Posts By Kathy A. Albetski


When I first started working some 32 years ago, I took the bus from my apartment on Beacon Hill south of Alexandria, VA to downtown DC. Sometime after the Blue Line on Metro opened up, I took Metro to my downtown DC job. And after my husband took a job where I work, we wouldRead… Read more »

The Fourth of July

When I was a kid we use to go to my aunt and uncle’s house in Fairfax County, VA every year for a cookout and to shoot off fireworks. (I lived in Alexandria where fireworks were illegal, but Fairfax County still allows them.) My brother and I were always very excited at the prospect ofRead… Read more »

Brown Bag Lunches

One type of event I seldom attend is the Brown Bag Lunch. Where I work, there use to be a rare brown bag lunch as part of the mentoring program or to impart information from the Health Unit. Recently, though, my workplace has taken to having presentations on work related topics during lunch hours. IRead… Read more »


The world has its share of irresponsible people ranging from folks’ small annoying lapses to world leaders putting civilization in jeopardy. On a lesser scale than world collapse, but still very frustrating, is the example of the side swiping of our son Eddie’s car this week while it was parked in the George Mason UniversityRead… Read more »

33 years

Tomorrow, my husband, Ed, and I will celebrate our 33rd wedding anniversary. In 1976, the Bicentennial celebration was in full swing, Jimmy Carter was elected president, and disco was not dead. Since I paid for my own wedding and I had just graduated from college (which I also paid for), our wedding was a moreRead… Read more »

Lazy blog

I am trying to write a blog each week, but the muse escaped me this week. I could have written about our trip last weekend to Ocean City, MD, where we had a great time. The fog was pretty intense on our way up – we couldn’t see the Chesapeake Bay Bridge except for theRead… Read more »


When I was a kid my family would spend five days almost every summer in Atlantic City, NJ. This was the pre-gambling, family friendly beach town with the famous boardwalk, wicker pushcarts for vacationers to travel the boards in, the Steel Pier, and the Miss America pageant. One of the treats we always looked forwardRead… Read more »

Crab cakes

The biggest hit at the Taste of Arlington event this past Sunday was the Carlyle restaurant’s crab cake sandwich. There are many good crab cakes to be had in and around the Washington, DC area — this was the first time we had those made by Carlyle. One of our favorite crab cakes is madeRead… Read more »

Peace and long life

We went to see the new Star Trek movie this past Friday. We loved it. My husband and I have been trekkies since we watched the original series in the 60’s. (My but we are getting up there in age.) Our kids have been interested in the Star Trek movies as they came out. OurRead… Read more »

Cinco de Mayo

Never ones to miss celebrating a holiday, my husband and I (and sometimes our kids) usually go to a Mexican restaurant on Cinco de Mayo. Cinco de Mayo is the remebrance of the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of Mexican GeneralRead… Read more »