I met up with my friend Kimon for dinner in Cleveland Park. Afterwards we went over to Nanny O’Briens to have a couple pints of Guinness.
I’ve been to this place several times…used to go there on Tuesday nights for trivia. It’s a no frills neighborhood pub that has straightforward service and live music some evenings. This night there was a pony-tailed man strumming the guitar to typical sing-along type bar songs like Brown Eyed Girl and American Pie.
In the front of the bar there are these two little secluded tables that are tucked away on each side of the door. They look like a nice romantic place to sit and have a chat with your loved one. I noticed a young couple that were looking at each other like they were the only ones in the bar. The carved out window nook lends itself to that feeling I think. Would it be rude and insensitive to go and interrupt this beautifully peaceful moment? Who knows, but I was about to find out.
Jessica is a 28-year-old human rights advocate. She mainly focuses on Sudan, Burma (Myanmar) and the Congo. Originally from New York City, she moved to DC about a year and a half ago.
She and her boyfriend Jonah were killing some time before heading over to the Uptown Theater to see Inception. Opened in 1936, the Uptown is a historic art deco theater featuring just one screen. Sadly I haven’t been there yet to see a movie. Shame on me!
I learned that Jessica used to live on an island in Southeast Alaska. “It was interesting. I was friends with this one guy who had dodged the Vietnam war by paying people off with homemade baked wheat bread,” she went on to say. Odd…what would make you think to do that? Hmmm…I don’t want to go to Vietnam. What can I give these people that will keep them quiet? I know, I’ll bake some bread, wheat bread no doubt, and give it them. At least they were quiet I guess while they were eating the bread right?
I definitely felt like I was intruding and felt bad about that. I tried to be as quick as possible and let them slip back into the moment where they were before I interrupted. His scotch and soda looked almost done and she was finishing up a gin and tonic and they were getting ready to head over to the theater.
“I think I will treat myself to a really nice coffee,” Jessica says referring to the $10 that was on the bar table. Wow…ten bucks must buy a hell of a cup of coffee!
I grabbed a few photos, thanked them for their time and told them to enjoy the movie.