I want you to let the ballyhoo boys loose, plan a celebration, and declare a holiday.*

by chuckofish

For the last few days, I’ve been on holiday here in Washington DC with my husband, who is attending a math conference. While he’s been working, I’ve been enjoying a veritable social whirlwind. So far, I’ve visited with my niece, a retired colleague and his wife, and my son and I even managed to navigate the red line all by myself, albeit not without an embarrassing interlude at the ticket machine. Still,  perseverance paid off and I was rewarded by a wonderful afternoon spent with my niece, Susie, in her lovely apartment.


We enjoyed a glass of rose, some cheese and crackers, and lots of good conversation about life in academe. We even managed a slefie.

IMG_0474On the way back to the train station, Susie took me on a quick tour of the University of Maryland, which I must say is really very beautiful — a far cry from the late Soviet cinder-block vibe of my North Country institution. Sigh. Anyhow, I had a wonderful time and I’m so glad we got to catch up!

Yesterday I met my former colleague and his wife who have retired to Frederick Maryland. They drove all the way down to see me for lunch (2 hours!), for which I am eternally grateful, since the thought of driving around here by myself gives me the heebie-jeebies. We had a yummy lunch at a local Lebanese restaurant, but, alas, the belly dancer doesn’t perform during the day. After lunch we took a walk around the area and then I bid them fondly adieu.

Later that evening, we met our son, James, for dinner at Open City, which was crowded and loud, but fun. After dinner we took another short walk. And, yes, I’m going on a diet the minute I get home. I’m not used to so much eating out!

James and dad dc

My very own ballyhoo boys

Today, if all goes according to plan, James and I are going to the zoo. The weather isn’t too bad — it’s only supposed to get up to about 84, so I should be able to tolerate an outdoor adventure. Tonight James is cooking for us at his apartment (yum yum) and tomorrow we head back home. Whew! It has been a busy  trip, but it has been wonderful to see so many of my favorite people.

Declare a holiday! Have some fun!

*from “Mr. Smith goes to Washington” (1939) — my Saturday night movie recommendation.