I opened the blinds of my hotel room in D.C. Friday morning (I had arrived late in the day Thursday) -- and there facing me was that big "R" standing for Realtors. In other words, I was -- to my surprise -- across the street from the headquarters of the National Association of Realtors.
So what does this have to do with the ballpark?
Well ... a former contributor to the Planning Commissioners Journal, Joe Molinaro, works as the head of smart growth programs there. And I had forgotten to call Joe in advance about my upcoming stop in Washington, D.C.
After seeing the building, I immediately gave Joe a call to see if we might be able to get together for coffee. Joe called back and asked if I'd be interested in using an extra ticket to see the Nationals take on the Padres at RFK stadium.
So to keep things short, here I am at the ballpark. Good conversation with Joe and his friend Michael Stevens, who's Executive Director of a newly formed business improvement district, Capitol Riverfront.
Good game too. But I "wimped out" saying goodbye to Joe and Michael at the end of the 9th with the score tied. Of course, the Nationals went on to win in the 10th! But to tell the truth, I've always been a Mets fan (and, now a part of Red Sox nation too).
In photo below, Joe is in white shirt on the right; Michael in black shirt on the left.