Sunday, June 13, 2010

Celebrity Watchers

One of the main sports of the thousands of tourists who flock to our nation's capitol every summer is celebrity hunting. And if you know the right places to go, spotting important and well known personalities can be pretty easy.

A hot place to find the movers and shakers of politics and the media is a restaurant on Connecticut Ave, a few blocks up from the apartment house where Harry Truman lived before he became President. It's an unlikely looking hangout for the glitterati, but usually there are at least one or two having a meal there. It's called Ardeos.

Don't be fooled by the Bardeos name above the door. That's probably there just to fool the tourists.

Warren Sparrow, the CHS54 globetrotting foreign correspondent, and his wife Becky along with their son Artie  (a UNC graduate who's now in the publishing business) were in town on personal business and joined my wife Linda and me for dinner at Ardeos last Saturday night.

We had a fine time but as far as I could tell, it was an "off night" for celebrities. There was nobody there more "famous" than us.

The thought occurred to me that instead of tourists flocking to Washington this summer, perhaps they are simply hoards of Americans coming to visit (what's left of) their money.

And the politicians and media are just lying low.  -Ed