Thursday, March 31, 2011
Spring Break: Monticello (our last day)
Thomas Jefferson was a pretty amazing guy and I knew this before visiting his home, but it was very apparent during the tour: writer of 19,000 letters; reader extraordinaire (he had a 5-book reading stand on a thing like a lazy-susan); designer of buildings, clocks and other cool stuff (how about a machine that wrote a copy of his letters as he wrote them); writer of the Declaration of Independence; writer of the Constitution; one of the Founding Fathers; and family man. Okay, he had affairs, that's not so great. Oh yeah, and slaves, that's definitely horrible.
Then to lunch with Beth, a woman I went to high school with, and her two girls. That was really fun. After our late lunch we wandered around UVA. Now that's what I call a college campus! I like it when you enter a college campus and can tell: there's an entry, there's only cars on the periphery, and there is a sense of learning, socializing, etc.