Ken & Mike

“Where is Mike Sitting?” and other tales from DC
“Where is Mike Sitting?” and other tales from DC

We had a good day in DC on Thursday, capped off by last night’s great Red Sox win in the World Series.

Shortly after the show on Thursday morning, we made our way over to Congresswoman Chellie Pingree’s office for an interview. We walked by the Supreme Court on the way there:

SUPCO

Fun fact:  If needed, Ken has the legal standing to argue a case before the Supreme Court. (Not that we’re advocating for it.)
From there, we also passed the Capitol building (seen in the photo at the top of the page).  Apparently there’s a lot of talk around town because the dome is set for renovation and covered in scaffolding for the next couple of years.  Tourists won’t get the greatest photos of the dome for a while (though that’s already happening with the Washington Monument) as a result.

We arrived in Congresswoman Chellie Pingree’s office.  Despite the fact they agree on almost nothing, Chellie was very gracious and allowed Mike to sit at her desk (her reasoning: her grandkids have sat there and didn’t screw it up, so how bad could Mike be?).

MIKE-PINGREES DESK

We also got a team photo at the desk:
KEN AND MIKE DESK

From there, we took a walk down to the House recording studio.  Turns out the House (and the Senate) have recording studios for TV and radio.  Here’s a look at one of the TV booths:

HOUSE TV

If you see an interview with a Congressional Representative, it’s most likely from this studio.  See those books in the photo?  If you take one off the shelf, you’ll find out it’s literally cut in half.  The staff there explained that the books’ full weight would make the shelves sag, so cutting the books in half keeps them from having to replace the shelves.

From there we recorded on our interview with Chellie Pingree.  Many thanks to Willy Ritch for making it happen.  (We did think it was pretty funny, however, that Willy needed Chellie to lead us to the recording studio, since Willy keeps forgetting the way.  In his defense, there’s a LOT of turns, elevator riding, tunnel walking, etc.)
CHELLIE INTERVIEW

We’ll be airing Chellie’s interview on the show at 7:08am this morning.

Thanks again to the Portland JetPort for making the trip possible!

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