Monday, November 16, 2009

Friday and Saturday Night Photographic Finale

Left to right: Yours Truly (me -- and looking at big as a house), Gloria, Gary, and Damon at Buffalo Billiards, Washington, D.C., Friday night, Nov. 13, 2009 with those random old signs that are on the walls.

As an aside, I have no idea what Wyatt Lumber & Coal Company and its "Not a Kick in a Million ---" motto (I didn't notice it until I saw this picture) nor the San Felice cigars (except I managed to find it online) with their motto "For Gentlemen of Good Taste." There's even a Castor Oil sign in another part of the place.

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The pictures in this entry are from this past Friday and Saturday night, and as usual, it is quite clear which ones I took versus others (in this case, Gloria and Kevin) took.

Left to right: Yours truly (me), Gloria, Gary, Chris T., and Aimee, Buffalo Billiards, Washington, D.C., Friday night, Nov. 13, 2009.

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The first set of pictures were taken by Gloria, who earlier this Sunday returned to Lima for her last seven months before her assignment there is finished and she'll be back in D.C. She and Kristof should both be back by this time in 2010. The problem for me is I don't know if I'll be here at my current financial / career / life trajectory.

The extended gang from above and also including Phil, Damon, Oliver, and Reed, but minus Gary, Buffalo Billiards, Washington, D.C., Friday night, Nov. 13, 2009.

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Yours truly (the small guy in baggy clothes) and Damon with Gary in the background, Buffalo Billiards, Washington, D.C., Friday night, Nov. 13, 2009,

To paraphrase Kristof: Uh huh, uh huh, uh huh.

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Yours Truly (left, looking kind weird) and Damon (right), Buffalo Billiards, Washington, D.C., Friday night, Nov. 13, 2009

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Left to right: Damon, Yours Truly, Gary, and Eric M., at the new back - back bar at Buffalo Billiards, Washington, D.C., Friday night, Nov. 13, 2009

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Left to right front: Eric, Gloria, and Yours Truly and Damon in the back, Buffalo Billiards, Washington, D.C., Friday night, Nov. 13, 2009

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The next set of pictures were taken Saturday night, Nov. 14, 2009 at Kinkead's: An American Brassiere Brasserie, an upscale, rather pricey seafood restaurant. The dinner guests featured four couples -- Eric and Amy, Kevin and Laura, Aaron and Megan, and Phil and Stephanie -- and me.

I walked to Kinkead's from my place and actually got lost, which I almost never do in D.C. The place has an address of 2000 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, except it's really on I Street in the confusing cross-section of streets creating by the diagonal of Pennsylvania Avenue and the "dog leg" of I Street between 20th and 21st Streets at the edge of the Foggy Bottom section of D.C.


For some reason, the interior upstairs booths sort of reminded me of a really expensive diner in New Jersey, except diners in New Jersey tend mostly to be relatively cheap.

A plate at Kinkead's Restaurant, Washington, D.C., Saturday night, Nov. 14, 2009

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OF COURSE I didn't pay for anything as I had, like, $6 on me and my sad ATM debit card, even though Kevin announced early on in the dinner that I would be covering EVERYBODY'S tab. It was a birthday dinner afterall. That aside, I'm still rather broke in a worrisome way but I'm not going to go into that right now.

The table at Kinkead's ... That's a picture of Eric (center), Aaron (left) and Laura (left). It was a joint dinner party for Eric and me, as we share the very same birthday / birth date, Nov. 26th, and we turn 40. Our joint birthday bash is at Phil and Stephanie's next Friday night, Nov. 20th.

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This was a young couple at a table near us at Kinkeads, Washington, D.C., Saturday night, Nov. 14, 2009.

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The group of pictures were taken by Kevin on his much superior cellphone camera.

Stephanie and Yours Truly, Kinkead's Restaurant, 10:32PM, Nov. 14, 2009

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Here are two more entitled Study of an Alcoholic ...

Flash-version

Actually, this is a picture of me chugging what was actually an empty bottle at that point of Jester wine, Kinkead's Restaurant, as seen with the camera flash.

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No Flash-version

The same as above but with no flash. This version seems more poignant, or maybe appropriate.

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Kinkead's after everyone else in the backroom had left except for our table, 10:27PM, Nov. 14, 2009. The place had a weird retro look to it.

The dish I had was Pepita crusted salmon with Cilantro, chiles, crab, shrimp and corn ragout was excellent. I know precisely what I had because server brought me and Eric a little lighted candle atop our ice cream desert and a bag included a coffee mug and a copy of the menu with the words "Happy Birthday!!!" written atop it.

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That concludes my Friday and Saturday night pictures. The rains from last week ended with 1.89" at DCA, 1.74" at BWI, and 1.73" at IAD -- decent but nothing compared to the 5 to 10+ inches of rain and 50+MPH winds in the Norfolk / Tidewater area.

These are few of the LWX Sterling main Web page screen shots I had left over from the nor'easter last week. The "CFA" (County Warning Area) isn't usually so county-by-county colorfully illustrated ...

LWX home page screen shot, 4:54PM, Nov. 12, 2009

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LWX home page screen shot, 10:20PM, Nov. 12, 2009

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LWX home page screen shot, 4:38PM, Nov. 13, 2009

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This picture below is significant because it was the first time all week I was out of the house before sunset.

1800 block New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C., 4:59PM, Nov. 13, 2009.

The location is also significant because I used to live at 1833 New Hampshire Avenue in the Harrowgate, a former William C. Smith & Co., building that is now part of the Keener Management yuppie empire.

That was during my D.C. "heyday" early 2001 - late 2003. I now live in the 2000 block of New Hampshire Avenue in what is still a William C. Smith building here in D.C., post 2004-disaster and possibly for not much longer.

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That's about all for now. I have a lot of work to do this week (again) and I will probably not be updating this blog until late in the week.

As for the Friday evening joint birthday party, I have invited about 7 or 8 people in addition to the ones on the invitation list, plus I meant to invite a couple others (including you, Mike G, if you're around). Alas, Kristof and Gloria cannot be there.

--Regulus

6 comments:

krzysztof said...

Wow your b-day celebrations span two whole weeks. They don't do that even for Queen Elizabeth

Regulus said...

Yes, but it is easier to have an audience with me than "ER II."

к.нео.физ.де.му said...

where is my damn invitation, damn it? :)

Regulus said...

You just got it via this blog entry.

Can you (and anyone else you want to bring) be at Phil and Stephanie's by 7:30PM on Friday? I will email you the address later tonight.

к.нео.физ.де.му said...

thanks - what should we bring along?

that is - besides our fat behinds...

Regulus said...

Just yourselves would be fine. And a bottle of wine if the mood so strikes you. But just your presence is present enough!

Oh, and Gary will be there, so that makes it perfect.