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The Friday night main events

Yes, events as in plural. This was a long Friday night for an old feller like me, but a fun one. It began around 5 PM. Trevor was back in town for the weekend, visiting, and he came into the office on Friday. After work, a bunch of us headed over to Champps for a small happy hour in his honor. We managed to get a good corner table. Drinks were had by all and it was a lot of fun catching up with Trevor. It was almost like he was back here for good.

Todd and I had to leave at 7 PM in order to get over to the DC Improv. We were meeting a bunch of people there for a continuation of Carmen’s birthday celebration. We caught the Yellow Line to the Red Line and got to the Improv just after 7:30. Kelly got us in without having to wait in a long line and we found that we had a good table in the front corner with a good view of the stage. There was a 2-drink minimum there, and so I had a couple of Coronas. The featured headliner was Jake Johannsen and he was really funny. The only problem was that I was distracted by the Yankee score, which I kept checking on my iPhone throughout the show. Toward the very end of the show, I discovered the Yanks had lost in extra innings. Still, it was a fun evening. In additional to me and Kelly, Carmen was there, as was Todd, Ben and his girlfriend Mary (who plays softball with us), Adam and his friend, Kelly’s friend Sarah, and a few others I didn’t know so well.

When the show was over (somewhere around 10 PM), we walked up the street to a bar the name of which I can’t remember. It was packed but we squeezed our way in and spent the next two hours drinking, talking, and dancing. I didn’t drink or dance. I’d had as much to drink as I’d wanted and it fell below the limit required to get me to dance. But it was still a lot of fun. Carmen seemed to be having a great time. Jesseca joined us there, as did Jason for a little while.

We finally left sometime around midnight.

Post script

I received the March 2007 issue of ASIMOV’S in the mail today and Robert Silverberg had a nice memorial essay to Jack Williamson.

Just before heading off to bed, I turned on the TV because TiVo was recording something and I was curious what it was. It was Jay Leno. I don’t watch Jay or Dave, except in very rare circumstances. But I’m glad TiVo recorded it because Jay’s guest was one person who will always get me to tune in, Don Rickles. He is one of the funniest men I have ever seen in my life and I just spent about 20 minutes laughing so hard my sides hurt. That’s a good way to wrap up the evening.