February 15th, 2009


Poem for Sunday

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Adam still isn't feeling very well, so we got a late start going downtown, where we had thought we might go to the chocolate festival at the National Museum of the American Indian. But there was a lot of traffic heading toward the Smithsonian, so we went directly to the Luke C. Moore Academy, where Daniel was participating in FIRST's Robotics Pre-Ship Scrimmage -- a chance for the teams to test their robots and practice their driving skills. It was held in a gymnasium where the teams were trying to have their robots shoot balls into large baskets, and Daniel's team's robot had problems with its shooter, but it was entertaining to see how the different schools had built their robots (which all must ship for the national competition on Tuesday) and there was lots of loud music and cheering.

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The Luke C. Moore Academy is a block away from Catholic University and we could see the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception from where we parked -- the largest Catholic church in North America, built between 1920 and 1960 -- so after the robotics event was over, we went over there. The artwork in this church is magnificent; the shrine is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, so there are glorious images of women all around, and the 9000-plus pipe organ was being played, possibly a rehearsal for a Sunday service. We stopped to grab a snack in the cafeteria by the bookstore before coming home for dinner, two episodes of Xena ("A Day in the Life" and "Soul Possession"), and the Retro Channel's choppy classic Battlestar Galactica -- the silly Old West episode, but still loads more fun for me than any current BS-Gee!