So last night my husband and I celebrated our 16th wedding anniversary. This is unusual for us because of several reasons be it weather, flu's or misc... other reasons. However this year we decided to have dinner at one of my favorite restaurants, MORTON'S on Connecticut Ave. N.W. and catch a performance at Blues Alley where the delightful duo, "Tuck & Patti" were performing. It was warmer than recent years (which is not to say it was warm -simply warmer) and the evening started off feeling especially elegant and almost perfect until we reached Georeg Washington University and paced toward's "K" Street. All of a sudden police blockades seem to cut off every street leading to our destination and then the choppers roar could be heard over head. "What is going on? Maybe we didn't reallty want to come into the city for dinner tonight?"
Not to be detered (plus let's face both my husband and I are just plain nosey - and mildly adventurous - so we trudged on....) Still we couldn't get within two blocks of our destination, so we parked pretty far away and went through the Mayflower Hotel as a short cut. We passed police officers who were directing traffic and asked what was going on but no one would give us even a clue... I remembered that tonight was BET Honors Awards (no that was across town at the Warner Theatre)... We went inside the beautiful crystal like office building where the restuarant is located; sat down and proceeded to try to have a normal romantic dinner.
As it turns out, moment's later, the president's motorcade went down the street with a might roar of motorcycles. Soon after, the streets reopened and it was if nothing had ever been disturbed. Go figure?
So that's what it was like simply trying to go out for dinner in D.C. on a cold winter's Saturday night.
Helping To Put Things In Context: Something You Should Know About D.C.
Everyone knows Washington, D.C. for being the nation's capital where decisions are made that affect the country itself and impacts the world at large. But between the time that politicians and special interest groups like to use the city as the reason for all that ails America, it has a more intimate side. This is the side that one could think of as the "local" aspect of the city. I think if people understood what really exists within the boundaries of this diamond shaped (minus a complete side) metropolis, their perspectives may be altered considerably. As AWashingtonWoman will continue to focus on some of the wonderful women who make up the fabric of the DMV (a term used for the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and includes: the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia), we will also strive to give you a little of the backstory, as objectively as we can. So it's been a year since this all began and without really trying, this blog has exceeded what our expectations were. So we are thinking that with a little love and a lot of integrity, we can share some real true insight which can be entertaining as well as informative. Who knows?.... Maybe it will even be ..... helpful.