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48 - The Michigan Daily Weekend Magazine - Thursday, January 28, 1999

El State of the Arts

[2 Roa-Trip of the week
Politics and nightlife mix well in
Wasbington's many eclectic spots

Jan. 28: Rediscovering the capital city
*/What:, Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia
d How to get there: Take U.S. 23 to the 80/90 Turnpike East. The
Ohio turnpike will become the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Follow that to
Exit 12,.Breezewood, Penn. Get on 170 East and head to 1-270 South.
Take 1-270 to the Beltway, 1-495. Parking is abundant in the city and
surrounding areas - but it is far from cheap.
/ How long: 9 hours
/ How Much: Plan on $40-70 for gas each way depending on traffic
and construction. The cheapest place to.stay is with friends or family.
Staying in downtown Washington is usually preemptively expensive,
but cheaper major motel chains can be easily located in town and in
the suburbs,
/What's There: Lots and lots of monuments and museums, the White
House, Union Station; the Capitol and the steps from the Exorcist.


By Mike Spahn
Daily Staff Reporter
WASHINGTON -- With all eyes
fixed on Washington D.C. for the
trial of the century, people from all
over the world are flocking to the
nation's Capitol building to catch
the sights and sounds of this historic
Washington has always been a
popular stop for travelers thirsting
for some American history,
pageantry and amusement, but with
President Clinton's trial continuing
in the Senate chamber, the normal
visitors have one more attraction.
Beginning at I p.m. each week
day and 10 a.m. on Saturdays, visi-
tors can attend the trial by waiting
in a line that forms early in the
morning. By waiting in the line,
interested parties gain access to the
chamber for 15-30 minutes.
While waiting for hours to see
only a fraction of an hour of the pro-
ceedings, the trial is a captivating
look into the Constitutional
processes of the United States. And
those searching for a more in-depth
look at the trial can gain longer
access by calling their senators.
Each senator, in addition to their
own seat on the floor, gets four
passes to each day's proceedings for
their own use. The offices of Sens.
Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and Spencer
Abraham (R-Mich.) are offering the
passes to anyone who wants them
for an hour and a half at a time.
After going to the trial, visitors

can continue their excursion by vis-
iting any one of a number of sites
within walking distances Within the
Capitol itself there are various stat-
ues and interesting corridors that
can be explore for hours. The
Rotunda, the largest one in the
country, is also a site worth seeing.
Even though the Washington
Monument is closed for renova-
tions, a visit to the District would
not be complete without a walk
down the Mall at night. Colored
lights illuminate the Lincoln
Memorial and the Capitol, creating
a site not soon forgotten by anyone
on their steps.
The Supreme Court is also
always an interesting and informa-
tive stop, followed closely by the
Library of Congress and many
Smithsonian museums. Monuments
to Thomas Jefferson and Franklin
Delano Roosevelt are a short walk
over the Tidal Basin for those not
tired of the American nostalgia.
Tourists love the Mall and have
taken a liking to the FDR memorial
because it is the new kid on the
block. Although the Jefferson
memorial is often a little quieter, it's
just as powerful. The view the mall
over the Potomac River is breath-
Outside the confines of American
history, Washington provides many
opportunities for a little fun.
Nightlife is best enjoyed near the
many college campuses - George
Washington University in Foggy

Bottom and, of course, Georgetown
University area are two of the best
spots. But Dupont Circle also lends
the opportunity to hit the town.
Nights in Georgetown, while a lit-
tle on the pricey side, prove quite
enjoyable. Ethnic food, small shops
and a plethora of bars dot the little
hamlet and are just a short cab ride
from the downtown area. And just
when barhoppers think they've left
the raucous D.C. political environ-
ment, elected officials of all levels
tend to pop into the restaurants to
enjoy a bite with some of their col-
Revelers feeling a little more
adventurous can travel across the
river to Alexandria, Va. for a more
affordable, but equally enjoyable
time. Just a quick ride on the Yellow
or Blue lines of the Metro,
Alexandria is a little less political
that the district, but offers many of
the same nightlife attractions. Bars
including Murphy's Irish Pub serve
up suds late into the night and the
restaurants provide many opportuni-
ties for a filling meal.
For those in search of a little more
wholesome fun, the District is filled
with museums that can sometimes
captivate, though other times bore.
Each museum is a little different,
offering various attractions to peo-
ple of different interests. Each visi-
tor has to find a museum that fits
his or her own liking, but with most
of them being free, that isn't too
tough a task.

My middle name is Robert. While
the label provides a strengthening
bridge between my first and last
names, there is a stronger signifi-
cance to it; I was named in honor of
my mother's late brother.
I was only a few months in the
womb when my Uncle Bob was
killed by a drunk driver, so I have
never been in physical contact with
him. His death came as a shock to
my family: Here was a man who'd-
survived through the Vietnam War,
only to be struck dead in the middle
of a divided highway on a cold
December night.
Every so often, his memory is
reawakened within me. Recently,
someone asked for my middle name,
and decided that I should be called
"Bob." Although I think the name is
a bit unfitting to my character, I do
ingest a slight dose of pride with the
The memory of his person was
rekindled when I recently viewed the
film "The Thin Red Line;" I recalled
stories I've heard about war and the
methods of men in such a time. The
film explores the humanity of war
and man's ability to differentiate
between justified homicide and mur-

der. The only border between the two
actions is the thin red line, a bound-
ary not every man can cross.
D i r e c t o r
Terrence Malick
focuses on each
soldier's moti-
vation for justi-
fying the cross-
ing of the line. H
Love, fear of
death,f prvn
tion ofo~ reoc-
curence, ambi-
tion and recog- DiyAt dtr
ntion adrcg Chrlstopher Tkaczyk
nition are Daily Arts Editor
among the many instigators that pro-
pel each man's choosing.
As I've never faced the perils of
death and the responsibility of war, I
cannot justly commit myself to any
cemented truth of my abilities.
My uncle was not an honest man.
Many times throughout his teen-age
years he came into trouble with the
law; the local police department
knew my grandparents' house quite
well, as they brought him home on
numerous occassions.
At about age nine, I was helping
my grandmother clean out a cedar
trunk in her basement. As she care-

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Washington, D.C. Is a town full of hot air, and fun times. For those bored with polit-
ical events, the city offers many museums, monuments and other buildings of
interest. Nightlife in the D.C. area is always a new adventure and never dull. Just
look out for Linda Tripp.

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TV. The week that was
What happened on the best shows Wed.Tue.
"Dawson's Creek": Pacey finally gives up cruisin nursing homes in favor of sleep,
ing with a young lass his own age. Dawson andoe dance and sing in the rain
around their maybe-more friendship. Our new favorite character, the deliciously
bitchy Abby Morgan, proves that she's only almost as evil as Veruca Salt by taking
an F for the team in lieu of airing their tawdry laundry as her English project.
"9020": The more smack Dylan come across, the more problems he and girlfriend
Gina see. But that is not the least of the problem here; David feels a deep need to
get laid; Noah and Donna cannot find a quiet place to get laid; Kelly and Matt are
having trouble communicating about their urges to lay each other. In a pre-0D. fit,
Dylan knocks Donna into the pool, where she splits her head open. Ouch!
"Law and Order": A dirty cop fails to prevent a drug dealer from killing one of his
snitch's girlfriend's. In order to leverage the officer into testifying about the murder,
McCoy tricks him into believing he'll be indicted for manslaughter, even though
Lennie Brisco is unwilling to provide the necessary testimony to sway the grand
jury. After deliberating for 30 minutes, the jury sentences the drug dealer to death,
after the dirty cop rolls.
"Riends": Rachel tries to trick Monica into revealing her still-under-wraps relation-
ship with Chandler but ends up with only a lamp to show for her efforts. Monica
becomes an asset to Chandler's "sniveling lackey" routine at work, and "ex"
marks the spot as Ross sinks into a deep depression when he finds out his ex-wife
is already getting remarried. He finds ridicule from the gang and love with Janice.
"ER": Doug attempts to give a new pain medication to a patient but is cau ht by
Mark, jeopardizing not on y their friendship but also the hospital's funding. What s
going to happen? Hint: George Clooney is leaving the show to concentrate on.
other projects. You do the math.
"The Sinpsons": (R) "This better work, boy. Iwouldn't want to have to work on
your mother's emu arm."
"X Fies": The red-maned saint revisits issues of the past while tracking a seeming-
ly immortal crime scene photographer. They are both shot and the old man possi-
bly passes his immortality to S uly as he finally dies, fulfilling a prophecy made in
the third season that Scully will never die. Mulder sits back to chew sunflower
"Ally McBeal": (R) The David E. Kelley juggernaut takes a deserved rest to get
ready for February sweeps.
"Buffy The Vampire Stayer": Tired of being the useless wheel in the gang, Xander
sets out to become cool. This effort turns out to involve a hot turquoise car,
Meanwhile, the more skilled members of the crew fight a bunch of baddies who
look like Marilyn Manson, Willow tells Xander that she loves him and Giles gets
testy when Buffy eats all of the jelly donuts.
"Felicity": Felicity sees Blair making out with a girl who is definitely not his girl-
friend Elena. Julie finds her birth mom and Noel compromises his integrity by pre-
tending to be one of his advisee's boyfriend in order to get a sweet deal on a vend-
ing machine from the Russian mafia.
-- Compiled by the DailyArts Staff

fully removed the ancient linens her
mother had brought to the country
from England, I spotted an American
flag, triangularly folded in proper
military fashion. "That's Uncle
Bob's, she told me, explaining of
how his coffin looked, covered with
the banner.
When I was young I learned the
importance of survivial on an imma-
ture level. Reputation is just as
important to a boy as are his "Star
Wars" toys. When your reputation is
tarnished, it may leave negative
images of you in the minds of others.
It's said that after one dies, the best
thing a family can do is hold onto the
memories of that person. We all hope
that the endearing qualities of our-
selves are the ones that will be
remembered, but with the memory of
my uncle, I've found this to be a fal-
When he was enlisted in the
Marines, Uncle Bob continued his
insubordination. At one point, my
grandparents received an official let-
ter from the government, explaining
that their son had gone A.W.O.L.
They feared he had fled the country,
probably to Canada, following suit of
other anti-war protesters. Later, they
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5. "Six Days, Seven Nights,"
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were informed that
has been sent to the
and that it was not
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responded to a n
sargeant's orders
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offered my uncle a
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moment, before he a
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handed it over to him
recall hearing, was ti
as he forcefully sm
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uncle's cleanly-shav
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stones, his are the
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