Jonathan Sumner Evans
Sumner Evans
Software Engineer at Automattic working on Beeper

Washington D.C. to Montreal

Written by Human, Not by AI

This morning, I met up with Sam, Jo, and Robby and we went to breakfast together at a café. Then, we headed over to the building museum which opened at 11:00. The museum is not part of the Smithsonian, but it was very well done. It is located in a vast building that used to be an administrative office for the Pension Bureau.

In the covered “courtyard” of the building, they had an exhibit about the renovation of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. They are sourcing parts for the roof from all over the world. Also downstairs was an exhibit that discussed some of the buildings that define city skylines and another exhibit which explored some of the different materials that have been used to create unique buildings.

We then headed upstairs. There was an exhibit about the twin towers that had photographs of them throughout the decades and also had images of the new One World Trade Center. There were many side-by-side comparisons of different views showing both the twin towers with the new World Trade Center building. I was glad that we got to see the exhibit so close to 9/11.

The last exhibit that I went to was one about home construction. One side of the exhibit had cross-sections of a variety of home construction methods. It was like they constructed a part of a house and then intentionally didn’t finish the layers in various places so that you could see “inside the walls”. On the other side were a variety of common household items from various time periods which defined the domestic sphere. In the middle of the exhibit were a number of models of famous homes and housing structures like apartments. There were models of Monticello, Mount Vernon, and Oak Alley; all of which I have visited. I wrote about my visit to Oak Alley a few years ago on this blog. There were also models of other famous homes like Fallingwater.

At about 13:00, I left to hop on the train to DCA for my flight to Montreal. Using the Metro to get to DCA is very easy since it’s just a normal stop on one of the lines. Again, getting to security was no problem either thanks to Global Entry, so I found a burger at one of the restaurants while I waited for the flight.

The plane was pretty small. It only had 2 seats on either side of the aisle. The flight went smoothly, I arrived in Montreal without any issues. After getting off the airplane, I had to walk what seemed like an entire concourse to get to customs which was itself quite slow.

After finally getting out, I met up with two coworkers: Ian (an iOS developer) and Eric (the CEO of Beeper). This was the first time that I’d met any of my Beeper coworkers in-person, so that was quite cool. We got an Uber to the hotel: Hotel Monville. A bunch of the rest of team was at a bar and grill a few blocks away, so we dropped our bags and headed over to meet them.

A selfie of the team at the restaurant
A selfie of the team at the restaurant

There are still a few team members who will be arriving later tonight or tomorrow. We have a big week ahead with a lot of team meetings. While I enjoy the flexibility of remote work, I’m looking forward to working side-by-side with my coworkers and getting to know them as three-dimensional humans rather than boxes on a Zoom call.