Sunday, June 19, 2005

John Prine and Chip Taylor at the Warner Theatre

Ushering at the Warner theatre was finally really worth it last night! Serge and I ushered for John Prine at the Warner theatre. It was an inspring show - soulful folk music at its best. The musical storytelling captivated the entire audience. Chip Taylor did an excellent job getting the audience warmed up. The audience didn't seem to know who he was at first. He had people humming along to "Angel of the Morning" (made famous by Merilee Rush) and then started to tell a songwriting/recording story about how he wrote a song and he wasn't sure about recording it and then at the last minute he did. He followed the story up with the song he was talkign about. The crowd went wild! It was "Wild Thing." Who knew the opening act was actually the guy who wrote BOTH "Wild Thing" and "Angel of the Morning"? Nobody in the audience seemed to know. That was the moment that really MADE my Warner theatre ushering season. It was so neat to hear this song, that I have heard on the radio so many times, LIVE by the original artist. Wild Thing was made famous by the Troggs. I didn't get the full story myself until I got home and did an Internet search. This guy is Jon Voight's brother and Angelina Jolie's uncle. Who would've guessed?

Saturday, June 18, 2005

12 Tips and Essential Skills for Summer

I particularly enjoyed this write-up in the Washington Post Weekend section by Caroline Kettlewell (see Summer Schooling) on "12 tips and essential skills for the sultry months to come." To save you the hassle of having to page through the article on-line (if you didn't get a chance to pick up the print version), I will present some of the highlights. Tip #4 Build a Sand Castle: Apparently the trick is to mix a lot of sand and water and, scooping up big handfuls of wet sand, "slap the handfuls one atop the others like very sloppy pancakes." Tip #5 Roast a Marshmallow: Roasted marshmallow fiends will appreciate learning another method for home roasting. Further research is needed, however, as it looks like this technique may only produce the charred variety. Tip #9 Grow a Better Tomato: "The secret, it seems, is hairy vetch." The author references the USDA's recommended system . Tip #10 Stir up Some Sweet Tea: Quoting Flavors Soul food in Falls Church, "If you want to put it out in the sum for three to four hours, it makes delicious tea." Every Washingtonian should be able to brew Southern sweet tea! Tip #12 Pack a Picnic: "Fresh air and food pair so nicely. But the cardinal rule of picnics, as I see it, is that they shouldn't take longer to prepare than you would spend enjoying them." Amen to that!

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Smoking Ban May Be Just Around the Corner for DC

Mayor Williams has changed his position on the smoking ban and now supports it, according to today's Washington Post. DC council member Jim Graham says "the handwriting is on the wall." With 9 of 13 council members now supporting a ban, the measure could go to the full council for a vote in July. If this momentum continues, you may see me at Bossa again in just a few months! I hope that Nayas will still be playing there when the smoking ban goes into effect.

Sunday, June 12, 2005

Pictures from the 30th Annual Capital Pride Parade!

And the Finale float - from Results gym. This person to our right (see arm) expresses the enthusiasm of the crowd.

A shot of the crowd in front of Whole Foods

and the Swimmers (not to be outdone by the Sailors)

Then there were the Latinos en Accion (Latinos in Action!)

And the marching team from Go Mamma Go was a lot of fun.

The Rainbow Spinnakers Sailing Club were in the parade looking for "A Few Good Sailors"

I particularly enjoyed the Performance Art (and batton twirling) during the parade.

Watch out for these guys! The Men of Discipline.

The Gay Men's Chorus of Washington float

Many local polilticians participated in the parade including our very own non-voting but hardworking Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton.

DC's Different Drummers look like a fun group of marchers.

A float of performers - the DC Cowboys. Look for them at Remington's on Capitol Hill (Friday night I think).

Many people from the community marched in the parade including the President of my Condo Board (seen here). I guess the CVS bag is for the candy he was giving out.

One of the first group of marchers GLBTs serving in the military (25,000 in the DC area)

Capital Pride Parade

Our timing was good. Serge and I happened upon and were able to enjoy this year's entire Capital Pride parade yesterday evening. This year the parade route brought floats and marchers within a block of my building. We caught the parade from the front of the P Street Whole Foods, right near the Reviewing Stand. I can't remember the last time that I managed to see a parade in its entirety. Anyway, it was a very colorful parade. A lot of fun, a lot of skin, a lot of pride.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

The Heat is On in DC!

We’ve transitioned to summer in DC. All this week we are forecasted to have temperatures in the upper 80s and even 90! We’ve even gotten a good start on the summer storms with some powerful thunderstorms rolling through town this week (tonight!). The onset of summer means a huge shift in my day-to-day life. Now, pretty much, my plans will revolve around my rooftop pool. Generally, I consider it too hot and humid in DC in the summer to bother doing anything else!

In the spring it’s different. The weather is so great that you just want to run outside the minute you get up and think of a great place to go enjoy the weather - maybe go for a bike ride. The Memorial Day weekend weather this year was perfect in just that way.

On the other hand, much of the time when you walk outside in the summer in DC, it is just yucky. The cool pool water, in contrast to the heat and humidity, is truly a delight!

The transition came about fairly quickly. On Saturday, it was sort of an overcast day so I went to the gym to get in my 30 minutes of physical activity. Later, Serge and I were walking down 15th Street to the Old Ebbitt Grill. Serge commented on how nice and cool it was outside (70s) – perfect for walking. Even then we knew things were about to shift. We had a lovely lunch at the bar at Old Ebbitt Grill (I was delighted that they were featuring a brunch version of my usual crabcake sandwich– only this time I got it in the form of an entrée – no bun or fries and accompanied by delicious ratatouille and polenta.) I was feeling quite energetic as we departed the restaurant and it seemed like a great opportunity to pop into the Bikini Shop (armed with a $5 off coupon) to see if the right swimming costume would jump out. My timing was perfect. The sales staff were extremely helpful and what a selection! (I recommend the place for all your two-piece needs) I walked out with two new bathing suits. By Sunday we had temperatures in the high 80s and I was sporting a new bathing suit at my rooftop pool (Kathleen dropped by and joined me for my first dip of the season.) Last night I had my first weeknight dip in the pool. Pool water temperature was 74. Lovely.

The question that you may be asking yourself is what will this mean for the Tiffiny Blog. Good question. Does blogging fit in with my summer pool lifestyle? I don’t really see myself blogging by the pool. Will telephone calling (from the roof) increase if I'm not blogging as much? On the other hand I do still have a few things saved up that I’ve been wanting to blog about. We’ll see how it goes. I suspect that my blog activity will slow down a bit over the summer. That’s pretty typical for Washington, however. As things heat up here, everything slows down. That’s not such a bad thing when you think about it.

Thursday, June 02, 2005

I can't believe it's not Ice Cream!

I recently have gotten into these soy "frozen desserts." They are amazing! Smooth and creamy, they taste just like ice cream! I first tried these last summer when someone at Whole Foods was offering samples of the chocolate. Then, feeling a little bolder, I tried a cherry flavor with chocolate bits in it that bore a strong resemblance to another popular ice cream flavor we all know and love. Very tasty! When I noticed that Whole Foods was having a sale I went wild and grabbed these two tasty pints: Whole Soy's "Chocolate Hazelnut" and Soy Delicious "Mango Raspberry." They are from two different companies but both flavors are divine. Moreover, the Mango Raspberry is fruit sweetened (i.e. no refined sugar)! Non-dairy, low-fat, fruit sweetened, what could be better? I also have some Tofutti Cuties (vanilla frozen dessert sandwiches made with soy) in the freezer. They are good too; but, you have to be in the right frame of mind.