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Friday: Prairie Home Companion
MoBob’s first visit to Wolf Trap. It was a beautiful evening and a great show, though I noticed that that the Saturday evening performance was broadcast on NPR on Sunday rather than the one we went to. It was a little disconcerting to actually watch a show meant for radio. I noticed there were an inordinate number of blind people in the crowd. I was most interested in the sound effects guy; every sound he made was accompanied by an equivalent movement, like flapping his arms when he made bird noises. Garrison Keillor was tall and gangly, and loped about the stage. After a while I got tired and just listened to the show while gazing at the clouds and the airplanes to and from Dulles overhead.

Saturday: tennis tournament and soccer double-header
I went with the fellow members of the tennis team to Haines Point to watch our teammates play and then picnic afterwards. I never would’ve known such a huge complex existed, with a golf course across the street. The only downside is playing outdoors in the middle of the day. There is a tent-like “bubble” with air-conditioned indoor courts which are assigned at random, but chances are good I’ll be playing in the heat next Saturday. I still wish we had matching uniforms though.

I came home, took a shower, and then MB and I went to see the Washington Freedom/DC United double-header. There was a marked difference in the attendance and sponsorship. Even though Washington Freedom won, there was only a smattering of people and many fewer sponsors than DC United. Not fair, as Washington Freedom was just as exciting to watch.

Sunday: Washington College of Law Graduation at American University
We were planning on going to the Memorial Day Concert like last year, but I was feeling crappy. MB had been invited by a French friend to attend his law school graduation, and when we found out that none of his family members in France were able to attend, I decided to tag along. I was surprised at the diversity – we were squeezed between a Spanish-speaking family and an Ethiopian family – and everyone seemed to enjoy the Scottish pipe band that began and ended the ceremony. My only quibbles were that the seating was not ticketed so even as the speeches began there were many people still trying to find places, and I was shocked at how seriously underdressed many were. Why would you wear flip-flops and shorts to a graduation ceremony?

Monday: green tagine
We’d met a very nice Moroccan-American couple at a party last weekend and they invited us over for dinner. I’d never seen a bright green tagine before – chicken with peas and zucchini. It was delicious though a little shocking to see at first. By the time we got home I was exhausted, and fell asleep to the sound of heavy rain.
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