Just thought I’d post a picture of the sunset this evening from our Arlington apartment. A nice moon hangs high in the sky as well.
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Where I’m at: back in Arlington,VA, unfortunately maybe for a month more than expected (until Feb 2011?)
What I’m doing: considering whether my self-imposed haircut moratorium ought to be broken…for the sake of humanity (and their need not to see me with this 80’s-ish “slick wave” hairstyle)
Why I’m posting: some pics from my recent golf/road trip with my bro, Philip
Last week, my brother, Philip, was kind of enough to take some time away from work and Ohio to fly out to DC so that he and I could take a road trip back to Ohio. This is one of those “the journey is the destination” things. In this case, the journey included fulfilling a long-held dream of mine. Two things I love: hanging out with my brother and golfing. And often while road tripping around the country and passing innumerable (unless you know how to count) golf courses, I’ve daydreamed of stopping at each and golfing. I always thought it would be a fun road trip to take with my brother, and fortunately, we were able to do it.
The trip was high on highlights and low on lowlights (poor scores and rain mostly) and was overall a great diversion, great success, and was great fun. I’ll certainly treasure the memories and would absolutely recommend such a trip (though one could substitute bookstores for golf courses, sister for brother, etc. as one might wish) to one and all. Though we strayed a bit at times from the stated objective of not looking at a map either to find a road or a golf course, generally nous avons vagabondés (I love that that is a French word for “to wander”). And though my brother and I are very much alike in many respects, we differ in some specifics which enhanced the trip. For instance, while I generally leave a conversation with strangers to a few lines and only when the circumstances seemingly call for conversation, my brother is so congenial that he strikes up conversations with everybody. That trait played well as we traveled through rural Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Kentucky, and Ohio and we learned some cool things because of it. Also key was that he has AT&T and I have Verizon, and amazingly they were perfectly overlapping (when one had no service, the other did). Anyway, it serves to remind me that (a) I love my brother, (b) I shouldn’t expect to shoot 79 on the course all the time (I think one course we played, I may have shot that on the front 9), and (c) differences make for interesting conversation.
Also, I can out drive (off the tee) my muscle-bound brother. So ha! Of course, it’s often necessary to measure back towards the fairway from the trees I inevitably just hit into.
Below, then, are some pictures of the trip. Conspicuously missing are pictures of the scorecards – saved for posterity but otherwise hidden for face-saving. We took a picture at the entrance of every course. We couldn’t play one because of rain and another because we were too late to pay with credit (which is which should be evident from the pictures). Otherwise, the pics are of some of the beautiful landscapes and wildlife that I’m too inept to capture perfectly even with a great camera. Nevertheless, I hope you enjoy them!
Who said it: Bobby Jones, one of the greatest golfers ever
Why it’s relevant: Road trips, golf trips, and the like teach and remind us all about the bigger picture
The quote: “Golf is the closest game to the game we call life. You get bad breaks from good shots; you get good breaks from bad shots – but you have to play the ball where it lies.”
Where I’m at: Yeah, where have I been at?! Seattle, that’s where!
What I’m doing: getting ready for a fantastic road trip with my bro (actual, not brosef, brochacho, etc.; but a dude nonetheless)
Why I’m posting: to share some sweet pics of our sweet trip to Sweattle
So in the slideshow below (which is pretty long, but be patient please), you’ll find some photos of our recent trip to Seattle/Tacoma area. We were visiting with our great friends Andrea and Mike, along with seeing some other great friends, Matt and Carrie, and making new ones (incl. Jane and another Mike, pictured below). This was my first trip to the Pacific Northwest and I have to admit, it was all it was cracked up to be. Hopefully the photos that my lovely wife took do the place justice. But here are some highlights of the trip (and a preview of what’s in the pictures):
– While searching for Orcas (Killer Whales), our boat – where we were severely pummeled by spray – happened upon a humpback whale about 100 feet away, displaying some amazing behavior. It was truly a formidable and fabulous sight!
– We played flag football and ultimate frisbee on the Air Force base where Andrea works. Great time!
– We went horseback riding on San Juan Island after searching for whales. The photo of Mike “leading” us is really more of Mike’s horse leading him…away from the shot. Just the same, we had excellent horses- nothing like the broken down trail horses we expected. Also, there was a hunk of a cowboy there. I wasn’t that impressed, but Jane fell in love.
– We toured around Point Defiance, an old military outpost outside of Tacoma, but now the home to a zoo, running courses, and just amazing nature. There’s also some great shots from the Point of the “newly” constructed Tacoma Narrows bridge, which will hopefully meet a better fate than the last one.
– We sailed along the coast of a private island in the San Juan Archipelago, which has had its fair share of famous owners. Back in 1968, three taxidermist brothers turned the island into a private, exotic hunting ground, guaranteeing themselves income from the required post-mortem taxidermy. Walter Kronkite’s expose led to a law preventing the practices on the island in 1971, but the exotic animals remain. African Barbary sheep, Indian black buck, Corsican mouflons, Spanish goats, Indian spotted deer, Japanese sika deer, hybrid four-horned sheep and European fallow deer, some found almost nowhere anymore except on the island. Also, the island is completely forested on most sides, but the pictures here show cleared land and giant boulders, which was done naturally and left behind, respectively, by receding glaciers.
– We visited the Seattle market place, went to the original Starbucks, and saw the sculpture garden nearby (good luck guessing which picture shows the art work…as if there wouldn’t be a washing machine outside the Space Needle!).
Where I’m at: Still in Arlington, VA-Wash DC area
What I’m doing: trying to wrap my head around French (jk: celebrating Reggie Bush losing his Heisman and the Reds having their first winning season in a decade)
Why I’m posting: to prove I’m still alive!
Well folks, a lot has happened in the world in the last couple weeks, and apparently, I haven’t had anything to say about it. In fact, it’s been a pretty poor showing on this blog recently. No pics. No rants. No poems. No digressions. No French. No contact. For those that have continued to check my blog in my apparent (though not actual) absence, thank you.
As amends, I offer this short summary on some of the major events that have taken place and my stance on them. Also, I’m including a slide show with pictures from our buddies’ Mike and Michelle’s wedding, as well as some pictures of Colleen’s and my Labor Day weekend, which we spent outside – doing among other things – biking up to Great Falls and running into an old friend. I’ll get on this thing more soon, I promise. Just as soon as I master French (i.e. check back in a couple years).
– World Affairs: happy we’re down to peacekeepers in Iraq; infuriated by the “peacekeepers” (re: rapists) in the DRC; thrilled that at least one American hostage was freed from Iran; sickened by the treatment of the Roma people in France and Italy; cautiously optimistic about the next 50 years for independent African nations; proud of America; proud of good Americans; more ashamed than ever of hate-filled Americans (who, btw, put the lives of those of us who serve abroad in danger)
– Sports: Go GO Reds!; the NFL is back…thank God; ND will soon win another football championship…because every other school will soon be on probation; Jeter = cheater (but God bless him); the “Togolese soccer team” against Bahrain = brilliant and hilarious (and probably mob-organized)
– Family: I love my family
– Friends: all getting/gotten married/pregnant; I love them all
– Recommendations: Movie- La Scaphandre and Le Papillion (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly); Book- The Little Prince (just re-reading…this time in French!); Meal- good andouille anywhere, anyhow (keep supporting NOLA); Band- Florence and the Machines
– Quote: “Be excellent to each other.” (Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure)
Where I’m at: in our new apartment in Ballston (Arlington, VA)!
What I’m doing: getting ready to play some tennis with Colleen
Why I’m posting: some pics of the new place
Just thought I’d post three thoughts, one of which is in mostly in picture form:
1. Just met the out-going Ambassador to the Republic of Congo and his wife last night, as well as our embassy’s political assistant this week. Lovely people, all of them. Our excitement grows…
2. I’ve noticed I’m progressively more and more man-crushed on Joey Votto as his stats grow. I may need to propose when he wins the Triple Crown and MVP this year. What a stud.
3. New apartment!
As I sat down on the train after an “exhausting” day of only having class for two hours (“Administrative Wednesday”), watching one of the most exciting endings to a soccer (or any) match ever, and then watching the historical tennis match (my friend’s NYT article on it: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/24/sports/tennis/24wimbledon.html?emc=eta1), I perhaps understandably got on the wrong train home.
But alas, my new route allowed me to see that I’m not so alone in the world. In fact, my alter ego had apparently recently sat in the seat right next to me (see pic below). I can only assume he’s from Edgewood near Dayton, meaning we’ve lived parallel lives that are only now coming together. What is he like? Like me? Or like bizarro-me? What would bizarro-me be like? Don’t answer that folks…
Where I’m at: Falls Church, VA (outside DC)
What I’m doing: hanging with the wife finally!
Why I’m posting: finally getting some pics up
Have been having some trouble with the computer, so I haven’t gotten posts up lately. I’ll spare the “what’s going on” talk (studying French), the “soap box” talk (proud of Justice Stevens for his recent opinion: see http://www.immigrantjustice.org for more), etc. Just some pics.
A pic of “Flag Day” when we all found out where we were headed. A pic of golf Sunday (not a bad backdrop), an appropriately located sculpture here in “Falls Church” (coming soon).
But the most important pics may be in this article: http://www.wlwt.com/news/23900484/detail.html. Finally God smote the wicked…or something like that. In case you’re not aware, this former eyesore was right next to my house (and a strip club, Hustler Hollywood Superstore, two flea markets, an outlet mall, and a maximum security jail…I grew up at quite an interesting exit).
Finally some more pics. I’ll say tomorrow what these buildings are, but a shout-out on the blog to anyone who guesses them. It’s a pretty famous place.
The art is African art, some from a Yoruba artist around the turn of the century in Nigeria (the ornamental bowl with birds on top). In the background of that pic is a beaded crown worn by kings of Mali Kingdom in the past. When put on, it makes them gods. In the other pic, the foreground is a Janus-like double-faced figure from the Republic of Congo carved to represent the ideal man/woman. In the background at far right, you can see a mask which specifically was one of Picasso’s inspirations to…well, do what Picasso did (whatever that was).