Monday, August 16, 2010

Weekend Wrap-up

On Friday evening, I picked up Rebecca at work and then took one of my once-per-century trips into DC for Jazz in the Garden with a contigent of Grinnellians. Because of the lingering storm clouds, the group performed indoors and piped their music out over loudspeakers, so it might as well have been a CD. From there, we went to an overpriced outdoor bar with damp patio furniture and then a restaurant serving Burmese food, aptly named "Burma Restaurant". I had a bowl of squid which had a delicious sauce to offset its rubbery texture.

We took the Orange Line home, driven by a novice drunk who reopened the doors four times at each station as if he were playing Whack-a-Mole on his console, and then accelerated out of the station in short bursts of speed followed by braking, like a fifteen-year-old in a parking lot. The leg from East to West Falls Church took over fifteen minutes, so the complete round trip from Sterling to DC and back was two hours in each direction.

I worked all morning on Saturday, and then had a delayed departure to our weekend in the countryside -- we had an economical wine tasting at the Barboursville Vineyard ($5 for 18 tastes), sandwiches at Stonefire Kitchen, and then spent the rest of the evening at the Inn at Dawsonville, a no-frills bed and breakfast which was easily worth its inexpensive price tag.

On Sunday, we went to the Binders' mountainside house for my sister's baby shower in the midst of yet another thunderstorm, and ate quiche while needlessly increasing the stock prices of the Baby Einstein corporation. We took the scenic route through the overwhelmingly beautiful downtown Manassas Park and arrived back home around 5 to feed the starving cats. We paid tribute to the laws of thermodynamics by sitting around at rest for the remainder of the evening, and I finished the second book in the "Girl With The" book series.

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