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belated weekend activity report

Last weekend was a bit of a whirlwind:

Tea ceremony class on Saturday was sparsely attended with two of our classmates out of town. Lately I've been doing tea ceremonies with tana, a stand with one or two shelves that sit on the tatami next to the brazier and display some of the utensils. This week I got to use an unusual tana with no "floor". I also used a different maccha container than I've used before—one that's squat, with a flat, bright red lid that gives it a modern look belying its centuries-old design. I wish I'd had a camera to capture the handsome assemblage, but I suspect our instructor would frown on that.

On Saturday night, rebelzero and I attended a friend's birthday party in the loft of Cafe Citron. Pictures are up. I enjoyed my share of mojitos and met some new people, but I couldn't stay too late, because the next morning I had to get up for...

... a board meeting of our local tea circle, in which I'm a recording secretary. That group is separate from the tea ceremony classes; we organize related workshops, lectures, museum visits, and perhaps most importantly, tea ceremony events like the autumn 茶会 coming up in a few weeks. Anyone with an interest in Japanese tea ceremony is welcome to join.

Next up: a rare DC LinuxChix meeting! I wouldn't mind getting more than three people out of the nearly thirty on our mailing list together at the same time, but it beats not meeting at all. :) Here's a picture. We talked largely about user interfaces, KDE versus GNOME; seelevaracuzzo could use some (paid!) participants in the DC/Baltimore area for her usability activity.

Sunday evening was DC United's last game of the regular season, a loss to Chicago Fire. From the games in my recent memory that I've attended, I wouldn't have guessed our team was tops in the MLS standings—not because of the quality of play, but because they just don't seem to win very often. Afterwards, we stopped for a bite to eat at the intriguing 前後, a Latin-Asian fusion place to which I could definitely see myself returning.


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Oct. 19th, 2006 03:47 am (UTC)
DC United
We saw part of that game on ESPN.....just happended to scan to it shortly after a DC United goal and saw the smoke rising from the sidelines and said to each other, "we've seen that before, in person, I wonder if this could be a DC United game"....and a few moments later the score scrolled across the top of the screen confriming it. We wondered at the time if you might be there.
Dec. 18th, 2006 06:09 am (UTC)
Tea ceremony class
Was the "modern-look" tea container a kou-aka natsume... with a fairly short black body, plus a large red - and very flat - lid that looks a bit like a pillbox hat?

In other words, did it look like this:
Dec. 18th, 2006 03:48 pm (UTC)
Re: Tea ceremony class
Yes, it was a 甲赤 natsume. It sounds like you're knowledgeable enough to prefer the writeup I crossposted at urasenke_fans, where I don't tone down the jargon for a general audience like I do in my own weblog.
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