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So much for relaxing, though we did get a lot of errands done. And slept in.



Saturday
MoBob attended a meeting organized by the Moroccan embassy which took place in Old Town Alexandria so I took advantage by going to the Gap outlet. Somewhat disappointing - MB got a couple of t-shirts. Afterwards we walked around and then had lunch at a Greek restaurant. It was an incredibly beautiful day. Clear, not hot, and lovely to lie on the cool grass with the breeze and the sun.


the farmers' market
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the waterfront on the Potomac River
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MB was so tired
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I can't believe we couldn't tell there was a big red pole in front of us
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Sunday
After church we went to a neighborhood BBQ and then packed all our worldly picnic goods to attend the Memorial Day concert. We looked like homeless people, pushing around a cart with pillows strapped on top with bungee cords. We had so much stuff that it took us twenty minutes to get through security. N. joined us later in enjoying caponata, rotini with clam-parsley sauce, fruit, bread, and cheese, and mango-orange juice and pink lemonade. The concert itself was great fun, especially since there was a jumbotron screen which enabled us to see Colin Powell very clearly.


We staked out a huge space. Our neighbors were jealous. N. is checking her crackberry.
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There were thousands of people there. Impressive logistics. My mom said she looked for us during the concert but didn't see us.
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Monday
We went to see the Indiana Jones movie. It was OK. It just wasn't the same - I didn't think Shia Lebeouf was particularly attractive or charismatic. I was happy to see Karen Allen though. She looked great. I agree with the review in the New Yorker: Indy was just plain grumpy the whole time.
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On May 27th, 2008 07:40 pm (UTC), 13oct commented:
I'm glad that you had a nice weekend. Love the black dress by the way. :)
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On May 27th, 2008 09:03 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Thanks! The dress is so comfortable - from Target, just like my flip-flops.
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On May 27th, 2008 07:44 pm (UTC), wendye commented:
I saw Indiana Jones this weekend too, and I have mixed feelings about it. I know the other movies have always had some supernatural elements to them, but maybe they were more believeable because they were Biblical. This one was a little bit too fantastic.
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On May 27th, 2008 09:04 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
The misshapen heads freaked me out!
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On May 27th, 2008 08:47 pm (UTC), cookie_chef commented:
Sounds like a really lovely weekend. You two are just adorable.
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On May 27th, 2008 09:04 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Thanks! I actually thought of you when we were packing the picnic stuff. I forgot the flashlight, unfortunately.
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On May 27th, 2008 08:53 pm (UTC), nausica2 commented:
"repeating themselves with less conviction", I like the quote. It sums the film up. Thanks for pointing it up.

I was disappointed too.

I love these open air concerts where people pack up and camp on the grass. We don't have it here.
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On May 27th, 2008 09:05 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Really?! There is outdoor opera and movies here as well.
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On May 27th, 2008 09:08 pm (UTC), nausica2 replied:
Well, we do have outdoor theatre and movies, but it's all in squares, or open air theatres. What we don't have is the "grass experience" ;) And people don't pack up pillows and blankets either. It's like people doing BBQs in parks. Don't have it here either.

I guess it's because we don't really have huge grass extensions. There's a place in Barcelona where they did open air cinema on the grass, but it's difficult to get there.
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On May 27th, 2008 09:09 pm (UTC), nausica2 replied:
I just remembered that from time to time they do opera projections on the beach. Now that's cool.
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On May 27th, 2008 09:17 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
I would definitely be into that!

I agree though that all those people make it hard on the grass, especially if Catalonia is experiencing such a serious water shortage.
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On May 28th, 2008 10:38 am (UTC), nausica2 replied:
The water shortage is better now (there's a funny story behind it, have to write about it), but grass is always in danger here. Lots of "do not step on grass" signs and all that.
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On May 28th, 2008 06:21 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
You should write about your Min of Defense who just gave birth too!
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On May 29th, 2008 05:42 pm (UTC), nausica2 replied:
I totally have to write about that too! Mostly about the stupid reactions. Really.

They've suspended the water coming by boat, only that they had already paid for some shippings so they will use them anyway. Fun thing is, the rain of the last 7 days is the equivalent of a couple of years of boats... Heh.

I think nature has a sense of humour.
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On May 29th, 2008 05:44 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Nature's probably more pissed off than anything!
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