100 Years Of The Royal Air Force at DAR Constitution Hall

At first I wasn’t sure if we were gonna be able to make it due to the unpredictability of both my father’s job and mine, but thanks to the grace of God and a go with the flow mentality, Gonz and I, ended up making it to Washington, D.C. tonight to attend a wonderful classical concert celebration put together to honor 100 Years Of The Royal Air Force.

I was pretty excited to get back to DAR as it’d been a few years (wink wink) since I’d seen Dave Matthews and Rusted Root there … and a few more since I’d graduated from High School there. I reminded the Gonz that in fact four of his children had graduated from high school at DAR so he’d definitely been there before … it had just been awhile (insert tears of joy emoji).

I may update with more details later at it’s late now, but I’ll quickly say the highlights were ...

1. Working our best to get there early, yet arriving late in typical Romero fashion. I’ll blame myself for this one as my friends at Google HQ had the wrong address in Google Maps when I selected DAR Constitution Hall with auto complete. My intuition told me we were not in the right area (i.e. had gone too far into Washington), but I didn’t give it enough cred and we had to eventually backtrack 30 minutes.

2. The killer VIP seats we somehow snagged even though we arrived late.

3. Witnessing Col. Arnald D. Gabriel conduct a couple of the pieces. From his Wikipedia … “During World War II, he served as an infantryman (as a machine gunner) with the US Army's 29th Infantry Division in Europe. He landed with the 29th on D-Day of Operation OVERLORD, June 6, 1944, and for his service on and after D-Day in Europe he received two Bronze Star medals, the Combat Infantry Badge, and the French Croix de Guerre.”

Truth continued to be told … the entire show was really impressive and special … and FREE! :D

I also got some new clarity on a few Gonz life facts during our drive … like the fact that my father was leaving the hospital late from Georgetown one night and actually came upon the film crew live filming the oh so famous scene from The Exorcist at The Exorcist Steps … he was too exhausted to give it much attention.

As a resident at Georgetown at that time, The Gonzer was working under the medical pioneer Dr. Charles A. Hufnagel, who not surprisingly was also a workaholic and a hospital rat. A hospital rat is a term of endearment used to label folks that spend all of their life at the hospital … working :)

Alas … there is another free show celebrating 100 Years of The Royal Air Force at the Strathmore in Maryland on Wednesday. Get your tickets and join!

Happy DC Emancipation day!

“The DC Compensated Emancipation Act of 1862 ended slavery in Washington, DC, freed 3,100 individuals, reimbursed those who had legally owned them and offered the newly freed women and men money to emigrate. It is this legislation, and the courage and struggle of those who fought to make it a reality, that we commemorate every April 16, DC Emancipation Day.”

Date Published: Apr 17, 2018