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Weekend with Katie

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Leaving Freedom Park, you’re dropped onto North Kent Street near its junction with 19th Street. So we walked around past the new Waterview complex that’s still under construction, and ended up in Crandal Mackey Park, which sits on a tract of land on the south side of 19th Street between Moore and Lynn Streets. Nice place. I took a moment to take a few photos of Katie, the waterfall in the park, and the two of them together. We also met Stephanie, a woman originally from France, who didn’t speak that great of English, but was very friendly. She wanted to take pictures of us, and of Katie’s hair.


The Waterview is ever closer to completion, having been "topped out".

The Waterview is ever closer to completion, having been “topped out”.


 


Katie poses in front of the fountain...

Katie poses in front of the fountain…


The first photo Stephanie took was of the two of us.

The first photo Stephanie took was of the two of us.


The second one was of Katie's hair. Stephanie adjusted Katie's hair, and had her look off to the side.

The second one was of Katie’s hair. Stephanie adjusted Katie’s hair, and had her look off to the side.


Following this, we took a walk into Georgetown. I’d forgotten since my December 18, 2006 DC trip how far it was to Georgetown. It’s over the Key Bridge, and then Georgetown is centered around M Street NW. It was a fun walk, though long. We stopped at The Shops at Georgetown Park, where we made a pit stop, and went around the place, down to the C&O Canal, and back up.


The Potomac River was just teeming with all sorts of pleasure craft as Katie and I crossed the Key Bridge.

The Potomac River was just teeming with all sorts of pleasure craft as Katie and I crossed the Key Bridge.


A storefront in Georgetown - Katie questioned who could wear or would want to wear such outfits.

A storefront in Georgetown – Katie questioned who could wear or would want to wear such outfits.


Katie sits on the steps at the back entrance to The Shops at Georgetown Park.

Katie sits on the steps at the back entrance to The Shops at Georgetown Park.


The C&O Canal, one of the landmark features of Georgetown.  The C&O Canal, one of the landmark features of Georgetown.

The C&O Canal, one of the landmark features of Georgetown.


Leaving Georgetown, we walked down Pennsylvania Avenue. This took us to Washington Circle, and from there, the Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro station. Here, Katie parked herself on the floor next to a bench, while I photographed the new LED lighting underneath the mezzanine. The last time I photographed in Foggy Bottom was December 27, 2006, when only one of these LED fixtures existed. Now there are many.


LED lighting underneath the mezzanine at Foggy Bottom-GWU station. It certainly makes for a bright platform!

LED lighting underneath the mezzanine at Foggy Bottom-GWU station. It certainly makes for a bright platform!


When the train arrived, I lent Katie a hand, but unlike before, when I got her right up, this time, probably due to the tile surface vs. that of the sidewalk, I ended up just dragging Katie around the platform, while Katie laughed the whole time. I commented that hey, if all else failed, I could just drag her on into the train.

We got on board CAF 5045, and rode around to our last destination of the day – Pentagon City. We went around to the Apple store, to Claire’s, and finally, had dinner in the food court.

Finally, we left the mall and returned to the world of Metro.


Katie, by this time somewhat tired, sits and waits for the train at Pentagon City. Reviewing this photo later, Katie commented, "I look like I'm stoned!"

Katie, by this time somewhat tired, sits and waits for the train at Pentagon City. Reviewing this photo later, Katie commented, “I look like I’m stoned!”


From Pentagon City, we caught Alstom 6063, and rode the Yellow Line straight up to Fort Totten. I’ll be the first to say that the Yellow Line going all the way to Fort Totten is an awesome idea, and I hope it continues beyond the 18-month pilot program. I prefer to take the Yellow Line all the way to Fort Totten before transferring to my Glenmont-bound Red Line train because I feel like Yellow’s route is more direct. While on this Yellow Line train, after many false starts, we took a movie on the train discussing Metro.


Blooper!


This time, we got it and we meant it. We discuss trains that have mechanical problems in the middle of the line, and how they get them clear. Among other things, I imitate the sound of the old door chimes on the 4000s, and the brake-release sound. I’m actually trying to describe this incident from 2005.


And at last, we arrived at Forest Glen. A quick trip up the elevator brought us to the surface, and we joined the car again. On the way home, we stopped at Shoppers, as Katie wanted to pick up a few odds and ends. And at last we got home, where we finished watching Office Space, including the interviews with the cast in the bonus material…


On Sunday, Katie was already up by the time I got up in the morning. Fun stuff. Today, unlike Saturday, we were going to forgo Metro, and use the Sable for transport. We were going to go see Matthew Tilley in Reston, and we needed to get a move on.

We took the Beltway to the Dulles Toll Road and then to Matthew’s house. We picked him up, and then once we were all in the car, we all discussed where we should go eat. Katie and Matthew wanted to go to Outback, and so with the two of them both wanting to go to Outback Steakhouse, I just said, “How do you get there?” Matthew helped out with that, directing me on how to get to Outback. Meanwhile, Katie was having a bit of a blast from the past, as she had previously lived in Chantilly, which was a hop and a skip away from Reston.

At Outback, we had a blast. We had the Bloomin’ Onion for an appetizer, and then I personally had the Alice Springs Chicken. Not a bad meal.

Afterwards, we went back to Matthew’s house, and got some photos of the three of us with Big Mavica.


And here we are, outside Matthew's house.  And here we are, outside Matthew's house.

And here we are, outside Matthew’s house.


After parting company with Matthew, we were planning to go to Chantilly, to visit Katie’s old stomping grounds. But first, Katie wanted to run some music on the radio. Now I had left my iPod at home, thinking we wouldn’t need it. I also don’t know DC’s radio scene too well. I know WMAL (conservative talk), WWRC (progressive talk at the time), WTOP (news/talk), WAMU (NPR), and WETA (classical). Nothing of mainstream music. However, I improvised. I thought back to my listening to The Randi Rhodes Show, and the “It’s Friday, ya bastards” song – “Bounce Your Boobies” by Rusty Warren. I knew Katie enjoyed the song, so I knew it wouldn’t offend. She was amused that I started belting it out, though. But hey, one’s gotta improvise sometimes.

We eventually stopped at a Sunoco station, where we got directions on how to get to Chantilly, which, unbeknownst to me at the time, was in between Fairfax and Reston. Arriving in Chantilly, we went to see two points of interest. The first was Katie’s old house, which we drove past. We also drove by the location of a store called “Total Crafts”, where Katie had worked up in Chantilly. Katie was hoping to go by, and possibly visit with some former coworkers. Much to her dismay, Total Crafts had folded, and a Dollar Tree store now occupied the space.

Following this, we went down to I-66, and eventually took Route 50 on what I could best describe as the “scenic” route into Washington. We went through Arlington, and eventually ended up going over Memorial Bridge. We went down Constitution Avenue, and then north on 18th Street, and from there north on Connecticut Avenue. From here, we hit Dupont Circle, and went to the Whole Foods on P Street.

That was an adventure in itself. The line to get in to park was almost literally out the door. Then once we got up, there were about five or six employees up there directing traffic, pointing people to where there was going to be parking. That couldn’t have been fun for them. But somehow, they got the job done.


Just to give you an idea about how crowded it was waiting to park...  Just to give you an idea about how crowded it was waiting to park...

Just to give you an idea about how crowded it was waiting to park…


Inside, the place was mobbed, too, with lines going everywhere for everything. Even I was a tad overwhelmed, and I go to this particular Whole Foods all the time for work-related purposes. Of course, I usually go there during the week, and during the day on top of that, so the place is usually pretty empty when I’m there. I’d guess that at that time, the employees often outnumber the customers. Not this time!


Katie strikes a pose next to a rack of Crocs.

Katie strikes a pose next to a rack of Crocs.


Yes, it's busy at Whole Foods on P Street!

Yes, it’s busy at Whole Foods on P Street!


But we did eventually get our bottle of cheap champagne, and we were off. We were following Connecticut Avenue for some distance, giving Katie a different view of DC than she had gotten before, as we went along, seeing a few embassies, the entrance to the National Zoo, and on down the line. Then following Chevy Chase Circle, we crossed into Maryland, and continued along Connecticut Avenue for some ways. And eventually, we made it back home.

Getting home, we eventually made dinner, where we had spaghetti, and enjoyed the cheap champagne that I had bought. Not bad. And then we watched Spaceballs for a while, and then got online for a bit. We ended up talking with my friend Nick Wilson via Yahoo Messenger. That was fun.


Then on Monday, everyone was on the move. Katie was heading back to Waynesboro, and I had to head off to work. Katie was taking Greyhound to get back home, and so she would be getting off the train at New York Avenue. Meanwhile, I was going to Dupont Circle as I usually do on Monday mornings. Thus we would part company on the train.

So at my regular time, we went out to the curb and caught the 51 to Glenmont, and then caught Breda 4065 at Glenmont. Katie got off at New York Avenue to catch her bus, and I was off to Dupont Circle to go to work. And that was that! What a fun weekend!

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