Today was supposed to be my last Orioles game of the season. But weather and other tasks kept me away. And while I was fairly certain this game would be postponed–or at least delayed–it turns out it wasn’t. The Orioles lost 10-1. They lost every game I attended this season, some 10 out of 13. At least there was some good news in baseball yesterday. Mike Mussina got his 20th win. It was the first time for him.
I cajoled Kelly into taking a drive up to Frederick, Maryland late yesterday morning. I wanted to go up to Wonder Books and browse around the used books in the science fiction section. Kelly was remarkably patient with me. It was an hour drive to the bookstore, and I probably spent close to an hour wandering around the stacks. I ended up getting 5 things: the December 1945 issue of ASTOUNDING, which has Part III of Isaac Asimov’s "The Mule"; The Mound Builders and The Stochiastic Man by Robert Silveberg; Stanley G. Weinbaum’s A Martian Odyssey; and collection of Poul Anderson stories, containing his story "The Light", which I’ve been searching for for years.
Later in the afternoon, we decided to go for a bike ride. We took the 4 Mile Run trail to the Mt. Vernon trail and then started heading south toward Mt. Vernon. The weather was gorgeous and it was so nice to be out riding bikes on an actual bike trail. We took the river route and at one point, I found a spot where we pulled off to the edge of the water, just off the southern end of one of Reagan National Airport’s runways–and watched planes come in for landings. We continued south until we got to Old Town Alexandria, where the Chart House is located. From there, we turned around and headed back. None five minutes into our ride home the skies opened up. It poured and we were drenched. It was fun until Kelly’s left pedal broke off. I gave her my bike and had her ride home on that. Meanwhile, I struggled riding and walking her bike through the rain with a single pedal. Not as much fun, but we both made it home safely, took hot showers and relaxed. We will definitely do it again. Next time we’ll just keep a better eye on the weather.
We lazed around for much of the evening. We did practice our wedding dance, and we stayed up to watch the season premier of Dexter. Spoke with he11o_sunshine yesterday, and had a voicemail message from Dad.
I woke Kelly up in the middle of the night more or less wailing from a dream I was having. It was not a particularly scary dream, just a little creepy.
Less than two weeks to the wedding!