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My fun weekend

I had such a fun weekend. My friend Ginger has been here and Saturday a group of us spent the day in Baltimore, a city that I’m crazy about. We had lunch at Yabba Pot, a great vegan restaurant:

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Then we visited Ginger’s Uncle Dudley, a writer whose huge apartment is covered head-to-toe in folk art and “outsider art”.

Paintings were hung on every inch of the wall, salon-style (and still more were in stacks leaning against walls). It was thrilling. I recognized work by Ned Cartledge, Ruby C. Williams and friend-of-a-friend Carrie Price among the lot.

Then the five of us walked around Hampden, the hipster section — and incidentally my favorite part –of Baltimore. Will someone please explain to me why the word “Hon” is on every sign and bumper sticker in Baltimore? For example, “Come here and pray, hon!” on a church sign. And cafes and bars with the word “Hon” in their monikers. I understand that it’s some kind of Baltimore-ese.

The city is also not afraid to capitalize on being the home of cult director John Waters, as evidenced by this gigantic pink flamingo above –where else? –Cafe Hon:

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On Sunday night, Ginger, who’s an actor, hooked us up with tickets to see The Dog In The Manger, a funny 17th century Spanish play about love and class, at D.C.’s Shakespeare Theatre Company Lansburg Theatre. My lady friend was most excited because she recognized Michelle Hurd, the lead actress, from her brief stint on Gossip Girl. (She also played a detective on the first season of Law & Order: SVU. Not that I checked out her IMDB page).

We finished off Sunday night by dining at Clyde’s, an almost anachronistic restaurant. Here’s the description on its own web pages:

The grand Victorian saloon recalls Hong Kong’s Empire-era opulence and celebrates the sporting life in an impressive collection bronze sculpture and oil paintings.

And it doesn’t even mention the large tiki statues in the faux jungle greenery.

How about you? Was your weekend good?

Monday morning catch-up

Hello, cuties. I’m sorry I haven’t been hanging out with you the last few days. We’re having our friend Stacy visit from Florida and I’ve also had a lot of writing to do (for work). But, let me get you up to speed. Three things:

(1) On Saturday we spent the day in Baltimore and I fell in love so much with Hampden, its little bohemian area that immediately when we got home, I started looking at apartment ads on Craigslist. Of course, if we moved there, my lady friend would have to take the train into Union Station in Washington D.C. every morning for work, which would take between one and two hours and then she would have to do it again to come home every evening. It’s kind of a lot to ask for one of my admittedly frequent, curious whims. Anyway, Stacy took this picture of me at Edgar Allan Poe‘s grave:

(2) Weren’t you totally freaked out that both Alec Baldwin and Sarah Palin made cameos on Saturday Night Live? I mean, Alec hates her. And he had to do that little cutesy exchange with her. Frankly, I was surprised he agreed to it, but I guess his compromise was not learning the lines and flatly reading them off the cue card – something I have never seen Alec do in his many times as guest host on the show. Anyway, any reservations or icky feelings I was having at the start of the show were obliterated by Amy Poehler‘s Emmy worthy rap during the Weeked Update.

Also: Palin has great television presence. It’s too bad she pimps Fascism in real life.

(3) Go, Devil Rays! I want to congratulate the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for winning last night’s game and becoming a contender in this year’s World Series. I have to admit, either way I would have been happy with the results of last night’s game. Because I spent my childhood in Western Massachusetts, I also have a soft spot for the Boston Red Sox. But, I am hardwired to root for the underdog, and that’s certainly always been the Devil Rays. “Worst to first.” Seems to be a refrain for the sports teams in that area.

I might add: I do think it’s moronic that the team’s handlers felt pressure to eliminate the Devil in their name. It’s the name of a sea animal, people. Again, only in Florida.

Hope your week starts out perfectly.

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