Washington, D.C. 2003

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January 16, 2003
Washington D.C.

My friend Jon and I decided to take a mini-vacation in January to D.C. to go to the Holocaust Museum and to tour the National Mall. The trip started on Wed. evening as Jon and I traveled to Charles Town, WV where Jon’s brother, R.W. lives. This was where we were going to stay for the weekend. We arrived at his house in the late evening and went to bed so that we would be rested well for the next day.

We awoke early the next morning and accompanied R.W. to his job at Dulles International Airport. After a brief tour of his office and surroundings, and getting directions, we headed for Vienna, Va. where we were to board the D.C. Metro Line. Vienna is the end of the line, and since I love riding the Metro, I knew I’d enjoy our 30 minute trip into the city.

The train starts out above ground, and then submerges underneath the city limits. After arriving at our station, we headed up to the street. I got harassed by some homeless guy, and then we went to our first (and only planned) stop, the National Holocaust Museum.

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Janet Jackson All For You Tour Washington DC 2001

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August 16, 2001
Washington, DC
All For You World Tour 2001
Capital One Arena

I had really wanted to see Janet during the Velvet Rope world tour in the late 90s but alas, it was never meant to be. At the time I made my friend Jamaal promise he’d go with me to see her the next time she went on tour. Well, that was around 2 years before Janet finished work on the album All For You. I was kept at bay with her duets with Busta Rhymes, Blackstreet, Shaggy, and a starring role in the Nutty Professor Movie (with a Janet song on the Soundtrack even). But I’ll never forget when I heard her first single off the album, the title track, for the first time.

I was still living at home that March and rushed home from work one nite because I knew the that the song was being released to radio that day. I figured I’d use Napster to get the song (R.I.P. Napster) and was so excited to finally hear it! I couldn’t wait to get the album, and in April it came, with funk and dance beats galore. In fact, the album came out on the day that I was moving out of my home, and my friends bought it for me as my going away gift to listen to on the way to my new destination.

Since I was moving I knew that I’d be living near Washington, D.C., and Janet would most definitely perform there, so once the tour was announced I found out when (August 16, 2001) and where (MCI Center, now the Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.) and ticket Info. The tickets left on TicketMaster were sucky, so I went to another good source: eBay. I found decent tickets for a price I won’t mention here, and made the transaction. Couldn’t be happier! Jamaal said he would come visit me, and we decided to make a mini-vacation out of it.

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