|I love the kid and the lawn mower.|
|DDOT's Maine Avenue miracle.|
After my cultural diversion I headed toward DC. There was a 10 mile per hour headwind the whole way but I was dressed for it and felt reasonably comfortable. Layers and layers, from my head to my toes. Once in the city, I decided to check out the new Maine Avenue trail. Basically, it's an extra-wide sidewalk but it is godsend for the folks who live in far southwest DC and want to cross the great wall of Eisenhower otherwise known as I-395. Good on you, DDOT..
I stopped at a Starbucks for a hot coffee and a blueberry scone. I like my scones dry so that the coffee has something to work with. Alas, this scone was moist like cake. Starbucks, scones are Brit food. They aren't supposed to taste good. They are supposed to dry your mouth out like a dessert wind. They should build character.
|Santa Cause x 2|
|Snow man and Nutcracker|
|A wave of reinforcements coming from Metro|
|A tree person|
|Candy cane. Or maybe, industrial accident. Hard to tell which.|
|We're jammin'! They looked soooo warmmmm!|
Then one of the Santas ordered the crowed to walk to the holiday outdoor market near the Portrait Gallery. Hundreds of revelers plodded off across the mall and through Penn Quarter. At one point they stopped at the Navy Memorial and started performing Christmas carols. On to the marketplace where they sang more songs, and brought cheer and chaos to the street scene. Candy flew threw the air.
|That's Nice on the right. Looks Naughty to me.|
|Your basic ambulatory Christmas Tree|
|Darth On the Mall?|
Somebody ordered the crowd to the Rockit Bar and they crowd obeyed. They overhelmed the place! So somebody called out the name of the back up bar. (These folks plan for all contingencies!) At this point, Charmaine and I had begun to crave hot liquids so we took off. Just before leaving I joked with a reveler who was carrying a prop cookie box. "Show me your cookies," It wasn't a prop! She opened the box and gave me one. Thanks.
After a huge mug of Assam tea and some Salt Oatmeal Raisin Cookies at Teaism, we took off for the National Christmas tree. There our outing ended with a thud. The yule log which normally is a raging fire was barely going. And the tree looked like an overgrown shrub. It was asymmetrical and small, overwhelmed by the netting of Christmas lights meant for a properly tall and stout tree. Austerity in DC. Sad to see.
So we parted ways. Thanks to Charmaine for yet another adventure in DC. My reward for being nice was a 10 mile and hour tailwind all the way home aboard my reindeer of choice, Little Nellie. HO!