I learned to drive!
It just seems funny to say that for my birthday. This morning we headed down to Solomons Island to meet up with Justin’s parents and head to Stoney’s for lunch. He told me that his back was really bothering him and that I was going to have to drive. I thought he was joking — oh no. He called from his usual block away and I came downstairs to see the Land Rover out front and him in the passenger seat. It’s not that I can’t drive, I just don’t do it very often. Starting out was pretty slow going, but I got the hang of it soon enough with him giving directions.
After lunch and more colossal crab cakes, we made a brief stop for ice cream and then headed to Artsfest at Annmarie Garden. It was nice, but a lot of the art was along the same lines: beads, ceramics and woodworking, so the offerings tended to blur together and nothing really stood out. Still it was a nice walk and a cool and sunny day for it. I wish something had caught my eye, but there wasn’t anything too spectacular.
After the Artsfest, it was back to their house where I helped his father fix a printer issue on his machine and then we hit the road back to DC. Somehow on the ride home I really got a second wind so I felt like going out. I made my first call on my new iPhone to Gregory and bugged him to get out of the house for some drinks.
It was a usual night on the town, a few drinks, a lot of laughs, dinner at Trio’s and dessert at Sweetlicks. When we were at Halo, I got a call/message from my father. I called him back and he told me that my brother had been in a very bad motorcycle accident. Apparently he was hit by a car and then run over by a truck after getting knocked off of his bike. He’s in stable condition for now, but I may have to head to Atlanta in the near future to see him. While I tried not to let that put a damper on the evening, it was hard not to think about it. Still, my parents will let me know how things go and I’ll most likely head down next weekend to check in on him.