According to this article, the earthquake from last summer that damaged the Washington Monument could keep the Monument closed until 2014 and covered with scaffolding. This is extra upsetting to me for a couple of reasons.
1. One of the things on my "to do" list while we live in the Washington area is to go to the top of the Monument and if things go the way we plan, we won't still be living here in 2014.
2. I want a family picture taken from this location (mainly family, but a definite "we lived near DC" feel to the picture) before we move: