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AJ and Denisse, Part Duex

AJ and Denisse called me early yesterday afternoon to ask about a hotel in NYC that they are thinking of staying at. Since none of us were doing much, I decided to head back over to their place. Another friend of theirs was going to be there as well. It turned out to be fun. We hung out for a while, and then headed over to Nathan’s Steakhouse in Georgetown for a steak dinner. It snowed pretty hard, but not for very long. After dinner we headed back to AJ and Denisse’s and watched Office Space. I left by 10 PM and was home just after 11 PM.

I was up at 8 AM this morning and since I have the day off, I headed up to IHOP for breakfast. I have to head to the gym a little later. I missed the gym this weekend and I feel pretty guilty about it, but I will get in my cardio workout today. It’s sunny but cool out today. The snow is still pretty frozen so my car is still in the street. However, it is supposed to warm up into the 50s tomorrow and stay there through the weekend, which will be a nice change compared to the cold weather we have been having.

An evening in Peru

Last night, I headed over to AJ and Denisse’s for dinner. Denisse was whipping up an authentic Peruvian dish and it turned out to be excellent. I forgot to ask her what it was called, but it was layered chicken and potato and hard-boiled eggs and peppers and it was really quite delicious. She also made some homemade guacamole, which I am a sucker for. There was cheesecake and ice cream for dessert. It was all terrific.

We sat around listening to songs on our iPods and eventually settled down to watch L.A. Story which I brought along with me at AJ’s request. I hadn’t seen it in a long time but I couldn’t make it through the whole thing. I didn’t want to get home at 3 AM, so by 11:30, I called it a night and caught the train home. I was back home by 1 AM.

I was up this morning at 8:30 and headed to IHOP for breakfast. When I got back home, I decided to finish up reading what I had left in Volume 1, Issue 5 of SCIENCE FICTION AGE. After that, I decided to be lazy and get another hour or so of sleep.

I’m not sure about my plans for the rest of the day yet. I’m playing it by ear.


I’m just home from dinner with AJ and Denisse. We went to Chevy’s and we had a nice dinner. It don’t get to see them that much and it was good to be able to spend time with them.

When I got back to the metro station tonight, my car was there, as if it had been parked there since this morning. There was no indication that anyone was annoyed with my having left it there over night. In fact, it turned out that I saved myself a little money. If I had left the metro last night, I would have paid $3.50 for parking. But because I left the metro today–a weekend–there was no charge for parking. It’s a little loophole in the system that I am sure they are aware of, and once in which I will not be taking advantage of again (I hope).

Anyway, I head back into the office tomorrow to finish up with the bug fixes. No workout tomorrow, however, since Sunday is my free day. I’m off to bed…

Bug closure progress

Well, I closed about 11 bugs on the application today (some took longer than others, some were enhancements, not bugs) and I’m actually pretty pleased with my overall progress. More tomorrow.

AJ called a little while ago to tell me they’d be here by about 7:20 PM, which is only 50 minutes later than they originally said. I’m craving Mexican so maybe I can convince them to go over to Chevy’s for dinner.

Had a call from Dad who was checking to see if my car is still at the Metro station. I suppose it is. I didn’t check when I went back this morning, but I guess I’ll find out when I get there tonight. I also had a call from jen_ashlock and we ended up talking on the phone for about 30 minutes.

My iPod battery is dead. First time I’ve let it drain all the way since I got it. I couldn’t even use it for my workout earlier.

I’m quitting for the night. I brought along volume 1, issue 2 of SCIENCE FICTION AGE and I started reading it on the train this morning. I’ll read a little more now while I wait for AJ and Denisse.

Working on the weekend

For the second time in the last several months, I came into the office today to do some work. Mostly, I’m trying to close out the remaining open bug issues in our bug tracking system for an application that I’ve been working on that is rolling out this week. I’ll be here for a while. If I feel up to it (I must admit that I was feeling a little queasy when I woke up this morning) then I’m going to go to the gym at 4 PM (a little over 4 hours from now) to do my lower-body workout.

I spoke to AJ on the phone today and found out that Denisse is also in town. They are going to meet me for dinner down here around 6:30, which means I can get in a full workout and perhaps 5-1/2 hours worth of work today. We’ll see how things go.

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!

Gray’s Anatomy

It’s all Denisse’s fault.

Friday night, at dinner, she asked if I watched the show, Gray’s Anatomy, and I carefully explained that I didn’t watch the show because I didn’t have time. In fact, I explained that, aside from baseball, there are only three shows on TV that I watch.

For some reason, people don’t believe me when I tell them this. I have told the same people, again and again, that I only watch 3 shows on TV. I have explained why I only watch 3 shows, and yet those same people will ask me, every now and then, “Do you watch ______?” Do they think I am lying about this?

She told me that I just had to watch Gray’s Anatomy, that it was such a good show! I explained that I really didn’t have time to watch it during the week, that watching it would mean trading an hour’s worth of reading or writing time to watch the show and that I wasn’t likely to do that. But she insisted it was a great show. I thought I recalled seeing it on the Apple Music store, and so this weekend, I decided to download the pilot episode to see what the hype was all about.

Well, it turns out there are only 9 episodes in the first season, and it was only $15 to download all 9 episodes, so on Saturday, I did this. And Saturday afternoon, instead of finishing up The Demon-Haunted World, I watched the first 7 episodes of Gray’s Anatomy.

After getting back from the ball game this evening, I stopped at Target to buy Gray’s Anatomy: Season Two, and then went home. I watched the last two episodes of season one, and then proceeded to watch the first four episodes of season two. This is why I don’t watch too many shows on TV. You get sucked in and nothing else gets done! It becomes one big waste of time!

Actually, the show is not all that bad. I still won’t watch it during the week. I simply don’t have the time, and the show isn’t strong enough, from a writing standpoint, for me to dedicate the time. But I’ve enjoyed what I have seen on DVD. As far as “medical” dramas go, I have to say that House is by far the best thing going now–especially the writing. But Gray’s Anatomy is entertaining, nonetheless.

In case you are curious about the three shows I do watch each week

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.)

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.