We spent the weekend in Maryland and Delaware for the most part. Gary had a triathlon near Assateague Island on Saturday morning. We had reservations at a cute little hotel in Berlin, MD, and the plan was to leave work a little early on Friday, get down there with enough time to walk around the downtown area and have dinner at their terrific restaurant.
Reality was: Gary had to stay late at the hospital to do a case, we had a scare when his briefcase went missing from the O.R. (later found), and we didn't leave Philly until about 8:30 p.m. So dinner was at an Applebees in Middletown, DE and we got to the hotel at midnight.
The triathlon was about twenty minutes from the hotel, but it didn't start until 9:00 a.m. so we didn't have to wake up with the chickens. I brought a book and read - cheered - read - cheered - read - cheered. After the race, we high-tailed it back to the hotel, arriving about ten minutes before our check-out time, took quick showers and changed clothes. We went downstairs and sat on the restaurant's veranda and had a light lunch (Oyster Po' Boy and Clams with chorizo - yum!) while watching the riders from a local century bicycle ride (100 miles) come past.
We headed over to Bethany Beach - about twenty minutes north - to see one of Gary's friends from medical school. She and her partner have a weekend home there - a lovely condo five minutes walk from the beach. We sat on their deck, snacked on cheese, fruit and hummus, and talked all afternoon. They graciously invited us to stay with them, and we all went to dinner at a local restaurant. What a fun day!
The next morning, after a terrific faux-fritata breakfast, we drove home and made it back just in time for kick-off of the Eagles-Redskins game. The first quarter was great, then the Eagles apparently went home and Washington finished the game. Ah well. At the same time, the Phillies were finishing up their series with the Milwaukee Brewers to take the National League East Pennant, so at least the home crowd had something to cheer about.
In the middle of all this Philadelphia sports-angst, our doorbell rang. I opened the door to find two enthusiastic young people wearing Obama-Biden buttons who wanted to talk earnestly about my thoughts on the upcoming election. Are you crazy? Are you not from this town? Do you not understand that interrupting games like this is not safe here? What opinion do you want other than get off my doorstep and let me get back to my teams?
My [nice] response: "Are you kidding me? I am registered to vote." [SLAM]
So the Phillies will play the Dodgers for the NL pennant. And the Angels have managed to hang in for their series and still have a shot at the AL West. Perhaps we'll get the Phillies/Angels in the World Series!
[Not sure what I'd do then!]
Quote du jour:
"Do you ever get the feeling that the only reason we have elections is to find out if the polls were right?"
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