A whole week of geeky entertainment and fun!
08.18.2008 - 08.24.2008
Okay, okay, so the crazy, one-event-a-night lifestyle finally caught up with us, so we're down to about two outings during the week and our usual weekend adventures. And this week was the nerdiest yet...
First of all, we met some friends (Ruth and Jenny) at Nellie's, a gay sports bar in the U Street neighborhood, for some hardcore "smart ass trivia". Unfortunately, we didn't win, despite our pocket protectors, but we sure had a good time. Here are some of the questions we got right:
Which NFL football player played himself in "Something About Mary"? (yeah, yeah, it's an easy one)
If you're about the drink the penultimate beer in your bucket of beer, which one are you going to drink? (There are 5 beers per bucket.)
One we missed:
Which element is designated for the 10th wedding anniversary AND makes up 90% of an Academy Award?
But our favorite round was "Canadian, dead, or both?" in which teams had to decide if the 12 famous people were Canadian, dead, neither or both. THAT was fun.
So, that got me in the mood to get a little nerdier and partake in "Secret Agent Day" put on by an organization called Things To Do. It was a whole day, noon to six, of following clues to "chase" a spy all over Washington D.C. Tara had to study, so I went solo and was put on a super stellar team of super anal, but very fun, and competitive "young professionals". It was a scavenger hunt more than anything, but it was great fun, and exhausting. I sweat a lot running to make it to each check point by the deadlines. Think Amazing Race on a small scale minus the dangerous tasks - we just had to find things and take different team pictures. This one is of us with 1. a Dubliner waiter and 2. a piece of Obama paraphernalia, as two of our teammates are frantically searching for 3 articles where "Canada" appears in the text. The grand prize for the winning team was free entry to Oktoberfest at the German Embassy, a black tie, fancy pants gala. And need I tell you which team won? I thought not. Sauerkraut accompanied by an open bar, here I come!
On Sunday, we took a *little* break from all the learning and went white water inner tubing in Haper's Ferry, West Virginia. Talk about beautiful! Check it: The Potomac was a little murky, but the rapids were awesome. Well, they were when we were finally able to paddle out to the current that led to the rapids. Nothing too major, but a ton of fun. We stopped on a big, flat rock in the middle of the river to have a picnic lunch, which was kept very cool by our floating cooler, and then hit the rapids again with gusto. We even saw an unknown bird dive into the river and catch a fish!
After we pulled ourselves out of the river, we dried off, changed and headed into Harpers Ferry proper for more historic enlightenment and some dinner. We stopped at every plaque to read about the founding of the city, which originally only had 3 houses, and the adventures of John Brown, an abolitionist who attempted to secure Harpers Ferry's armory in order to rise up against slavery just before the beginning of the civil war. Sad story, really, as the folks who were supposed to meet up with and help John Brown, didn't all show up... There's more to the story, but we'll let you do your own research, or you can email Tara and she'll tell you all about it. In fact, she learned a bunch just from the back of the menu at dinner! We also took a walk around town and followed a historic trail into upper Harpers Ferry where we checked out the remains of an Episcopal church that was destroyed during the Civil War, as well as Jefferson's Rock and the local cemetery.
Like John Brown's story, not all ends well... Tara and I both failed to aptly sunscreen our legs before basking on our backs in inner tubes and subsequently have been slathering aloe vera on the worst sunburns either of us have had in YEARS. But, as most of you know, I always like to look on the bright side, so I find comfort in the fact that I've acquired a new pair of thigh high stockings!