Monday, January 12, 2009

Christmas Timeline Part IV

On Monday the 28th, Mike and I had to leave early because we had a trailer full of trash that needed to be left at the dump. Mike got a chance to see Loudoun County's state of the art (and expensive) waste management facility, and as an added bonus we got to argue with the personnel there over just what exactly an air conditioner is anyways, and why do I have to give you fifteen dollars for each of them?

Moving along after that, I had plugged my snazzy new GPS system into the family truckster (this will become important later), and we drove over to Kathleen's parent's house in Vienna to drop off the trailer. Now, we have to go from Vienna, VA all the way up to BWI airport to pick up my mom. I wasn't sure about the exact route, so I plug it into my snazzy new GPS system, and start following its vaguely pleasant-toned instructions. It takes us directly across Washington, DC, crossing the Anacostia river and getting on 295 north, and taking that straight up to the Baltimore airport. Oddly enough, we get there on time. Mike darts in, I make a couple of slow laps around the airport, I pick up Mike and Mom, and we are off. This time I programmed the GPS with the location of a brewpub in Frederick, Maryland, and told it to 'avoid highways'. What fun!

Ten minutes later we are driving through someone's neighborhood somewhere in Baltimore Suburbia. Some people are playing frisbee in there front yard, I notice. Eventually we get through the neighborhood, and begin a series of twisty, hillly, roads. Mike starts threating to throw up to carsickness, but eventually we do make it to the brewpub. They even have lifelike statues of the Blues Brothers and we pause for photos after quaffing a few frosty cold ones and some appetizers.

After this, we headed straight home, managing to make a one hour trip into a four hour one. Kathleen, Loretta, and the children had gone and seen 'Marley and Me' during the day.

Next -- New Years eve, and Dixieland Jazz in Leesburg

1 comment:

Erin said...

Dear Pete,

I’d like to tell you about a new, grass-roots group called Bloggers for Good (BFG).

As a blogger, you know how supportive and positive the blog community can be. The idea behind BFG is to harness to power of the blogosphere to benefit our local community.

We call ourselves Bloggers for Good because we are blog powered! We organize events and use our blogs to spread the word. At the meetups we’ll socialize with each other and the bloggers we admire, network a little, and do some good along the way.

The first BFG event will take place on February 19, 2009 at O’Faolain’s Irish Restaurant in Sterling, VA (near Regal Theaters). Proceeds will benefit the Loudoun Interfaith Relief food pantry. There is no cover charge; we’ll raise money as a percentage of restaurant sales, a raffle, and direct donations.

February’s meetup will feature well-known local bloggers, including Erica Garman of the Washington Post’s Loudoun Extra blog Living in LoCo, author/blogger Tammi Marcoullier of the blog InsideOut, and Dan Sousa of and his blog Ramblin’ Man.

Here’s how to get involved:

Publicize the event
• Create buzz: inform your readers by writing posts to promote the O’Faolain’s event on February 19.
• Post the BFG graphic/badge on your site (attached, or pull it from
• Send me a mail at to get on the BFG blogroll and planned attendee list.
• Spread the word via email, Facebook, MySpace, actually speaking to someone, etc.

Attend the event

• Come to the event, and bring your friends, fans, coworkers, and family. The more, the merrier: we’ll have more fun and we’ll raise more for money for Loudoun Interfaith Relief.
• Meet the bloggers you’ve enjoyed reading online.
• If you like, bring a can of food.

For more information, check out the BFG website at Feel free to email me with any questions.

Thanks in advance for using your powers for good!

Erin Himstedt Rice