Friday, January 20, 2017
January 20, 2017 (Tosh's Diary)
January 20, 2017
Today sucks. The whole trip sucked. I suck. They suck. One big sucking noise. First of all, I apologize for not keeping up the diary for the last couple of days. To save dough, I had to hitchhike to Washington DC - and someone should have reminded me that hitchhiking in the winter is not the grandest idea. I did dress warmly, but I should have purchased more socks at UNIQLO. My shoes got wet, as well as the socks. I was an idiot to wear Converse tennis shoes for this trip. But I wanted to be comfortable. Wrong. I brought a few days of clothing with me, and two notebooks, and one working ball-point pen. When I'm in a work mode, I live like a minimalist. Not a well-designed minimalist mind you, but one who doesn't bring the extra dry pair of socks.
The first impression of my trip to back east is that this country is not that hot. I was hoping to see the grandness of the states I went through, but to be perfectly honest, it was mostly darkness due to the nighttime, and sleeping with my mouth wide open in someone's back seat, and then there was the truck. A driver picked me up somewhere in Arizona and told me he was going to travel far, and I could stay in the back of his open air truck. So I got rained and snowed on, and oddly enough I didn't get a cold. I think when one is determined like I'm, one doesn't get sick. I have this strong Ayn Rand streak in me that I just go forward and hell with everything else.
I arrived in Washington DC yesterday. Dumpy town. Parts of it looks like an abandoned movie set. So it's cool in that fashion. I arranged to go to an AirBnB which was a room with no furniture whatsoever. I asked the owner if I could use the kitchen. To give them credit, they were very straightforward and said "no" to me. The same goes for the laundry. "No." What I did get was an empty room with no carpeting and the use of a toilet that was in a gas station a block away. On the other hand, the price was pretty cheap. So that's good.
Once I got myself settled in the new place, I e-mailed Steve (Bannon) to let him know I'm here and ask him if he could meet me at Baja Fresh which is located at 1990 K St NW, Washington, DC 20006. I thought it might be close to the Inauguration events, and therefore easier for him to get there. He didn't respond. I then added that I would treat him to lunch. I gave him time and told him I'd be waiting for him.
I easily found the restaurant and ordered a side dish of guacamole and chips. Which I have to say is excellent. One can taste the mixture of garlic and lime in the guacamole, which for me, made it unique. Of course, the portion is small, so I mostly took my time by taking a bite every ten minutes or so. And to be honest, I wasn't that hungry. While sitting there, I took my notebook and pen out and wrote some notes to myself. I knew it was important to get my ideas to Steve quickly because for sure he's a busy man. But I just want to point out to him that I desire his services as a board member, and I should remind him that he's responsible for the finances of the non-profit, which again, is to serve me as a writer, with a side-project of building a Trump statue. My goals are clear and even simple. I feel confident that my 'pitch' is going to work well.
I wrote to him to meet me at 1 PM. As soon as it got to 1:30, I decided to write him another email from my I-Phone. Just letting him know that I'm here, and if he wants me to order some food for him, so he doesn't have to waste time standing in line. I wrote to him again at 2 PM. Then another at 2:30. At this point, I decided I should order a burrito and more chips because the people who work here are starting to give me those looks.
Eventually, I ordered coffee after I ate the burrito. I stayed there until 4 PM. I compulsively checked my e-mails, but not one e-mail came to me, except notices from Pen USA to remind me to resubscribe. There is that funny moment when one realizes that things are not going to work out today. I left Baja Fresh, but first, I put in a $2 tip into their jar by their counter. I then walked out into the wintery early evening.