Then I hightailed it over to Brian's recommended restaurant, Caribou Cafe on 11th and Walnut, which was very good - I asked for a quiet place so they put me upstairs where for awhile I was the only customer, which was good since I needed to have a quiet little breather after all the walking (the downstairs was very crowded). The meal was excellent - pasta, duck confit, and figs - and I had just enough time to really enjoy it before hurrying along to the Troc.
Brian's friend Bob had said he wanted my other ticket, so I met up with him outside the club and we chatted for awhile before the show (where we sat front row center, hehe). There were A LOT of actual Irish people there. I was amazed. Probably 2/3 of the theatre, actually. It was fun to listen to them before the show and during intermissions. For the show, Ardal was on first, then Dylan, then Tommy. They were all three extremely funny, and the whole show was entertaining. Dylan is even more charismatic and adorable in person than on TV. He definitely had his trademark floppy hair. Sadly, we were not allowed to take photos and as far as I know (we stayed for a bit after the show but not too long) the comedians didn't come out afterwards. But the show was fantastic, so that's ok. And then I took a laaaate train back to DC.
The sad news I just got is that my grandma's friend Lloyd, who she's known I believe since they were kids, and who has been a good friend to her and our family, passed away yesterday from lung cancer. He was essentially one of my grandma's best friends, and SUCH a nice, nice man. I am sad that he's gone. I believe he was 91, so at least he had a good, full life, but still. Lloyd, you will be missed.