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May 17, 2019


bustin’ loose in the rain, dance party, and a heronry
posted by soe 1:53 am

Rudi's Karaoke Birthday

Today was Rudi’s birthday, which he wanted to spend doing karaoke, since one of his bikey friends runs a couple such events around town, including one on the rooftop of a hotel downtown.

Here are three other beautiful things from my past week:

Rudi's Karaoke Birthday

1. At the Funk Parade on Saturday, the parade and other free activities were supposed to wrap up with an hour-long performance by the Chuck Brown Band. (Chuck Brown was the Godfather of Go-Go, a type of funk, and D.C.’s favorite musician before he died a couple years back. His band has continued to perform under his moniker and in his honor.) The skies opened up toward the end of the parade (you felt for dancers doing splits in puddles and the beauty queens in their spangled bikinis mincing through the chilly mist) and by the time their set began, a steady drizzle was coming down. They only made it into their second song before a loud CRACKLE! punctuated the music and the mics went dead. They paused, realized they’d completely lost electricity and then went on to perform every jam and call-and-response song in their repertoire, as the crowd boogied under a rainbow of umbrellas. We cheered through The Woody Woodpecker theme song and riffs from other popular soundtracks and then went wild and sang along for Chuck’s biggest hit, “Bustin’ Loose.” It was understandably a short set, but one everyone in the park will remember.

Rudi's Karaoke Birthday

2. My attention is captured by the colorful disco lights flashing in a living room window. Happy-looking couples are slow dancing on a Thursday.

Rudi's Karaoke Birthday

3. As we’re riding home along the Rock Creek bike path, we notice a great blue heron flying by. Then I spy three more hanging out in the creek itself, along with a night heron. Obviously, it’s a party.

Rudi's Karaoke Birthday

What’s been beautiful in your world lately?

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May 10, 2019


making friends, arnie, and preview
posted by soe 1:59 am

Irises

Three beautiful things from my past week:

1. The woman from my volleyball team and I finally got together for coffee this week. Then we went out for beers (full disclosure, I drink neither beer nor coffee) after our game tonight and our partners joined us.

2. One of the coffeehouses I like to frequent has Arnold Palmers on their menu and I decided to order one this week. They use frozen lemonade, so the drink was delightfully slushy.

3. My second movie screening this week worked out far better than the first. Poms was a charming look at female friendship and persevering when it would be easier to give up. It’s not a great film — it asks a few bigger questions (about multigenerational families and about adult children parenting their parents), yet never bothers to answer them, and most of the characters aren’t fully three-dimensional — but it was an enjoyable way to pass a couple hours and most of the audience (predominantly older women themselves) seemed to agree.

How about you? What’s been beautiful in your world lately?

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May 3, 2019


compromise, open-air office, and prep
posted by soe 1:49 am

Yellow

Three beautiful things from my past week:

1. A resolution to the conflict between the Parks department and the local Friends group of my local park that my volleyball league found itself in the middle of has been reached, at least as it affects our games. We’re moving to another nearby park, which means I’ll be able to continue going to mine without fear of angry looks from all my neighbors. Now, if we could just find a solution to game-time thunderstorms…

2. I took my laptop to a local coffeehouse for a sunny afternoon sitting at their picnic tables bookmarking job openings, including one I’d particularly like to fill.

3. When I stopped by the garden yesterday to drop off some seedlings (dusk was approaching too rapidly to plant them), I noticed the Parks department was doing their first test-fill of the pool. The cover had come off in April, so I knew we had to be reaching this point, but it was nice to have confirmation. They’ll use this fill to make sure there are no problems with the pipes or cracks that need fixing and then will drain the pool completely to do whatever maintenance they deem necessary and clean it one final time before doing a last fill before the Memorial Day opening weekend.

How about you? What’s been beautiful in your world lately?

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April 26, 2019


transformative, produce, and body snatcher
posted by soe 1:11 am

Strawberry

Three beautiful things from my past week:

1. People from across all aspects of our lives stepped up in a big way to support Rudi through his grief this past week, particularly knowing I was away. And Rudi has stepped up through his mourning to take his own street safety advocacy to the next level to help transform the direction the city’s streets will take in the years to come.

2. The first strawberries and asparagus of the season at the farmers market.

3. I invited a relative stranger out for coffee today and she accepted. We’re getting together next week.

How about you? What’s been beautiful in your world lately?

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April 19, 2019


what a hoot, improvements, and date
posted by soe 1:32 am

Three beautiful things from my previous week:

Visitor

1. I happened to glance up as I was carrying my lunch to the other room to see that my parents had a visitor. (Apologies for the photo quality; I was shooting through a window and a screen.)

Checking Out the Woods

2. At the garden work day, a few of us worked on a construction project that added some pvc piping to our infrastructure that should necessitate the garden’s master spigot, which is located in a corner of my plot, to be accessed far less often, which is more convenient for everyone.

I See You

3. Rudi and I were both home on Monday, so after mailing our taxes, we treated ourselves to a late lunch out at a local Cuban restaurant. We then followed it with a trip to Trader Joe’s, where the samples were plentiful and delicious (and included chocolate).

How about you? What’s been beautiful in your world lately?

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April 12, 2019


celebrate, good fit, and nestlings
posted by soe 1:34 am

Sarah's Birthday

Three beautiful things from my past week:

1. Sarah had a birthday this week and invited folks to join her down at the new’ish beer garden next to the river for drinks. It had a shaggy, shabby backyard vibe going on — so, very relaxed and very comfortable — which was perfect for a group of middle-aged friends.

2. Rudi started a new position within his company this week. It’s doing outreach and promotion, which he’s going to be awesome at. I’m pleased for him that this is more in line with what he’d been looking to do and pleased for his company that they have found such a strong advocate for their products.

3. In the pre-dawn hours you can hear all the birds that live in the tree outside our building calling to each other. There’s at least one nest of babies, who are VERY HUNGRY!!!

How about you? What’s been beautiful in your world lately?

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