The fourth graders at Doodle's school were invited to the grand opening of the Newseum in downtown D.C. on Friday, and I got to tag along as a chaperon. Admission was free on opening day but starting today is $20 for adults. The fee seems a bit steep but I could easily spend many hours at this museum. On our whirlwind tour, the girls that I was in charge of did an assignment involving comparison of the front pages of the day's newspapers in two different cities; saw exhibits on 9-11 and the Berlin Wall; and got to be reporters, doing a brief stand up in studio. They give you a snapshot and a code to download the report. Our code isn't working yet but I can't wait to see it. This normally costs an extra $8, but it was free yesterday.
In other news, Doodle found a switchblade made by Smith & Wesson in the grass beside our driveway this afternoon. After considering just throwing it in the trash, I called the police and an officer came to take a report and take possession of the weapon. Juvenile crimes seems to be up in our area, and I hope that the police start patrolling a bit more. The officer asked if we have any neighbors with teenage sons and said that he would make a report and dispose of the weapon. The answer to the officer's question is no; most of the neighborhood kids, and there are a lot of them, are 10 and under.