Act I: Saturday
Scene 1 - Morning: Bilbo enters, stage right. Mows the lawn in advance of the expected torrential rains.
Scene 2 - Afternoon: Bilbo goes shopping with Agnes, orders a new tuxedo to replace the old one, which has shrunk very badly over the years. After all, I will need to look spiffy for our upcoming 30th anniversary cruise, and Daniel Craig can't play James Bond forever ...
Scene 3 - Evening: Rain arrives. Bilbo and Agnes attend the second annual Showcase at Forever Dancing in Falls Church, where Bilbo is serving as the DJ and master of ceremonies.
Bilbo immediately misjudges the sensitivity of the controls on the laptop where the music is stored, reshuffling the entire playlist - carefully arranged in order of performance - into a new, alphabetical order by title. Hilarity ensues. Performers rise up with pitchforks, flaming torches, and large stones. Bilbo defuses the situation with lame, self-effacing jokes and finishes the evening with only about 56 other mistakes. He does, however, get to dance with numerous beautiful ladies, including Agnes.
Act 2: Sunday
Scene 1 - Morning: Rain continues. Bilbo and Agnes make a whirlwind visit to their local grandchildren. Bilbo receives this note from four year-old Leya, making the entire weekend worthwhile ...
Scene 2 - Afternoon: Rain continues, becoming biblical at times. Bilbo and Agnes pick up their friend Nadja and make their third excursion to the barrel-tasting event at Linden Vineyards in - where else? - Linden, Virginia. In spite of weather more suitable for the construction and loading of arks, they have a grand time sampling wines, eating delicious hors d'oeuvres provided by the Ashby Inn, and enjoying a light lunch on the deck, out of the rain ...
Bilbo also takes the opportunity to admire the measures taken to ensure safety in the production and eventual enjoyment of fine Virginia wines ...
Scene 3 - Evening: Bilbo and Agnes return home, exhausted from a long drive in pouring rain, the delayed effects of a few hours of play with a pair of super-energetic grandchildren, and the lingering afterglow of well-sampled wines. They bravely stay awake long enough to watch this week's episode of Once Upon a Time, then disappear into bed for a well-deserved night's sleep. Rain continues, but who cares?
The End - Curtain Falls
All in all, it was a wonderful weekend. But, like all wonderful weekends, it serves as the entry point to a new week ... and now it's time to gird my professional loins and head out to do battle with the evil forces of ass clownery ...
... which, at the moment, seem to be winning. It is, after all, an election year.
And it's still raining.
Have a good day. More thoughts tomorrow.