possibly the white house? I was actually kind of excited to see it in real life, so I moved in to get a better picture. Once I was closer, I realized it was just a white house, not the White House. I took a picture of it anyway. It was probably something.
Edit: my talk went great and the people were super nice. Here are the pictures I took of DC.