Today wasn’t the most productive of days at work, but that happens from time-to-time. Rita was in town still, and Todd, Karl and I had lunch with her at Chevy’s. It was John’s last day today and there was a goodbye party for him, along with some ping pong, which was amusing. (Really good chocolate cake, too, with lots of icing. Yum!)
This afternoon at 4 PM, I attended my first beer tasting. There’s a group of people at work that hold these tastings once a month or so and it was a lot of fun. Everyone brought a lager. We put them in paper bags so no one else could see what we brought. We numbered the bags, and then went around tasting and rating them. There were 10 beers. There is a rather elaborate rating system and it took us about 45 minutes to get through the whole thing, but it was a lot of fun.
After that, we headed out for a short happy hour at Crystal City Sports Pub. There were 7 or 8 of us there, and it was still raining out, but it was a nice time. It was also one of the shortest happy hours in recent memory. We left around 6:30. We headed to Kelly’s place and there, we watched Love Actually on DVD before calling it an early night.
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.
Happy hour was a lot of fun. We went to Sine (pronounced “shinay”), a local Irish bar. We don’t normally go there, but they had outdoor seating and it was a particularly beautiful evening tonight. There were six or seven of us, me, Paraag, Carmen, Jess, Jason, Kristy. We sat around drinking for a few hours. I limited myself to a few beers and a couple of shots of Patron. And some pretty good hummus (although I must admit, I have not yet had hummis as good as what I had in Athens). We finally broke up at about 7:30 and I headed back home.
Spoke with strausmouse on the phone this evening. Thought about giving vickyandnorm a call but I remembered they were away on a trip and I didn’t want to bug them. (I’m perfectly content bugging strausmouse, however.)
No specific plans for tomorrow. I’m probably going to clean out more of the garage. And I may try to get a little bit of writing done.
I was in bed at 6:45 PM last night. I watched a few episodes of M*A*S*H and then was out cold. I guess I’d been pretty tired. Up at 5:30 this morning so I got a decent night’s sleep.
It’s been a busy day here. But for the 5th day in a row, I did make it to the gym and got in a good arms and shoulders workout. My legs are still pretty sore from Wednesday’s workout, but I expect today to be the last day for that.
We’re trying to get together a small happy hour here after work. Right now, most people are “maybes” but one or two are willing to venture over to Pentagon Row after work is over.
I really did manage to get a fair amount of technical work done this morning. Then there were some meetings that I could have done without, but I got through them.
I realize all of this stuff is mundane (kruppenheimer has made me very sensitive to this), but it is as much for me as it is for anyone else who chooses to read it. I’m trying to think of ways to identify the boring stuff so that people can skip it. I’m thinking about stealing the idea Will Durant used in The Story of Civilization where the more detailed, technical passages were in a smaller font. His contention was the average reader could skips those parts without missing much enjoyment. They were more for scholars. Maybe I’ll do something like that, but you’d still be depending on my judgment.
I started watching the Yankee game while at Carpool last night for a happy hour in celebration of Jesseca’s 30th birthday. When I left there sometime around 9 PM, the score was 2-1 Red Sox. When I got home sometime around 10 PM, the score was 5-2 Red Sox. It was the 6th inning and already the game was three hours long. But the time the game got to the 8th inning the score was 7-2 Red Sox and I was considering giving up watching.
I’m glad I didn’t.
In the top of the 8th, the Yankees scored 6 runs, a couple of those runs off of Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon, who was brought in to stop the bleeding. The Yanks came out of the inning with an 8-7 lead and with Mariano Rivera closing the game for them, that was the final score. The Yanks beat the Red Sox in Boston and closed to within 4-1/2 games of them for the division. You should have heard me whooting and hollering during that 8th inning. It was so much fun!
Incidentally, the 9-inning game lasted 4 hours 43 minutes–two minutes shy of the record for a nine inning game, set by the the Yankees and Red Sox last year. I didn’t get to bed until after midnight.