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May 27, 2023

Tradition continues
last update: 05/27 @ 12:33

Well, it continues for us. Sarah and I celebrated her birthday dinner at Los Tios as we have for years now.

But, inquiring minds want to know what new tradition Robert will start. He’s got plans lined up to stay in Seattle this summer so he’ll have his birthday out there.

We’ll learn more in a couple months…

May 22, 2023

Fantastic Weather!
last update: 05/22 @ 17:29

We took advantage of the glorious weather today and headed out to Angler’s Inn. Sarah was feeling a little bit off, but also wondering about the trail that goes upstream.

So she went up on foot and I took the canoe up (a little ways).

I saw my great blue heron friend at the Virginia chute.

Clearly a master of disguise, he (or she) really does blend in to the rocks very well.

And had a lot of fun surfing across the Maryland chute.

Excellent ways to enjoy a perfect, May day.

Let’s hope for more like this!

We found a giraffe!!!
last update: 05/22 @ 11:14

We were coming back from Taylor’s graduation in New York and found this small zoo in northern Maryland with… a giraffe. So of course we stopped.

It was a fun way to recognize Sarah’s birthday!

A few more photos in the vacations section.

May 14, 2023

Mother’s Day
last update: 05/14 @ 16:20

It’s not the same with Robert off in Seattle.

He sent Sarah a very nice “Best Mom Ever” shirt in Mariner’s colors that she wore when we went to see the game today.

For Sarah, it was a win-win: Nats vs. Mets. In the end the Nats won (which made us both happy).

Perfect day for it and nice time, but we still have some adjusting to do to Mother’s Day with Robert on the other side of the country.

May 07, 2023

Fun weekend part two
last update: 05/07 @ 18:04

I got out on the Potomac at Angler’s Inn today and checked in on my favorite heron. He (or she) seemed to be doing fine; enjoying the weather and not actually fishing.

The river was about 4.7 so a bit pushy but it was still fun to get and be pushed around a little bit.

Fun weekend part one
last update: 05/07 @ 18:02

We went to Martin Sexton and KT Tunstal at the Birchmere Saturday night.

The Birchmere is always a fun place and the show did not disappoint. We sat across the table from a couple who took the train up from Richmond to see KT; it was their first time to the Birchmere.

It was fun to hear how great they thought Martin Sexton was. That was the reason we got tickets. He opened for Rickie Lee Jones and blew us away years ago.

Apr 20, 2023

Pod Squad
last update: 04/20 @ 22:23

Apparently, Peep jousting is not universally known.

That was news to us but helped spur us on to a Pod Squad gathering.

Sarah called an educational meeting of the Pod Squad.

Of course, dinner was part of the agenda.

And quite a dinner it was…

Thank you all for the fantastic food (not least the bulgogi Sarah grilled.

Then we got down to the serious part of the evening…

The main attraction was introducing Peep jousting to the uninitiated.

Peeps are on sale now that it’s after Easter, so Sarah made sure we were well prepared.

And someone brough Halloween Peeps to contribute to the games.

In the end, Pocket was declared winner, though Nathan was in it until the very end.

If you have to ask…

Yes, it’s real thing; even getting an article in Smithsonian, proving the bona fides of Peep jousting.

Conspiracy theorists may note that article is written by a Sarah Z. But not our Sarah Z., not THE Sarah Z. so just move along now…

Merry Christmas!
last update: 04/20 @ 22:10

One of the many nice things I got for Christmas was tickets to see Graham Nash. Of course, he wasn’t playing around here at Christmas.

But Sarah and I went to see him last night at the Birchmere.

It’s the perfect Covid bookend: Just before everything shutdown, we saw him at the Birchemere and as he was on stage he said, “This may be the last time we’re together for a while.” There was a lot of Covid news then and the next day, they closed the schools and sent everyone home from work.

Now we’re back; hopefully with most of Covid behind us.

Apr 18, 2023

It’s Tax Day!!!
last update: 04/18 @ 17:17

And that means a new edition of our Tax day letter. This marks 28 years of this tradition!

As always, drop us a note if you’d like a paper copy next year. We enjoy thinking about each person as we stick address labels on the envelopes.

Apr 16, 2023

Hank & Sally are in town
last update: 04/16 @ 22:03

And I got to paddle with Hank before we all met up for an excellent dinner at Rice Paper. It was fun to be on river with Hank again. And great to hear that retirement is treating them well. Dinner with Carolyn, Rita, Chita, Bob, Joy, Sally and Hank was grand.

And we all enjoyed stopping by the place they are staying in while they are in town (Joy has a very convenient condo).

Bonus: Rice Paper gets huge recommendations!!!

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