The reason Sam's niece was staying with us was because her parents were running a half marathon in Queens on Saturday morning. Naturally, we woke up, bummed around, and made blueberry pancakes. Basically the antitheses of running 13.1 miles. We did make it out to Corona Park and the finish line in time to see them cross it though. We were hanging out at the finish line for about a half hour, and it really is fun to cheer on strangers, and to see the different reactions on people's faces when they finally make it.
|They held hands crossing the finish line, which was cute.|
The band eventually took the stage to a smattering of applause. Then they actually started to play. I'm not exaggerating when I say that within 30 seconds of their starting to play, about ten people got up and left. I think a lot of the audience were just people who come to all the events at the Czech Consulate out of habit, and they hadn't actually investigated what this on was. In their defense, the band was not "a less exposed Arcade Fire" as advertised. They were interesting. We all agreed their covers were excellent, and their own songs a little less so. The lead singer actually had a pretty cool voice, and I think part of the problem was the equipment they were working with, but they also seemed to be rehearsing new dance moves or something. Something about their stage presence didn't quite gel. They do get points for a good band name though.
|At one point the singer put down his guitar and put on a creepy wicker mask. Again, they could probably work on their staging a bit.|
On Sunday, I met at friend at the Coffee and Tea Festival which is my new favorite festival. It was in an armory pretty close to my office, but I've somehow never noticed this huge building. You could smell the hot beverage goodness wafting out of it before you even walked in the door. Inside there were tons of booths with different tea sellers, many of whom I'd never heard of. I would say it was 70% tea and 30% coffee, which was fine with me because while I drink a fair amount of coffee, I'm not much of a connoisseur, but tea I can get behind.
|The land of tea and coffee!|
|You can kind of see the cute packaging in this photo.|
Anyway, that about sums up my weekend. It's supposed to snow again this week, which doesn't really seem possible. But hey, at least I have tea.