Reno: I took a quick trip to Reno for Thanksgiving. Flying on the holiday itself is actually a good thing to do and resulted in my having an entire exit row to myself between IAD and SFO. I stayed at the Silver Legacy which is nice enough, but downtown Reno has deteriorated since I was there last. Vegas offers better people watching and more up-to-date gambling machines. Er, no, Cats is not a "hot new game" given that it has been around at least five years. Still, the flights were cheap and it was good to get out of town for a few days. Flights were more crowded coming back, but I did still have an empty middle seat next to me on the way home, by the way.
Rasika West End: I went out to dinner with flyertalk friends on Sunday night at the West End branch of this well-regarded Indian restaurant. The palaak chat was amazing. The Goan fish curry was good, but not quite as spectacular. It was good to see people I hadn’t seen in a while, including the out-of-towner who provided the excuse. And, of course, I love conversing with the tribe of travelers.
Angelique Kidjo: Last night, I went to see Angelique Kidjo at the Kennedy Center. She is one powerful woman and her concert focused (in part) on strong women who had influenced her – Miriam Makeba, Celia Cruz, and Nina Simone. She also managed to get a whole hall full of Washingtonians up and on their feet, dancing and singing along. I’ve loved her music for years, but this was the first time I’d seen her live. If I have any say in the matter, it won’t be the last. I should also note that I am pleased by the work she is doing to support educating girls in Africa. She’s not just a great singer, but a great human being.
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