Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Baltimore Highlands is located in southeast Baltimore, just north of Canton, Fells Point, and Patterson Park. The homes were constructed from 1926-1938. They are mostly two or three story brick or formstone row homes with marble steps. Some homes do have front porches and front and rear lawns. Some feature stained glass transoms and windows and second floor bay windows.
The neighborhood was where Eskay originated. It was started by an German immigrant and at one time was the largest meat packing plant on the east coast. The neighborhood is home to Santoni's Supermarket which is open 24 hours a day and will deliver to your door. Also, home to Pasquale's grocery and deli which is owned and operated by a third generation Italian family.
Average sales for a home in this neighborhood was $113,851 in 2006.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
The Orioles hired a replacement for Leo Mazzone, the pitching coah they let go. They hired Rick Kranitz from the Marlins organization. I hope to hell they know what they are doing. I thought Leo Mazzone was supposed to be a top rated pitching coach. I thought we were lucky to have him. Oh well, that season is long off, no use worrying about that yet I suppose.
I guess the Baltimore Blasts are bakc in action or will be soon. I have never been to an indoor soccer game. I will try to see what I can find out about it for next week.
Friday, October 19, 2007
So first up has to be the Club 4100. With all the wonderful, popular places to go in downtown and all the really "hip" neighborhoods in town, why in the world would I direct anyone in the direction of the 4100? Because the place is special to me and to many other people from around here and because the current longtime owners are selling the business and there is no guarantee it will remain as wonderful as it is.
The restaurant is in a quiet, residential neighborhood. It is easy to see that it was once a single family home. There is a neighborhood bar and a separate dining room. There is also a private banquet facility in the back.
The dining room features tables with white table cloths. The menus are the same as they have always been. Each time I go I wonder who touched my menu before me. Was it my grandmother? Was is one of the local sports legends who have been regular customers throughout the years? Check out the art on the walls. Is that an oil painting of Brooks Robinson? Johnny U?
The food is more than reasonably priced and what I would call a traditional American menu with a tough of Greek. The Greek meatballs with sharp cheese are a good appetizer choice. The Maryland Crab soup is excellent and the Greek Salad, well, the owners are Greek, they know what they are doing. They offer all the standards, steaks, poultry, chops, seafood. It is all good. The Maryland Crab Imperial is recommended.
The bar side is where the action is. Well, it's quiet action. This is the neighborhood bar where you will see the same people most of the time. There has never been a fight at the Club 4100. But look at the walls. They are covered in Baltimore Sports history, especially Baltimore Colts history, and especially Johnny Unitas history. Johnny Unitas was a regular at the Club and was treated as such. That was just the way he liked it. When you leave be sure to look in the sidewalk for a set of hand prints. They belong to those legendary hands of Johnny U.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Did I mention the contests? There is a home brew contest, the Miss Oktoberfest contest, a beer belly contest, and my personal favorite, the carry your wife contest.
Entertainment? Well, what could be more entertaining than the carry you wife contest? But it is a wonderful people watching opportunity with some traditional German dress. Also, the Great Train Robbery band at 3:15 and finishing the day off, Kelly Bell Band from 6 til 8:00.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
In 1922 the bookshop gained fame for publishing James Joyce's Ulysses, it was banned in American and England for being obscene and he could not get an English version published. James Joyce was only one of many famous authors who were customers others included Ernest Hemingway, who mentions the shop in his book A Moveable Feast (one of CharmCityGirl's most favorite books), F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ezra Pound, Thornton Wilder and Gertrude Stein. I can only imagine hanging out in Paris in the 1920's with this group!
The bookshop struggled through the depression only with the help of friends. During World War II it is said that the bookshop was closed after refusing to sell the last copy of Finnegan's Wake to the Nazis. Sylvia hid her books before taking refuge with friends during the remainder of the war. In 1944 the shop was liberated personally by Ernest Hemingway, but would never reopen.
Sylvia published her memoirs titled Shakespeare and Company in 1956. She died in Paris on October 5, 1962 and is buried in Princeton, New Jersey.
Monday, October 15, 2007
Something I have noticed in the last year are the number of plastic grocery bags tangled in trees around Baltimore. Now, you have to realize that I am not a very observant person. You can dye your hair, get it cut, shave your beard, and I am not likely to notice. But I have noticed these bags. It's bad, people. Of course we can all ignore it in the summertime, but autumn is upon us and the leaves will fall to reveal this shame.
Plastic was supposed to be the alternative to paper, ironically, to save trees, the same trees we are now choking with plastic bags. Plastic bags are made from oil from what I understand, and I don't really understand. But the manufacture of these bags contribute to the depletion of natural resources, much like paper. Even if all your paper bags make it into the trash and go to the landfill, they are still going to the landfill. If you used paper, trees are cut down. What to do?
It is so simple. In the last year I have purchased a couple reuseable bags at the grocery store for .99 each. They hold tons more than those tiny plastic bags. Their handles are long enough to be carried on the shoulder. They are sturdy. They won't break. I don't have to figure out how to store them at home for re-use, I just carry the two I have back to my car. I don't have to feel guilty about filling the landfill. It feels good. If I am the only one doing it, what's the point right? So help me out here. It's a 99 cent investment. Sure, you may need more if you don't shop in small trips like I do.
So what is the objection? Please comment if you feel that the plastic grocery bag is an absolute neccessity. I am willing to change my mind. I have been wrong before. I would love to have a respectful debate on the subject.
Another thing, if Kelly Gregg does not make it into the ProBowl this year, I will launch a protest of some kind. I will launch an internet protest and both my readers will become incensed. There, that outta put the fear of God into someone. I have been hoping that he would finally be recognized for the last couple of Pro Bowls. Every year he consistently out performs others who are elected. This is his year. Yesterday he was sacking, intercepting, tackling. He was a beast. And this was not an unusual performance. So I am starting my campaign early. I don't care if you don't like football. When the voting begins for the probowl I will post a link and expect all of (both of) my readers to go there and vote for Kelly Gregg even if you don't vote for anyone else.
In other sports news the Baltimore Marathon was on Saturday and the Susan G. Komen 5K Run for the Cure was on Sunday. Every year I want to run a 5 K and every year I don't. I can't even imagine running a marathon. I walked on Saturday in a walk supporting an Autism Society and that was enough for me to need a nap on Saturday afternoon. Pathetic! I need to be more diligent in my special exercise program.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Stitches East Knitting Expo - Oct 12 - 10-14. All things knitting. Classes are offerred but you must sign up in advance online and many are already sold out. I want to go visit the booths. I have never been to anything like this before. I guess this is what happens when Julia Roberts learns how to knit, something I have been doing for 20 years.
AA Bodine Art Exhibit at the University of Baltimore Student Center. AA Bodine was a photographer for the Baltimore Sun. He started his career with the paper in the mailroom, snapped a few shots of the railroad viaduct just to see what they would say about them at the paper. A star was born. His work is wonderful. I think this exhibit runs through February, but this appears to be a slow week.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Armistead Gardens is in the northeast section of Baltimore. It was developed as public housing to supply housing for the influx of people working in industries that supplied WWII. It was begun in 1930 with further additions in 1941. In 1956, a cooperative (Armistead Homes Corporation) was formed by the residents and the 1500 homes were acquired from the Housing Authority. Because the units were constructed with common utilities, homes are not individually owned, but rather members have a 99 year lease with two 99 year options. Many of the current members are second and third generation.
The neighborhood has not changed much over the years with mostly drug related offenses and theft becoming a problem in the area. The area is known as the "white ghetto". Even with aforementioned problems, Armistead Gardens is viewed by many as a fairly decent place to call home.
There is an open field area and also a very unusual cemetery, The Bohemian National Cemetery.
George Armistead was one of five brothers who served in the War of 1812. He fought in the successful battle to win Fort George from the British. When he arrived at Fort McHenry in Baltimore, he ordered a flag so large that the British would have no trouble seeing it. This flag was 42' x 30' and was known as the Star Spangled Banner, the flag for which the National Anthem was written. He died in 1818 and is buried at Old Saint Paul's Cemetery in Baltimore.
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
John Astin was born in Baltimore on March 30, 1930. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 1952 where he studied mathematics.
Mr. Astin began his career doing commercial voice overs. He got his big break in 1961 with a small but memorable role in West Side Story. He has had many roles over the years but he is best known as Gomez Addams, the patriarch of The Addams Family which ran from 1964 - 1966. Although it ran for only two years, The Addams Family can still be found on TV and is a favorite of my ten year old son.
John Astin still performs in a one man show about Edgar Allen Poe. He also teaches method acting at his alma mater, Johns Hopkins University.
Monday, October 8, 2007
The MD Terps won against Georgia Tech. They should be moving up in the rankings although not yet breaking the top 25. Turner is a good young quarterback. The game almost got away from them there at the end, but all's well that ends well. Fear the Turtle.
Oh yeah, there is some post season action going on in that other sport, umm, baseball. This post season, I am a Yankee fan. Only because NJG is a Yankee fan and I like to see him happy. So, they lost the first two games that they played in Cleveland. They came back from behind to beat the Indians in the Bronx and they play again tonight. So, I suppose I will watch that instead of MNF. It was nice to see the guy sing God Bless America during the 7th inning stretch. I wonder if they will show all of us rednecks in Baltimore dancing around to "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" by John Denver if the Orioles ever make it to post season again. Somehow, I don't think so.
Friday, October 5, 2007
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2007/september/30.44.html - Wow, this guy is not your mother's preacher. I remember reading about him in Donald Miller's book, Blue Like Jazz. I love that book. It is funny and irreverent and deep all at once. Please go ahead and read about "Mark the cussing pastor".
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=14859155&ft=1&f=1025 - In case you still think it's no big deal to put that in the storm drain.
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
1. Blog what you know but also blog what you want to learn. I am a real homer. I love my little city even though it's not as big a glamorous as the Big Apple. So I want to focus on it and promote what I consider to be the most wonderful parts. I review a neighborhood each week. This means investigating them so I better be interested in learning about them. I am still learning how to best do this.
2. Research other blogs on the same subject. I wanted to learn what other Charm City related blogs might be out there. You might be able to use some information for your own blog. You might want to be reasonably certain you aren't too much like someone else's blog. I wouldn't want to use the exact same picture in a headline banner of the Baltimore Skyline for example. Of course you can never guarantee anything.
3. Stick to your subject matter. Sometimes I want to just go off on something totally off topic. I can be a very ADD or ADHD blogger. But I am trying...I find that while I don't have many readers, I do have readers who come to my page on the day when they know I am blogging about something they want to read.
4. Be willing to accept advice. Invite suggestions.
5. Comment on other people's blogs and respond to comments others make to your blog.
6. Write something every day, but don't go on and on and on. Get to the point. Edit yourself. This is the internet. No one reads novels on the internet. We want a quick read before the boss comes by and catches us.
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
So I re-joined weight watchers in February, and did OK for a little while and fell off the wagon. They must know that I have now gained most of that 10 pounds back because they have been sending me "come back" emails weekly. I thought about it. But the cheap side of me just won't part with $16.00 a month to get something I may be able to find elsewhere.
So I started looking. I discovered fitday and joined yesterday, so I probably shouldn't be reviewing it so soon, but hey, I had nothing else. On fitday you can customize your own goals for dieting and fitness etc. You enter your current stats and decide how much you want to lose (like 30 pounds) and then you choose what you consider to be a reasonable target date (like Valentines Day because it is easy to remember and far enough away that losing 30 pounds seems doable). Then you enter everything you put in your mouth, like the little cupcake sized cheesecake that was left in the office fridge from the cookout on Friday. Yes, that was yesterday's breakfast! So I entered it into the program and gave a big sigh when I saw just how bad it was. Fit day will break down the fat, carbs and protein in a pie chart (did someone say pie). Mine looks like a peace sign but the smallest part is not fat, like it probably should be, it's protein. Anyway there is also a section to enter your activity. I haven't gone that far. There are reports and graphs and you can customize food if you don't find what you want in their data base.
The best part, it's free!! They do offer a program you can buy if you want the convenience of not having to be online and a few extra bells and whistles.
If you want to keep track of my progess here is a link http://www.fitday.com/WebFit/PublicJournals.html?Owner=charmcitydieter
I know, I am such a public private person.
Monday, October 1, 2007
The Orioles finished their season with a series against the Yankees. Yes, we had tickets to all three games and didn't go to one of them. I guess I am just glad not to be a Mets fan. These jokers led their division all year long and then, with a 7 game lead and only 17 games to be played, they blow it. I was listening to NPR, they said a couple of Mets fans were overheard talking about it and one of them said, "It makes you feel stupid for being happy for six months." Seems like a NY thing to say.
OK, on to the lowly Ravens. They stunk it up in Cleveland yesterday. I watched it somewhat. It was too painful to sit and watch every moment of it. I was getting some cleaning done too. But from what I saw, there is no heart, there is no synergy. This should have been an easy win for the Ravens. Now they have lost the two games against division rivals that they have played so far. This is not good. This means that The Ravens are behind the Browns in the standings even though they are both 2 and 2. This is the kind of thing that comes back to haunt you later in the season when they are determining who gets in as a wild card team. At this point I have to say that the Ravens will be damned lucky if that is even a possibility. They barely pulled off a win at home against the Cardinals last week and now this. I can't figure out why the Ravens have completely abandoned the running game. That has been Ravens football for years.
Oh well, congratulations to the Browns and to the Yankees. I am a Yankees fan for the post season play. Got Melky?