A Sure Sign of Spring: Class Field Trips to DC

Welcome to DC, my new school friends from Oregon! Welcome to an education in government and group-effect traveling.

Obey your “Core Knowledge School” headmaster and the haggard parents chaperoning you. Be focused on the sights before you.

The White House, which you are on your way to see today, the Capitol tomorrow, the Smithsonian all week long – these are national treasures, even if their occupants might be fools.

Be solemn at memorials, respect Arlington’s tombstones, and don’t try to jump the Eternal Flame.

And if you do happen to use Metrorail, where us city-dwellers are rushing on with our lives, don’t be a turon – stand to the right on the escalators.

This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs

Married, mortgaged, and soon to be a father, Wayan Vota is in the fast lane to mid-life respectability – until the day his brood finds his intimate journal of global traveling and curses him with the ever-eternal reply “I’m gonna be just like you, Dad!”

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