Later that evening, Dr. Cornell arrived and we scheduled dinner together -- we walked to "Dupont Italian Kitchen" for a lovely dinner, then over to a local bar for a while. We were going to head to the Green Lantern, but we turned right when we should have turned left and decided to just go back to the hotel. Dave's a real sweetheart -- he's been reading me a chapter out of "Haunted" by Chuck Palahniuk as a bedtime story every night we're together. I haven't been "read to" since my mother did when I was a tyke. It's quite a treat for me.
Saturday started out with light breakfast and a brisk walk around Dupont Circle. Ike was to meet up with us, and Dr. David (for his consultation) -- this took a bit longer than we anticipated, but was worthwhile, as I'd never met Ike in person before, we've only chatted online and on the phone. It was nice to meet him in person!
Following lunch with Dr. Cornell, Dave and I went to The National Museum of Health and Medicine at The Walter Reed Army Hospital. We saw everything from conjoined twins in formaldehyde, the history of prosthetic limbs, a hairball shaped like a stomach (removed from compulsive hair-eating girl), to real, live leeches! It was a very cool place to visit!
We met up at about 19:30 and went to the National Mall (where all the monuments are), and walked (quite a bit) to the Jefferson Memorial, then the Lincoln Memorial, and then something new to me! The F.D.R. Memorial and the Korean War Memorials!! Quite breath-taking!
Later that evening, we ate at Annie's Paramont Steakhouse. Dave and I went back to the hotel and changed into our leather to go out to The D.C. Eagle, Washington's "leather bar." I met up with my high school friend Scott J., it was great seeing him -- it has been about 6 years since the last time I saw him! After a few hours, we walked back towards the hotel, stopping at The Green Lantern/Tool Shed (which were quite slow) for one final nightcap.
On Sunday, after an annoying brunch at The Food Bar (slow service, annoying patrons), we had about three hours to kill... We headed over to Arlington National Cemetery -- it was huge! We didn't have much time, so we walked up to John F Kennedy's grave site and then back to the Metro to get our luggage and head to the airport...
All in all, it was an enjoyable weekend -- Dave and my MRSA settled down with the new antibiotics, and we napped on the plane on the way back north. Our only major gripes were with Continental Airlines -- in addition to being late on BOTH legs of our flight, they managed to loose our luggage in Newark (it was returned to us the next day.)
My ex-lover, Alex J. is in town this week, Monday through Friday, which means that I won't have any time with Dave this week, which is depressing -- but with all the touristy stuff I'm doing with Alex, I have been distracted from my loneliness. I've been doing the usual work-week and pointing Alex in directions for him to explore on his own during the day. In the evenings, we've been tooling around on the motorcycle seeing everything from Hull Village, MA, The Alley and The Ramrod, Boston Common, the Public Garden, Commonwealth Ave, Fenway Park, and of course The Fens!
There's a good chance that I will be going to Sterling Forest Monday through Wednesday for a diaster recovery this coming week. This was a last-minute request (as they almost all are!)
I'm missing Dave something bad -- I'm hoping that this weekend, we'll be able to make up for lost time.