As summer Saturdays go, this was a pretty good one.
First of all, I’m focused on moving things off my desk so that both my head AND office are cleared to begin vacation on Monday. So I went into work this morning. That may not sound like fun on a summer day, but if no one’s around and you can put on the Bluegrass Instrumentals playlist off the iTunes site and crank up the sound, it makes for a great setting for getting things done.
I didn’t stay too long, however, as I wanted to catch the championship game of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Baseball League, featuring the Bethesda Big Train. My colleague at work (and fellow baseball enthusiast) Dolores and her son Noah joined me at Povich Field where – after the strangest “sun downpour” (this was more than a shower) – the Big Train played a stellar game and beat the Maryland Redbirds 7-0. to cap a 31-10 season with both the regular season and playoff titles. The Big Train pitcher had a perfect game through 5 and 2/3’s innings and was unhittable all afternoon.
It was nice being outside with friends, but it was good to return to the air conditioning, where I’m now listening to some hot fiddle/guitar swing jazz from the 2009 Takoma Park Jazz Fest by an amazing young fiddler named Casey Driscoll and guitarist/mandolinist Danny Knicely. If you get a chance to catch either one, I recommend it. Terrific stuff – only sorry I missed it live at the Takoma Park Jazz Fest.
More to come…