I spent my Saturday morning walking around a craft fair—which some jerk showed up to in a white stretch limo at 10 a.-freakin’-m.—in Frederick. Later my family and I checked out a model train garden near the UMBC campus and headed into Baltimore to visit the “Miracle on 34th Street” lights in Hampden. For dinner, I had chili mac & cheese at a former kids’ shoe store—complete with slide!—in Belvedere Square, where my dad used to shop for shoes among caged monkeys. It’s now a fancy diner called Shoo-fly and their namesake pie was both my first shoo-fly pie and delicious. After dinner, we stopped in Little Italy so I could pick up a half-pound bag of the best cookies in the world. Before falling asleep, I watched about half of Home for the Holidays—the best and possibly only Thanksgiving movie about Baltimore—in “Haviland Hills,” which is the name my phone’s weather app used to describe my parents’ neighborhood. Despite having lived there for the first 18 years of my life, this was also a name I had never heard prior to this weekend.
This is super cool that the HoCo library system won library of the year. I grew up going to all sorts of classes and events and storytimes at the Central Branch (pictured) and participated in their summer reading programs until I graduated from high school. (Instead of just a kids’ one, they have them for teenagers and adults too.)
(via library journal)
I accidentally got a caffeinated latte after work tonight (gingerbread is back, you guuuuyssss!!!!!) and now I can’t sleep, so I thought I’d make a list of Election Day memories from the past few years:
2010 - I took a bus to Maryland because I forgot to apply for an absentee ballot. When I got back I was flabbergasted that so many of my classmates hadn’t voted in their local elections.
2008 - My first election! I was pissed voting absentee meant no sticker declaring that I’d voted. We all went out to the corner of Henry and Clark in Brooklyn Heights and people were singing, cars were honking, it was nuts.
2006 - I went to a Hellogoodbye show (what?!) with my friend who had voted for the first time that day. We high fived in the car on the way home when we heard the results (mainly about Ben Cardin) on the radio.
2004 - I cried and my classmates changed their AIM profiles to say “four more years!” or “brb moving to Canada.”
I’m anxious for tomorrow. Absentee ballot is in and now I’m just hoping enough people are also for gay marriage in Maryland and against Romney in the White House.
so proud to come from the same state and city as this guy! you rock michael phelps
This weekend I took a bus to Maryland, parallel parked my mom’s minivan for the first time since my driver’s test and saw a pop punk show in Baltimore. I guess I’m not very punk rock anymore (J.Crew shorts apparently make me a poser?), but I had fun so whatever.
"And no, Good Charlotte are not included."
Duh, Flavorwire. Good Charlotte aren’t even from Baltimore. They’re from Waldorf. It’s a whole other area code!
Why do I like this advertisement so much?
Orioles will auction game-worn, autographed caps from St. Patty’s day Game on 3/17 vs. Boston, to benefit Keep Sarasota County Beautiful.
Breaking Same-Sex Marriage News of the Day: Maryland today became the eighth state to legalize same-sex marriage after the state’s marriage equality bill passed in the state Senate by a vote of 25 to 22.
The state House passed the bill last week, and Gov. Martin O’Malley has already vowed to sign it.
If the legislation avoids a challenge from opponents who want a referendum on same-sex marriage — a scenario which remains uncertain — same-sex couples can begin tying the knot in January.
If, however, the issue does get added to November’s ballot, the result is currently unclear. The latest polls show Maryland voters evenly split on same-sex marriage.
Really proud of my home state today.
There is a place in Columbia called The Barn. This is what is about 10 feet to its left. I went to a local band’s show there when I was in high school and Michael Chabon apparently tried to start a comic book club there when he was in middle (elementary?) school. Tonight I drove past it with my sister while blasting “Your Favorite Weapon” to take a picture to prove it existed.
You guys you guys you guys, I’m heading home for the weekend and wearing this shirt because go Ravens and I am going to paint my nails purple and my Flacco* jersey is in my backpack and I’m listening to Taylor Swift because I ball so hard.
* Shut up, I love him and his dumb stupid mustache and how everyone hates him.