Friday - Went to Ikea and had lunch with Aimee and got a crap load of work done. Came home, worked out and got a crap load of writing done.
Saturday - I was up at 8am to drive to Great Falls National Park in MD to go hiking with Kim and a bunch of her friends. AND a bunch of their kids. I think I knew I was in for a bit of trouble when one of the kids was dressed as Ash Kethcum and two had homemade t shirts from a summer camp they attended with Pikachu emblazened on them.
What followed was 7-8 miles of hiking and rock climbing intermixed with, and I shit you not, FIVE HOURS of nonstop Pokemon chatter from children. The only time it stopped was when they were eating or drinking and even then that was not always the case. All the adults, including Kim at some point were said one of the following phrases:
“I’m so sorry. They’re just really excited to meet you.”
“Do you want me to tell them to change the topic?”
“Thank you SO MUCH for being patient with the kids.”
The funny thing was at no time was I exhausted or annoyed. I mean, they’re children. Children tend to have one track minds and if you have a gaggle of Pokemon loving kids in one spot, of course the conversation is going to be one topic and one topic only. It’s like an Anime convention or comic con or the like. Even as adults we do this. So I was fine it. They were well behaved kids. They just REALLY liked Pokemon. I guess I can’t get annoyed or bored when I see these children enjoying someting that I’ve had a hand in, no matter how minute. It’s things like Saturday that remind me why I do the things I do.
So it was a lot of fun hiking from about 10am-3pm. The views were great, the trails were hard and I got an amazing amount of exercise out of that. After the hike, Kim’s kids went with her friends and the two of us went into DC. We ate at Nando’s, then walked all around DC, for about 5-6 miles or so. We did some touristy stuff like the Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson, WWII, Korean and other monuments/memorials and then we had a late supper at Jaleo. We also discovered that they are opening a WAGAMAMA in D.C. Holy crap, is that awesome! We parted about 11-ish, and then I came home, watched a Speed Grapher DVD, showered, and called it a night.
Sunday: LAZY day. I got up about 11, wrote two articles, finished Speed Grapher, and well, that was really it. I had no energy or drive, which is really rare. I was just mentally and physically exhausted from Friday and Saturday and so I was in a bit of a funk. I played so Fading Shadows which was sent to me Saturday while I was out. It’s an okay game. Nothing special. Other then that, I did absolutely nothing of note.
Next Sunday I’m going up to Hanover, PA with Kim for the largest chili cook-off east of the Mississippi river. Five bucks for all you can eat of FIFTY different chilis. It’s a veritable FOGO De Chili. Should be a lot of fun, although I’ll probably want to roll the windows down coming home.
All and all an awesome three days. Now it’s time for a busy work week.