Slick avoided his 3-hour commute that Thursday by working from home, so he was able to pick me up from the airport. We'd do anything for each other, but a special place is reserved for those friends who will do airport runs for you. They're a step above the rest of humanity.
I missed that face.
The Tombs (St Elmo's Fire, anyone?). And maybe I got a little nostalgic. Best years of my life, right there in that 4 block radius.
forehead stamp since she didn't get one on her 21st), but not long enough to see the party really get started on the dance floor. We're too old for that now.
Bus Boys and Poets, and man, how my old hood had gentrified! A few years ago there's no way on earth I would've walked down 5th St by myself, day or night, but now with a 24-hour Safeway and luxury condos on the block - pshaw.
I hadn't seen Michael in years! So great to catch up, especially since the three of us used to spin electro-house music at all hours when we lived next door to each other in summer 2003. That's what you get when you mix an Italian, a Spaniard, and a white chick who thinks she's Euro.
Mrs. K's Tollhouse. I used to work in that neighborhood and had seen Mrs K's daily, though never eaten there. It's a 'ladies who lunch' sorta place.
Jan had promised to cook me dinner while I was in town, so after the wedding I headed to his place in NE DC. We explored his neighborhood before getting down to food business. It was my second Catholic activity of the day - visiting the Franciscan Monastery.
We spent the rest of the night in a Mormons vs Catholics dart rematch. Our rivalry dates back to 2001. I wasn't doing so hot at first, but switching to my left hand made all the difference. How's that for ambidexterity?Single Mormon Mecca. I was super glad not to be in one of those wards while I lived in DC, and honestly I was almost intimidated to walk into one even now. But no worries - I saw Celisse pull into the parking lot, ran into Katie while walking in, saw Jeff who I hadn't seen in years in the lobby, tweeted Joe Juanstan who was sitting on the stand, got a FB message from a Phoenix friend sitting in the row behind me, and saw lots of other familiar faces. No big deal. Three Relief Societies and two Elders Quorums are still full of people I know.
After church I drove to north Arlington to see Abe and Kim and their munchkins, who are finally back in the US of A for good. Their girls are hilarious, and add in a couple kittens and you've got a rolling good time.
a band (that included two Okies) and joined their street team and went to all their concerts, because that's what you do when you're in college. And despite growing out of that phase of my life to some extent, I am still really good friends with some people from those days, including the lovely Sammiterp. Sam lives in my old Van Ness 'hood, so I met her there for lunch on Monday. The Giant grocery store is way nicer now, btw. IFFW for life!
some swag, then I drove over to see the munchkins and kittens again. I helped install some cabinets, cause I'm good at holding things up on a wall.
First stop, Georgetown Cupcake, because I needed to score dessert before they closed. Yeah, yeah, the cupcake trend is on its way out, but I still love them. And these ones are delicious. Chocolate cubed? Yes, please.
Dinner was at the old standby, Pizzeria Paradiso. I still think their small, original Dupont location is the best, but this one will definitely do. Sparkling lemonade + a Bosco (add sausage) is pretty tasty.
Celisse and we had lunch. I also dropped into my favorite little photography shop to pick up some stuff to hang on my still white walls, despite moving in four months ago. I won't let myself hang pictures of places I haven't actually visited, but I prematurely bought some Istanbul shots since I'll be there soon enough.
Natty G friends, so that'll have to be another trip.
Until next time, DC.