Monday, June 26, 2006


This was our weekend to stay in town and socialize.

Fri evening we had dinner at the Taco House with my niece Lauren and her boyfriend Andrew. The weather looked threatening, so we opted not to eat outside on the patio. We had a nice dinner inside with lively conversation. I hadn’t seen Lauren since Easter so we had some catching up to do. After dinner we went for a walk, so we could make room to have a little ice cream for desert. Then they came here to the house for a little visit, and stayed until almost midnight.

Sat morning Bugsy came over to try and resuscitate our old computer so we could find a list of funny drag queen/king names. Good old Bugsy was able to get the old computer running and we found the file right away! He saved it to a floppy, and then we installed it on the current computer. Now I can begin adding new names to it. Maybe a new feature of this blog will be to share a drag queen/king name on each post. After we finished the computer stuff we had a cup of coffee and chatted for a little while with Joe.

Then Joe & I went to Silver Spring to visit our friends Bill & Tom. A few months ago they moved in with one another and into a townhouse. They gave us a ‘tour’ of their new home, we told them about our house hunt in DE, and we went to the downtown area to have lunch at Eggspecations. Contrary to what the name might imply, they have lots of menu items that do not contain eggs. We had a very nice time catching up with these friends and riding in Bill’s new Mustang!

After a brief stop at home, we drove to Springfield and picked up Joe’s mom, and then drove back to town for James’ 50th birthday party/magic show. That’s right; James performed a magic show at the party! As a teen James had performed magic shows as such noteworthy locations as the Grafton, WV home for delinquent boys! For his 50th birthday party, he resurrected his old act and added a few new slights-of-hand. It was great! Then we drove Evelyn back home, stayed for a grilled cheese sandwich at 11pm, then drove home.

Sun morning we drove back to Springfield to pick up Evelyn again (why didn’t we just stay overnight?) and headed out to Manassas for George’s birthday breakfast at Kerry & Hugh’s. As usual, we had a terrific time. Kelly, and Ana & Jose and Emely & Javier were there too. Then we drove Evelyn back home, and came back to our house and started tidying up in preparation for Lupe’s visit. Lupe is James & Ron’s housekeeper, whom they highly recommended to us. Lupe came to see our house and set a schedule to come and clean.

I hope it doesn’t sound snooty or elitist that we are going to have a housekeeper again. We had one for several years, but stopped her from coming when I was laid off from my job a few years ago. I think it well worth it to have a housekeeper because neither of us likes to clean our house, so we don’t do it on a regular basis. Without a housekeeper I get depressed and feel disgusted that our house is in such need of a thorough cleaning. With a housekeeper I know that every two weeks the entire house will get a good cleaning, and we just need to tidy up in between those cleanings. Since we are often gone on weekends, we would have to do house cleaning in the evenings. Most of the time I am too tired for that. It’s all I can do to wash/dry/put away laundry in the evenings. So Lupe will come tomorrow for her inaugural cleaning. I can’t wait!

Sun afternoon we did some more tidying and then Joe took a nap and I watched 3 back-to-back episodes of “Sell This House”. Then we had dinner and watched “Desperate Housewives”.

All through the weekend we have been having terrific lightening and thunderstorms and torrential downpours of rain, one after another. Sometimes the storm will stop for 30 minutes, and then repeat. Other times we’ll go several hours (during the day) without a storm, and then have 3-4 storms in the late afternoon and early evening. There have been flash flood watches and warnings (I can never remember which is which) for the last 3 days. The traffic has been very heavy because the rain is sometimes so heavy you can’t see to drive. There have been lots of car accidents and trees down on the roadways, making traffic even worse. Some of the downtown tunnels have been closed due to flooding. Some streets and government buildings have also been closed due to flooding. Joe’s sister’s basement is leaking badly – she said things were ‘floating’. We have wet spots in our basement too, and we’ve discovered we have a leak in our roof! Great timing. After 3 days of record rainfall and 2 more days of it predicted, we have a leak in our roof. As soon as it stops raining (on Thursday maybe?) we’ll call a roof company to see if the leak can be repaired. I have a sneaking suspicion they are going to tell us our roof is “too old” and that the entire thing needs to be replaced. Hopefully I’m wrong.

Please pray for us.

Drag Queen name of the day: Eva Destruction

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