Oh Hi October, Where Did September Go?

World, this is Barry. Barry, meet World!

September was a super whirlwind of a month, there was meeting up with friends from college (wow I graduated from college almost ten years ago now!) and a trip to D.C., a first for me. Also, we acquired a rescue puppy who’s some sort of GSD/Doberman mix. I like to call him an Adobe Shepherd 🙂

Even though I’m President of a student organization on campus, it’d never even crossed my mind that Washington, D.C. would be a place I’d get to see in my lifetime. I always had this idea that it would be too stuffy and stifling for a native Californian like myself.

It was amazing to be able to see a world that wasn’t in a drought, as long as I can remember California’s been in a state of drought and water conservation has been a priority. There were ads for not wasting water all the time, and I still feel guilty for taking showers that last longer than five minutes. Then I attended the wedding of a friend of my fiance and was in D.C. in September, which is supposedly the best time to be there.

It’s me and my +1!

What stood out the most to me was the fact that museums were free to attend. That’s not a reality in California, and it saddens me because it highlights an underlying issue with how the State of California differs from the rest of the nation in a backwards way. Free museums show that the society offering them cares about the idea of a public good, and is choosing to invest in it.

Not to mention the numerous business and employment opportunities that naturally spring forth when large numbers of people are tourists in any given area. Also amazing in D.C.? Public transportation works, and it works for everyone. It’s almost as if there was a general consensus by the members of the society wanting to make sure people could get to their destinations on time. Those two values are ones that seem to have died out here in the wild West. Everything’s so expensive, and citizens have a vague sense that there’s money being made, but it stays in the hands of a certain class of people. (Don’t forget, corporations are people, too!)

I said I didn’t want to talk about my wedding, and this will be the only personal plug I make short of being asked directly about it by anyone in comments. It’s for stationary in general, so I feel like it’s not really about the wedding industry and more for anyone who needs nice stationary (ahem Holiday cards…’tis the season soon).

We’re using Minted for our invites, and I’ve been impressed by how quickly their customer service and design team put together our final order and how easy their patent-pending guest addressing technology is to use. If you don’t already have an account with them, click here to register to get a $25.00 discount on your first order with my code!

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