Monday, August 31, 2009

Kennedy Video

One thing I forgot to mention about the ceremony at the Capitol. By the time the ceremony was finished it was after 6. The sun was starting to get low in the sky. As the hearse pulled away from the Capitol moving toward Constitution Avenue, the sun came through the windows of the hearse and I got a clear view of the coffin with the flag on top of it. It was a truly amazing sight.

Here's some video from the ceremony.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Kennedy at the Capitol

I'd debated whether to go down and see the ceremony for Ted Kennedy at the Senate. It would be very brief. But I finally decided to go. I took the Metro to Union Station and then walked to the Capitol. I got a good spot off to the right of the Senate wing very close to where the ceremony would be. It was very thankfully in the shade. It was a fairly humid and hot day.

It turned out they were running late. The plane had been delayed leaving Boston due to weather. The ceremony was supposed to be around 4:30. It now looked like it would be closer to 6 or maybe even later. I decided to stay put. I thought I'd been here this long might as well stay.

About an hour or so before the ceremony the police allowed us to move closer to the building. There was a dash by people to get a better spot. I liked where I ended up being off to the side. It turned out a little hard to hear what was said but otherwise a great spot. I shot some video which I will post soon.

There was some cloud cover and that kept the heat down a little. But for some people the heat was too much. At least half a dozen people had to helped by emergency personnel suffering from the heat.

The most ironic moment of the day was a women waiting who had on a McCain/Palin t-shirt. Figure that one out.

Finally the motorcade arrived. It came up over the rise in the Capitol drive and in the lead was the hearse with Kennedy's body. The crowd on the steps and everywhere else for that matter burst into applause.

The ceremony was short. A pray. A heartfelt thank you to all staff. A song. Then it was back in the cars and on the way to Arlington National Cemetery. I got a very good look at the flag draped coffin as they drove out toward Constitution Avenue. I also got to see Vicky in her car. She was waving to the the crowd. I hope she was able to draw strength from all the well wishers on the route.

I followed the motorcade out of the Capitol grounds. I was going to go further but somehow my heart just wasn't in it. I'd done what I'd set out to do. I said my farewell to a great man, a great Senator, a great patriot.

On the Grounds of the Capitol

The grounds of the Capitol. The first pictures show current and former Kennedy staff members gathering to say there final goodbye.

After waiting awhile the Capitol police allowed the crowd to move in closer. It gave everyone a much better vantage point from which to watch the ceremony.

Part of the crowd on the grounds of the Capitol.

On the Grounds of the Capitol, Part II

The first three pictures are of the motorcade as it stopped on the Senate side of the Capitol. Again the people on the steps are current and former staff members.

Some of the many people that lined the route. This is the steps of one of the Senate office buildings.

The procession turned onto Constitution Avenue on its way to Arlington National Cemetery.

Ceremony for Ted Kennedy

Even the local school down the block from me lowered their flag to half mast in honor of Kennedy.

Orrin Hatch's Tribute to Ted Kennedy

Not many people may know that Orrin Hatch is a song writer. Here is his tribute to his friend Ted Kennedy it is called Headed Home.

Friday, August 28, 2009

2Political Episode 14

2PP014 - 28 August 2009
2Political Podcast Episode 14 is now available.

Remembering Senator Ted Kennedy: Today we have a special episode about Senator Edward M. Kennedy, his career, his legacy and what his death means for not just liberals, but the US Senate generally. We also share some personal memories and reflections.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The Lion of the Senate, Edward M. Kennedy

His voice is stilled.

We have all suffered a great loss.

This country has suffered a great loss.

Last night we lost a great patriot.

There's a great deal going through my mind right now about Senator Edward Kennedy. A sense of loss and sadness. I cannot remember a time in my life when a Kennedy was not a prominent figure on the political scene. It will indeed be strange not to have one there. It will be strange not to have Ted around. A man who fought so hard for those things he believed in. I will miss that fierce devotion to the causes he supported.

At the same time, I will miss his ability to work across the isle to achieve legislation needed in this country. The two that most immediately pieces that come to mind are the American's with Disability Act and No Child Left Behind.

I'm going to close with this excerpt from his 1980 speech at the Democratic National Convention:

For me, a few hours ago, this campaign came to an end. For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die.

Senator you did that work for a very long time. Senator you have done you part. It's now our turn to pick up where you left off. To carry the work and the dream forward in your memory. To carry it forward to all Americans

Thank you Senator Kennedy. You will be missed.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Another Game at National's Park

There's always something to see before the game starts like the running presidents only this time they aren't running.

Starting the Game

Stretching before the game. One guy was able to put his leg on another guy's shoulder. A couple of shots of the starting pictures.

Home Run Hitters

Three home runs in one game for the Nationals. These pictures are of Adam Dunn and Ryan Zimmerman.

They Win a Game

First time this year when I've been to a game they actually won one. And did it really well too.

As the article in the Post today said:

Almost every game, Zimmerman bats third, Dunn bats fourth. Together, the pair anchors the Washington Nationals' lineup, forming one of the most imposing 3-4 combos in baseball. Sometimes, as happened Sunday, they help stop a losing streak. The Nationals don't quite have a stopper, so Zimmerman and Dunn remain the best source of stability. Washington snapped its five-game skid Sunday for numerous reasons -- it's never just a two-man show -- but in the end, the Nationals' 8-3 victory over Milwaukee at Nationals Park felt like an alpha performance.

Love Those Running Presidents

Here's some video of the running presidents at Sunday's game. The first video from my new Nikon Coolpix digital camera.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Sunday Smile

This is a classic. I can relate to Charlie Brown's predicament.

It's bright and sunny and not hot Sunday in August no less!

I'm meeting up with a friend and we're heading out to a ball game.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Going Out to the Ball Game

Headed out to a Nationals' game on Wednesday. Since they do have the worst record in baseball it was not too much of a surprise that they lost. The pitching is just horrible. The Post summed up the game best:

If nothing else, the Washington Nationals were kind enough to submit several forcible warning signs that Wednesday night would be ugly and long well before it got too long. In general, it's never a good sign when a game begins at 7:06 p.m. and the bullpen is already buzzing by 7:18. It's never a good sign when the starter doesn't record an out until the 28th pitch. It's never a good sign when the pitching staff walks six of the first 14 batters it faces.

I will say there were two home runs and two triples. One thing that I did not understand was that on six different occasions the lead off batter tried to bunt. Three times on by each team. Only once did anyone get on base. Final score 5-4 Rockies

I'm heading out to the park again tomorrow. Here's hoping for the best as opposed to the usual results.

The Running Presidents at National's Park

I know this is a rather silly thing but I have to say I love watching the running presidents. Teddy although out first has never won a race. He always gets distracted somewhere along the way. This time he supposedly stop to twet something. You can see how many each of the other presidents have won. In all a fun time even if they didn't win. But once again two home runs and two triples. Not bad. Now if only they could win one. The Nationals that is.

Friday, August 21, 2009

They Fly Through the Air

He'd fly through the air with the greatest of ease,
That daring young man on the flying trapeze.
His movements were graceful, all girls he could please
And my love he purloined away.

Not far from my office is a place where you can fly with the greatest of ease for a small fee I presume on the flying trapeze. I shot these pictures on Tuesday. It looks like a great deal of fun. I'm going to have to look into seeing how much it costs.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Rocks in the Air at the Rhode Island Avenue Metro stop

Here are a couple of pictures of the Rhode Island Avenue Metro stop. The first one gives you some perspective on how high the platform is off the ground. The second one shows the area where the two boys were throwing the rocks from.

As you can see from the track bed for the commuter and freight trains, there are all sorts of rocks kids could pick up and throw at the train.

I'm going to send an e-mail to Metro about what happened and see what type of a response I get.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Rocks in the air and Metro

Imagine my surprise when getting off at the Rhode Island Avenue Metro stop Tuesday evening to see a rock heading my way. In fact in retrospect one hit the train while it was pulling into the station. The first thing you have to realize is the platform is a good thirty feet above ground. A few moments later another rock came hurtling toward the platform. I yelled loudly for people to watch out. Someone just missed getting hit.

Several of us moved toward the other side of the platform. Looking down we saw two boys throwing rocks up on to the platform. In fact while we watched, one of the charming darlings threw another rock. One of the guys on the platform yelled some choice words to the kid. With a sense of urgency a couple of people looked around to see if there was a Metro employee around to point out what was going on. There just happened to be one going down the escalator. The guy who yelled at the kid was the person who caught up with the Metro employee on the escalator. He told the Metro employee what had happened. He said that one women was almost hit in the head.

What happened next was not what I thought would happen. I would have thought there would have been some sense of urgency to go after these kids. A sense of urgency to make sure they couldn’t throw any more rocks (and they were good sized rocks) and potentially hit someone. There was in fact no sense of urgency at all. The Metro employee did not quickly walk down the escalator (it was full of people but he could have asked them to move). There seemed no great sense of urgency to get out of the station. I will say he looked out of the station in the direction that he’d been told the kids were throwing the rocks from.

Outside of the station were two Metro transit police cars. I got through the turn styles and walked toward them. Unfortunately, no one was in them. And where was the trusty Metro employee. Well he’d barely gotten out of the station by the time I’d determined that the police cars were empty. I’m not sure what happened next. I have to think not a great deal.

I went over to a walk way and could still see both of the kids. They’d moved away from their original spot of being on the train track bed up a little ways. I decided there wasn’t a great deal more that I could do. For a moment I thought about going after the two little bastards but decided against. I also thought about calling 911 but then couldn’t figure out exactly what I would say. I think I was still in shock over the total lack of concern by the Metro employee. I have to believe that since nothing happened to them, these two kids will be back on the train bed throwing rocks up onto the platform.

Next time people may get hurt. I assume then there will be some sense of urgency on the part of Metro then.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Health Care Reform (continued)

Looks like the Republicans might get there wish. No public option and maybe no reform at all of health care.

It’s great to see the Republicans take a small kernel of truth and then wrap lie upon lie upon lie around it. Have Governor Quitter and that blow hard of a former Speaker of the House make all sorts of outrageous claims. Use it to terrify people. Use it to pack town hall meetings and smile and say the people are against this.

It shows they will stop at nothing to get their way. As always, their party comes first before the country. If there were any sort of Republican plan, I might not think this but there is no Republican plan. They see the health care issue as a way back into power. They don’t care at all about solving the problems with health care. After all if they did so, they would have to take on one of their biggest supporters the health insurance industry.

There's a very interesting article in the Post In Defense of Britain's Health System.

Here's the final paragraph of the piece. It makes some great points:

Fear is the weapon of choice for opponents of reform who have no substantive alternative to offer. America spends five times the share of its national wealth on health as Singapore, and yet life expectancy in each country is roughly the same. Even allowing for other factors, it is undeniable that the way a health system is organized and operated makes a difference. Americans fear that countries such as Britain and Canada ration care -- and that such rationing could and should never be tolerated in the United States. Yet 47 million uninsured is quite an extreme form of rationing. So at this moment, the burden of proof falls upon those who oppose change -- for they stand in defense of fear.

But, I have to say the Republicans can’t get all the credit. The Democrats needed to push back much sooner and in a much more sophisticated way. They characterized the people attending these town hall meetings as being undemocratic which was a mistake. They needed to characterize the behavior they exhibited in the meeting as being undemocratic. I think they could have scored points on that one. Also Obama should have come out much sooner on this then he did. He should have help his town hall meetings a week earlier.

But the town hall meetings, while blowing a great deal of very hot air, are not going to be the make or break on this issue. It’s when Congress comes back from their August recess after Labor Day (as a quick aside wish I had a job where I could get that much time off). Then will get a real sense of where we are with health care "reform".

I hope Obama will be good and rested from his vacation because he’s going to have to devote all of his energy to get this bill done and passed.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Tandem Training Continues

I still have my two trainers. In fact last week Shawn joined us for my session on Tuesday and Friday. Actually on Friday Ed sort of let Shawn run the show. Ed contributed a couple of routines but that was about it. Tuesday was a very intensive leg day. This time I did squats and lunges with a bar instead of using just dumbbells. I noticed that my right knee has a tendency to turn in ever so slightly. (This became even more apparent on Friday when we were doing lunges with just dumbbells.) The bar is part of a Smith Machine. It allows you to place your legs father in front of your body then just using a regular bar.

I was pushed to my about my limit on this machine. The weight kept going up with each set. I did three in all. In the middle of the third set, Shawn asked how I was doing and if I could keep going. I set a goal of three more reps. It was hard but I did make it. After that the rest of the exercises for that session seemed rather easy. We practiced doing the hand stand push up. I find it difficult to move my legs up the wall while at the same time moving my hands back to be closer to the wall. I did pretty well. I did two sets. Ed stressed that I should only do five or six because of all the blood rushing to me head. I agreed that six was a good goal to set.

Wednesday was spinning. There was a guest instructor and he had a very hard routine. With the intense leg workout the night before and then this on Wednesday morning my legs especially my thighs were well to put it mildly screaming. I really didn’t get a full sense of how sore they were until later in the day. I really noticed it when I was home and going up and down the stairs. I skipped doing my walks. In part because I thought it best to give my legs a rest and also because summer was finally acting like summer. It was hot out.

Friday we went back to lunges. Legs were really hurting but actually the exercises seem to get easier. I think working out actually helped to loosen up my legs. It reminded me of when I went to the spinning class after I did the century. It made my legs feel better then and the same thing happened on Friday.

More work on the hand stand push up. My problem as on Tuesday was the inability to get my feet up the wall while moving my hands closer to the wall at the same time. I said I think I need to work on one thing at a time. So we worked on getting my legs up. I did OK. Not perfect but very slowly I’m getting better.

Saturday was another spinning class. The Saturday class I like the best. The main reason is that is an hour long. You wouldn’t think 15 minutes would make that much of a difference but it really does. I also really like the instructor Michelle. There’ve been times when it’s been just the two of us in the class. That fact makes me a little concerned that they may cancel the class but until then I plan to be spinning there on Saturday mornings.

Sunday was homework day. I get Ed to set up a series of exercises for me. This was a very heavy workout involving push ups of all kinds. But the first thing I tried was the hand stand push up. I went into the aerobics studio and tried it on one of the posts in the room. I got into the hand stand position with no problem. I did some push ups and then got down. I tried again. No problems in getting my legs up on the wall. I was very excited. I went through and did the other series of exercises. I then decided to see if I could do the hand stand again. I figure at the end of the workout, which is when I usually try them during a training session, would be the real test. Again no problem. I was even able to move my hands in a little closer to the wall. I was thrilled.

Today after the spinning class I tried it again. I was able to do the hand stand and a couple of push ups. I still need to be closer to the wall. Ed happened to be in the gym and I said to him half way there. He said half way to what. I responded you have to wait until tomorrow.

I remember seeing a guy do the hand stand push ups. I thought it would be great to be able to do them but figured I wasn’t strong enough to do them. Well that’s not the case any more.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Odds and Ends

Yes, bowling. I went bowling for the first time in like 5 years probably much closer to 10. It was very fun. Went with my friend Mark who suggested that we go. It was originally going to be Burger King and bowling but we decided on Panera Bread instead.

And we lucked into 99 cent games. So we bowled four games. My first game I bowled in the 80s. The next two were at 105. And the last game well we both regretted doing that one.

It was a great deal of fun. A way to get some exercise and a fun way to spend the afternoon. There having 99 cent games next weekend to so I just might go again.

The only small little draw back is the ring finger on my right hand hurts this morning.

Death Panels

Here's an important update on the Obama Death Panels. Paula Abdul will be serving on one of them. You can get the full story up following this link and scroll down until you reach the entry: Paula Abdul Appointed to Obama Death Panel. I know I was greatly concerned what Paula would be doing after leaving American Idol. It's good to know she has another job.

New Camera

I got a new digital camera yesterday. I got a Nikon Coolpix S560. I looked at it last week. I'm glad I waited a week before buying it because the price went down $50. It seems Nikon is going to be bringing out a new model very soon so it's trying to get rid of these. Worked out great for me.

The reason I'm getting a new one is that the one I have is too big. Well to put it better is not streamlined enough. I have a Canon Powershot. I like it. It takes great pictures. The thing is it runs on AA batteries. In order to incorporate the batteries in the design of the camera it has for lack of a better description a bump out on one side.

Now under normal circumstance this would be fine. The problem I found was when I was riding my bike. I like to bring along a camera to document my ride. The little bump out make it difficult to put the camera into the pocket of the bike jersey I wear when I'm riding. It's a pain and on a couple of occasion I nearly dropped the camera. And if I dropped it I'd be buying a new camera. So I decided I needed to look into getting a new one. The reason there were no pictures on the century was because I didn't want to have the hassle of taking it along. I'd have liked to have taken a couple of pictures when I was riding in the dark but. Well you get the idea.

I charged up the battery and installed the memory card and will be taking pictures soon that is as soon as I read through the 100 plus page instruction manual.

Sunday Smile

Sunday's rolled around again. It's a bright sunny day not too hot, yet and the humidity isn't too bad either. Not bad for a Sunday in August in Washington, DC. So it's time to smile.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

2Political Episode 13

2PP013 - 11 August 2009
2Political Podcast Episode 13 is now available. You can listen to it on the widget on the right side of my blog, or you can go the podcast site, You can leave comments there as well as download or listen to any episode.

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A Palin Lie Exposed

In case someone how you missed the statement by Governor Quitter on the health care bill, she said this:

"The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama's 'death panel' so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their 'level of productivity in society,' whether they are worthy of health care," the former Republican vice presidential candidate wrote.

The only small problem is that is a complete and total falsehood. Follow this link for some actual factual information.

Here's an important part of the questions and answers from the story:

Q: Does the health care legislation bill promote "mercy killing," or euthanasia?

A: No.

Q: Then what's all the fuss about?

A: A provision in the House bill written by Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., would allow Medicare to pay doctors for voluntary counseling sessions that address end-of-life issues. The conversations between doctor and patient would include living wills, making a close relative or a trusted friend your health care proxy, learning about hospice as an option for the terminally ill, and information about pain medications for people suffering chronic discomfort.

The sessions would be covered every five years, more frequently if someone is gravely ill.

Why is Governor Quitter spouting this crap along with other Republicans? It seems to me they know they can't defeat the health care bill by using facts so they have to resort to distortions and out right lies.

This seems to be the pattern of the Republicans these days. Bankrupt of any ideas all they can say is no. All they can do is try and take the moral high ground on an issue that has no basis in fact.

Each time I hear one of them speak especially Governor Quitter, I am so glad and thankful that Barak Obama is the President of the United States.

Monday, August 10, 2009

A little more than 6 months in to Obama's Term

It’s hard to believe it’s been six months since Barak Obama became President of the United States.

How refreshing to have someone who actually thinks about what’s going on and what positions should be taken by the government.

With the battle for health care in high gear, it’s hard to remember the big fight over the stimulus package. That was like back in February and that really does seem like a life time ago. Is the stimulus working? I would say yes. It takes a while for the government to dole out money. The fact that it is taking so long I think is a good thing. We’re close to reaching the bottom. The projects that are under way using stimulus money have helped cushion the fall to the bottom. Once the money gets into the pipeline later this year and into next it will help with the recovery.

The only draw back to the stimulus package is one more in a promise about the level of unemployment. The Obama administration said where they thought unemployment would go. They guessed low which considering all the economic upheaval that’s going on is not a surprise. It is unfortunately a weapon the administration has handed to the Republicans to beat them over the head with. But they’ll only be able to use it if the economy is not doing better in a year. I have a feeling it will be doing better. Not great but better.

Then there is Sonia Sotomayor nomination and confirmation to the Supreme Court. As I’ve stated before the notion that someone’s upbringing and background would not influence how they look at the law is ridiculous (the important thing is that your background cannot be the only thing to influence your decision). But that certainly didn’t stop the Republicans for using it as an excuse a very stupid one at that to vote against her. Talk about change who would have thought that this would have happened in January that there would be another woman on the Supreme Court who just so happened to be Hispanic.

There is of course the continuing what shall I call siren songs of the nut cases out there aided and abetted by the far right pundits and politicians. I am of course talking about the birthers. What can be said about them. Then there’s Sarah Palin calling Obama’s health care plan evil. That it will mean “death panels.” An out and out right lie but then again what else can you expect from Palin. The overall tone of the health care debate and debate I use loosely in the town meeting which have been packed by opponents of the plan. I have no problem getting people out to talk with their elected representatives but this is packing the meetings to shout down anyone who’s against the plan. There’s nothing democratic about that at all. And the Republicans have clearly show (most obvious example is DeMint’s statement) is they may be opposed to some aspects of the reform but the most important thing to do is to defeat so they can bring Obama down a peg. Once again the Republican Party places their party before what is good for the country.

Will health care pass? Yes I think it will. It will probably have to be changed somewhat from its present form but Obama will get it done.

In all, I have to say I’m very pleased with the first six months of Obama’s presidency. There are more things to do but there’s time to do them. And Obama has shown he’s up to the challenge of getting things done.

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Sunday Smile

It's been awhile since I posted a Sunday smile so here's one.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Metro Tries to do More

Metro is at least trying to do more to actually consider their customers for a change.

There are now regular announcements made by train operators that trains are pulling up to the front of the platform and to expect continued delays on the Red Line. There’s even a pamphlet being handed out called What You Can Expect on the Red Line — Summer 2009. This is a very good idea. The question should be what took them so long.

One of the main problems that I have with Metro in fact have always had with Metro, is their inability of getting information to people in a timely manner. They always seem to be behind the curve. This is a good effort but again the question has to be asked what took them so long.

The investigation into the June 22 crash continues. Metro has no control over how long the NTSB will be conducting the investigation. It seems to me the NTSB should be putting out some more information on how long it expects the investigation to last.

Then of course there is next year to look forward when Metro launches its four year renovation of the Red Line. They really do need to do a great deal more to let people know what’s going on with this upcoming project. They need to ramp up an information campaign several months before the renovations start (like now).

This will be a test Metro will really need to pass. People’s patient is stretched thin as it and fouling up next year may be the last straw to many riders.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Tandem Trainers

For the last two Tuesdays, I’ve had tandem training sessions. I’ve had not one but two personal trainers. There’s my regular Ed and the new guy Shawn. I’m not entirely sure why Shawn is sitting on the training sessions. I’m thinking because he’s a new trainer. I haven’t had a chance to ask Ed what the scoop is.

But I thinks it’s great! It’s interesting to see them try and out do each other with exercises. Of course I’m the person that has to do the exercises but I really like the challenge. Shawn has come up with some very good exercise to do. One was on my least favorite piece of equipment the bosu ball. All sorts of fun things can be done with it. I’m not very good on it.

Anyway, Shawn had me put my feet on the ball and then do a push up. Now that sounds fairly simple but there’s an added step. After doing the push up you bring your left hand over to where your right hand is and then extend out your right hand so your in the push up position again. You do another push up and then reverse the process. It’s not all that easy to do. The other exercise also on the bosu ball is to put your hands together making a triangle with them and then doing a push up. This concentrates more on the triceps then just your chest like a regular push up would.

Shawn also uses straps for exercise. There’s one where I take hold of the handles and he holds the middle of the strap and I do various pulling exercises. The most difficult one he’s had me do is the following. I have two dumbbells one in each hand. I hold them at my sides. I lift them straight out in front of me until they are even with my shoulders. I then move my arms out to the side. I maintain this position and then do a squat. As I rise up from the squat I let the dumbbells drop to my side and then start all over again. This was very hard but I was able to get through 12 reps.

That’s not to say Ed doesn’t have some difficult exercises for me because he does. His exercises are always a challenge, although I will say I think I'm getting better at doing his stuff. On the whole, I think I’m making very good progress. My sense of balance is better but still not as good as it should be but on this matter I’m definitely a work in progress. I also think that the easy with which I did my century has a great deal to do with the spinning classes that I’ve taken but also the personal training sessions.

I'm also walking regularly in the evening and in the morning when I don't go to the gym. What I want to do is walk for around 30 minutes or more. When I'm back from my walk, get on my stationary bike and ride it. I'd start at 10 minutes and work my way up to about 30 minutes. So at least 3-4 nights a week I'd do that. I hope to start that soon.

One last area that needs improvement and that is of course my weight. But even here I’m making some progress. I’m below 180 and heading toward 175. I’m hoping to be close to that by September.

Monday, August 03, 2009

Hall and Oates at Wolf Trap, Part II

A really great show from Hall and Oates last night at Wolf Trap. And just fantastic seats. Row C. Not exactly center but pretty damn close. It was as always fun to see these guys.

This is the seventh time I’ve seen them. The first time was at D.A.R. Constitution Hall. It was during their Kiss on My List Tour in 1980. I saw them twice at Merriweather Post Pavillion. These two shows were when they were at the top of their popularity. They were sold out both times. I particularly remember them playing Private Eyes when they sang private eyes they’re watching you two sets of very bright spot lights would shine directly out into the audience almost blinding you.

Then it was many years before I saw them again. They played at the Warner theater in DC in 2006. They recorded the concert live and after the show you could buy the CD. It is so cool because it’s the concert you went to and you can listen to it over and over again. The next time I saw them was at Strathmore in 2007. Again they offered the option of getting a CD of the concert. I opted to do so again.

Now they post the concerts on their web site and you can download it. I hope they do it for this one.

As I said a great concert. A great crowd. A great way to spend a Sunday evening. Their finally two songs were Kiss on My List and Private Eyes. Two of my favorites. I'll scout out YouTube to see if any video gets uploads in the mean time enjoy the Private Eyes Video.

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Hall and Oates at Wolf Trap

Just got back from a fantastic concert at Wolf Trap. I saw Daryl Hall and John Oates. What a fantastic concert. I think this is the seventh time I've seem them in close to 30 years.

More on the concert tomorrow. I need to wind down from it and then get to bed. Like I said more tomorrow.