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Birthday Weekend

This past weekend, we celebrated wishweaver's birthday. On Saturday, after we finished dealing with the vehicles (emission tests, oil changes, etc.), we bundled ourselves up and headed into Washington D.C.

We wound up taking in the scenic routes through Washington, thanks to our GPS, which apparently needs to be updated. But, after much cursing and gnashing of teeth, we finally arrived in Georgetown, secured parking and made our way to Blues Alley, which living up to its name, is actually in an alley off of Wisconsin Ave.

We got there an hour before the concert and helped ourselves to Blues Alley's dining fare. Wish had the BBQ Chicken Creole on rice and I had the Stuffed Shrimp with Red Beans and Rice. There was some serious nom-ing on my part. I'd recommend the place just based on its food, but the best was still to come.

One of my favorite jazz musicians, Keiko Matsui was performing there. She's a jazz pianist and since Wish plays piano, I thought she might enjoy it. Keiko had a four piece ensemble backing her up (bass, guitar, saxophone (soprano and alto) and drums, while she performed on both the regular piano, electric piano, and synthesizer.

Blues Alley is an intimate setting, but our seats were about eight feet from the stage. It was easy to get caught up in the music and the musicians were having a ball playing. Keiko played several songs from her latest album, Moyo, as well as a few I hadn't heard yet. (She's released 23 albums, I have 9 - not that I like her music or anything.)

All in all, the concert was about an hour and fifteen minutes. We decided not to stand in the long line to get something signed by her, but on our way out the door, I passed by where she was signing. Being the geek I am, I had to pause and tell her "Domo Arigato" with a small bow. She looked surprised for a second and then got this incredible grin on her face as she told me "Arigato" in return. I don't think she was expecting the old white guy to know Japanese. *grin*

On Sunday, we took Wish out to see Alice in Wonderland. She's not a huge Burton fan, but she was pleasantly pleased by how well the movie was done. The daughter-unit gave it an 8 out of 10, while her friend gave it a 7.5 out of 10. I'd have to agree with the 7.5, but it certainly was worth the price of a matinee viewing.

On Monday, (her actual birthday), we went shopping together and she picked up some really cool things as well as some practical stuff for herself. Plus, it was just fun hanging out together.

So, I think it was a fairly successful weekend and I think Wish thought so too.


( 1 howl — Howl with the Pack )
Mar. 13th, 2010 03:20 am (UTC)
You are such a good husband to make not just the day but the weekend for her... :)

She sure did train you right!

Love ya! Mean it!
( 1 howl — Howl with the Pack )

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