Site ColumnsBy Michelle
April 4, 2004 - 6:19 PM
The cherry blossoms took over Washington, DC this weekend, and when there was a break yesterday in the relentless rain that afflicted us all week, we took the kids downtown. We had a bit of a transportation dilemma: Metro security has been extremely tight since the latest terrorism alert, with long waits just to get to the trains, and I'm claustrophobic enough to be afraid of being underground to begin with, so we ended up driving down along the C&O Canal. Nothing's really blooming there yet, but once we reached DC there were flowers everywhere -- forsythia, daffodils, the first dogwoods and lots and lots of pink-and-white trees.
The Cherry Blossom Festival features one of my favorite things on the entire planet: green tea ice cream, quite difficult to find in DC except at Japanese food stores (none of which are near where I live) except this one weekend when it can be purchased on street corners. The festival also features a wide variety of artwork, crafts, cultural displays and costumes...plus manga. Since we were stuck in traffic once we reached the city, we got downtown rather late, and walked from the Smithsonian directly to the Tidal Basin which is ringed with flowering trees.
There were dancers on a stage in front of the Jefferson Memorial, and music coming from a field on the far side of the water as we circled around through the FDR Memorial. We visited both, plus the site of the Martin Luther King monument which is scheduled to be built at some point in the future. It was chilly, in the 50s, but the trees were in full bloom and there were many visitors in gorgeous bright kimonos walking around taking pictures. We stayed until twilight and watched the sun drop behind the Washington Monument.
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- 'Enterprise' Soundtrack Warping Into Stores May 14
Fans learned that they would soon be able to purchase 'Faith of the Heart' and composer Dennis McCarthy's music on CD.
- I Didn't Watch Trek Before 'Nemesis,' Says Baird
The director of Star Trek: Nemesis admitted that he had seen very little of The Next Generation before beginning work on the movie.
- Billingsley & Keating On 'Two Days & Two Nights'
At a convention, Dominic Keating (Reed) admitted that he and Connor Trinneer (Tucker) had gotten into some trouble making the latest episode, while John Billingsley (Phlox) added, "You'll be surprised to hear that many Enterprise cast members end up in their underwear on Risa."
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Today's Television Listings
- Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, UPN will show a rerun of Enterprise's "Harbinger". Here's the official synopsis of the episode:
A dying alien refuses to disclose his motives for exploring a spatial anomaly while Reed quarrels with a colleague over a revamped set of training drills.
Then at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time, UPN will rerun Enterprise's "Doctor's Orders". Here's the episode summary:
Phlox puts the crew in comas to keep them alive when Enterprise encounters a trans-dimensional anomaly.