The first year Bryan lived in DC, I called him on his 23rd birthday:
“So, where are you going out to celebrate tonight?”
“Just … at your apartment?“
Little did I know, St. Patrick’s Day in DC is the single-most ridiculous holiday. Bryan informed me that all the young people had been at the bar (preferably an Irish pub) drinking steadily since 1 or 2pm that afternoon (!); People take half-days for this thing! Bryan wanted little to do with that crowd by 6pm that evening, so he stayed home with his own beer and studied bracketology. Obviously.
I felt so helpless at the time. I wanted to be there to take him out for cake and beer with non-crazy-drunk people.
But, I was 4 hours away in Chapel Hill. What can you do?
That was the first time I realized the downside to a St. Patrick’s birthday – most people don’t want to celebrate with you, they just want to drink.
Bryan’s 24th birthday, we ate green bagels and ran the DC Half-Marathon.
One of the best!
His 25th birth year, we celebrated being engaged.
And wedding planning. I won’t start…
This year, his 26th, is Bryan’s first birthday as a married man. We are celebrating by looking forward to DC this summer.
I find it rather poetic.
In honor of Bryan Marlowe Weynand (who is, among other things, kind-hearted – generous to a fault – loving – thoughtful/deliberative – serious – confident – loyal beyond explanation – studious – reassuring – FANatic – simple in his own ways) I have created a DC bucket list of our favorite things for this summer (shanspain.wordpress.com/dc-list). Love you, Bryan!:
1. Walk through the National Portrait Gallery.
2. Run a 5k/10k.
4. Create a meal from (mostly/only) Eastern Market goods.
5. See: Jon & Kristy, Kelsey & Alex, Christina & Brian, Cara & Sean, Matt & Ashley.
6. Catch a movie with beer at the Arlington Cinema and Draft House.
7. Run the National Mall out-and-back (4 miles).
8. Bike the Mount Vernon Trail.
9. Go to the Holocaust Museum.
10. Attend a Nationals game.
11. Hipster-watch at Union Market.
12. Walk through the National Mall at night and take pictures with all the monuments.
13. Visit the Shenandoah mountains – and a Virginia winery
15. Take a night out to Birch & Barley.
16. Get some work done at Del Ray Coffee Bar (by M.E. Swing roasters)
17. Visit a neighborhood we’ve never seen before.
18. Get a reader identification card. Then, read something – anything – in theLibrary of Congress reading room.
19. Visit the US Botanical Garden.
20. Brunch at Ted’s Bulletin – even if we have to wait 1 hr and 45 minutes….
In other news, could Bryan have been born at a better time of year? Selection Sunday is over … let the MADNESS BEGIN!