Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Christmas in January

What do Abe Lincoln, the real Star Spangled Banner, and Bill Cosby have in common?

(Imagine the Jeopardy music playing in the background while you try to think of the answer.)

Well, the answer is ..... these are all things of which we partook last Saturday.

Saturday was Christmas reprised - sort of. That was when Barb took Dan to dinner and then to see Bill Cosby, both at the Kennedy Center in DC. This was her Christmas gift to Dan one month earlier. We had a wonderful evening - the food was wonderful, and had a good view because the restaurant was at the rooftop level of the Kennedy Center. And Bill Cosby is hilarious! He sat on stage for about an hour and forty minutes and told stories (he's not a joke-teller but a story teller) that had us laughing almost non-stop. At one point Dan had to massage his face because it hurt so much. We had great seats - third row left! People and events are much more "dressy" here, and we enjoyed getting dressed up for the evening. Barb looked great in her new purple blouse and slacks, accessorized with her blue sapphire pendant and earrings. Dan, dressed in a long sleeved merino sweater topped with a John Clarendon jacket.

(OK, OK, the fashion commentary was a bit over the top, but we really do enjoy the dressy atmosphere here.) Prior to that we spent a couple of hours at the Smithsonian Museum of American History. There were several interesting exhibits, but the two most interesting were 1) Abraham Lincoln, his life and his writings during the Civil War, (in celebration of his 200th birthday this year), and b) the real Star Spangled Banner. On display was the actual flag that flew over Fort McHenry in Baltimore during the war of 1812 that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the song, "The Star Spangled Banner" (later to become our national anthem). For more information, read this:
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All in all, Saturday was a great day!

1 comment:

Robin said...

Hi Dan & Barb
Once again I'll have to just live vicariously through your travels. This non-fashion gal would never make it there, what with my Denim-on-Denim daily attire - they'd kick me out!
Keep having fun!!!