“Washington may never be the same again.”
Those words were spoken by NBC Evening News anchor Brian Williams Tuesday night, part of the media coverage of Dan Brown’s new book The Lost Symbol. Personally, I’m more interested in John Brown than Dan Brown, but hey, sales of Brown’s new book will be counted in the millions.
Earlier this week I was prepared to simply ignore the book's pre-release hype, but last week the Washington Post went and plastered page one of their Style section with two juicy pieces on the way the nation’s capital is about the get “Dan Browned.” That is to say, docents can expect to be asked questions about the book, presumably annoying the other tourists who could care less.
Hyperbolic, fear-based reporting it was, although tongue-in-cheek too. Destination DC and others here have embraced the excitement, offering specialized tours. My interest perked up because one of the sites in his new book is the George Washington Masonic National Monument. In every city, there’s always that one spot the locals never or rarely go to. I’ve always felt that this place high on the hill above Old Town fits the bill. We live just minutes away, have passed by it countless times, but only once did we go there, a brief little thing I hardly remember.
Anyway, I have to admit I've been caught up in Brownmania. In addition to every thing else, I recalled my Dad being proud to be a Mason. So on Tuesday morning I snuck over to George’s Tower on the west side of Old Town. I took a quick, self-guided tour that covers just the first two floors.
The guided tours cover it all and start at 10 am. If you go, it’s very convenient to Metro, as you can see in the photo I took. They also have parking in the back. Free admission and a great view from up there.
I’m not a conspiracy theory type, but I did find it interesting that on Tuesday, which was release day for TLS, we had some interesting weather. As you can see from my photo, clear blue skies prevailed over the nation’s capital in the morning. But by afternoon, clouds moved in, and we’ve been in a cloudy and rainy pattern all week.
A coincidence I’m sure, but could someone check and see if Brown has been visiting NOAA?