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MROD DC 2009

September 21, 2009

Who ever said I didn’t love CAPS?

MROD came down for a visit this weekend and between rocking out on Rockband Beatles and hopping bars, we went out for a mid-day excursion.

MROD waltzes down the street, excited for art.

The Smithsonian Castle through some foliage:

The Jump!

A lone ball at the Hirshhorn

Inside the Hirshhorn

I’m not sure why, but I really like this photo:

This guy stuck out as cool, too

How many days do you feel like that? Great from one side, incomplete from another. Deep man. Deep.

And I leave you with a shot of a bee’s behind.

Aside from the above, we hit up two of my favorite spots to grab a bite and a brew, namely Rustico in Alexandria with always tasty pizza (duck pizza no less) and then some Zaytinya the next night for the best Tapas in town. We also found a great (new?) cupcake place in Georgetown called Baked and Wired, which in my unsophisticated opinion, is far superior to Cake Love (at least the one in Shirlington).

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Luray Caverns and Camping

September 17, 2009

Lois Lane and I trekked out to do some camping and canoeing with Mr. Brown and Matilda a few weekends ago and it was a GREAT way to spend the Labor day weekend.

Here’s some shots:

The river was lazy and smooth all weekend

With nothing but blue skies and some calm clouds

Mr Brown had a birthday, and was enjoying the last of a vice before the big day

I strung up my hammock for an afternoon ciesta

The campsite lit up at night with lanterns, campfires, and the full moon

I’ve been meaning to head out to Luray Caverns for some time now, but never really had the motivation to do so. Since we were camping only 20 minutes away though, Lois Lane and I opted for a morning visit to the Caverns befsore trekking back to DC on Sunday. We were not disappointed.

The caverns were discovered ages ago and have been lit up to look truly magnificent. The pictures hardly do it justice, but I’ll show you a bit of what we saw.

Here’s probably the most impressive part of the tour. You can’t really tell, but the ‘stalagmites’ at the bottom of the picture are actually stalactites reflecting in a pool of water from the stalactites above!

(note that I forgot my tripod so had to balance the camera on the cave surface in order to get a good shot that wasn’t washed out by a flash, hence the weird angles and strange foregrounds)

Another shot of the reflection:

Here’s a shot taken from about 4o feet away from the large mass. You can’t really tell how big these things really are without a point of reference, but they’re HUGE!

This big guy stands 40 feet tall and looks like a waterfall. Some also call it the “shaggy dog” which you can sort of see in this picture.

Some of the formations dripped in curtains instead of sharp points as you can see in front of Lois Lane here

We opted to wear the headphones to get a self-paced tour of the caverns.  I really enjoyed the experience. They had two versions for every stop, one that was for kids, and another for adults. I listened to the adult version (exciting stuff) but switched over to the kids version for one of the stops. While the adult version was entertaining, it was a bit dry and fact filled, and the Kids version reminded me of the scene from Jurassic Park where the animated DNA yucks it up to explain the science.

The big white formation in the back is called ‘the ghost’ I believe, because of it’s stark white color and solitude.

Overall it was a great way to spend an hour and well worth the trip. I recommend it to everyone.

Artomatic

June 18, 2009

Thanks to the great folks at WeLoveDC I went to check out Artomatic last night with Lois Lane and my little sister. At eight, she enjoyed the peeps the most, but got a kick out of a lot of the artwork and left comments for the artists she found interesting, funny, or good.

One of my favorite peep dioramas was an ode to Sully on the Hudson, Genius!:

More pics after the jump.

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Arlington: The Rap

June 15, 2009

I know I’m a bit late on this one but I couldn’t resist posting this rap about my ‘hood.

favorite line:

up in golds gym, gonna give it my all son
so many dudes in here they should call this Ballston

ArlingTON WHAT!?

Inauguration 2009

January 21, 2009

I braved the crowds with Lois Lane, Sancho, and Pickles this week for both the Inaugural Concert and the ceremony itself. Full photo sets here and here respectively, but here are a few of my favorite shots:

This was at about 8am, after waiting on the train since 5:45. Note: this would usually take about twenty minutes. Apparently there was an accident at the top of the escalators where everyone was trying to get out. Because of this accident, they could only let a small stream of people through. Despite a fairly jovial crowd, chants of ‘let us out!’ rang throughout the PACKED metro station every few minutes.

Here is a sweet Obama Sweatshirt:

Pickles & Lois Lane Braving the cold and crowds:

I like the flag and the kid standing on his dad’s shoulders in this pic:

I don’t know how these kids stayed the whole time. At one point in the ceremony, the little girl pictured below fell asleep atop shoulders.

Leaving the mall with 2 million people was hectic at best. We opted to walk across one of the bridges, notably, the 14th street bridge, which was open to both cars and pedestrians. It was surreal. Along the walk, I caught a photo of the Jefferson Memorial from an angle I may never have again:

Look at all the people:

What a great day to be an American.