It was a great weekend to be outdoors. And that’s where I spent most of it.
Saturday began with the Fairfax Little League parade, starting from my back yard (literally) at Paul VI Catholic High School and ending a couple blocks away at the American Legion field.
Then up to Vienna for the Opening Day ceremonies of the Vienna Little League at Yeonas Field. It was crowded with hundreds of players and politicians who took the Little League oath (the players, that is) before we threw out the first ball.
At noon, I stopped by George Mason University to serve as the honorary grand marshal of the first annual “Cornhole Throwing” tournament sponsored by the Phi Sigma Delta fraternity. The event raised $2,000 for the Northern Virginia Special Olympics. Basically you throw a beanbag through a 2×4 about twenty yards away. Kind of like horseshoes. Great job by the brothers who did it all for charity — and not to impress the beautiful coeds they invited.
The rest of Saturday afternoon I was out door-knocking in the Edgelea Woods neighborhood by Oakton High School.
This Sunday began with the Wolf Trap Elementary 5K in Vienna. Hilly course and first timed race of the new year. Finished in 23:06. We’ll do better next time.
Came home, showered and attended Sunday services at One God Ministry in Fairfax, a new church on Chain Bridge Road. After the service, I met a man who had taught in Japan at the same time I did (early 90′s). We surprised the congregants by speaking to each other in Japanese, at least for a couple minutes.
In the afternoon, I visited Fr. Gerry Creedon and the members of SALT, who were having their annual legislative wrap-up for the 2009 session at Providence Presbyterian. Lots of legislators there, but only Democrats which is not good. You need both sides or else everyone just says the same thing.
Got home and mowed the lawn while Sharon took my oldest daughter to field hockey.