We’ve been in Washington D.C. for about two weeks and it’s fabulous.
Classes started and I am already well-acquainted with the law library.
The LL.M. program is going to be challenging, but it’s also a luxury to focus on nothing but tax law for two semesters. My J.D. program felt like a hodgepodge of different topics at times, whereas my LL.M. classes are clearly interrelated and cover much deeper material. We’ll see how I feel in a few weeks.
Buildings along the National Mall in Washington D.C.
Washington D.C. is beautiful and dense. The lack of tall skyscrapers for landmarks makes it difficult to navigate at times. I’ll eventually figure out the grid system.
The streets are very diverse and busy without being crowded. There are tourists with cameras, people wearing suits, baseball jerseys, children running on the subway, and very aggressive panhandlers.
Many areas of town are busy late into the night, but there’s always the looming threat of getting mugged — so I guess it’s like any other large American city, just with more museums than most. Continue reading “First Impressions of Washington D.C.” »
Going Hiking in Dallas
We ran into some interesting graffiti while hiking through the Trinity River Park.
The Trinity River wraps around downtown Dallas and is more like a glorified creek that covers a massive flood plain anytime it rains.
There are also plans to develop the flood plain into one of the world’s largest parks, but right now most parts are just unsafe urban wild land.
The portion of the park closest to downtown is safer because it is not wooded, but rather a massive open field with the river/creek running through it. That is where we walked the dogs recently and came across some pretty interesting street art.
Here are the pics!
Street art of air balloons under the Trinity River bridge
Graffiti under the Trinity River Bridge
Graffiti that borrows characters from Super Mario
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There’s a Playboy Sign in the Design District
We recently explored the Dallas Design District and ran across a massive Playboy Bunny sign.
This Richard Phillips creation was funded by the magazine and originally installed in Marfa, Texas. The town and Departmenrt of Transportation viewed it as an advertisement and ordered it hauled away.
The 40-foot statue reappeared in 2014 on Riverfront Boulevard in the Design District. Apparently Dallas is less opposed to advertisements than our artsy West Texas counterparts.
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Mom in the lobby of my building – iLume in Oak Lawn, Dallas. The chairs are oversized.
Mom was in town this weekend, so we explored.
Dallas is hard to compare to other cities – it’s huge, but not walkable or historic like New York, Chicago, and San Francisco.
Dallas is also not as touristy as Miami, and scale of everything prevents it from being quaint like Minnesota.
Perhaps Dallas is just special.
We spent the weekend touring various neighborhoods, including Uptown, Oak Lawn, Highland Park, and downtown.
Food trucks by Klyde Warren Park in downtown Dallas, Texas. The Hunt Oil Building is in the background.
Klyde Warren Park in Dallas, with the Museum Tower luxury highrise building in the background.
Exploring the Dallas Museum of Art in downtown. I love this painting.
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I’m intrigued by the pioneers statue at Boom Island Park.
The statue is a reminder that there are many people have greater problems and challenges than I do. It also reminds me that I have opportunities which others don’t have and that there is no excuse not be great. I think it’s time to get an inspirational poster and an Oprah bob. Hallaleu.
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