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Thursday March 03, 2005
01:38 PM

Cherry Blossoms!

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The National Cherry Blossom Festival is a couple of weeks away. Early word is that the blossoms should peak around April 4-9.

So, anyone coming into DC for the occasion? ;-)

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  • Years ago, a friend and I played a practical joke one someone we knew by subscribing him to Cherry Blossoms [], a magazine for finding Asian mail order brides. He lived in a crowded house, so naturally, when the first issue arrived, everyone knew about it before he did and they gave him hell.

    It was, perhaps, a bit cruel, but I confess that he was a macho "I can kick anybody's @$$" jock type, so I didn't feel too bad about it.

  • Sadly, I was thinking about coming down on the Amtrak to see this. I like traveling by train anyway and this seemed like a good excuse. I haven't made any commitments to do this yet. So much to think about...
  • I'll be there for PyCon March 19-22 -- will you be there?
    • I may not show up for any of the sessions, but I work less than a mile away. I'll be there. ;-)
  • but only because of my wife. She has lived in this country for nearly a year now and I have yet to take her to D.C.

    There is a huge flower festival in Baguio (Philippines) around this same time of year which she likes so I think this will be a good thing to do.

    I really don't like D.C. traffic and it is still a bit too cold to take the Metro and walk everywhere (for her having not acclimated quite yet).
    • Wow! What a small world! My [late] stepfather was stationed in Baguio back in the '70s.

      That's the town in the mountains, where airplanes "take down" because of the altitude, isn't it?

      • That's the place. It really is quite beautiful and cool (in comparison to the rest of the country). The strawberries are wonderful. Of course, I am a bit biased ;-)

        So do you go to the DC PerlMongers meetings? I went a couple of times when I was living in Germantown. only meets when someone is going to present and as of yet (over a year) no one has. I was going to present on sorting and how things will change in p6 - but alas, life took over.
        • I used to show up semi-regularly at, and do about a presentation a year. Haven't shown up to a meeting for a year or two now, but I still lurk on the mailing list.
  • Mom, sister, brother-in-law, two nephews, and a niece, for the week. Not that they're specifically coming for the Cherry Blossoms, but they will get a chance to see them.

    Interesting enough, the first time I ever went to D.C. - well, that I remember; I went when I was two, or something, but so what? - was 1987, when my high school band marched in the Cherry Blossom Parade.