1. The saga continues. After enduring ten minutes or so of corgi scream barking in their crate while I vacuumed our apartment home and then after witnessing them dive bomb the vacuum cleaner itself in an act of teeth-bared naked aggression, I got my nerves settled and zipped in the Sube up to the Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport to pick up our niece Danielle and her friend, Camille (whom I liked a lot immediately). They have come to see us and to do some touring of Washington, D. C. over Memorial Day weekend.
2. Once Danielle and Camille piled into the Sube, we descended upon Ellicott City, MD where I took them to a brewery and eatery (a.k.a brewpub) I'd never been to before, the Ellicott City Brewing Company. All my other favorite breweries in D. C. were closed until later in the afternoon, so I hoped and prayed, after a wee bit of research, that this place would be good. And it was! We never got off Main Sreet in Ellicott City. It's a tight street bending uphill crammed with businesses in old buildings, some stone, others wooden -- ranging from wine shops to junk stores. I'm not much of a shopper, but I enjoyed the old town feel of Main Street. I was also pleased that the beer at Ellicott Brewing Company was excellent and the French dip I ate for lunch was solid. I would have been happy to be able to sit and talk all day with Danielle and Camille and sample more beer -- but, alas, we wrapped up our lunch after about ninety minutes.
3. I picked up the Deke from school, and back at our apartment home, the Deke and Danielle and Camille fell into easy conversation and a bit after six o'clock we loaded ourselves into the Sube and rocketed over to the Diazes. I streaked in the Sube over to Dominic's Italian Grille and picked up a couple of pizzas and some tater tots, bought some beer at Quench, and we had a fun party. I'd say Danielle and Camille's visit is off to a splendid start.