Thursday, 21 January 2010

Second Day in the Big House

So, two days now in the Pentagon.

Some observations. First, one cannot imagine the size and scope of the building. You could walk for days in circles. The maps they have on the wall? They might give you a one in ten chance of actually getting to where you want to go.

Food? That was a curious thing. There are around fifteen places in the place where you can eat. McDonalds, KFC, Dunkin Donuts, etc, etc. So you can eat fairly well for about $9 for everything.

My bus stops within 300 ft of my apartment and dumps me within 300 ft of the Pentagon. The problem is going home....where today, I got on the wrong bus and ended up six miles up the road from where I should have been. I was lucky....standing there for 45 minutes....the reverse bus came along and took me back around to the Pike.

The amount of construction that goes on almost daily within the structure is the surprising thing. Various offices are being modified and changed. Walls go up....walls go down.

I walked by the gym today. It's actually a four-star gym ($30 a month to join). They've got a pool and a full-up work-out area.

There are lots of people...who've been here for years....and you can see it on their faces (the 1-hour drive to get to work).