Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Adams Building of the Library of Congress on the 5th floor, the Jefferson Murals

My young scholar nephew who is here in DC for the Smithsonian Space Camp wanted to see the reading room of the Library of Congress, www.loc.gov/loc/legacy/bldgs.html, so we were able to get him a temporary readers card and this fertile mind explored the geneology room,  then the science and business room.

So we wound up on the 5th Floor of the Adams Building, behind the Jefferson Building with the famous reading room of National Treasure fame.  We were sitting reading about naval ships and the history of electronic warfare I saw this quote and had to send it to my wife.

On the left half of the panel of the east wall, Jefferson's view on Freedom:
The ground of Liberty is to be gained by inches. We must be contented to secure what we can get from time to time and eternally press forward for what is yet to get. It takes time to persuade men to do even what is for their own good.
Jefferson to Rev. Charles Clay, January 27, 1790

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Scott Broo goes to sea....almost.

We had a mini-picnic for Scott Broo, a National pedicabber who is going off today to become commissioned as an Ensign in the Merchant Marines where he will eventually work on a NOAA ship.

"I'll be sworn in as a commissioned officer of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, and begin a little more than 4 months of training at the Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY."

We all wish Scott well in his new career, and we know his pedicab legs will help him in gaining his sea legs!