- 9/07 Concert flashback #96: Aretha Franklin, Good Charlotte, Mary J. Blige, Britney Spears & Aerosmith at The National Mall for the NFL Kickoff in 2003.
- 9/08 Concert flashback #97: Alanis Morissette at Wolf Trap in 2018.
- 9/09 Concert flashback #98: Bill Evans’ Soulgrass (with Tony Trischka) at Herndon Labor Day Jazz & Wine Festival in 2009.
- 9/10 Concert flashback #99: Sting at Wolf Trap in 2017.
- 9/11 Concert flashback #100: Mandy Barnett, Susan Tedeschi, Deana Carter, Steve Earle and the Dukes, Trisha Yearwood, Keb’ Mo’, Barenaked Ladies, Dave Matthews Band, John Mellencamp, Neil Young & Willie Nelson at Nissan Pavilion for Farm Aid in 1999.
- 9/14 Concert flashback #101: Eagles at RFK Stadium in 1994. Nothing but classic rock this week.
- 9/15 Concert flashback #102: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at FedEx Field in 2003.
- 9/16 Concert flashback #103: Yes featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin & Rick Wakeman at Wolf Trap in 2017.
- 9/17 Concert flashback #104: Dennis DeYoung (from Styx) at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in 2017.
- 9/18 Concert flashback #105: Electric Light Orchestra at Radio City Music Hall in 2016.
- 9/21 Concert flashback #106: Arlo Guthrie, Alan Jackson, Barenaked Ladies, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young & Willie Nelson at Nissan Pavilion for Farm Aid in 2000.
- 9/22 Concert flashback #107: Keith Urban, Zac Brown Band & Joe Walsh at EagleBank Arena in 2017 for VetsAid.
- 9/23 Concert flashback #108: The Avett Brothers & Vampire Weekend at Merriweather Post Pavilion in 2013 for Virgin Mobile Freefest.
- 9/24 Concert flashback #109: Chvrches & The Weeknd in Las Vegas in 2018 for Life is Beautiful.
- 9/25 Concert flashback #110: Queen + Adam Lambert at Park Theater in 2018.
- 9/28 Concert flashback #111: Def Leppard at Fleet Center for MixFest 2002 and a decidedly un-debaucherous bachelor party.
- 9/29 Concert flashback #112: Porcupine Tree at Radio City Music Hall in 2010 for their last US show.
- 9/30 Concert flashback #113: Rush at Capital Centre in 1984 for my very first concert.
Tuesday the 1st we were still on vacation in Bethany Beach. It was another beach day and I brought lunch to the beach. That night it was the Grunspans’ turn to take the girls and they took Nina for pizza and Captain Jack’s Pirate Golf while Jill and I walked over to 14 Global and explored their tapas (the Blood and Smoke was a spicy strawberry cocktail and the shishito peppers were excellent).
Wednesday morning I went to get a haircut at Cut Above. The Grunspans had left and Jill and Nina went to a big pool in the condo complex. I brought them lunch there. Later in the afternoon, we drove up to Dogfish Head where we picked up a order from the brewery. Then we parked in Rehoboth Beach and shopped a bit, then spent some time in the arcade off the boardwalk. Then it was time for Nina’s birthday dinner on the roof at the Cultured Pearl (sushi is her current favorite) where she enjoyed feeding the koi. Jill said “Today we celebrated this girl’s annual trip around the sun. She’s fierce, feisty, has BIG dreams and is not afraid to chase them! Her confidence grows each year and I’m so proud to know and love her. You will always be my Sunshine Girl.”
Thursday we packed up and headed out, stopping to pick up the paddleboard. We stopped in Annapolis to have lunch outside at Blackwall Hitch with Dad and Patricia. Nina got to open the rest of her presents after we got home. Friday it was our wedding anniversary. We only have the live music from our wedding, but I unearthed the proposal and put it on Facebook. That evening we had Catherine the babysitter over and had dinner at Clarity in their parking lot. I had a choose your own cocktail called the “Builders Permit” where I elected to have the Lagavulin 16 Year Old Whisky in honor of it being our 16th anniversary (the tasting menu was excellent as well, especially the Wagyu steak). Saturday Jill drove to Ikea to get a bookcase just for Nina’s Legos (she had a lot). That night we had pork porterhouse chops from Sylvanaqua Farms crowned with sautéed skillet apples and green beans. Jill said “It feels like Fall!” That night I pulled a bottle of 30 year old port out of the wine rack to drink. Upon closer inspection, it was bottled in 2008, making it 42 years old. So I posted “In honor of that auspicious number, a toast to you and yours – may the rest of this godforsaken year be better than what’s occurred so far.”
Tuesday the 8th was Nina’s first day of school and it went a lot smoother than the virtual learning in the spring (the new laptop also helped). She got and hour for lunch and recess, and as soon as she finished eating, she would go outside to play with her friends. Thursday I observed that the British Avengers are gone with the passing of Diana Rigg. Saturday we went out on the boat for lake concert from Irresponsible. During the weekend, a wire came loose from Nina’s braces, so Tuesday I took her to Northern VA Orthodontics for a fix, picking up some Nando’s next door for lunch as a treat. The next day Jill’s mom arrived for a visit (the only possible time with Jill about to start a job in a hospital).
Nina’s first visit to Jammin’ Java was at 3 weeks old to see Séan McCann (from Great Big Sea). 9 years later she was there on Thursday the 17th to perform “Tomorrow” at the Open Mic for The Music School (she’s been taking virtual lessons there since last month). Friday we started having Catherine the babysitter over after school so the girls got to play at least one guaranteed afternoon a week as virtual and in person activities started filling up the time (Tae Kwon Do, voice lessons, tutoring, etc.). Saturday Nina and Sue made breakfast, then in the afternoon my mom and sister and their families joined us on a Zoom call. Later we walked around the lake and went out on the boat for the last lake concert with The Nighthawks (after a power scare that later turned out one off the batteries in parallel was bad).
Wednesday the 23rd I had to share this video because we’re briefly in it. I also got an email received today: “I’m writing in regards to some music of mine that you are selling via Amazon. I am no longer playing music professionally, and would like to remove these albums from the Internet. I was wondering if you would be so kind as to take down these albums from your site. I’d really appreciate it.”
My response: “I would be happy to remove those albums. Just add them to your cart and pay for them and they will be gone from the Internet”. Thursday it was back to Northern VA Orthodontics again for a loose wire (unfortunately the Reston location is closed on Thursdays so we had to go to Brambleton). Friday we had the girls over for a pizza party and a planned backyard screening of the premiere of “Miraculous World: New York – United HeroeZ” with our new projector, but the rain had other ideas and the girls sat socially distanced inside to watch the movie.
Saturday the 26th Jill and Sue went yarn shopping in Old Town, then in the evening Jill and I went to H Street in DC where we had a lovely dinner at Maketto including some dim sum favorites. Jill had spotted the Pie Shop on the way in, so we got some sweet slices for dessert to take home and share and some savory slices for lunch the next day. We also took the boat out on Sunday.
Tuesday Nina managed to sprain her left wrist at her desk (not at the gymnastics routine she’s been doing at recess minutes earlier), so after school got a bandage wrap after a doctor visit. I also asked Facebook that since I had received my absentee ballot and dropped it at the polling place, I had now voted, so please stop giving me ads asking me to register and/or vote. Wednesday Nina and Sue turned their bedtime routine into a show they performed us (Sue was leaving the next morning).