Apologies dear readers, I’ve neglected you these past few days. The better half and I were in California, visiting her family and our friends. As always, we had a great time seeing everyone. A hearty thanks go out to those who hosted us, and a special shout out to Chris for the tour of the Pet Network Animal Shelter in Incline Village. The work she and the others do there for our furry friends is something really special. If you are looking to adopt in the Lake Tahoe area, you cannot do any better than with these caring folks!
Last time we talked, I offered my best blogs and books for 2009. With the year all but eclipsed, here’s some memorable moments from the past twelve months.
The Mall has hosted a long list of historic events, and joining that list was the inauguration of President Obama. Friends from Oakland came out. Together we went to the Dream Concert in front of the Lincoln Memorial. While they were on hand to see the Inauguration, we watched on TV. Just an amazing time for our country.
I celebrated my tenth anniversary of writing on-line. Still waiting for that pin….
We checked out Bike and Roll, who opened their doors in Old Town. Their cozy corner spot has been a great addition for Alexandria and visitors in need of rentals. The bike lane on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge also debuted.
Cherry trees, Tidal Basin, nice day, optimism, nuf said.
For the first time, the better half and I hop on Segways, for a nifty little tour of parts of Pennsylvania Ave, Capitol Hill, and the Mall. Oh what fun this urban safari turned out to be.
June was a memorable month at Nationals Park. We witnessed one of the three sell outs produced by Red Sox Nation and I got my Giants on, seeing Tim Lincecum and the boys. The seemingly endless rains were a story too, but the memory etched in my mind is The Big Fellow Randy Johnson picking up his 300th career win. Didn’t make that game but watched on TV.
Over 600 fanatics came to the Nation’s Capital for SABR’s 39th Annual Convention. Baseball nirvana.
One of the sadder moments of the year, we visit the gravesite of Ted Kennedy at Arlington Cemetery.
For the Nats’ last home game of the season, we hopped on board the water taxi from Old Town, our first ride over. In the bottom of the ninth on Fan Appreciation Day, it didn’t look good for the home nine, but Justin Maxwell stepped in and cracked a game-winning grand slam.
Through a driving rain, we drive up to Harper’s Ferry to take in the 150th anniversary commemoration of John Brown’s Raid. Pivotal moment leading up to the start of the war.
I decided to get to know DC better this year with a series of neighborhood visits. Hard to pick one that stands out the most but the transformation of U Street and Shaw is quite remarkable.
Its 16.4 official inches at National Airport ranks just seventh in the all-time Washington list, but the December snow storm sure felt bigger. As we speak, some small spots and frozen mounds are still on the ground.