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Seele (1), Memorial Day (1), PHC (1), Wolf Trap (1), [Si]dragon (1), Ming (1), Evangelion (1), Eli (1), swing dancing (1),

Memorial Day Weekend

This past weekend was great. I went to two events and met some new people. First was Prairie Home Companion at Wolf Trap. Second was the National Memorial Day Concert.

PHC at WT was odd in the sense that i bought 6 tickets right off the bat, knowing they'd eventually find holders. I invited friends immediately and Mark said he'd go. Then i found that Meet In DC were going. I sat with each group for half the show.

My favorite part of the show was a poem by Russell Ringsak, A Little Bit Over 29 Ton, where he describes hauling the show in his truck. The show also featured Odetta, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, and Mari and HÃ¥kon Samuelsen. Quicksilver is a great bluegrass band, producing strong harmonies in "Heartbreak #9".

The Memorial Day Concert was also good. We got there late so seating was... well non-existent. We stood. To open the concert a military band of trumpeters blasted us away; loved it. There were singers and speeches. The 60th anniversary of Iwo Jima was featured.

This concert is a tribute to Americans who have served this country. For some reason my friends found it best to honor them by leaving early. This, i didn't understand so i stayed. The show continued with the Salute to the Services.

Eli was visiting Celeste and it was nice to finally meet him. We've been chatting on IRC for a while now.

Evangelion

Last night Michael co-hosted a MeetinDC event. He brought Evangelion over to Ming's place.

I'm not quite sure why i'm watching this 26 part series again. (Oh yeah now i remember.) It was ok the first time, and so far it's mediocre the second. But it's something to do and surprisingly 3 other software developers showed up. Other than Michael, Ming, and i, 2 other guys showed up. I think we watched about 9 episodes last night.

Watching it this time, i see a huge lack of attention to detail... like moving lips when characters speak and stagnant backgrounds.

Swing Dancing

Mark mentioned to me a while ago that he's going swing dancing. After much procrastinating i finally conceded to go. It was my first Meet in DC event.

Looking back in time i see that i haven't been dancing in 3 years. So i dusted off my Blyer shoes and Biltmore fedora.

I must say that my whole impression of swinging has changed. Instead of being all technical and full of skill, i've completely forgotten many moves, but had a lot of fun.

So we're doing this once dance and Daryl Davis, the band leader yells out "ok you know what we're gonna do, SWITCH". Before i know it i'm dancing with the best girl in the house, the instructor!

Mark may have just revitalized a dormant part of my life.