whoops, almost forgot to say that the 5th annual DC Dragonboat Festival
is taking place this weekend. I will be rowing with the East Rising Dragonboat Team
, and my sister will be the drummer. If you stick around long enough, you'll even see East Rising do some Lion Dance
. They're a fun crowd, and very acrobatic. If you're in the Georgetown-Kennedy Center area of DC this weekend, come on down and cheer us on!
(Last year, I invited people to "wait in breathless excitement for someone to fall into the Potomac." I was joking, but it actually did happen; high winds came up and capsized a boat full of 250-lb rugby players, some of whom were apparently a bit tipsy (ha, tipsy). Pretty amusing. Not to knock the rugby players, mind; they did so well one year that they got invited to Taiwan
. But hopefully there won't be any mishaps this year. Besides, most of the boats tend to be full of light, skinny Chinese.)
Anyway, it's a good time. There's also a lot of Chinese cultural stuff, food and merch stands, etc. And of course it's always fun to watch the boats race.