December 19th, 2011

green little review

Poem for Monday and Navy Holiday Concert

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We spent a lovely Sunday mostly downtown with Adam and his friend Daniel Wigle, whose parents had gotten us all tickets to the U.S. Navy Band Home for the Holidays concert. Since it's difficult to park in that area when there's a big event and expensive for everyone to take the Metro, we drove down early and walked past the White House, the National Chanukah Menorah, and Occupy DC to the branch of the National Aquarium in the Department of Commerce, which currently has a rescued baby albino alligator as well as the usual animals representing various marine sanctuaries and U.S. waterways. There weren't a lot of people for a Sunday afternoon, so we had no trouble watching the tree frogs, stingrays, turtles, sharks, and puffer fish.

Then we walked to DAR Constitution Hall, meeting up with the Wigles and several other friends of theirs (their two younger sons tried to adopt a woman who had a camera they wanted to play with). The concert was lovely, mostly traditional American holiday songs as opposed to religious songs, though they did the Nigerian "Betelehemu" and the Ladino "Ocho Kandelikas" as well as "Auld Lang Syne" too. We picked up Adam's girlfriend on the way home so they could go over math together and had veggie jambalaya for dinner, then watched the Ravens lose to the Chargers -- we missed the Day of Upsets earlier as the Packers lost, the Colts won, and the Redskins managed to beat the Giants which does not actually make me happy since the Eagles won. Now we're watching news coverage of the deaths of Vaclav Havel and Kim Jong Il, which have overshadowed the Iraq pullout, Israeli prisoner swap, and Republicans being infuriating over payroll tax cuts.

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