The announcement that they had restored the studio model of the USS Enterprise and that it was being displayed at the Smithsonian prompted me to immediately book bus tickets to go see it. It’d been years (decades?) since I last visited Washington DC. To be honest, I don’t take many vacations that don’t involve flying halfway around the world. So I thought I’d make this into a nice vacation and see the sites around the city. I even got to have some beers with an old colleague of mine.