Although Tuesday was the regularly scheduled meeting night of my Northern Virginia numismatic social group Nummis Nova, I instead took my two sons to a practice session with their basketball team. At their regular game (at 8:30 Saturday morning! - yawn), they won 40-20 with a huge rally in the fourth period.
Since I wasn't there to report on Tuesday's festivities, Gene Brandenburg kindly forwarded the following note. Thanks! Sorry I missed the food at Tommy Thai!
Tuesday was a success in spite of Dave Schenkman & I fumbling around Springfield trying to find the damn place (the "girl" in his GPS device heard expletives hurled at her never before uttered by mankind). We were late - the last to arrive - and were relegated to the "time out" end of the table.
The restaurant was plain & simple, and I was a bit leery when we were guided past restrooms into a back room that was rather spartan. But things got better from there. We started out with spring rolls & dumplings (fresh, well made - with unusually good dipping sauce) & things got better as the evening progressed. I even ordered carry-out to take home to my bride - we're not real strong on Asian food but this place was unusually good - above the fray. The place was clean and the service was warm & friendly, I'd put this place in the "keeper" category.
With the theme being portraits on coins, Dave brought a Leopold the Hogmouth Taler (he says it reminds him of Joe Levine). I brought a gothic crown of Victoria & an early 1 1/2 taler depicting Martin Luther (one year type from Eisleben, 1661). Also present was a large 19th century Washington medal with a Mount Vernon reverse. Members bring interesting stuff to every dinner, a real asset to these things. Someone (Levine, I believe) brought some new exonumia books - one had the worst photography I've seen recently in a numismatic reference book.