Last weekend: Went to Stewart/Colbert rally. The trip was pretty decent, I arrived in DC very early saturday morning, had a nice walk to the National Mall. Met the people I was there to meet (being a bit intentionally vague here). The gathering was interesting - as every news network in the world has already said, there were a bunch of liberals there poking fun at conservative moveements, alongside people there for a party, serious activists, and some others who were presumably just mainly there for the message. The opening was a bit slow (music before content = substantial portion of crowd unhappy), but it was overall intelligent, reasonable, and worthwhile. We had really great seats for most of the rally.
Near the end, three of us left the group and wandered around DC for awhile (saw one of my favourite places, the Canadian Embassy, and also found a statue garden that turned out not to be the one I try to visit everytime I'm in town), finding one food place with spectacularly bad service (to the point that we sat there for an hour and then left when no waiters seemed interested in visiting us but a metawaiter told us "soon!") and then later a not-bad Sushi place. A bit later, I met Party Cat and saw a computer game involving mining and jumping cows.
I took last week off because I had a visitor. There's more to say that I won't cover here.
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