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I've been to Washington, DC, a handful of times.
Traveling from New York, through Penn Station and lumbering down to Union Station was a treat. A few hours in the quiet car to get some work done (and watching countless others battling work and sleep) is a fond memory.
When I needed to arrive in DC faster, I'd grab the Acela and get there in less time. I'm not sure if I enjoyed that as much. Still, riding on a train was and continues to fill me with little-boy fun and amazement. The 'all aboard' announcement. The sound of newspapers opening up. The checking of tickets.
And the old Penn Station was, um... fascinating. It didn't seem to need fancy aesthetics since folks weren't hanging around for long.
In the main concourse, people just waited for the ticking sound of the sign, like the sound from shuffling a deck of cards, to be notified of their track number.
The shuffling stopped. The track was revealed. And off they went. An assembly line-like efficiency.
While in New York, I worked with a software consulting services group. Our goal was to build integrations between systems, and ultimately teams, without the need to move every team to the same system.
HP Test Director integration with Serena Business Mashups or Atlassian Jira. Developer teams and test teams sharing data through integrations. It was agile development before agile development was so hot.
I'd hop on the train and either head down to the office in Maryland or meet with clients and partners in Washington, DC.
My first trip to Washington, DC was in 2006.
I was heading business development for an up-and-coming software firm. We were looking to bring users together through local user groups, providing updates on product and feature road maps and to hear how these users were deploying our software.
The first user group was in Falls Church, Virginia.
Flying from San Francisco, I took a late-night flight back east. It was early the next morning when I arrived at the hotel, and since I hadn't visited Washington, DC previously, I wanted to get up in a few hours and take the Metro to walk the streets of our nations capital.
I was most excited to see the White House.