While heading to DC for work a couple of weeks ago, I opted to go a day early so I could check out HacDC, the local hacker space.
Unfortunately, the person that was to meet me at the airport and give me the tour… didn’t show. Luckily, I’m massively adaptive…
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I cabbed down to the hotel in National Harbor…
stretched my legs along the beautiful waterfront among these Segway riders, and sent out a ping on the HacDC mailing list. Friendly Canadian maker seeks maker friends in DC area.
Less than 30 minutes later I got a ping back from this extremely nice former-Vancouverite named James who lives close to National Harbor. This hero of the story picked me up at my hotel and took me on a great adventure into DC.
Saw all the sites walking up and down…
the mall, including…
the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum
and many sobering and beautiful war memorials
that I’ve previously only seen in so many movies
and what struck me was how park-like the downtown core is. Weather was perfect for such a tour.
Then off we went up 14th street to HacDC
where James was dropping off an old microwave
and he very kindly gave me the full tour of the space.
HacDC is a real working space with lots of good gear and parts for making, great organization and storage solutions…
unique bits like this working payphone
and extended lab in the basement
housing many more interesting bits…
including this microwave which made me laugh, ’cause this is such a universal hacker space type of label. You have a great space, HacDC. Well done!
So a massive thanks to James for giving up his whole Sunday to hang out with me, and an equally hearty thank you to his expecting wife for supporting that.
The whole experience enhanced my faith in humanity and illustrated how important it is to really reach out to out-of-town visitors as we’ve done at kwartzlab for Seth and the hacklab gang, Brett and Asha from TX/RX, and the whole Two Hands Project crew. Having guests to your hacker space is equivalent to having guests to your house (as Gus would say), so treat ‘em well.
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