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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Dragon Days Numbered

On Saturday we headed to our nation's capital to attend the Washington, D.C. Dragon Boat Festival. Every year the festival completely overtakes the Thompson Boathouse at the Kennedy Center/Georgetown Waterfront.

The races last nearly all day, but other cultural events also occur throughout the afternoon. Little ones watch arts and crafts exhibitions and even participate in some hands-on activities. Everyone watches the solemn eye-dotting ceremony. This ancient ritual is said to awaken the dragon and bring out its fire, which gives the boats and their crews the strength of the dragon. Lion and dragon dancers excite the crowd, and proud parents watch their children perform in traditional Chinese dances or play along with marching bands.

Don't you wish you could have seen it all?


We wish we could have seen it, too.

Because they rescheduled.

Only we didn't get the memo.

So there we sat, at the Thompson Boat House, trying to create a back-up plan while the Tongginator sobbed with disappointment.

By the way, that is the Kennedy Center and Potomac River, y'all...

Our only absolute involved the phrase "walking distance." I mean, we'd already paid $16 for parking at the Kennedy Center and - as we all know - Tonggu Momma is really cheap frugal. We quickly ruled out water sports, since the festival organizers canceled the day's activities because of the swollen Potomac River's excessive currents. That left only one other option: Georgetown.



Now, don't get me wrong - Georgetown is an incredibly fun place. I have many fond memories of Georgetown, especially from my college years. It is truly a cool place to go.

Only not if you happen to have a four-year-old in tow.

Unless you happen to plan and implement a Number Hunt.

You just need to suspend all coolness and trendiness in order to participate in said Number Hunt. Unfortunately, suspending all coolness and trendiness in Georgetown is a bit like providing a Rodeo Drive shopper with directions to the nearest Wal-Mart.

We did it anyway. Who cares what the Georgetown crowd thinks?

We had fun, y'all.

Without dragon boats.

Although we'd probably have had more fun with them.

But when life hands you excessive currents, hunt for numbers instead.


discombobulated said...

Number hopping, not bar hopping in Georgetown...different, but way cute.

Mamatini said...

Awesome idea, and way to salvage the day, Tonggu Momma!

prechrswife said...

Cute idea and great on the spot thinking. :-)

CC said...

awwwwwwwww sorry it didn't work out. We have Dragon Boat races here every June that I always want to go to, but then it always is raining :(

Rochelle said...

I'm glad you were able to make the best of it! It's not always easy to soothe the disappointment of a child. And us adults too!!

Gerbil said...


I didn't even know about the dragon boat races. Man, i have become a hermit.