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Washington DC and Me

4 Nov

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Is our long national nightmare over yet?

How is this election still going on?

Have you seen how much we have all AGED?

Remember back in 2015 when we were young and pretty and David Bowie was still alive?

Sigh.

That said, ONE good thing that happened this year was my first legit trip to Washington DC. I was there back in 2007 for an afternoon when my husband and I took a cross-country car trip but that was it. We had plans to go in 2014, even bought tickets but then…well stupid cancer!

So clocking in a full week, I have to say I loved it. And could easily have filled another week.

I mean how can you not? It’s beautiful!

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We hit up all the monuments:

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Strolling around the Mall

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Einstein!

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MLK Jr:

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And of course the Museums. There is so much Art in DC it’s ridiculous. Both inside:

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and outside (snicker snicker):

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And of course the amazing National Museum of American History which had:

Kevin Arnold’s JACKET!!!! You know I love me some Wonder Years.

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The Lady who needs no introduction:

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There’s no place like home!

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The Woolworth Lunch Counter Sit in Protest

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A Life Mask of Abraham Lincoln (more on him later!)

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The NBC microphone that broadcasted War of the Worlds

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My boys and their duck:

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Muhammad Ali’s boxing gloves

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Apple computer from the 80’s

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En Vogue!!! Never gonna get it, never gonna get it, never gonna get it

(you’re welcome for getting that song stuck in your head)

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And what I thought was the most incredible part, the hat Lincoln wore to Ford’s Theater the night of his assassination.

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Speaking of Lincoln, one of my absolute favorite experiences in DC was the Ford’s Theater Tour.

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Waiting for the talk by the Park Ranger – which was INCREDIBLE

This is the booth as it was then, still today:

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And here’s Lincoln’s seat:

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After the theater talk you get to go next store to the boarding house that Lincoln was brought to, in there was the bed he died in:

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Or NOT because when you read the note next to it it explains that the real bed is in Chicago as part of an exhibit. Grrrrrrrrr. Still Ford’s Theater was incredible.

One of the other museums that I really wanted to go to was the Museum of African American History which opened up the weekend we were there so getting tickets was impossible. But we got to look at how pretty it is.

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Hopefully next time.

And of course there was the Air and Space Museum which this little space nerd went bonkers over. First off, you can touch a piece of the moon!!!unnamed-30

That’s the moon and I touched it!

And they had a capsule:

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and a lunar module:

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And lots of suits:

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And one of the coolest things they had was a recording of the noise that Jupiter makes.

I’m 100% not kidding. See:

 

Also the air and space museum has the Spirit of St. Louis:

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And the Amelia Earhart’s Lockheed Vega 5B which she flew alone across the ocean and the United States – both a first for women.

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Speaking of Earhart, did you hear the new castaway theory?

Anyway, my point is it was a really great trip. And it was incredible to be there while Barry was in office. Speaking of, at one point near the White House they made everyone stay where they were on the sidewalk and they closed off the street and 5 SUV’s came down and the woman next to me started freaking out saying that Barry was in the middle one (which makes sense considering the layout of the cars). To say I was excited was an understatement. You couldn’t see in but I assume it was basically this:

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I’m looking forward to going back to DC.

And this time with a woman in the White House.

Cause we’re going to do the right thing on Tuesday, right America?

Yes, we are. Because we are NOT THAT. We are better than that. We are With Her.

Don’t forget to VOTE ON TUESDAY!

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Peace, love and starbursts,

Ally

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Books, readings, poetry, oh my

3 Oct

Oof.

How the hell is it already October?

It’s this election, guys. It’s killing me slowly.

Speaking of I just spent a week in DC which deserves its own post but I have to say it was both amazing and surreal and sad to be there now. At one point I was standing in the Smithsonian Museum of American History, in the Presidential room, looking at that history, for all its good and bad, and the legacy of men who have lead this country and was struck stone cold sober with the notion that that bloviating noxious man child is a possibility.

That said, this happened after I left. Snicker. Snicker.

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But before DC, I have a few updates to share.

First and foremost I’m doing a reading on Friday at the Parkside Lounge for PinkSpeak.

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More information can be found here.

Featured Artists:

Storyteller/Poet Phillip Giambri aka The Ancient Mariner

Singer/Songwriter Samantha Leon

Poet Keisha-Gaye Anderson

Singer/Songwriter Taylor Tucker

Poet Wynne Henry

Spoken Word Artist/Poet Scott Raven

Poet Dara Kalima

Singer/Songwriter Matt Wiffen & His Band

Poet Ally Malinenko

Singer/Songwriter Natatia Allison

Poet John Grochalski

Hosted by Jenny Saldaña.

It’s gonna be a good night, with a good cause so come join us for some beers, some poems, some songs as we hoist a pint and offer a hearty Fuck You to cancer.

If you’re in town and can come, awesome. If not you can still donate to a really great cause that helps young women with cancer. Cause we need all the help we can get.

I’m also really excited to say that my new chapbook, I’ll Be So Still You Won’t Even Notice Me is available now via Epic Rites press. It’s part of Epic Rite’s Punk Chapbook series where in you can get 12 books for $40 and that’s a pretty sweet deal. The package includes yours truly hooked up with some of her favorites, including William Taylor Jr, James Duncan and Janne Karlsson as well as a whole host of awesome writers.

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(I’m scheduled to do another reading in November at Parkside at which I will have copies available too. More on that later.)

Also I’m excited to be included in Janne Karlsson’s anthology the Bones of Nirvana. Janne did the fantastic artwork for all the punk chapbooks from Epic Rites. He’s super talented and for Bones of Nirvana, he’s illustrated every poem in the collection. Needless to say I was floored when I saw mine. Now I know how comic book writers feel. Art making words better. I’ll share when that’s available too.

And finally I just want to say thank you to Brooklyn Poets who posted not only a poem with audio track (in other news I hate my voice) but also an interview.  I was honored to be their poet of the week!

DC Trip post coming soon…….

ETA: I completely forgot to thank Red Fez and Drunk Monkeys for their Best of the Net nominations for my poems “Better Luck Next Year” and “While David Bowie was Dying

Peace, love and starbursts,

Ally

 

 

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