|After one of my best friend's bachelor party I was struck by something. I hesitated to call it luck or coincidence. Still it was a memorable experience.|
My friend's party was not a typical Buffalo style one. It was subdued and more like I imagine a DC bachelor party might be like. His friends are impressive. Only two of us were from his high school circle. The other and I felt a bit out of our depth. It should be noted that he is a PhD Chemist working for the Navy in DC. While another in the group, who is a CIA analyst my friend met at Georgetown University, mentioned his lack of academic credentials; I realized we all felt strange.
We went to a great steakhouse in DC's Dupont Circle. Afterwards we played poker in the Jury's Doyle Hotel suite. It didn't last too late as most had to work Friday morning. My parents had the kids back in Rochester, New York, so it was a day off for a Mr. Mom.
The next morning I went running and thought about how close I could be to the DC lifestyle. Still, I had opted to move to small town Annapolis and be a high school teacher. Perhaps I downplay my intelligence and the prestige of my career choices. But, it is a bit more romantic to say you work for the State Department or the CIA or FBI.
After running I began to empty the room and check out. I loaded my luggage, the remaining Yuengling, and Coors Light onto the cart and got into the elevator. Being St. Pat's Day, my fellow rider asked with an Irish brog about the Shamrock on my South Buffalo Rugby jacket. I explained and he smiled.
I realized Jury's Doyle was an Irish owned chain. He mentioned he was in town to see GW Bush. I assumed he meant in a tourist sense and we both chuckled. Last week I picked up the Irish Voice and read about the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform. Apparently these Irish-Americans packed DC to rally with McCain, Hillary Clinton and others. Perhaps my new friend was there for that. However, he had a suit and not the ILIR t-shirt.
The paper also covered Sinn Fein and Gerry Adams recent trip to DC on St. Pat's Day. My man was not Adams but maybe part of the delegation? Was his visit to Bush a tourist general joke or did he have an actual meeting with he Administration? Most tourist don't carry briefcases either.
Needless to say, I was tired from...running... and could only spit out the erudite phrase: "tell GW he sucks."
There is comfort in knowing that if he was Sinn Fein, he probably agreed with me that day.