Monday, July 16, 2018

Charm City by rail and back


Leaving the station at dawn, crossing the Elizabeth then up to the fall line before turning north just inside the tidal rivers.


D.C. by 11:00, Baltimore and the Inner Harbor by 12:30.  A long walk along the shore with the oldest daughter, then a water taxi to Fells Point.


A visit to the Waterfront Hotel to pay homage to "Homicide, Life on the Streets," a favorite television show and if you haven't seen it, too bad, it's gem that is hard to find.


A Natty Boh at the Waterfront, then oysters and mussels at, where else, Bertha's.  


The water taxi back to the inner harbor for an O's game, and unusual and unexpected win in a season filled with losses.


Dawn, a long walk at the edge of the water, from the inner harbor to Canton and back, followed by a visit to a poet's grave. 


Back on the tracks, through D.C. to an evening run along the Potomac.


Crossing the Elizabeth once more, this time at dusk, returning home.  A nice weekend.


Thursday, July 12, 2018

I'm sorry, you're breaking up


So I get a phone call from a colleague this morning.  The plans for the trip to the Eastern Shore have changed.  Maybe, after all,  I don't need to make the drive.  What could I say?  "We've got a bad cell connection, I'm sorry, you're breaking up."  A garbled exchange: What?, Huh?, Can't quite understand you.  The voice, tinged with defeat, says well, ok, maybe show up, but an hour later.  I can hear that part.  An extra hour to hang out on the working waterfront and white sandy beach at Cape Charles.  Got to love a bad phone connection.  Yeah, I can hear you now.









Sunday, July 8, 2018

tastes of summer, Chris


Had friends over last night for dinner, everyone bringing a bit of seafood, salad, dessert and drinks.


Boiled crawfish and steamed little neck clams.  I was busy at the boiling pot and missed getting a photo of the huge wild caught Carolina shrimp.


Breezy with a light overcast, it was a great night to sit out on the back deck and enjoy.


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Last night's breeze was of course courtesy of Tropical Storm Chris which is meandering off the Carolinas.  It will slide north and out to sea, taking with it my chance to sail today.  Clear skies and comfortably cool, it would have been a gusty, double reefed sail.  Lately work has been a little bit too much like work, so I'll relax and catch my breath today.