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04.19.11 · NYC and DC

It was great to spend a relaxing evening with my family last Thursday night. My little sister agreed to take care of my turtle while I’m travelling. His name’s Mister T - I’ll post a couple pictures when I can get the photos off my Nikon.

I topped up my transmission fluid (there’s a leak somewhere), reassured my parents that I’ll survive the trip, and played some Rock Band with my little brother. I got trounced; he was hitting full sections of Through The Fire And The Flames on expert guitar, while I weakly kept up on drums.

I repacked my car and hit the road. Taking the Palisades Parkway south, I ended up in Manhattan, to visit @BruceWagner and @EdwardGel. They were kind enough to pay for my parking while I stayed in Manhattan - thanks guys!

On Friday we taped the first episode of The Bitcoin Show. This is one of a couple dozen shows that will make up Bruce’s upcoming network, OnlyOneTV. We talked about my trip, about some of the excellent projects the community has made, and @BitcoinLabs upcoming Bitcoin ATM. You’ll send coins to the ATM and it’ll spit out dollars - it was really cool.

After that, I was off to Brooklyn, to visit my friend Will. We stayed up late watching Futurama and playing Left 4 Dead 2. I bought some food from him, using Bitmail to send coins.

This weekend was my first time driving in New York. It… kept me alive? Dodging the Mercedes that blindly turned in front of me, dodging pedestrians, losing GPS signal, the works… at least in NY, having a car was much more of a hindrance than a help.

DC feels the same way. Today’s Tuesday and I’m staying at an apartment in Columbia Heights. Parking is awful - DC has some really draconian parking regulations. The owner of the house is a bitcoiner who offered to let me crash for a couple nights; there’s half a dozen people who live here and they’re all really cool. Last night was Passover, so I attended my first Seder. The food was good and we all had a great time.

While I was skateboarding through DC I blundered into a protest. Turns out it was “Power Shift.” More on that later.

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