So yes, just another amazing weekend in College Park. Friday afternoon I rushed out of work and went to pick up Jenna at the airport. On the metro, I met a very interesting character. He was dressed in a Jamaican-style hat with dreads. At one point in time, he pulled out his glasses to try to figure out how much money he had left on his metro pass. When I looked up, I realized that they weren’t actual glasses, but they were, in fact, those plastic glasses with the fake nose and mustache haha! 🙂 Afterwards, he realized that he couldn’t read the ticket, so he pulled out another pair of glasses. These, however, did not have lenses in them, either! I tried my best to continue listening to my iPod, doing my Sudoku and ignoring the guy, but it was impossible. As we neared Regan airport, he looked out the window, turned to me and commented on how beautiful the view was. I looked out the window…the view consisted of a crane and high rises…the sun was hitting them in an interesting fashion, so it almost looked pretty, but not quite. Then, as the metro pulled into the stop, he said “This is Regan airport, you know who Regan was? He was a president.” “Yep,” I said, hoping that he would just leave me alone as he noticed I was getting off at the stop, but Lady Luck was not on my side. “Was he a good president?” he asked. “Yep,” I said, “otherwise they wouldn’t have named an airport after him, would they?” “I guess so, I guess so. Well, you have fun. I’ll see you yesterday.” Haha. “I’ll see you yesterday?” I laughed to myself as I walked out of the airport, a little relieved to be away from the guy, but with a smile on my face from the random encounter and the chance to laugh a little after a somewhat stressful week at work last week.
I made my way into the airport and arrived at the gate just about the same time Jenna walked out. Hopped back on the metro, made it to the house, went to the store to pick up a few things, made icing for the cakes I baked the night before, made dinner, went to pick up Elvis’s cousins (again) and settled in for a long winter’s nap. I wish. Actually, we spent the night playing cards and Luisa, dancing in the living room and relaxing. Jacki came around 11 or so and I think that we went to bed around 3 am.
Saturday morning we went to see the team from Canilla play another soccer game. They were playing in a tournament (not the league). The winner of the tournament is going to play against Chivas (a team from Mexico) next Sunday. Canilla played okay, I guess. They ended up tying and then going into penalty kicks which they won (miraculously because our goalies suck). We went home and got things ready for the party, but the team played their second game in the afternoon and lost, so they won’t be playing next week, but we’ll probably go anyway.
Elvis and I prepared 20 pounds of pork, macaroni salad, beans, tortillas, cakes and sodas to celebrate both of our birthdays (mine was last Sunday and his is this Thursday). Jenna, Jacki, Julia, Rene, Marlon, Dennis, Otto, Milo, Nefta, Mainor, Chicha, Dency, Magdiel and Julian all came over to the house and ate, threw frisbee, kicked the soccer ball around, etc. At one point it started to sprinkle, so we started to carry the things into the house. As I was walking down the steps, a lightning bolt struck a tree in the park behind the house! You know how you can count the seconds between a lightning bolt and thunder to see how far away a storm is??? They hit at the same time!!! It was kinda scary! There’s a burn mark on the tree and the people who were outside could smell smoke!!! Everyone came inside and we taught a bunch of people how to play spoons which was really cool. They all really enjoyed it. (Except Chicha who didn’t understand!) They all stayed until about 10 at which time Milo, Gerson, and Nefta came back. (Those three along with Otto are Elvis’s cousins.) They stayed until about 2 in the morning.
Yesterday we took Jenna to a Guatemalan restaurant for breakfast/lunch and then to the bus station so she could get back home. After she was safely on her way, Elvis and I started to go back to the house when Chicha called and invited us to go to the beach. We went back to the house, grabbed our swimming suits and towels and headed to Sandy Point for the sixth (I think) time this summer. It was fun. The water was really warm and the weather perfect – 80* and sunny. We swam for a bit, tried to teach Chicha to throw a frisbee and watched the fisherman pull about 20 fish out of the water in 20 minutes. It was a pretty relaxing afternoon. After we ate dinner, Elvis started to watch a program about one of his favorite artists – Vincente Fernandez – and I fell asleep on the couch around 9:30. We went to bed at 10 and I still didn’t want to get out of bed when the alarm went off at 6:15 this morning. I managed to make it to work, though, and am settling in for another exciting week…maybe I’ll update again later this week.