Monday, December 26, 2005

For My Next Witness,
I'd Like To Call Santa Claus


Every Christmas can't bring snow. What we had was rain and fog. I had to drive to get my brother, then we went to Baltimore for an early dinner
at McCormick & Schmick's.


The restaurant, from the water

The meal was luxe, and we had the best table in the house: at the windows, looking out at the Seven Foot Knolls Lighthouse and the water.


Seven Foot Knolls Lighthouse,
Baltimore Harbor. Built in 1855.



On the ride up, I was talking to my brother about last week's Redskins game against the Giants and what the Redskins' chances were in this upcomi
ng game against the Philadelphia Eagles on New Year's Day. My brother was chuckling and said under his breath, "listen to her." I bristled and said, "What? You think girls can't talk about football? I love the Redskins...and they look so cute in those colors." We went by the Ravens stadium on our way to dinner and we debated whether or not they were playing a home game that night (they were, and won), and we saw a bad car accident right by the stadium.




The ride back into D.C. was equally long and tiring, bad visiblility was holding forth, and I was thinking sometimes it would be nice to stay at home on Christmas Day, be in your fuzzies and do nothing but watch back to back episodes of Law and Order while hearing those yuletid
e phrases of "blunt force trauma" and "exit wound" while curled before the glow of the transmitting hearth.




Number Three? Step to the front and say "Ho, ho, ho."

14 Comments:

Blogger Lizzie said...

As I was looking out the window at the rain on a 55-degree Christmas day here, I realized that I have never seen a white Christmas. Even if it means spending a Christmas in Alaska, I am going to have to rectify that.

12:46 AM  
Blogger I-66 said...

If only it had been colder on Christmas Day...

Oh... and I cannot adequately put into words my affinity for the football-knowledgeable female. That is all.

8:06 AM  
Blogger Megarita said...

Great place for dinner! But indeed miserable weather. Blech. But I fully enjoyed my Christmas of movies and Chinese food this year. I feel as though I beat the system, if only this once. :)

8:35 AM  
Blogger elvira black said...

Same weather in NYC--drizzly and foggy. I didn't venture out, but from the window it looked cool. Sometimes I like those cloudy days, but then I didn't have to drive around in it!

Law and Order? Anytime, anywhere, any flavor.

Those photos are terrific.

OK, here's the thing. I have no interest in sports, so when people start talking about the Redskins my eyes glaze over. Skins, schminns--whatever. But it was so funny that you tried to defend yourself as a female football fan by mentioning that your fave team looked so cute in those colors! ROFL!

8:48 AM  
Blogger Washington Cube said...

Lizzie: Washington does have White Christmases, just not lately. I've thought many times of just the opposite--going to a country where they don't even recognize Christmas. I was talking to a friend about this, and she said she had done Christmas in Florida (warm weather/tropical) and it had been "weird." Christmas in Morocco might be even weirder.

I-66--Football is one sport I really enjoy watching on tv. Why my brother should be surprised at this shows how absentminded he was that day, since we grew up together. We talked about this in the car because I told him I loved going to baseball games, but not necessarily watching it on tv (though I do, at times), and really having no interest in hockey or basketball, but I think I would if I saw them live.

Megarita: I felt obliged to be with family, so I didn't can out, but it was a strain driving so much in bad weather.

Elvira: I threw in the "cute in colors" statement just to get a shot in at him, and I made a direct hit. He was right about the Ravens playing that night, though. I didn't think they'd schedule a game on Christmas day.

10:43 AM  
Blogger always write said...

If I had a fireplace and cable TV, that's how I would've spent my Christmas. Still I made the most of my surroundings and spent the day in bed eating, knitting, and watching "Sex and the City" DVDs. Ho, Ho, Ho, and Charlotte ;)

10:54 AM  
Blogger Velvet said...

Cube - I stayed in my bed until 3 watching t.v. Unfortunately it wasn't L&O (which would have been just fine with me) but it was VH1's Top 100 One Hit Wonders. I now have a new list of songs to download. I heard songs I haven't heard since I was a little kid, and all those childhood memories came rushing back. Funny what we end up thinking about too when we hear a song. I either remember being in the car with my dad going to the dump listening to the radio or being in the lounge at the tennis club waiting for my mom to play her games, listening to the radio in the waiting area.

10:57 AM  
Blogger Washington Cube said...

Always: I don't have much family to speak of, so I guess I feel obliged to honor what exists. I would like a tv day though, sometime this winter.

Velvet: I bought myself a nano iPod for Christmas...left it wrapped, too, so I've been busy dumping music on my computer, then onto the "pod" for the past two days.

11:02 AM  
Blogger Reya Mellicker said...

It sounds like a nice Christmas in spite of the rain, and even without blunt force trauma or that wonderful creepy redheaded forensic doctor on the original L&O, always so cheerful and ironic when she explains how the victim died.

Love your new icon. I hope your new year's eve is as festive as your Christmas. You know how to do it right.

11:18 AM  
Blogger Happy and Jaded said...

Ditto on liking the new icon. Very festive!

12:33 PM  
Blogger Complacent Chase said...

Sounds like you enjoyed Christmas...even it was a bit rainy!

3:21 PM  
Blogger Chairborne Stranger said...

Football-lovin' females do mean a lot to us. Do you really know now how many points that will win you?? Also, let me guess-you root for the team with the cutest guys, as well??

7:04 PM  
Blogger Bon said...

I sound like the scrooge, but with all the parties, and kids activities, I am glad the rat race is over!

9:40 PM  
Blogger Stef said...

Every time I read one of your posts it reminds me how much I need to visit Baltimore! :-)

I spent Christmas in Australia one year. We had our big Christmas dinner in a restaurant with our tour group in a rainy Canberra. It was very weird there cuz it was summer Down Under. After dinner, we headed to the next leg of our tour in the Outback. It was 120 degrees. Not every Christmasy at all!

6:41 PM  

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