January 5th, 2009

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DC-Pittsburgh trip day 14

Saturday night's lasertag tournament ended by 3:30 a.m. (a couple of hours early) so we got to sleep around 5. I posted some pics on my pro site before we returned to the hotel. Good to have something up there besides concerts; I'll need to establish picing and update my main funcrunchphoto.com site with the new pics soon as well.

Upon arising we had a breakfast of tea and yogurt in our room, and a soak in the hotel hot tub. I wasn't sure if the teen-aged lifeguard was staring at my bikini because I looked hot in it or because I was too big to fit in it. But boyziggy claimed the boy was staring at him too, so who knows. Later we had a crappy lunch at the nearby mall food court, then went back to XP Lasersport to chat with the owner (Ziggy's friend Mark). Then we went and got the car washed. It took awhile since it was so dirty with salt and grime from the PA Turnpike, and Ziggy wanted the "ultra" treatment before we return the car to his dad today. I had my eye on the Combos and chocolate-chip Pop Tarts in the vending machine, but bravely resisted as Ziggy assured me we'd be heading to a good vegetarian restaurant for dinner immediately after.

Car cleaned, we drove to Clarksville, Maryland and had our best meal of the entire trip at Great Sage. Coconut creme rooibos tea, organic Riesling, Mediterranean salad, sundried tomato and pesto bowtie pasta with spinach, grilled herbed polenta with roasted portabella and tofu ricotta, chocolate tapioca with coconut whipped cream, cinnamon bread pudding a la mode... my mouth is watering all over again just thinking about it. And yes, all vegan; the menu also had dairy items, but all vegan and gluten-free foods were clearly marked. The service was also excellent. They even gave us a little hourglass timer for our tea. A must-visit for anyone in the area.

We spent the rest of the evening at the hotel relaxing. Ziggy used the hot tub again; I surfed the web, practiced the bass, and watched TV. We've become addicted to House since watching several episodes of it in Pittsburgh, and watched three more tonight. I blame my bass teacher Steve for telling me what a great show it is. I enjoyed reading a site by a doctor who has reviews of the show's medical accuracy. We also saw an episode of the original Star Trek series, which I normally avoid: "Who Mourns for Adonais". TOS had great titles if nothing else.

Today we need to return the bass and the car, then later Ziggy's sister Signy will drive us to the airport for our 5 p.m. flight home. It's been a good trip, but I'm looking forward to sleeping in my own bed again.
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Home (DC-Pittsburgh trip day 15)

Today we checked out of our Maryland hotel, had yet another lunch at Sticky Fingers in DC (where we also bought food and goodies for the flight home), returned the bass and car without incident, visited with our niece and nephew briefly, and then boyziggy's sister drove us to the airport. The flight was almost on time. We watched a couple of episodes of Monk and Mythbusters, and the Richard Simmons episode of Whose Line is it Anyway which was still on my iPod (I must have seen it ten times already but it cracks me up every time). Took a taxi from the airport instead of BART as we had heavy luggage and I wanted to get home as soon as possible.

Rest day tomorrow, then going to Macworld Expo Wednesday. I want to see David Pogue's "Macworld Live!" which I've missed every year, and it's Wednesday 9 a.m. Might return Thursday to see Leo Laporte, also at 9.

It's good to be home...