July 4th, 2011


Poem for Independence Day and Alexandria Waterfront

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We got up relatively late on Sunday and drove through horrible accident-related traffic to Frederick, where we met Paul's parents with our returning kids at a Thai restaurant for lunch. The staff was very willing to substitute tofu for meat, so younger son and I had excellent vegetarian curry and pad thai, and we all shared mango sticky rice for dessert. Then we took our kids home, stopping at a couple of stores for necessities (we weren't sure whether they'd be open on the Fourth) and had a quiet afternoon, since Daniel wanted to set up his new computer and Adam was working on the photos he took while in Hanover.

A huge thunderstorm blew through the area at dinnertime, which thankfully dropped temperatures out of the 90s. We had breakfast food for dinner -- pancakes, eggs, fake bacon -- then watched the last two episodes of Lost Empires, which I thought was going to have a terrible tragic ending, given the fact that World War I had started, the way the arcs seemed to be heading, the traditions of the genre, and the fact that it has "lost" in the title, so really the denouement was a pleasant surprise, though many of the women's roles in the series overall leave much to be desired. The scenery both in the theater (Colin Firth in lots of eye makeup) and outside (Blackpool in these episodes) is lovely.

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