Saturday was fairly fantastic. Lacey and I had ourselves a Baltimore day, starting with the Kinetic Sculpture Race, and ending with some roller derby.
We started our day at the waterfront in Canton, sitting on the rocks right by the entrance to the water portion of the race. Jess and Dan joined us shortly after the beginning. A wide variety of ridiculous human-powered amphibious vehicles passed by us. A pig with wings, a platypus piloted by 8 guys in lab coats and red Chucks, a blue wombat with a tattoo and her own band. We made disappointed noises when the Cobra sank instead of floating, we urged the guys in the "Popemobile" to "Pope harder!", we laughed at the giant fluffy pink poodle, and were sorta afraid of the giant lumpy frog thing. I took lots of pictures, and will someday be able to post them for all to see.
By the time the water obstacle was completed, the dreary cool morning had turned into a warm sunny afternoon, and we were ready to make the walk to Patterson Park for the next round. We staked out spots by the mud pit, and got to watch as the sculptures and their by-now-surely-exhausted pilots had to speed uphill through a pile of mud. Some got through unscathed, but many got stuck and needed a push (or a gear change, in the case of a more advanced design). We didn't stick around for the end of the race and the awards, as we needed to get back home to let the puppy outside, so I'm eagerly awaiting the posting of the results on the website tomorrow.
A quick trip home for dinner and puppy duties, then back into the city (and to the exact same parking space) for the Charm City Roller Girls' third season opener. Lacey's "um . . . friend" is one of the announcers, so she felt it was time for her to see it for herself. We had a good time, although the crowd was somewhat more subdued than the last time I attended. (And in a larger space that was full to standing-room only.) We had some beer and some pie, and the girl who sold me my t-shirt looked rather like that one woman from Ace of Cakes. Could have been, I guess!
So it was a full day of Baltimore fun, and Sharif left for work before we got started . . . and got home after we did. Poor boy.
Sunday was rather more low-key, but did involve milkshakes, an aunt from out of town, mojitos, steaks, and a large snapping turtle laying eggs in my parents' garden. So I'd call it a successful weekend.