Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Hearings, Tuna Fish, and Long Afternoons

My husband and I are political junkies. We go to a lot of hearings and attend just about every event held on the national mall. So this week is the beginning of a lot of activity because it is the first week everyone is back in town, and there are many interesting issues being discussed. So yesterday we got up early to attend a confirmation hearing in the Russell Senate Office Building. Unfortunately we didn't get there early enough to have a better place in line. So we waited from 8:30-11:30, then decided it was time for lunch. So we made our way through the basement to the coffee shop for sandwiches and a break to sit down! Then we headed back to the end of the line and waited another two hours. This time we met a really nice woman from the Shenandoah Valley and chatted awhile. We finally got in to the hearing room and took our place in the back. What we should know by now is that the afternoons, after lunch, are usually a better time to attend higher profile discussions. By then, all the hustle and bustle has subsided and only the die hards remain. I don't like watching CSpan on television, but I could sit all day in a hearing room. There is so much to look at and ponder. We were going to go again today but we are both worn out from yesterday. We didn't get home until 6 PM! At least it's only a couple blocks down the street, which makes it all the more entertaining. And there will be plenty more opportunities - like tomorrow.

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