Some friends and I planned a impromptu trip to DC today. The plan was to meet at Tony's house on Capitol Hill, ride bikes to the mall, eat lunch, go to a museum, ride bikes, perhaps grab some dinner and head home.
Another call from Todd, he is really running behind but departing soon. We head in for our 2:00-3:00 Lego time allotment. The exhibit is cool, some big Lego skyscrapers, some DC-centric models, but the kids head straight for the bulding section. The idea is that you build something and put it into their streetscape. Another call from Todd, this time he is stranded on the GW Parkway with car trouble and not going to make it - when it rains............ offer to help, but he's going to nurse the car into a shop for some tires. His day is a bust.
Adjust the plan. Now Henry, Thomas, and I are riding the Metro to Eastern Market with our bikes and they are psyched! We take the elevator down at some Federal station. The guy helps us buy tickets. Things have changed a bit since the late 80's when I lived there. Through the turnstiles and down another elevator to catch our train. We only go two stops, get off, and oops........ no elevator. A helpful person offers to carry Henry's bike up the escalator - which really..... helps. Curiously, these turnstiles are narrower and the bikes don't fit through. Again, a helpful person offers to hand all of our bikes over the barrier. Again, helpful. A quick elevator ride up and we are back at peregrine to find Michele, Janel, Tony, Lexi, and Alex waiting for us.
Adjust the plan. Let's get some dinner. We decide on Matchbox, a nearby stylish place with great pizzas, beer selection, and wine by the glass. Calamari, Miniburgers, pizza, a Shiraz, a chef's special BLT (made with pork bellies and fois gras), Bell's Double-hearted Ale, plenty to satisfy all of us.
We walk back to Tony's place, load the bikes into the car, say our farewells, plan tomorrow's ride, and head home.
Great Day. Don't worry Todd, we'll do it again.