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Rolling Thunder Run 2016


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Every year, I’m driven a little crazy by those who think of Memorial Day as about cookouts and blowout sales.  Nothing is wrong with being excited by the start of summer, or a three-day weekend, or a nice discount: I certainly appreciate Memorial Day for all those things too.  But I do try to keep in mind, lingering somewhere, the reason why I get to sleep in on a Monday morning.  I indulge a little smugness and annoyance when I hear people talking about going to the mall or drinking beer on the deck, with no awareness of why they are getting to do those things on this day.

The last several years, I’ve attended the Rolling Thunder Run in D.C., which is usually equal parts humid, fun, and weird.  And perhaps what I appreciate most about this touching, extremely loud event is that it is a reminder that the holiday is a memorial: it’s about people who died.


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End of Summer Roundup

Ah, Summer of 2015, I hardly knew you. Here we are in September and I’ve somehow gone the whole season without one visit to the beach or pool. I’ve definitely over-compensated for the lack of traditional summer activities with my abundant consumption of ice cream. Still, it’s a little depressing to think that the last time I swam was in a nondescript suburban hotel pool on a work trip earlier this year. I had bought the bathing suit that same day in the local Wal-Mart. It’s been in my drawer ever since I got home.

To avoid dwelling on how summer passed me by, I’ve been enjoying other things lately, on the internet and beyond. Read more

Our Nation’s Harbor: A Walking Adventure

Route: Alexandria, Virginia to National Harbor, Maryland and back again

If your goal is to see Old Town and National Harbor while walking for miles and miles and miles, here’s the day plan for you!

My sister and I started from Old Town Alexandria, which you can easily reach by Metro or Amtrak.  (If you are trying to park your car in Old Town on a weekend when the weather is nice: good luck.)

1) Start out with brunch in the morning in Old Town.  We ate at Flat Iron Steak and Saloon on King Street.  I recommend the Eggs Benedict, and don’t skip the home-style potatoes.  It’s a long, long journey, so be sure to eat a bunch of crap in advance of it.

2) Follow Washington St. until you come to the path leading across the Woodrow Wilson Bridge.  The ground is marked with a big circle and an arrow pointing to “MARYLAND.”  Go in this direction.   Read more

Rolling Thunder II

My sister and I have gone to the Rolling Thunder Run the last three years, since Memorial Day weekend 2012, when we dumbassedly ran across Constitution just ahead of the police escort that begins the ride.

We’ve become expert attenders.

23rd and Constitution

The Run is meant to bring attention to POWs and MIAs. Many of the riders are veterans themselves and supportive of military causes. Read more

The Bridge Walk

Was I wearing that mauve checkered shirt? I’m not sure. All I remember for certain is brown. Brown jacket and brown sneakers and my brown hair pulled back when the sun became warm. My pants were brown too, I think.

The afternoon we’d both thought of, but the bridge idea was mine. I’d wanted to walk across it for some time.

It was October, or possibly November. I wish I could remember better, to capture that day, that time, and preserve it in some gallery of my mind. What I do recall, though, are moments and feelings:

Someone so different, but like me too. The pessimism.
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