My parents came to visit me last weekend and on the beautiful day that was Saturday, we went to the Air and Space Museum. I had never been, and I don't think my parents had been since the early 80s, so it was a treat for all of us.
But there was one little hiccup... The museums in DC are like an airport: security, metal detectors, no outside water, and I'm sure if you happened to bring shampoo with you, it would have to be in a 3.4 oz bottle. But a well-known fact about Ed DeMartini is that he brings a knife with him everywhere he goes - a lesser known fact is that he is usually packing heat as well, but I digress... Technically the knife is a 'multi-tool' with a screwdriver and a wrench and a nail file, etc. But poor Dad has had about 20 of them in the last 10 years because he always, always, always forgets to leave the knife at home when he's going to a secured environment. Many an airport security guard has made him throw the tool away. And Saturday was no different - We walked into the museum and seeing the metal detector, we all said "Oh Sh*t." My mom was quick to say, "Oh Ed, I'll buy you a new one, let's just go in." But, scorned one too many times by oppressive security, Ed dug in his heels and said, "No."
The solution was to hop in a cab, throw the knife in my office and head back to the National Mall - a 40 minute detour that saved the Multi-Tool from the fate of so many others. And the rest is history.
The Air and Space Museum, by the way, is incredible. But don't see "Rescue 3D" in the Imax - it's boring. Pick a different movie. And below are some pictures of the incredible day!
Oops - I guess my "Hold up the Monument" directions were no good.