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30 March 2013

Benchmarking Time: Washington, DC

I spent yesterday in downtown Washington DC, hoping to see a few cherry blossoms (it’s a big thing here), but unfortunately it’s been a bit too cold for them lately, and the peak bloom won’t be for another few days. There are a few trees out, just not in the popular areas around the Tidal Basin. What I did find were a couple of benchmarks!


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30 January 2008

Marble monuments: Not all they’re cracked up to be

The Washington Post ran an article today about the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery. For quite a long time now – since the 1960s, in fact – the marble used to build the Tomb has been cracking. (You can see it fairly well in the photo to the right.) According to the Post, “The stone, now weathered and chipped, has two horizontal cracks, both of which have …


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