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another night out

May 2nd, 2003

Last night I met my friend Robert from Lockheed Martin for dinner in the District. He is staying, for a few days, with a relative who lives near Woodly Park. So after struggling to find a parking space near my apartment (there is some kind of convention at the hotel a few blocks away and so parking is… shall we say a bitch!) I headed up to Woodly Park.

First off; Why does the weather suck in DC? First it’s too damn cold, then it’s like oppressively hot and humid? There are about three days a year of a comfortable compromise. Yesterday was not one of them. When I walked up to Woodly Part I was sweating like… well for lack of a better phrase — a stuck pig. I hate the summer, no matter what I do I am too hot. And I hate being too hot. I prefer being too cold — I can always warm up by adding layers, but in the summer, when I am
too hot I can only cool down so much by taking layers off and not breaking some law.

Anyway, we had a good dinner talked for a while and had a few drinks at an Irish Pub. Then we walked to Adams Morgan for a few more drinks. At one point we were no more than three blocks from my apartment but we headed back to Woodly Park. I did not want to let Robert walk around the District by himself — I doubt he would have gotten lost but I live there he does not. By the time we got back to Woodly it was after nine and time for me to head home.

The moral to all this came this morning: I woke up with a horrible headache, not a true hangover, it mostly the effects of dehydration from the drinking and sweating while I walked. I should have had some water to drink before I went to bed. Anyway, a few glasses of water and the headache was gone, what is not gone is the stiffness in my legs. I must have walked about six miles last night and I have not done that since walking from Islington to Trafalgar in England. I go running at least a couple times a week and my legs are a little tired the next day but not sore so I did not figure I would actually be in pain from all the walking but man, was I wrong! So the moral we where looking for is: need more walking…

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