Muir Seminar, Day Three: Help! I’ve Fallen and I Can’t Get Up!

Night two in the hut was somewhat more restful than the first.  Sleeping through the emphysema-like noises remained difficult, but my second attempt at a reasonably comfortable clothing-pillow was better than the first.  Still ample room for improvement.  Still two more days to get it right. Our morning routine was the same as the previous day: quiet hours until… Read More »

Muir Seminar, Day Two: Learning to Walk

My first night in the cabin was fairly restless.  Efforts to make something resembling a pillow from my parka and other assorted clothes proved largely unsuccessful, so I was unable to assume my usual side-sleeper position.  Efforts to drown out others’ snoring with my iPod proved similarly fruitless—I remain convinced that someone in the cabin has emphysema… Read More »

Five Days on the Mountain

A couple of years ago, my friend and I “climbed” Mt. Whitney, the tallest peak in the lower 48.  While a decidedly long and strenuous trek, it wasn’t mountaineering in the true sense—there was nothing technically demanding, no specific skill required.  So when said friend inquired about climbing the slightly shorter but heavily glaciated Mt.… Read More »

The Highlight Reel: 08-14 August

The Dog Days of Summer.  As in the “hot as a dog” or “sweating like a dog” sense, not in the literal “Sirius rises with the Sun” sense. Yeah, it was one of those weeks. From Tuesday evening onward, I generally dreaded the thought of going outside. So I more or less did not. Our plan to attend… Read More »

The Highlight Reel: 01-07 August

Finally a week with no after-hours work commitments!  Coming home at a reasonable hour may not be good for business, but it’s great for the soul. The easy schedule allowed a long-overdue date night for The Missus and me.  On Thursday, after a casual happy hour at Fuego in Clarendon and a brief stop at Cava, we… Read More »

Ivy City Blues

On a hot, summer days, sometimes even I don’t want whiskey. When that happens, my typical go-to spirit is gin. Today was no exception. This cocktail is light and refreshing with a hint of fruit from the muddled blueberries, perfect after a long day. Enjoy. Ivy City Blues: @oneeightd Ivy City gin + @aperolusa +… Read More »

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The Highlight Reel: 25-31 July

What a week! Busy days, busy evenings, and Metro Safety Surge made for some generally hectic days. Not to mention the Metro train that derailed on Friday, throwing the Orange line into further disarray. But hectic isn’t all bad, and this week was generally a good one. In the gym… With a heat index well over… Read More »

After-Dinner Old Fashioned

The Old Fashioned is, without a doubt, my absolute favorite cocktail.  In the drink’s purest form, whiskey, bitters, and sugar combine to create something utterly sublime.  The whole is decidedly greater than the sum of the parts. But even better than a pure, old-fashioned Old Fashioned cocktail is the construct of the Old Fashioned.  Broaden the range of… Read More »