Week 5: 4th of July!

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Friday, July 5, 2013


Jose "Ro" Avila

So, we had a great time on Friday, sharing dinner with the SPS/Sigma Pi Sigma Executive Committee, and went to the Ronald Reagan Building to watch the Capitol Steps performance, which was the one chosen to be broadcasted for the 4th of July. The next day, we went to the folklife festival at the National Mall. There were a lot of things going on, such as music, dance, food, and information about different cultures, among others. Although it was really hot, it was interesting and fun, since we had Hungarian food and walked on stilts. On Sunday, we visited the zoo. It wasn’t the greatest idea to go at 2pm, since most animals are kept inside at those hours. However, we got to see a lot of different animals, including the flamingos and some of the mammals were quite fascinating.

And just like that, week 5 started. Six of the documents I was working on were completed on this week, and are now ready for publishing. One of the documents talks about informational interviews and the process of getting and doing one. I  learned a lot from these documents, since there were a lot of terms and themes I was not very familiar with, but now I have a clearer understanding of how to write, for instance, a cover letter. Roman and I have been working very closely on these resources, and I have a positive feeling that these will be very useful for high school and college students.

On Thursday July 4th, a friend invited us to her house to celebrate. We played chess, pool, had barbeque, swam in the pool, chatted, and enjoyed an early afternoon. That evening we traveled to the Mall to see the fireworks. We were anxious, since we were told that there would be a plethora of people, however, when we got to the Washington Monument we realized that our expectations were worse than what it really was. We found a place on the grass between the WWII Memorial and the Washington Monument, and waited until it got dark. It was around 9:10pm when the sky was illuminated by those colorful explosions. The background music playing made the fireworks look so much better, and we used our diffraction grating glasses to see the colors the fireworks were made of, and took some pictures and video of them… It was awesome.

The rest of the weekend went by pretty calm. We went to Board Room on Saturday, and played some chess, Cards Against Humanity, and UNO. The next day I went to a restaurant in Union Station to see the Wimbledon 2013 finals, where Andy Murray (Scottish) won the championship against Novak Djokovic (Serbian). This was a big deal, since it has been 77 years since someone from Scotland won.

This is how week 6 starts, with one month to go, and so many activities to do.

Cheers, and come back for the next journal.

Jose "Ro" Avila