We Love Weekends – May 23-25

Oh wonderful long weekend, we’re so happy to see you here again. Why don’t you come more often? Oh well, we promise to enjoy you. A lot.

Tiff: Memorial Day weekend means summer is starting, which means getting a jump on all the warm-weather stuff the kid isn’t yet old enough to appreciate but we’ve been wanting to do. Berries at the new Brookland farmers market? Check. Splash park opening up at the Turkey Thicket Rec Center playground? Check. Pitchers of bourbon cherry lemonade with some new neighbors? You know it.

Esther:  Although the weather will be lovely and there will be outdoor activities, dining, and drinks a-plenty  to be had, my entire weekend will be spent at 1st Stage in Tyson’s Corner, for the opening of Bat Boy.  Tickets are still available for the Saturday (2 pm and 8 pm) and Sunday (2 pm and 7 pm) shows.  And did I mention that as much fun as it is to be enjoying the first weekend of summer outdoors (did spring really skip us entirely this year?), spending at least part of the weekend seeing Bat Boy at 1st Stage (1524 Spring Hill Road in McLean) is recommended.  Oh yeah, and in case I failed to mention it, come see Bat Boy at 1st Stage (running weekends through June 22).

Fedward:  Tuesday was the Social Chair’s birthday, so we’re treating ourselves to the tasting menu at Iron Gate Friday night.  The rest of the Memorial Day weekend will be spent visiting various DC neighborhoods and suburbs in order to enjoy all the BBQs to which our friends have invited us.  There’s one in Petworth, two near H St NE, one in Arlington near Columbia Pike, one in Hyattsville (apparently we never covered Hyattsville), and I’m sure I’ve missed a couple. Seriously, so many BBQs. And at some point Sunday we’ll squeeze in a brunch at the Passenger, because no weekend is complete without it.

Joe: My wife gets back Saturday after a week in Geneva, so that means I’ll be running around that morning picking up laundry, doing dishes and taking all the pizza boxes out to the trash. I’m hoping she’s not too jet-lagged because I’d like to drag her with me to Public Bar to catch the Miami Heat playoff game. Yeah, I’m a Miami Heat fan so we’ll probably show up late and leave early but, hey, that’s how we roll in South Beach. The rest of the weekend will likely revolve around yard work, the obligatory trip to Ikea in College Park (we just bought a new house) and getting the wife caught up on Game of Thrones.

Tom: Rolling Thunder’s not my thing, but they’ll be down on the Mall this weekend if the sounds of thousands and thousands of motorcycles are you favorite thing. We’ll likely be taking shelter away from the thunder, though, perhaps at one of the many outdoor pools that open this weekend. The idea of doing much more than that on a holiday weekend kinda gives me hives, but we may also check out some of the goings on throughout the metro for the long weekend, including maybe an IKEA run for some toys for Charlie, as well as a trip to the movies to get our pop culture on.

Don: If it wasn’t for Rolling Hearingdamage I might take the family over to the Columbia Island Marina for some picnicking; there’s lots of nice shaded area and planes flying overhead for That Darned Toddler to point & yell at. I’m not sure what he’s saying but there’s no way he could be heard over all those “life-saving” pipes by the Pentagon, so we’ll probably do our outdoor lounging closer to home. My only other plan beyond lounging and home improvement (does it ever end? (spoiler: no)) is to try to see some meteors on Friday night. A decade and change ago I drove way into the boonies of the Florida Everglades to watch the Leonids in the middle of the night and it was one of the most amazing stellar displays I’ve ever seen. If this shapes up to be a tenth of that – and not at 4am – it’ll be a huge success in my book.

Well I used to say something in my profile about not quite being a “tinker, tailor, soldier, or spy” but Tom stole that for our about us page, so I guess I’ll have to find another way to express that I am a man of many interests.

Hmm, guess I just did.

My tastes run the gamut from sophomoric to Shakespeare and in my “professional” life I’ve sold things, served beer, written software, and carried heavy objects… sometimes at the same place. It’s that range of loves and activities that makes it so easy for me to love DC – we’ve got it all.


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