Oct 25, 2005

Wilma and Wonderland

The family is fine this morning. They've got the generator going, and almost all the shutters down. Mom asks, "Before I finish taking these things down, will you look at the weather to make sure more storms aren't coming this way?" The coast is clear for now. They're putting their sweatbands on despite the cool air (it's an unusual 57degrees today) to pick up debris. Fan blades and roof shingles and tiny branches are strewn across the yard. Again. Mom reports that this one was worse than Frances. Mom reports a red port o' potty washed up in the backyard, too. "I've never seen a red one before!"

Back to our regularly scheduled program:
There was a famous room in Boston (well, Revere) called the Wonderland Ballroom, but it closed down a while back. I took ballroom dance lessons when I lived up there and my teacher was always organizing outings to the Wonderland. "You have to go to this historic venue before it closes. We'll be the only ones under 60" he would tell us with delight. I never went. But now I can wash my regret away, because we have a Wonderland Ballroom right here in DC, and so far it's hipper than the Revere version. Tonight, meet me there to see Astronautics. These guys are so secret they don't have a website. And Wonderland hasn't put them on their calendar. This is one of those DJ's who can reverse the buzz machine's direction and back it up. He guy showed up to the FMC Conference wearing a weird helmet. That he never took off. He handed out CD's and they're unique and GOOD. He's thinking outside the box. He starts upstairs at 9pm.

6 comments:

Kristn said...

Thank you for your hurricane updates! My gram stayed on the island during the hurricane, and I've been worried sick. We were down last week for a visit, and are on our way back today...ugh...they weren't cleaned up from last year yet. Should be fun. Anyway, thank you for the updates, as I haven't been able to find ANYTHING about Hutchinson Island. I'm glad that your family made it through ok. :)

wharman said...

Thanks Kristn. I hope your gram is ok! It sounds like the storm was worse than Frances or Jean, but there wasn't such extensive flooding on Hutchinson Island. My family even received their paper this morning.

wharman said...

Astronautics... The first track on the record is titled: Disiznotapopalbum.

Jeff said...

I heart Wonderland Ballroom.

wharman said...

Hi Jeff! That is an impressive beard you've got! Now that I've finally made it to Wonderland, I heart it too. It was fun talking to you the other night! Hope you did well on your test.

Washington Cube said...

Last Stop, Wonderland. Spending my fall in Massachusetts and loving it, despite the rain.