Dagny Camouflages Herself
in Laundry Basket
A Conversation Riding the Red Line to Rockville with Mala and Vega:
Vega: "The stupid State of Maryland is trying to collect back income tax from me. They want $4,000-something dollars."
David: "What! Did you mis-calculate when you filed or something?"
Vega: "No, they want money from tax year 2008."
David: "But... you hadn't moved here yet. You couldn't have worked in this state, then. You were still on the other side of the country living in Seattle. I remember: I stayed with you two for a couple months that year."
Vega: "I know! But they've been sending me harassing letters saying that's the amount they've somehow calculated and that they've referred my case on to a collection agency."
Mala and Vega
Kvetch on Red Line
Mala: "Oh, don't even get me started about our names and the way the State of Maryland spells them! You wouldn't believe how many times I had to go back to the DMV with different documents to get my drivers license issued since moving back to this state..."
David: "Huh, you couldn't just swap your Washington state license straight across? Is this going to be a worse story than the nonsense Vega is going through?"
Mala and Vega in-unison: "Way worse!"
Mala's bureaucratic rigmarole really was way worse. But, that is another story...
Cousin Melodie's Boys Eli & Isaac
Play Angry Birds Card Game
Melodie: "So, they're thinking about getting that $99 'return-to-the-motherland' ancestral tour... "
David: "What? What's that?"
Melodie: "You know: the deal that China offers overseas Chinese. You get a week or ten days or something seeing the Great Wall, Beijing, probably Shanghai and Xi'an. All the historic places. You never did that?"
David: "I never even heard about that. It sounds like something I've heard Israel offers to Jews from the diaspora... I didn't know China did the same thing, too."
Melodie: "Well, they probably just take you around famous places that I'm sure you've already visited dozens of times. But, I think it also includes accomodation and banquets--all the standard tourist package. You do have to get yourself to China--but then it's $99 for everything while you're there."
David: "Really! Hmm. Hmm... I shall have to look into exploiting that the next time I head back to China... "
A Conversation Upon Returning to Naomi's Virginia Home among Naomi, David, and Dagny the Grumpy Kitty:
Adult Kickball on National Mall
Dagny: "Purr. Purr. Purr..."
David: "How is she letting you pick her up and hold her? She would never let me do that."
Naomi: "But I thought you said that she was being a lot nicer to you over this visit than when you were cat-sitting for me last time."
David: "Oh, she is. But you're staying here now, too. I think your being around the house more has made her a lot less skittish. While you've been at work Dagny and I have generally been walking circles around each other and keeping our distance."
Naomi Pauses in Sackler Gallery
David: "Well, that last time I was cat-sitting while you were out of town she'd always be wandering around throughout the house hissing, yowling, and licking random objects. And if I came up close enough to have any contact she'd be sure to bite me at some point. This is much better."
Dagny: "Purr. Purr. Purr..."