It's right around the corner! Adrianna, a dear friend, hiking buddy, and sushi aficionado, is graduating from George Mason University with a degree in Microbiology this May! Here she is looking cute in this plaid wrap that makes me think of places closer to the West coast. I'm proud of ya girl!
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Sharing some recent personal work with you! Two weeks ago I was in Warrenton for a little bit and got to see Tom Veirs working in his glassblowing studio after lunch. I'm also bringing you something a little different; today's entire post contains a lot of black and white - a medium I love, but almost never publish in.
Warrenton Glassblowing at Veirs Studio Glass and Gallery
Tom will be retiring in end of May, so go visit his studio to buy some of his work before he says farewell! He also had a visitor in the shop who studied glassblowing at VCU, and was practicing some of his skills. It's a neat process that I'd only seen in limited amounts at the Maryland Renaissance Fair; here they showed me how to make some basics, like a shot glass and spiral patterns in wine glass stems.
Pearmund Cellars Winery
Afterwards was a visit to nearby Pearmund Cellars. I'm not using this blog to post wine reviews, but I did to a full tasting and took tasting notes in my wine journal, which marks the first time I've wine journaled a Virginia vineyard.
This past Thursday, I was honored to help commemorate Captain John Prater's retirement, greeting him for his final flight arriving at Dulles from Paris. Captain Prater began his aviation career in 1978, going on to be elected President of the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) in 2006.
Captain Prater has flown cargo and commercial airlines, including DC-8s, DC-10s, A300s, 727s, 757s, 767s, and 777s, but would retire flying the 787 Dreamliner. I was on the runway's hold short to welcome him on his final landing and ceremonial water arch (which the high winds caught, misted, and totally drenched me for!).
Thanks to all the fine folks in Dulles OPS who were so helpful in coordinating the logistics of this event with me and ALPA - as always, it would never be possible without all your help.
Last minute I decided to swing by Ferrari / Maserati / Alfa Romeo of Washington in Sterling, Virginia for the Cars and Coffee that has been known as DC Exotics and more recently SterlingSupercars. I've been to this Cars and Coffee once before; I don't frequent this one as often as others since it focuses exclusively on modern exotics, and other local car shows are more eclectic. That being said, it's still a cool show to visit, and since it's sponsored by the (exotic) dealership, it's probably the most upscale cars and coffee event in the area. Even if the focus is on Ferraris and Lamborghinis, being held at their dealerships, the atmosphere is just as welcoming as any other cars and coffee I've been to.
I showed up at the tail end of this show because I decided to go last minute, but there were still some cool rides there. I even got to sit in a new Alfa Romeo Giulia.
After the show, I headed out to Sonic in Winchester for lunch, and we came across Dirt Farm Brewing by chance on the way back. On a whim we dropped in to check out one of the local breweries we keep hearing about, and got flights. I'm much more into wine than beer, and I only found one I liked.
Following President Trump’s executive order implementing a travel ban on seven countries, protests initiated at international airports across the United States where individuals affected by the rapidly enacted ban were detained. The Trump administration justified the executive order as part of the “extreme vetting” of immigrants promised during his campaign, while those opposed to the ban question the constitutionality, motives, and execution of the ban. Virginia Senator Tim Kaine (D) was on-site denouncing President Trump’s travel ban in a press conference.
I captured these photographs while on-site for an unrelated meeting. During the several hours I spent watching the protest and presser, there were no Trump supporters visibly present; reportedly only one had been there in the morning, and only a handful over the weekend, and some cases MWAA police had to move in to ensure the supporters' safety as tempers of the crowd were exacerbated. During my time on-site, I witnessed only one individual lose their temper; a lawyer, who eventually calmed down when others spoke to them and explained they had already taken the necessary actions.
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A short video of footage I collected while on site Monday afternoon.
And finally, if you're curious, see the ABC 7 live newscast I can be seen working in the background in.