Thursday, June 29, 2006

Meme away!

Dani posted this one too, here goes:

Four places I have worked are:
- Political Americana at Union Station (most frequently asked question: Where's the restroom?)
- American Clinical Laboratory Association (started as a temp, stayed for almost 2 years)
- Internet2 (start of my techie geek days)
- Georgetown University (continuation of the techie geek days)

Four movies I would watch over and over again:
- Princess Bride
- Star Wars
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
- Usual Suspects

Four places I have lived:
- Washington DC (and suburbs)
- Salamanca, Spain
- Piscataway, NJ (blech)
- Austin, TX (next month!)

Four TV shows I love to watch:
- CSI (the original)
- Grey's Anatomy
- What Not to Wear
- The Sopranos

Four places I have been on vacation:
- London, England
- Sydney, Australia
- San Francisco, CA
- Nassau, Bahamas

Four websites I visit daily:
- Huffington Post
- Washington Post
- Kiss 'n' Blog
- my family blog (yes, we are ALL geeks)

Four of my favorite foods:
- French Fries
- Ice cream
- chocolate (not dark chocolate)
- peanut butter

Four places I would rather be right now:
- home on the couch knitting and watching a movie
- roaming around New York City
- roaming around London
- swimming in the clear blue sea of the Bahamas

Four Friends that have been tagged that I think MIGHT respond:
Well, they won't respond on their blog(s), but they might email me their answers. :)

"Does your team win every week?"


Dani got that question in the restroom after Clueless in Clarendon slew (slayed?) the competition for a second week in a row!! :) It was my last night at RiRa for trivia (for a while, anyway), so it was nice to put in a good showing!

Kudos, first of all, to Joan, who pulled from you-know-where a few answers to the hardest picture round yet - TREES! I mean, really. Who knows anything about botany? ;) Joan, to her credit, it studying to be a naturalist.

There is a debate going at the moment over what should be considered the "tuchus point." It's between Joan's knowledge of foliage, and Dani's World Cup soccer trivia genius, which she saved us with last week as well. For your reading pleasure, the questions from Tuesday night's game: [I am skipping the ones we thought were way too easy, which were doozies like "who was married to Ferdinand Marcos and had a lot of shoes?" and "What American statesman invented the lightning conductor?"]

  • What is the Japanese word for a suicide mission?
  • What is the international radio call sign for the letter Z?
  • Which two airlines flew Concordes?
  • What is the world's largest railway station?
  • What product was invented by Walter Diemer in 1928, and sold by his company, Fleer?
  • What was the first African country to gain its independence?
  • What conductor of the Boston Pops was the composer of Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jaws, etc.?
  • How many locks are there on the Panama Canal?
  • What state has a country music standard as its state song?
  • Who directed the movie 'Face/Off'?
  • On his second trip across the Atlantic, what island did Columbus discover?
  • What snake is responsible for the death of the most humans?
  • In table tennis, what ball color other than white is legal for regulation play?
  • When the Mona Lisa was stolen in August 1911, in what city was it recovered?
  • What is the name of the Egyptian Sun God?
  • Who sang "Rhinestone Cowboy"? (Patrick did, very well in fact.)
  • What musical has the song "Oh What a Beautiful Mornin'"?
  • Who sang "Stand By Your Man"?
World Cup Round:

  • In what year did the USA first compete in the World Cup?
  • Who won the World Cup in 1994?
  • How many matches were played in 1994?
  • Why was Diego Maradona banned from playing in 1994?
  • What was the last **South American country to host the World Cup?
  • What country is hosting in 2010?
  • What famous German player is now the coach of their national team?
  • What former footballer (soccer player) was known as The Kaiser?
**Yes, he said South American, not Latin American. I apologize, I recorded the question incorrectly.


  • Kamikaze
  • Zulu
  • British Airways and Air France
  • Grand Central Station
  • bubble gum
  • Liberia
  • John Williams
  • 6
  • Tennessee
  • John Woo
  • Jamaica
  • Cobra
  • Yellow
  • Florence
  • Ra
  • Glenn Campbell
  • Oklahoma!
  • Tammy Wynette

World Cup Round:

  • 1930
  • Brazil
  • 52
  • Cocaine
  • Argentina
  • South Africa
  • Jurgen Klinsmann
  • Franz Beckenbauer
Without D., we honestly would have been thrown to the sharks in that round. Speaking of which, Clueless in Clarendon will have a new name when they go back to trivia night in two weeks (next week is 4th of July, so we're skipping): "Ho Overboard!" We asked Patrick after the game if it would be ok if the girls sent me text-messages in Austin, since I am technically part of the team... he said fine! (we'll see how that goes.)

And, many many thanks to the Clueless ladies. I have really enjoyed our mental acrobatics every Tuesday night, and I will miss you all a lot! D. has already located a bar in Austin that has trivia night (at least one...) so I might be able to get my 'fix' there, but it just won't be the same! Keep up the good work, and let Patrick serenade you once in a while. :)

Monday, June 26, 2006

Defeating the sweater curse

A few weeks ago I completely "frogged" the cursed purple sweater I made for Samantha (I finished it the first time in February, and had started again in June, to no avail) ... I borrowed Dani's ballwinder and made pretty little yarn cakes. :) Here are the yarn cakes, and just for comparison, one regular unused skein of the lovely Filatura Lanarota D.K. yarn I'm using. This sweater was just plain unwilling to be completed. So, I gave up on that pattern, found another, and started again, in pink. Fortunately, I believe Samantha likes pink a LOT.

So here's a pic of how it's coming along. I like this sweater pattern because it goes side-to-side (funny enough, the crochet cardigan I made for her last year also went side-to-side. hmm..) I pinned the armhole together so it wouldn't get too stretched out. I'm also doing the regular part of the pattern in stockinette instead of garter stitch -- I just plain don't like garter stitch. The color is a little shocking in the flash of my camera... it's the same as the pink yarn cake above. In fact, that little yarn cake made this whole sweater segment! I'm half-way through the box stitch center section of the back. Time to add a new skein and keep going! I am deathly afraid that (like someone else I know) I will run out of yarn before I finish. But I figure I'll use the purple or the blue for the box stitch section that runs down the center of the sleeves, mabe that will give me enough pink. We'll see.

Tomorrow is my last time at trivia night before I move (as there won't be trivia on July 4th -- and I won't be there anyway). Waaah! My mom said, "What will the girls do without you?" I said, "They'll keep winning!" I'll see the girls again on Sunday night, though, to celebrate Jezebel (I mean Joan)'s birthday. Good thing I don't have to go to work on Monday! :)

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Clueless in Clarendon rises again!

We did it! First place! :) It didn't start out well... the mic didn't work, and we were treated to a few seconds of high pitched feedback each time Patrick tried to use it. So, we went without... Patrick wasn't quite loud enough so one of the waitresses (a huge voice in such a tiny person!) to called out the questions.

The photo round was distorted photos of famous people... We had a minor disagreement as to whether one photo was Aretha Franklin or Raven Simone. (Yes, the photo was that distorted!) Unfortunately, we chose poorly on that one. (it was Aretha)

So here are some of the questions -- see how you do.
  • Who became King of France in 1643, at the age of 4?
  • Who made the first airplane flight in Australia?
  • Who played the Headless Horseman in Tim Burton's version of Sleepy Hollow?
  • What was completed in Paris in 1345, after 182 years?
  • What Apache chief became a Christian and a farmer?
  • In what 1996 film did Geena Davis play a pirate?
  • What month did Iraq invade Kuwait?
  • What is the unit of currency of Poland?
  • What republican President was responsible for the first trillion dollar budget submitted to Congress in 1987?
  • Who was Lance Armstrong's main sponsor in his 2005 victory in the Tour de France?
  • Who was Al Gore's running mate?
  • What newspaper was purchased by Adolf Ochs in 1896, and given the motto, "all the news that's fit to print?"
  • In 1919, what baseball player hit what was then the longest home run in history, at 579 feet?
  • Why was Jimmy Stewart's character confined to his apartment in "Rear Window"?
  • What was the nationality of William Tell?
  • What is the military rank of the head of Libya?
  • Who was the Beatles' manager?
  • What city is Kylie Minogue from?
(Unfortunately, these last two were the only questions in the music round, because Patrick wasn't able to sing much without the mic.... and he was also still a little bit full of painkillers.) ;)

The final round was all World Cup trivia:
  • What three nations are in the same group as the USA?
  • What was the first African nation ever to qualify for the World Cup?
  • Who won the golden boot in the 1982 World Cup, playing for Italy?
  • Who is the current president of FIFA?**
  • Which two teams played in the first game of this year's World Cup?
  • Who won the Golden Ball award in 1986?
  • Who is the manager of the US Team?
  • What country has won the most World Cup trophies?
** This was the "tuchus point" of the night, as Dani was able to remember not only his name, but the proper spelling. GO DANI! May and I made the appropriate "we're not worthy" motions after this round.


  • Louis XIV
  • Harry Houdini (Really.)
  • Christopher Walken
  • Notre Dame
  • Geronimo
  • Cutthroat Island (ugh, WORST movie ever)
  • August (1990)
  • Zloty
  • Reagan
  • Discovery Channel (NOT USPS, he switched in his final year of racing -- apparently he didn't help the USPS make enough money while they were sponsoring him... )
  • Joe Lieberman
  • The New York Times
  • Babe Ruth
  • Broken leg, in a wheelchair
  • Swiss
  • Colonel
  • Brian Epstein
  • Melbourne

World Cup:

  • Italy, Ghana and Czech Republic
  • Egypt
  • Paolo Rossi
  • Sepp Blatter
  • Germany and Costa Rica
  • Diego Maradona
  • Bruce Arena
  • Brazil

Now we just have to pick a night and go spend our well-earned RiRa gift cards! There may even be photos!

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

High school high (or low)

Nothing Says Hell Like High School
Courtesy of Dani
Fill in the blanks about your senior year, and begin with your senior portrait.
Hm. It was a black and white pic that my boyfriend took to put in the yearbook. I was holding my stuffed Opus.
1. Who was your best friend? Kelly has basically been my best friend since kindergarten(we're up to 28 years now!), and we've only ever had one big fight. (In 8th grade, she wore horrible blue mascara, and I was the only one who would tell her it looked awful - everyone else said it looked great. Naturally, she hated me for it... for a day or two.) :)
2. What sports did you play? Volleyball. Captain of the JV team junior year... haven't played much since.
3. What kind of car did you drive? I didn't learn to drive until I was 21, after college.
4. It's Friday night, where were you? Hm. That depended on whether the synagogue youth group was doing something at the Temple, or whether I was working makeup crew for the school play(s).
5. Were you a party animal? Drama club parties were excellent. :) I was not a big drinker, but that didn't matter much. Everyone got crazy and hooked up with everyone else.
6. Were you considered a flirt? Yes, particularly when I was wearing my "I'm Fast and I'm Good" t-shirt (it's a Jiffy-Lube ad, what did you think?!)
7. Ever skip school? I remember doing it at least once, to go see the circus at the DC Armory. We got hopelessly lost, but made it there eventually!
8. Ever smoke? Not until college.
9. Were you a nerd? I suppose being in Drama club and Glee club generally qualified me as a nerd.
10. Did you get suspended/expelled? No
11. Can you sing the Alma Mater? I could then... no such luck now.
12. Who was your favorite teacher? Senora Clayton (Spanish, natch) and Ms. Clevenger (Physics/Chemistry) -- I never did well in science, but she was great. Still is!
13. Favorite class? Spanish, Photography
14. What was your school's full name? The National Cathedral School for Girls
15. School mascot? Eagles
16. Did you go to Prom? yes and no. (NCS has a prom, and St. Albans has a prom... I went to one and not the other. Long story.)
17. If you could go back and do it over, would you? I don't think so. The girls at an all-girls school can be nasty.
18. What do you remember most about graduation? The parties afterwards!
19. Favorite memory of your senior year? I have NO idea. Probably something goofy having to do with one of the plays.
20. Were you ever posted up on the senior wall? Our senior room walls were plastered with random quotes... but no pictures.
21. Did you have a job your senior year? nope.
22. Who did you date? Jeremy Wolff. (he graduated a year before me, so the long distance thing didn't last...)
23. Where did you go most often for lunch? Cafeteria
24. Have you gained weight since then? Yes, and to think I was upset about my weight back then.
25. What did you do after graduation? Spent a month in Spain. Hated the family I lived with, but loved the experience.
26. When did you graduate? 1990

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Tourism weekend, Version 2.0

Gartner's annual IT Security conference rolled around again, so Marc rolled into town on Saturday night (while I was out with the Yentas).

Sunday, we went back to Fortune for dim sum (he likes dim sum, and that place was a big hit last year), then we went back to the mall. This time, the weather was SO much better (last year it was over 90 and really humid when he was here).... and I remembered my camera. We went first to the Lincoln Memorial, stopping by the memorial to DC's war veterans. Here's a pic from the top of the steps of the Lincoln.

Then we went to the American Indian Museum. The architecture is by far the most interesting on the mall -- it's made to look like an adobe hut. You can read all about it at the link above.

For dinner, we went to the new Tapeo restaurant at Pentagon Row. Can't say I was terribly impressed with the tapas (the tortilla espanola had literally just come out of the fridge, it was ice cold), but the white sangria was excellent. Then we had ice cream at Maggie Moo's, which was good, but ridiculously expensive.

Knowing that Marc was coming to town, I got us tickets to Spamalot! (the Monty Python Musical) for Wednesday night. Since he was busy on Monday, I went over to Jen's to watch The Holy Grail, just to remember it before we went to see the show. It was so worth it! (according to Jen's boyfriend, we really have to watch the second disc in the DVD set... maybe I'll just break down and buy it.)

Tuesday was trivia night, and Marc came along. Jezebel (oops, I mean Joan) sat with the Mayor of Svenland and his team. The first shock of the night was that Patrick wasn't there! Turns out he took a nasty spill and broke his arm. They swore it wasn't alcohol-related, but I'm not so sure. At any rate, we'll have to be extra nice to him this week. :) I will post trivia questions in another entry.... too much going on here already.

Wednesday night, we went back to Aria for our pre-theater dinner (seemed to work in February, why not!) with Jen and her brother. It was yummy again! And I found out the name of the great pinot grigio that we had for my birthday - Bollini. (but let's not talk about the nearly 300% markup that the restaurant charged on the bottle, shall we?)

The show was hilarious. I haven't laughed that hard since we saw the Producers! It was really helpful that I had just seen the movie, but I think I would have gotten a lot of it just the same. When they say "lovingly ripped off" from The Holy Grail, they're not kidding! The Knights who say Ni, the Black Knight, and the French taunters all made appearances. Anyway, if you're a Monty Python fan, GO SEE THIS SHOW. :)

We also took a pic or two of Marc in front of the White House on the way back. All of the pics from the weekend are posted here.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

The Yentas Race for the Cure!

We did it! The Yentas (and our friends and family) walked the 5K National Race for the Cure in DC this morning - the largest 5K in the USA! Here we are with Judy's mom, a breast cancer survivor (YAY Terry!) ... wearing our "Eye of the Tiger" ears. --->

There were TONS of people there. I think we will try to meet earlier next time, if only because it will force us to get on the metro sooner! and NOTE TO METRO: run the 8-car trains on the Orange Line on the morning of the RFTC ... too many people (and strollers) to fit on the 6-car trains, especially when they're running 15 minutes apart! I am not claustrophobic, but let me tell you, by the time we got off the train, I had to sit down on the platform for a minute or two -- I nearly passed out!! :( But I got better after that.

We did the 5K (screwiest race course yet... it changes every year!) in just over an hour, and then met up to grab some swag from the sponsor tents. We got pink scarves from Ford, Sun Chips in pink bags, yellow McDonald's hats, and Kellogg's Special K with yogurt clusters. We moseyed on at that point to have brunch at Clyde's on 7th Street. Wow, it was tasty -- especially the warm crumb cake that they brought with our coffee. We were lined up outside the door 5 minutes before they opened, and 10 minutes later the whole place was filled with people wearing RFTC shirts. :)

Just for the fun of it (because she said she would), Judy wore her friend Dan's phone number on her back during the race -- he was trying to meet girls. The catch is, Dan's in Boston. So while we were waiting to get into the restaurant, Val decided she was bored, and called the number. Only, she said her name was Suzie. ;) (Val met Dan at J&J's wedding, 3 years ago) Dan was apparently at a wedding, so he didn't have time to talk. heh.

After brunch, we trundled on home for naptime. We met up later for dinner at the Austin Grill in Silver Spring. It's in a nice new "Town Center" type neighborhood... pedestrian walkways, restaurants, shops, live music in the summer... I had no idea it was even up there! It's called "Silver Sprung." When Val finally got on the phone with Dan and "revealed" herself, apparently he wasn't particularly amused. But we were! Josh took a picture of the Yentas sitting on the bench while Val was talking to Dan... maybe the margaritas, mexican food and Ben & Jerry's ice cream helped us along? ;)

And finally, Mazel Tov to J&J, who will be hearing the pitter-patter of little feet come November! :) A penguin will be in the works soon, I promise.