hildy89: (we need a baseball time right here)
I managed a few photos of Nationals Park, but none of the Stitch N Pitch event. They’re up on my Flickr account, if you’re interested. I will add photos of the hat and my project later.

I attended my second Stitch N Pitch event last night. The Washington Nationals were hosting Baltimore Orioles in the second game of the vaunted “Battle of the Beltway”.We don't want to go to Baltimore! )
hildy89: (fountain pen)
I happen to be exploring the Fountain Pen Network where I came across a post about my favorite pen store:

We regret to announce that Baltimore Pen Limited, trading as Bertram's Inkwell, in downtown Baltimore will be closing its doors on March 31, 2008 after 15 years in business. Thank you to all our customers and friends who have supported us over the years. Bertram's Inkwell will remain open at its location in White Flint Mall in Rockville, Maryland. Bertramsinkwell.com will continue to be online providing our large selection of pens, refills and accessories.

At least I found it that one time. And they won't completely disappear. I just won't have an excuse to stop by when I'm in town.
hildy89: (newsflash)
The Express has an occasional insert focusing on Baltimore. This one brought the news that Recreation Pier, Homicide: Life on the Street's stand-in HQ, is being turned into an ALoft hotel, part of the Starwood chain. It will open in April 2009 and run around $200-$250 a night. On the one hand, I'm glad to see them restoring it into something useful, but I'm a little afraid it'll lose its lustre.
hildy89: (carnevale venizia)
Happy birthday [livejournal.com profile] confettiofstars! We celebrated it in high style on Saturday evening with [livejournal.com profile] darthblitzkrieg and their friend in Baltimore. On a previous trip, I'd wandered around Little Italy, but I didn't know enough about the restaurants to choose something. Dinner was at Della Notte with its very Romanesque ambience with columns, marble busts, and immense tree in the center of the main dining room. No, I'm not kidding.

However, if you wanted real authentic Baltimore and its unique local color, you went over to Vaccaro's for dessert. The place has been around since 1956 and it's the perfect after dinner stop. If you're used to a short list of desserts, your mouth will drop when you see two pages worth, not counting all the drinkables. I almost wish I drank coffee, because it seemed like just the place for a little cup of espresso/cappuccino. You can scan the pastry shelves to see what looks yummy. (Just about everything, I might add!)

Now I've grown used to people adding nuts to my chocolate cake. I like mine plain, thank you very much. I know I'm odd. It's just a thing. So when I spotted the Chocolate Cannoli Cake, I was prepared to be disappointed. Actually, no, that version didn't have any nuts, just heavenly cannoli cream sandwiched with devil's food cake. The vanilla version had almonds all around the edges, but the chocolate one used chocolate chips instead. Cake excuses much. *pleased little sigh*

Baltimore wasn't quite done having fun with us. Our nearest neighbors were chatting about politics. From what little I heard, I knew somehow [livejournal.com profile] confettiofstars would get involved. I didn't want anyone to ruin her birthday. Fortunately it turned into a good-natured little interaction, rather than fisticuffs. They didn't mind Republicans, as long as they were Green ones. The two of them were a riot. Now all of us assumed they were married. Until they were ready to leave and she sorta apologized for him saying before she left -- "I could never be married to someone like him". That dumbfounded all of us. Never let it be said that visiting Baltimore isn't without its moments.

I had a great time. I came home way way too late. I do wish that some of good feeling had trickled over to my sports teams. Alabama lost to flipping La-Monroe. For this we wanted Saban? And those scowls and dejected sighs you heard in a DC elevator Monday morning? Were all the Redskins fans after losing yet another close game, this one to our hated rivals the Cowboys. Ironically DC is where you'll find a fair number of Cowboy fans. At least someone will be happy this morning.


Aug. 28th, 2007 12:55 pm
hildy89: (reading)
Oh, I feel so much better now. After the disaster of last year's photos, I was a little worried about seeing how this batch would turn out. Yesterday I struggled against the CVS noon rush, so I waited until this morning to drop off my photos when I came in to work. I picked them up over lunch and I'm actually quite pleased. I finished off the throwaway camera roll with some pictures of the Indian Museum across the street, so you'll get some DC architecture to go with the Baltimore. I shall work on scanning these when I get home.

I'm toying with getting a Flickr account for my travel and miscellaneous photos. Mine are currently all over the place, either LJ or Dreamhost. Anyone have good/bad opinions?
hildy89: (our first date)
I'm home. My train was actually later than I thought. None of Amtrak's computers were working, so I couldn't change it if I wanted to.

As promised, I've uploaded the few good photos from last year's dreadful batch of Baltimore trip photos. I don't know whether the focus was that bad or what, but I've never seen such a bad group of photos before. If you're at familiar with the series "Homicide: Life on the Street", you'll know this building: Recreation Pier at Fell's Point. The Pier served as police headquarters throughout the series. Only thing it isn't actually a police building, even though there is a nice door that reads "Baltimore Police" you can still see to this day. While I took pictures of the entrance, the actual signage is not visible. I tried. Sorry.

As I mentioned in my old entry, I remembered the building when I was casting the Euclid Ballroom in my Nano "Alter Egos". I had gone past it in my original trip to Baltimore. Because I hadn't seen "Homicide" at that point, I didn't take much notice of it, except the useful location by the docks. Lt Giardello (Yaphet Kotto) mentioned offhand that headquarters spent some time as a ballroom in its glory days. And so I created the Euclid mostly out of whole cloth, if a bit fannish and a little faded.

The other Baltimore photos are here. I'm hoping to get the next group processed over lunch, if I can finish off the roll. I'm not even going to bother with the disk. Kodak's software is a pain in the tuchus to work with.
hildy89: (fountain pen)
I've gone ahead and backdated the Sunday recap from last year's Baltimore trip.

I should break into a rousing chorus of "Good morning Baltimore", but I'd say Miss Saigon would be more appropriate with "The Heat is on" because dear god is it sweltering here. The heat was absolutely brutal. The only relief was the few breezes you could catch on the water taxi. Even some of the shops had signs promising air conditioning, which was a welcome little break, before heading back into the sauna.

Saturday in Baltimore with books and fountain pens and storms oh my! )
hildy89: (blue box)
Baltimore trip day 1 )
hildy89: (home)
Actually it's more like 100 and we won't even discuss the heat index involved. I'm planning on staying in for lunch. At least my co-worker is out for the bulk of the week, going to a Beyonce concert. She's usually freezing in this office, so she turns on her space heater! In August! Not what you want to feel blasting when you come into the room.

Last month or so, I was debating whether I'd do my usual birthday visit to Baltimore. But my hotel didn't have any rooms available initially, so I thought "Well, I waited too long, it is August." Yesterday rooms had opened up. So I may be visiting my wacky art deco city by the bay after all.

Barry Bonds whacked home his 756th home run to pass Hank Aaron -- a record I never thought I'd see beaten in my lifetime. I wish it was someone more... likable? I rooted so hard against him when he played for Pittsburgh. Funny thing I root even harder against him now. As I feared, he hit it against the Nationals. On the bright side, the Nats won the game and are now tied for last place with the Marlins, rather than holding the basement by themselves. Maybe things are looking up. And football is returning. It won't be summer forever.
hildy89: (cherry blossoms)
Eplans - lovely resource of floor plans and house styles for all your needs, including plotting that locked room mystery or Victorian ghost story.

"In David Simon's version of Dante's Inferno, Hell is played by Baltimore and all seven of the deadly sins are doing just fine, thanks.": I came across this article on HBO's "The Wire" while in the Power Plant B&N while I was in Baltimore. I picked up the EW for the Project Runway article to read with my bagel. Since I seem to stick so many of my books in Charm City, it was a catchy quote, I scribbled it down and then I read the byline. (Don't tell my mother I quoted him. She'll lord it over me for months.)
hildy89: (bree)
I don't think I ever finished off my Baltimore travelogue from August. The day I left off was my busiest day on Sunday. In retrospect, I should have pushed myself to do some of it on Saturday, rather than cramming it all in one day. I don't know whether it was just the muggy awful weather condition or what, but I just didn't have the same energy I had hoped for.

Taking a tour of my Baltimore Nano )
hildy89: (our first date)
Having a decent time in Baltimore. It's shaping up to be a very different trip in some ways. The weather is muggy and overcast and threatens thunderstorms all weekend. The hotel room can't decide it's just freezing cold or humid or both for amusement. So while I did some general shopping, I didn't really do much, except stare at a few of my favorite architectural buildings. Only I would have a love affair with an art deco bank building. I hope to have pictures eventually. I still think "Alter Egos" should open with a scene on its heights, but I haven't been able to write it properly. On the other hand, I came across a lovely book I should look more closely at soonish, talking about the postwar era Baltimore streetcar system. I had been asking myself how people got around Baltimore, especially before the water taxi system. Obviously I didn't remember "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" very well.

For those fans of [livejournal.com profile] overdue_comic, [livejournal.com profile] merhawk has created [livejournal.com profile] unshelvedreader for those who want to talk about the strip. As long as you don't talk about the book club... 'cause... there's a rule, y'know?
hildy89: (our first date)
So despite the week from hell, I'm in Baltimore as planned for my birthday jaunt. I'm staying at my sorta favorite Radisson. They have wireless internet now. Alas they have no Sci Fi Channel, so I shall be seeing the Gates at some other appointed hour. Very sad that.

The train trip went fine. I still think I can joke that I can get to Baltimore faster than I can commute home on the Metro... and the train wasn't even going high speed. The room is far smaller this time around, but I'm not staying on the swankier club level or anything.


Feb. 3rd, 2005 10:58 pm
hildy89: (oldtimeradio by biichan)
Charming weather today. Mixture of snow and sleet. Nothing stuck, but you needed to be careful on some of the sidewalks.

Travel Channel ran a lovely documentary on Baltimore as part of their "Once and Future City" series. Fascinating fodder for "Where or When". Apparently I wasn't far off from making it a happening place during the Jazz Age.
hildy89: (Default)
For [livejournal.com profile] ariadnesthread and nostalgia:

Seven Foot Knolls Lighthouse

I uploaded my set of photographs from the Baltimore trip. I split them into three pages, Ships, Churches and Views. Let me know if an image appears missing or the sizes are too large. Please ignore the borders on the last page. Someone forgot to change that when she saved late last night.

I haven't typed up my journal from the trip yet.


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