Well, it’s comparitively warm, and quite definitely wet. I think Spring has definitely sprung in DC.

Cherry blossoms that remembered to blossom.

Flags outside the J. Edgar Hoover FBI Building in DC.

“… and of course we’ll have a flag out the front of the building.”
“How about two flags? One at either end? That would create a bit of a statement wouldn’t it?”
“Well, it would certainly demonstrate the patriotism of the FBI.”
“You know, I think it would be even more patriotic if we had more flags…”

There’s a thunderstorm rolling in at the moment (accompanied by a downpour that started as I was walking home with my groceries). All I need now is a verandah to sit on and watch it from.



american flags

I’m starting to put in a couple of applications for some apartments I like. There is one that really had a lot of character, it’s part of a very old townhouse building, and has a loft bedroom – total novelty, I’ve never seen a house in Melbourne quite like it (unsuprisingly). So that’s on the top of the list, then there are a couple of others that are your standard beige carpet, creamy coloured walls apartment, that seem to be everywhere.

As part of the rental application for the houses built after 1978 though, you also have to fill out a Disclosure of Information on Lead-Based Paint and Lead-Based Paint Hazard. Theres a brochure that goes with the disclosure, that has helpful bits of information like: “Keep children from chewing window sills or other painted surfaces.”

(Oh, and the flags? They’re just up infront of so many houses here. It’s a very American thing to do. There was talk about putting up a boxing kangaroo flag infront of this place.)