Sunday, May 06, 2012

Springtime

We have had some fun over the last couple of months: highlighted by a much anticipated trip to Palm Springs for the BNP Paribas Open. One of my best friends from growing up and his wife met us there and we had a great time watching tennis, playing tennis, catching up, and enjoying the beautiful weather.

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We stayed right on a beautiful golf course in a great condo that Josh found. We utilized the BBQ and cooked up some tasty stuff. It was so fun to catch up and reminisce about old times. It was also fun to meet their little boy for the first time. It is always interesting to see people as parents for the first time...these guys seem to have it down already.

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One of the nights, Noah and Yadira (a family friend) came up from San Diego for the night matches. Yadira is one of Rafa’s biggest fans, so it was especially exciting to see Rafa play that night.

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The California desert is about as different from the East Coast as you can get, but it was extremely beautiful. Especially at that time of year.

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It was a tennis players paradise. With all the different surfaces. There were also a lot of old people there. We were usually at least 30 years younger than anyone else around. Old people like warm weather I guess.

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Here is the car I rented while we were there. It was fast.

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We made it back to DC just in time for the Cherry Blossoms! It was a very warm early spring, so the blossoms came out early. Those things never cease to amaze me. The amount of beauty that they give off, and the amount of people that that they attract. Wow, that is a lot of people.

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The blossoms came out just in time for a visit from my parents. They were in town for a speaking engagement and because the blossoms were early, they saw them at the peak of blooming. We happened to randomly run in to my college roommate’s parents amongst the droves of people that were there. They are also old friends of my parents, so it was fun to see them and catch up.

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Julie’s birthday came and that meant some wicked awesome Strawberry Pie. Mike, another of my college roommates was in town for work, so he got to enjoy the pie with us, along with Steve and Jesse. We had pie and then went to the 10:45pm showing of Hunger Games – which conveniently opened for Julie’s birthday. We went to the Uptown Theater (this huge beautiful art-deco theater from the 1900’s) and waited in line for an hour or so to get it. It was a night to remember. They did a good job with the film.

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We also had the opportunity to get up to NYC for the baby blessing of our new niece. It was so special to be there for that and to represent the fam. Me and Tal are the only east-coasters right now. Man, I love that city.

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And last but not least, Baseball season started. We have ourselves a great team playing a couple of blocks away. Watch out for the Nats this year. They are legit. It has been fun to see them gradually improve each year we’ve been here, and then to see them really emerge as a playoff contender this year.

So, Julie is in Hawaii right now having a blast. I am hanging out here alone. Luckily Shawni and Dave have been in town for the American Mother’s conference so it has been great seeing them and catching up. Happy Sabbath!

P.S. I didn’t really rent a Ferrari while we were in Palm Springs.

3 comments:

Eyrealm said...

Oh my heck Eli! I learn so much from these posts! How come I took pictures that same night at the Tidal Basin with the same cherry blossoms and they don't look like anything that I took. Have you ever considered being a National Geographic Photographer???

Jonah and Aja said...

I also seriously think you should be some sort of highly highly paid photographer or artiste. Radical.

It was soooooooooo fantastic to have Julie here. Please send her to us more often. It was really great to get to know her mom and sisters better too. That is one amazing wife you found.

-aja

Josh said...

Next time you're that close to Phoenix you need to stop by! I almost drove out to Palm Springs, even though I didn't know you were going to be there.