Despite the fact that it’s like walking through a sweat bath outside, my evening couldn’t have gone better.
Left work early (always a plus!) to meet beledibabe and her hubby for a quick dinner at Harry’s, a small restaurant/bar in DC. Walked over to the Smithsonian in the aforementioned sweat soupy air (the words “I’m melting” did actually get spoken by moi). We arrived at the Ripley Center lecture hall at the precise hour, seating ourselves in time to see the three Mounties (2 men, 1 woman) dressed in red serge clomp across the stage, their high browns echoing on the wooden floor. Their hats, already in place, sat side by side downstage, perched at the edge–a brilliant stage setting.
It was true love for beledibabe and me, as a slide show presentation unfolded, each of the Mounties in turn stepping up to the lectern and giving their part of the history and duties of the RCMP. The presentation itself was interesting. I loved some of the photos they used, but itched to correct some of the misspellings in the slide show. Both C and I laughed when it turned out that only a handful of the folk in attendance had heard of the Musical Ride, and of those, several of them were officials representing Alberta. (This was all part of a series of events celebrating Alberta, in conjunction with the Folklife Festival and part of the Resident Associates programming.)
I was beside myself when I realized that I could identify much of the insignia on their uniforms. OMG, I am SUCH a Mountie groupie!
I’m utterly in the need for some due South re-immersion and some Fraser love.
All in all, a successful night.