A few weeks ago Ginny and I went to visit Sam CT. I found out he was coming to DC for Memorial Day weekend and I knew we would have to have a Nerd Fitness meetup so he could meet some of the awesome nerds that live around the DC area.
Friday night we decided to meet up for kareoke. Since we had plans to get together Saturday morning, too, I booked a bed in the same hostel as Sam so that I could drink Friday night and also not have to drive 2 hours home and 2 hours back to get together again Saturday morning. I got off work around 4 pm Saturday and took the metro up to the hostel. When I checked in, Sam was already there and we went to drop my stuff in my bed. This particular hostel had assigned beds and there was a guy sleeping in my assigned bunk! After trying to explain to him several times that he was in my bed and he was supposed to be in the bed above me, I finally realized that he did understand what I was saying, he simply didn't want to sleep in the top bunk. I decided not to worry about it and put my stuff in the top bunk. But since I had already talked to him, I decided to invite him out for kareoke with us that night. He said he might join and bring some of his friends, so I gave him the address.
Sam and I walked to The Neighborhood, the bar where we had chosen to meet. We actually walked right past it before noticing it! The bar was actually in the basement. We arrived in time to get some half price drink specials. Lee and Chris were already there. As we were all introducing ourselves (since Lee and Chris went to camp last year I already knew them, but Sam didn't as CNF15 will be his first time attending camp.) we were all hugging. Alex was introduced to us and Sam and I hugged her, thinking she was one of the nerds that was going to attend the event that we didn't know. Actually she was our waitress. But she went along with it before telling us the drink specials. We laughed about that later. Good thing she went with the flow!
Shortly after we placed our drink orders and started catching up, Cyril (random guy from hostel) and three friends joined us. We got to know them and it turns out they had just met about an hour before at the hostel. They were from all over. They were all really cool and we had a great time hanging out with them. We kareoke-d several songs, some individually, some as a group, but we all cheered each other on and for many of the songs we acted as backup dancers for a member of our group who was doing kareoke. We were definitely the minority at the bar but everyone was really cool and we felt really welcomed and included. It's hard to describe the feeling of inclusion in words.
|With NF friends and new hostel friends at The Neighborhood|
|Some art I made at the hostel|
|Left to right: Lee, Ashley, Sam, Chris & me|
Sunday was spent napping, tanning, pet sitting and doing various chores.
Monday was spent pet sitting, doing chores, and spending time with my brother Eli who was in town for the weekend! He lives in Seattle and it was his first time back since he moved there a year ago! We went out for lunch as a family to the Solomons Pier restaurant and then walked around Solomons and had a brief visit with Grandma Liz on the way back before I headed to pet sitting. That evening I got to skype with Katie and her 2 week old daughter Amelia all the way in CA!
|Me, Mom & brother Eli (Jesse Eisenberg doppleganger)|