Cheers & Jeers

Meg in front of the (back of) White HouseMy high school newspaper, The Devil’s Advocate, had a section called Cheers and Jeers. My move-in weekend was a great series of pros and cons, so here we go:

Cheer: Witnessed the Ted Kennedy Funeral procession. This was a totally bonus, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Dad overhead someone say the motorcade would be passing by. We stuck it out and sure enough, the Kennedys drove down Constitution Avenue – limos, charter buses and all.

Ted Kennedy Funeral Procession

Jeer: Wrong metro stop. On Saturday, while attempting to locate NPR, we got off the metro prematurely and ended up walking nearly 15 blocks to NPR. Oops. At least it was scenic and not sketchy.

Cheer: Bonus tour of NPR. Dad and I popped in the lobby of NPR, said hello to the security guard and started to head back out. Then, out of nowhere, a computer/tech employee kindly offered to show us the building. It was quict there, although the Weekend Edition crew was pretty busy.

Jeer: Germs, germs, germs are everywhere in D.C. Metros, handrails, buttons, and more. Thankful that NPR has hand sanitizers on each floor, and that my roomies have decided to keep a bottle by the door. (The rhyming was not intentional).

Cheer: Yummy Italian bistro for dinner. I couldn’t tell you the name of it, but it was good. The cheesecake was even better.

Jeer: Dulles Airport. Part of learning our way around included the out-of-the-way airport. In fact, the Super Shuttle actually passed Reagan Airport on our way into town Friday. We’ll know better for next time.

Cheer: Running into relatives in front of the White House. Talk about coincidence! I knew my cousin was in town this week on business. As my dad and I rounded the gates of the White House, I turned around and yelled, “Mark?” Sure enough, it was him!

The best part of the weekend, though, was my amazing dad who flew out to D.C. to help me set up. It was great to spend some quality time with a guy who works so hard. Thanks, Dad!Dad and Meg


About Meg Biallas

Thoughts From A DC Intern Turned DCist. A twenty-something goes beyond traditional tourism to achieve Washingtonian authenticity.
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6 Responses to Cheers & Jeers

  1. Kelly says:

    Aww…Meg sounds like some awesome adventures! I’m so excited for you :). Love you big sis!


  2. Mark Biallas says:

    Wow, I’m an amazing Dad! Thanks Meg, your an amazing daughter!


  3. broasaurus says:

    Ha! How hilarious is it that you ran into Mark! 😀 (Pics?)

    Cool blog, cuz. (WordPress is one of my favorite pieces of software.) I added your feed and follow’d ya on twitter as well! 🙂


  4. Lisa Cosgrove says:

    SOunds like you are just loving every part of your new adventure in your young life! Have a wonderful time!. Lisa Cosgrove


  5. Lorene says:

    Hi Meg-What an awesome opportunity and you got off to a great start!
    I’ll keep checking your posts to see what you are up to. I know they always say the names of the interns after certain NPR broadcasts, so can I expect to hear yours some time soon?


  6. Aunt Beth says:

    C’est vraiment chouette! How lucky are you to have this opportunity of a lifetime, Meg, I’m so very proud of you and wish you all the best! Make lots of memories…


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