I spent the weekend in Maryland, celebrating my sister’s 30th birthday, which is later this week. We basically repeated our plans from last year, albeit with a little more success, thanks to somewhat more cooperative weather. My parents and I drove there, then met my sister and her husband for brunch, and then we split up, with my sister and my mother going clothes shopping — my sister’s choice, which would not have been mine — and we three men visiting the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum.
I took some photos there, if you’re interested. It was actually really interesting, although if you visit, I can’t recommend the actual train rides, at least not the version we experienced. It was basically just a slow twenty minute trip out, then back, with not a whole lot to see and just a little old-timey music and narration about the railway to keep you amused. (Then again, we were on the same car as a seven-year-old boy celebrating his birthday, and he seemed to be enjoying it.)
Afterward, we had enough time for the three of us to see The Fighter, in the theater adjoining the restaurant where we had dinner. It’s really quite good, and I think Christian Bale may now be my favorite for this year’s Oscar.
Today, we met for breakfast, then went back to my sister’s house to give her presents. Then we drove home. It was a good weekend, but I’m pretty astounded that it’s over already.