Greetings, my fellow port swillers!
Ol’ Robbo doesn’t get out very much, in part because it gets expensive very quickly and in part because, once I’m done shlepping down to the shop and back every day, I’d really rayther stay home of an evening.
This weekend, therefore, was quite out of the ordinary.
First, as mentioned in the weirdo post immediately below, Friday evening saw the Family Robbo trek down to Nats Park to watch our beloved Nats take on the Fish. We got there around 5:30 pm. The game was supposed to start at 7 pm. It didn’t actually start until 8:50 pm. Here’s what ol’ Robbo had to look at during the wait:
So why stay, you may ask? After all, the Division Title was already locked up, the shakiest starter in the rotation was pitching (he actually lasted about 2 innings), and it was cold and rainy. (Indeed, it never really stopped raining all evening.)
Well, I’ll tell you. For one thing, Eldest Gel was home visiting from school and really wanted to go. For another (related) thing, it’s rare that all of us do anything together as a group now that the gels are growing up. For a third, I hadn’t been to an actual game all year. And fourth? Look again at the pic. We had bought seats in the upper deck, but the Gods of the Ticket Office decided to smile upon us and upgraded us to about 20 rows behind 1st Base.
I couldn’t pass that up.
Last evening, in turn, the Middle Gel and I went down the Kennedy Center to catch their production of Mozart’s Le Nozze Di Figaro.
Curiously enough, while I have heard the piece many, many times, owning 2 CD versions and a pretty good DVD recording of it as well, I’d never seen it performed live before. Go figure. Anyhoo, we had a thoroughly delightful time. It was well staged, most of the singers did very well and were obviously having fun, and the orchestra was good, too.
However, get a load of where we wound up sitting.
Yep, the Bob Uecker Front Row. We’re talking real nose-bleeders here. Indeed, we weren’t even sitting in one of the affixed rows, but in a couple chairs brought in at the very back. (Thus the wages of putting off to the last minute trying to get tickets to a very popular production. On the other hand, I was able to slip off my loafers without anyone noticing.)
All I can say is that even though we eventually started to succumb to altitude sickness, we could hear and see well enough. I also found myself musing that this was just about the position we would have been in the night before if our ballpark seats hadn’t been changed.
Anyhoo, ol’ Robbo didn’t make it to bed until past one ack emma on either night, so I am in something pretty close to zombie mode now. Which is another reason why I don’t much care for the night life.
In these cases, tho’, I think it was worth it.