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You can call me Al

I got to Buffalo Bills exactly at 7 PM and naturally, I was the first person there. Denisse showed up about 10 minutes later and then her friends started arriving. AJ didn’t get there until almost an hour later. I spent time talking to Denisse and also to a friend of hers from Finland. Denisse kept challenging me to drink with her and I always finished before her. Finally, I ordered 2 Jaeger shots and we did those together. At that point, however, I started to slow down because I knew I had to head home in a few hours.

Around 9 PM we headed down P street through a driving rain to a Japanese bar with a Karaoke machine, you know, where people get up an sing the song while reading the lyrics off a TV screen. That went on for quite some time and it was a good thing I’d had something to drink or I might not have been able to withstand the screeching. I joked with AJ that he should get up there an do a rendition of Paul Simon’s “You Can Call Me Al” because he had done that once at Corbin Bowl in L.A. about 5 years ago and it was hilarious. Turns out they had the song and so he got up there and did it, and somehow, dragged me with him so that I sang too. Together, our voices would have peeled wallpaper from the walls had there been any wallpaper. But it was fun.

I left shortly thereafter, saying goodbye to Denisse who is off to Switzerland to finish her Ph.D. It took over an hour to get home and it wasn’t until I finally did get home (close to 1 AM) that I found out that the Cardinals won the World Series and that strausmouse finally got his release.

I slept pretty well last night. It rained most of the night and the rain on the roof is always a pleasant sound. I was pretty hungry when I woke up and the two bowls of cereal, toast and juice really hit the spot. Today, I’m debating heading over to Silver Spring to go see The Prestige simply because it looks interesting.

Off to the gym

I’m on my way to the gym in a minute, but I thought I’d mention that I was just invited to Denisse’s (of AJ and Denisse fame) going away drinking bash tomorrow evening. Denisse heads to Switzerland on Monday to finish up her Ph.D (AJ will be staying here in town) and she’s having this going away bash. It begins tomorrow evening at 7 PM with drinks. It continues later in the evening at a different place for more drinks and kareoke.

I told her I’d make it for the first part, so it looks like I have plans for a Friday night for a change!

The last baseball game of the season

I attended the my last Orioles game of the season today. The game was against the Twins, and naturally, I was rooting for the Twins in hope that the Yankees won’t have to play them in the divisional series. The Twins ended up winning the game.

AJ went to the game with me and it was the first time in the 11 games I went to this season that the game was delayed (in the 7th inning) due to rain. Fortunately, my season ticket seats are in a section that is covered so we waited out the delay without getting soaked.

And since it was the last game of the season, I gave our usher, Bill, an extra big tip to thank him for helping out during the season.

Good morning, Riverdale!

I met AJ and Denisse for dinner last night and we had a nice meal at Ruby Tuesday’s. As it turns out, Karen was meeting her mom there for dinner last night, so AJ and Denisse got to meet her as well. By the time dinner was over, I was pretty tired. AJ and Denisse were heading over to Costco and I headed home. I got home shortly before 10 PM and I went straight to bed.

Which explains why I am wide awake at 7:30 AM on a Saturday.

It’s been cooler out these last several days, but today it’s supposed to get back up into the mid-80s. The plan for today is to try and finish up The Demon-Haunted World. I’d like to start on Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors tomorrow if I can. Maybe a little writing, too, and perhaps a little work on the book database. I also have to do at least one Critters critique by Wednesday.

Tomorrow is my last Orioles game of the 2006 season. It should actually be a good one: O’s vs.the Twins, who are only 1-1/2 games back from the division lead. I invited AJ to go to the game with me.

Hanging out for dinner

AJ and Denisse were going to be meeting at the Pentagon City mall for dinner tonight, and they invited me to join them. I agreed. Since I normally leave work at 4 PM, I now get to stick around here until 7 PM when I am supposed to meet them. Still, I’m going to try and make good use of the time. How many pages of The Demon-Haunted World can I get through in 3 hours? (I’m currently 252 pages through the book.)

An afternoon with AJ

I headed downtown around 1 PM and was out on the Mall by 1:30 PM. It was warmer than I expected out and I had worn jeans instead of shorts, but I survived. I found a bench and sat for an hour reading more of A Canticle for Leibowitz, which I expect to finish tonight or early tomorrow. At 2:30, I headed to the museum to meet AJ.

I met AJ at the Museum of American History, after some confusion about exactly where we were going to meet. By the time we found each other, we were both pretty hungry so we left the museum and headed to Old Ebbitt Grill, which I had heard about but had never managed to get to in the four years that I have been here. It was a cool place, an old style elegance, and the food was good too.

After lunch (which was AJ’s treat), we headed back to the museum to lurk around until closing. In a kind of stark contrast at one point, AJ and I stood in front of a display showcasing Washington, D.C. in 1900, while talking about the benefits of LCD vs. plasma flat panel televisions. We also spent time in front of a huge map of New York city in the 1920s with AJ asking all kinds of questions about the city, and me providing the answers

AJ: Where does the name “the Bronx” come from?

Me: From Jonas Bronck, who has a farm up in that part of the region back when New York City was still a Dutch colony. People would go and visit, “the Broncks”, which evolved into the Bronx.

AJ: Why do they call New York City “Gotham”?

Me: Gotham is derived from a Dutch word meaning “Goat Town”

Before we knew it, the museum was closing. It’s doors will now be closed until the summer of 2008, which seems like a long way off, but with the speed with which time seems to pass, it also right around the corner.

We walked into Georgetown and headed for Haagen Daas, where AJ obtained for us Belgian chocolate shakes (again, his treat!) and where we sat for quite some time talking about all manner of things. It wasn’t until 9 PM that we left and made our way back to Foggy Bottom so that I could catch a train home.

I was back home at 10 PM.

Orioles vs. Rangers

AJ and I headed to the Orioles game today. And although it was 95 degrees and very humid out, my seats are in the shade–and their was a great breeze blowing in from the outfield so it was actually very comfortable.

It was a pretty boring game. The Orioles won 4-0. The most interesting thing on my score card is the fact that I recorded the following 3 times: SB/E-2 (stolen base, plus a one-base error). On three different stolen base attempts, the Rangers catcher tried to pick off the runner and threw the ball into the outfield, allowing the runner to advance to third. That poor catcher had all three of the Ranger’s errors for the day.

I did see that the Yankees won and the Red Sox lost, so the Yanks are only 1/2 game back now.

Next game is in 2 weeks, against the White Sox, I think, and Dad will be in town for that game.

Saturday afternoon in Georgetown

I headed down to Foggy Bottom to meet AJ and Denisse at their place. Their A/C is not working so we did not stay there long. We headed to News Cafe for a late lunch. Somehow, we managed to wrangle the private room in the back. The food was good and so was the company. In addition to AJ and Denisse, a couple of their friends joined us, one from England, the other from Germany.

After lunch, we got some ice cream and then headed down to the waterfront, where we relaxed in the shade for an hour or two. Everyone wanted to go out for a drink, and we walked around Georgetown trying to find a suitable place. When we finally found a place, it was already 10 PM and I was done for the evening. I excused myself and headed back to the metro station and then back home. I was home by about 11:30 PM.

It was good seeing AJ and Denisse. AJ is going to go to the Oriole’s game with me tomorrow, so I’ll see him again soon.

Eric and Ryane’s visit: Day 1

Eric and Ryane spent much of the early part of the day visiting with Eric’s uncle and aunt in Alexandria and this allowed me to get a bunch of errands done. I took the train with them as far as Pentagon City to run some errands, and then headed back to Riverdale where I got a haircut, purchased a scorebook for the Oriole’s game, and did some other errands. We agreed to meet outside Foggy Bottom late in the afternoon and from there, to head over to AJ and Denisse’s.

We met and were at AJ and Denisse’s just after 5 PM. I’d never been to AJ’s place before and so this was a first for all of us. Our plan was to walk into Georgetown for dinner. The weather was incredibly beautiful out, very mild and sunny with a pleasant breeze, and naturally, Georgetown was packed.

The highlight came as we wandered past the key bridge to the place where the famous staircase from “The Exorcist” resides. Eric had been wanted to see that, and once he saw it, it was as though it couldn’t believe it. He was really excited about the whole thing and must have taken two dozen pictures of the stairs and people standing on the stairs. We climbed to the very top and took more pictures, climbed back down to the bottom and Eric seemed almost overcome by the stairs. The only possible thing that might have made the experience better for him would to have been arrive at the stairs on a foggy, misty night. (All picture credits to Eric.)

Once we could tear ourselves away from the staircase, we headed down to the river and scouted out a suitable restuarant at which to eat. We decided on Cabana’s, and arranged for a table outside. Drinks were ordered all around and we sat around drinking them for what seemed like a long time before our dinner was actually served. It was incredibly pleasant, however, because the weather outside was so nice and the company so lively.

After dinner (and a brief stop at an ice cream shop for dessert), we headed back to AJ and Dennise’s for more drinks and a game of Cranium (“Turbo Edition”). I tried OJ and Captain Morgan’s Coconut Rum for the first time and found that I liked it.

The “Turbo” edition of thte Cranium had to have been a misnomer, joke, or both. First off, it took us forever to figure out how to play. There was no dice, nor hourglass. Instead, there was an electronic gizmo that acted as both dice and timer, and not all of our collective intelligence could make us understand how to make the device work properly. Second, the game didn’t actually seem any faster, and in fact the “turbo” portion of the games worked to only confuse us and slow things down. Eventually, I forfitted the game on behalf of AJ and myself (even though we were winning) because I felt the need to take pity on everyone else. The game might otherwise have lasted until dawn.

It was the very early hours of the morning by the time that Eric, Ryane and I got back on the metro to head home. But lots of fun was had by all.

Lunch with AJ

I met AJ for lunch today and we headed over to Noodles. I don’t think AJ had ever been there before, but I recommended their macaronni and cheese with chicken because it’s outstanding. I think he enjoyed it. I got the “large” by the way and wolfed most of it down without too much trouble. I’ve noticed that my jeans feel a little tighter these days, and my weight, which for most of my life I’ve paid little attention to, is at its all-time high: in excess of 63 kilograms.

AJ is going to be working in my neck of the woods for a while so I expect these lunches will grow more frequent over time,