We Love Weekends – April 18-20

Fedward: After last week’s movie-and-grill-a-palooza we’ve got another packed weekend coming up.  In theatre, there’s Arguendo at Woolly Mammoth, and Moth at Studio Theatre 2ndstage. Saturday is Customer Appreciation Day at Ace Photo, and I’ve been itching for a camera upgrade. We also need to start prepping our garden this weekend for the Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild annual plant sale next weekend (if you go this weekend it’ll be pretty, I’m sure, because it always is, but there won’t be anything for sale). And then Sunday, it’s over the river we go to see Don, his Darling Wife, and That Darn Toddler for Easter dinner.

Esther:  In honor of Thomas Jefferson, who would have celebrated his 271st birthday this week, I’m spending my weekend honoring the man who did a bunch of important stuff for the country, including inventing the swivel chair. Starting Friday night by unwinding from the week, I’m going to hit Quill, the upscale bar located in the Jefferson Hotel at 16th and M St NW in DC, where specialty cocktails are the order of the night.  Saturday, I will enjoy the last vestiges of the cherry blossoms on the Tidal Basin and visit Mr. Jefferson himself at his memorial, which celebrates its 70th birthday this year.  Saturday night, I’ll be at the rooftop bar and lounge at the Graham Georgetown, since it’s located on Thomas Jefferson St NW and has an amazing view of the Potomac.  And Sunday, brunch will be had at one of Thom’s former hangouts, Gadsby’s Tavern in Old Town Alexandria.  I’m sure Thomas Jefferson couldn’t envision a better birthday weekend.

Tom: This weekend we’re cleaning up the neighborhood, starting with 12th St NE. BNCA is doing a cleanup starting at 12th and Newton from 10a-12p followed by margaritas at San Antonio Bar & Grill. After that, it’s flyering for the Great Brookland Yard Sale in May. After that it’s time to roll down to Nats Park for their weekend series against the Cardinals.

Don: I’m defying the expectations of all the “mundanes” in my life and NOT going to AwesomeCon  Apparently I’m cheaper than I am nerdy, and most of the appeal to me would be wandering the vendor floor. And paying an admission fee to be allowed to pay more money for things offends my sensibilities. If I didn’t have to work the day away in the code mines I might go watch the Guinness attempt by the Capitol Reflecting Pool at noon Friday, though, since the price – free – is right. I’m skeptical they’ll get more than 1,500 people in costume but I would think once you break a few hundred you’ve got something worth seeing. Beyond that we’ve got some family in town to meet That Darned Toddler for the first time, but I’m hoping they’d be interested in some cheap seats at Nats Stadium for Saturday or Sunday’s afternoon games.

Rebecca:  Friday evening I’ll be over at Union Market for their first Drive-In movie of the season, National Lampoon’s Vacation.  Saturday morning I’ll be back there to drop off some old electronics as part of Earth Day. The drop off event goes from 10am-4pm. Sunday, it’s Easter so to celebrate Lent ending I’ll be slow cooking the most delicious pot roast imaginable which I’ll pick up from Smith Family Farms at the Palisades Market.

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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