Sunday, February 28, 2010

Convos of the Like-Minded, Outside of DC


Evidence of civilization outside the District.

Anyone who has known me for awhile understands how strongly I believe America's founding fathers put a serious masonic force field around the District of Columbia, to make the capital feel more important, impenetrable, mighty. It's a force field that affects the mind - well - my mind anyway, a force field that leads me to believe somehow it's not possible to ever get out of DC. From my perch on Capitol Hill, Bethesda seems as far away as Pennsylvania, Annapolis might as well be an island out in the Atlantic.

The force field, as I perceive it, is twice as strong around old Washington City. Especially powerful is the masonic force field that encircles Capitol Hill. Sometimes it doesn't even seem possible to get to Dupont Circle because that would mean leaving the Hill. I'm telling you, masonic force fields pack a serious wallop.

But force fields of the mind, even those laid out over the landscape by the Masons, can be dispelled simply by stepping onto the Metro train like I did yesterday on my way to a party at a friend's house in Annapolis. By the time I got off the train at New Carrollton, Maryland, I was able to remember that Annapolis is not an island in the ocean but a beautiful town only forty-five minutes away from DC.

Hey, George Washington, Pierre L'Enfant, Andrew Ellicott, et. al. No matter how powerful your magic was, the truth is that not only is it possible to leave DC, but it's important for those of us living in this pressure cooker of a city to get out on a regular basis, to gather with friends, eat, talk, drink. It always does me a world of good. Oh yeah.

21 comments:

Tom said...

looking forward to soaking in some of that atmosphere...instead of just running willy-nilly from one tourist trap to the next.

I hope I can feel a little bit of the mystisism you describe.

bobbybegood1 said...

Reya when you spoke about New Carrollton train station it envoked so many memories of my visits with my sister, who lived in Maryland. She lived in Hyattsville and Laurel. OMG! I remember the first time I got off the train in New Carrollton. I had to wait a few minutes before my sister arrived to pick me up. My sister forewarned me that the platform is really, really small and that if a train should pass by, you better hold on to a pole. Well, I kid you not, a train came rolling by with such force that it almost blew me and the pole away. Cheers Reya!!

ellen abbott said...

The force field around my house is very strong also. For the past two days I meant to get out and take a walk. Today. today I am going to take a walk. Beautiful blue sky day and another front supposed to blow in tonight. will it never end?

Minka said...

You say the force field is in your mind. I think that is where they usually are.

Linda Sue said...

Cool masonic shite all over the place- I think that it's power is waning, however. When we were in DC it felt to me like a floating weird disneyland-ish place but with REAL stuff- the bed in which Lincoln died- wow!At night DC gave me the creeps- kept seeing shadows of things not solid.We were only ther for a week and a ahlf and went to the SMithsonian every day , counted squirrels and cooked in the relentless heat. Fun, great in fact- place to visit.The poverty just around the corner from monumental importance was an interesting glaring juxtaposition.

lakeviewer said...

Interesting take on Washington! Love it.

California Girl said...

I loved DC when I lived in Richmond and traveled to the city every month. It's been 22 years now, hardly seems like it. Perhaps it was less hectic although the traffic was fierce even then. I just thought it the most beautiful of all our cities, as it should be, and certainly the most exciting if you like politics. I'm sure people in NYC will disagree. As for energy, I felt energized going there but, then, I did not live there.

Cyndy said...

I think it is difficult for lots of people to leave their comfy-cozy neighborhoods when everything they need is within walking distance. I'm pretty sure I'd be the same way if I lived in a city. It seems like it would be great to not ever have to drive anywhere and I'm totally jealous of people who get to live that way.

I know plenty of New Yorkers who are happy to stay uptown, or downtown, or wherever it is that they live. They act like it's a big deal to go to some other section of town when in fact it's so easy.

Ronda Laveen said...

Sounds like you had a marvelous mini-vac. Those tulips and that salad look positively sumptuous. Are those pine nuts that I see?

willow said...

I am craving a big luscious bunch of tulips now! Oh, yeah! (in Reyaspeak)

Hecate said...

Holy shit, that's pretty much my kitchen.

Reya Mellicker said...

Tom we will go for a walk. You will definitely be able to feel it. Afterwards, I can't wait to see your drawings!

Cyndy you're right of course that these force fields exist everywhere, especially in NYC. It generates incredible amounts of energy, though to me, NY feels like a magnet pulling me deeper and deeper into it. I love NY.

Ronda, good eye! Yes, pine nuts. YUM!!

Hecate: wrong state, but otherwise, wow!

Elizabeth said...

Catching up on your blog.
I know a major, father of 2 small girls, professional soldier, who has been in Iraq kicking down doors, Afghanistan several times, in '02 in the mountains looking for Osama --says he does not think we are doing the right thing

friend, female, NGO person, hates Taliban cutting off hands and burkas and stuff.

Gosh, so very hard to know
I'm a big pacifist from for ever
but you are right we need to THINK

I have friends in Bethesda
may go down there soon

oxox

Daisy said...

Gosh, that salad looks good! Happy travels!

Reya Mellicker said...

The salad was delicious.

eliz if you come to Bethesda we must meet for drinks and snacks, please? I will bust through the force field!

The Pollinatrix said...

It's fascinating to me how areas can function so differently from each other. When I lived in Baton Rouge, I hardly ever went to New Orleans, even though it's only an hour away. It seemed so far, a journey.

But here in New Mexico, I'll drive to Santa Fe (1 1/2 hrs) or even Albuquerque (2 1/2 hrs), and it seems like nothing.

Steve said...

The same is true for New Yorkers, and probably all city dwellers. Getting out now and then is essential for survival!

Merle Sneed said...

I don't know about Masonic force fields, but those are killer tulips.

Kerry said...

Just left a comment on your previous post, but here I must say: one of the reasons I love to visit you is that you put some beautiful images in my mind of Washington, DC. That place of power comes to life before my eyes with your photography.

Karen said...

AND, in addition to what the forefathers put in there, if you read Paula Gunn Allen's book on Pocahontas, you find out that there was already some powerful mojo there to begin with! (which is why the Powhatans made their seat of government there as well) (She notes that the Potomac, in using the root word "powa," refers to dreaming or dream-visioning, and is a place of "connection with paranormal or supernormal perception and ability" (p. 66)!!)

LadrĂ³n de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

San Francisco, or even The Mission seem to have similar force fields, but I do make it out to places as far away as Sacramento and Monterey. However, it feels like I am doing space travel.