Thanks for all the tips (in comments and by e-mail) for our trip to DC. I have one more question to ask you regarding the trip. We will be staying for a few days with H's aunt and uncle (although I think the uncle may be out of town), and I want to get them a gift for letting us stay with them. The only idea I have right now is to scope out their liquor cabinet while we are there and pick up a bottle of wine of the brand (or vintage or something fancy like that) so that I know they will like it. I am worried we may not get to a liquor store though. Any other ideas?
They are about 60, really fun, very smart, and extremely generous. H's aunt volunteers at the White House and at Walter Reed (military hospital). H's uncle has a Ph.D. in Aerodynamics (or something along those lines) and was in the Air Force for yeeeears, but now works for a defense contractor. I am really looking forward to seeing them.
I shall end with a funny anecdote:
H has always loved comic books and comic book characters. When he was little, his favorite character was Spider Man. In fact, he wanted to be Spider Man. He knew Peter Parker had gained his spidey powers when a radioactive spider bit him. H thought for a while about how he could find a radioactive spider and get it to bite him. H caught a spider and put it in the microwave. Unfortunately, after 30 seconds in the microwave, it was probably radioactive* but it was in no shape to bite H.
*Ok, no it wasn't, but it is cute.