Where Are All the Cats?
31.08.2012 - 03.09.2012 88 °F
There are a lot of squirrels in Washington D.C. They are of course of the much maligned (at least in the U.K.) grey variety but they are sooooo cute! They scamper out between parked cars and pogo jump across the parks, occasionally freeze-framing their pose to enable photo shots to be taken until a toughened tree trunk lures them to its summit. They come in 50 shades of grey (oops!) and although some jay-walking members of the species have caused me to hone up my braking skills, their cute little faces and big, bushy tails have endeared me to these sweet, diminutive Washingtonians.
But where are all the cats? I have yet to cast eyes on a domestic moggy! Every breed of dog known to Crufts walks the streets around Capitol Hill usually accompanied by a well-tanned, short-wearing owner. I can always tell if a dog and their human is approaching behind me as I hear panting (usually the dog!) together with the rhythmic slap, slap, slap of the flip-flop wearing human trying to keep up!
I have attended a couple of free concerts at the Kennedy Center: 365 days of the year, a free concert is put on at the Millenium Stage at the Center which is broadcast over the Web. The stage acts as a showcase for local. national and international groups and individuals who wish to promote their work to as wide an audience as possible. On Friday, I saw "Annie and the Beekeepers", a folk/Americana group who were very easy to listen to and I thoroughly enjoyed the concert.
Today, 3rd September (or 09.03.12 - but I'm finding it difficult to adjust to this way of writing the date!) marks the official end of summer (it was 90 degrees today!) and the beginning of the school year for many districts. I have what seems to me a plethora (I like that word!) of paperwork to absorb and the first week of school seems to be mainly administrative. I am really looking forward however to getting started in the classroom and getting to know my classes. From the class lists, I have a very extensive ethnic mix of students who I am looking forward to meeting.
By way of relaxation, I took myself off to another "Hot Yoga" session today and it was hot! Raj (our teacher from India), wearing the minimum of legal yoga apparel, led us through our poses and I survived to tell the tale! I had never tasted coconut water until I came to the States but as a quick fix to replacing electrolyte loss, balance and the ability to walk, it is amazing!
As this evening is a school night and the eve of the grand return of students, I will bid adieu. It's always great to hear from "followers" as I know I have an audience-saves me, unlike the squirrels, from going nuts!