I finally feel like I have had enough time to digest our trip to DC. I unfortunately didn’t have the overwhelming “We’re all apart of something bigger” moment I had in Iowa–I was too worried about getting squashed like a bug for reflection, but overall it was an incredible trip, and here are a few of my favorite moments.
1. Hanging out with Melissa’s Family. We had a Birthday party for her sister, saw her step dad’s awesome museum that he’s building in the basement (that guy’s an untrained installation artisst), played cards with her dad, and ate lots and lots of delicious food (her mom is an AMAZING cook). Even if that Obama guy wasn’t even in the picture, getting to see where Melissa came from and meeting the people she cares about were worth the trip a million times over.
2. Meeting “Bunk” from The Wire at Wynton Marsalis concert at The Kennedy Center. I’ve met celebrities before, and I usually refrain from saying anything to them, but I ran right up and gave Mr. Wendell Pierce a big hug. I don’t think many other people knew who he was, which made my excitement look all the more silly, but it was SO cool to meet him. I just love The Wire, and if I had been more articulate, I would have told him that I thought he was one of the best characters in a show that turns a low brow form of media into an art. But I didn’t. We chatted for a few minutes and he told me some good news–he is filming a new series for HBO about five musicians in post Katrina New Orleans. I can’t wait.
3. Seeing the Obamas in the parade. We were just a few feet away from them, and he honestly looked Presidential. Something was there that wasn’t the last time I saw him. Michelle was gorgeous, and the car they got into was bad-ass. It was a Caddilac limo with license plates that read “USA 1”. When the President opened the door you could could see that the door was about nine inches thick and that that the high tech security windows reflected light in a funny way. I’d take one of those over the bat mobile any day. You could also see the girls in the car pushing eachother out of the way and being silly, an adorable little glimpse behind the curtain of our first family.
4. Eating a Crisfields with Melissa. This is a jewel of a little seafood restaurant that Meliss’s been eating at since she was a little girl. When you walk in, you grab a stool around the counter and stuff yourself on killer chowder, stuffed shrimp, oysters on the half shell, and $1 beers. In my version of heaven there will be places like this on every corner.
5. I also have one more highlight that involves a cheap ol’ billionaire and a broken chair, but I’ll have to tell you about that one.