April 29, 2013

April 29, 2013

The Week That Was


One of the many great things about living in DC is the plethora of things to do on any given evening. It’s an embarrassment of riches, and never more so than the spring and summer months. Last week was a perfect example.

[Note: If you’re expecting to be wowed with tales of louche nightclubs and boozy karaoke, you’re reading the wrong blog. Hi, have we met?]

On Tuesday, TheBoy and I went to trivia night. Not at a bar. Or even a restaurant. But at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. Specifically, the Kogod Courtyard:


Lovely, no?

The theme was comedians. I’d done my homework, so we managed a decent second-place score. But TheBoy Kobayashi Maru’d us the prize for Best Team Name with “The Stately White Beard of G. Wayne Clough.”


 Consider that Clough was President of Georgia Tech (TheBoy’s alma mater) and is the Secretary of the Smithsonian, and BOOM. Prizes.


On Thursday, we visited ThinkGeek headquarters. And that merits its own blog because it was pretty freaking phenomenal. Not least because I ate half a pizza without greasing up any prototypes.

We watched a movie on that TV. At no point did I spill pizza or Diet Coke so ha.

On Friday, we attended a lecture. At the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum. About a recently-declassified CIA mission. (Yeah, it’s not convincing until you get to that last part.) Turns out one of our Cold War satellites dropped some film into the ocean 40 years ago, and we had to send a teeny submarine 16,000 feet down to retrieve it. Whoops!

Imagine four old men talking about their adventures, and you’ve pretty much captured the evening. In fact, if you’re a fundamental Baptist, you should be able to envision it exactly. (With the possible exception that we were in an IMAX theatre. Now, if your church meets in an IMAX theatre, you win all the things.)

So yeah. I love living in Washington this time of year. Great events everywhere.

More on ThinkGeek soon. Ish.

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