So, I had a choice to make this weekend.
1. Go to the National Book Festival and be solitary among thousands of people (including the anti-war demonstrators) on the Mall
2. Go to Blocktoberfest in Arlington, to be crammed among thousands of people, but with friends.
I chose the latter. Only time will tell if I made the right choice.
If it goes according to type, no matter which choice I make, I will invariaby wish I picked the other.
Blocktoberfest was pretty good. Some interesting conversations and a lot of ogling. I punched out around 9pm, then spent the next 20 minutes trying to find my car. I'd even had a location written down (11th & Vernon, behind Eastern Auto), though I'd neglected to remember which direction off of Glebe Road it was, so went the wrong direction.
There was also a moment of confusion as to whether a particular street was one-way or two-way.
In hindsight, since I'd stopped by the Mazda dealership to pick up a new rear windshield wiper blade (they didn't have just the refill, so I had to buy the whole thing, though it was only 5 bucks more -- it's a weird size, so I couldn't just go to an auto parts store), I should have just asked to leave the car in the lot, it would have been much easier.