It used to be that the Smithsonian Museums on the National Mall in Washington, DC, were the best kept insider’s secret in the world during the winter break. All of the museums would be virtually empty from just before Christmas to just after New Year’s Day, and one could have the run of the place. I have a decades old photo stashed away someplace from close to this vantage point and close to the same date, where the only other person in the shot was a tiny speck way down at the other end of the building.
How times have changed. This image was taken this past December 27th.
In all the years I’ve been going to the National Air & Space Museum (since it opened in 1976), I’ve never seen it this crowded, where at times the crowd was like standing sardines and they were difficult to pass through.
Sigh. I guess the time to go now is during the big games — like the Super Bowl.
This began as an email to my father about the upcoming Windows 10 operating system from Microsoft. It evolved into so much more of a detailed response to him that I figured a larger audience might be interested in reading and commenting about it. So I decided to post it here. Continue Reading →