Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
My reaction after a guy challenges my space on the #3 Inner Harbor. Waaayyy too close for comfort!
Then my ride ended when I got hired by the City of Baltimore and started working Downtown. It was back to the bus for me (I mean, really, would YOU park in Downtown Baltimore?!) Back to broken windows and no air conditioning on 90 degree days, back to half hour waits for busses that are supposed to run every ten minutes.
Do you have an MTA horror story? Share them hear, I'd love to hear them. I have a few of my own, starting with one illustrated by the first picture :long exaggerated SIGH:. Enjoy!
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
If you celebrate Memorial Day and are looking for something to get into, here are a few events going on around or near Baltimore City this weekend (Thanks, Baltimore Sun):
Annapolis Memorial Day Parade
May 31, 2010 @ 10 a.m.
The parade honors 300 years of veterans service to our country and community. Starts from Amos Garrett Boulevard and continues down West Street, around Church Circle, and up Main Street, ending at Susan C. Campell Park at City Dock.
Memorial Day Ceremony
Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens
May 31, 2010 @ 10 a.m.
This ceremony will honor Maryland soldiers and marines who were killed while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan since May 2009.
Memorial Day Ceremony
A day to remember the brave men and women who lie within the Circle of
Immortals and those who have defended our freedom. -Dulaney Valley Memorial
Loudon Park National Cemetery
May 31, 2010 @ 10:45 a.m.
Hosted by the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, this event includes military salutes and decoration of graves.
National Memorial Day Parade
May 31, 2010 @ 2:00 p.m.
This parade kicks off at the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, and proceeds west down Constitution, ending at 17th Street. If you aren't able to make it out to D.C., you can also catch this parade at 2 p.m. on the Military Cahnnel (call your local cable provider for listings).
Honoring Our Heroes From Across the Generations-National
Memorial Day Parade Website
Click the event names to go to their websites for more details! Happy Early Memorial Day!
Sunday, May 23, 2010
I enjoy getting pulled over and then let off with a warning 'cause they have nothing to arrest me on...
I think there are some good officers out there but it's overshadowed by the idots that's there. How as an officer are you gonna enforce the laws but you don't know the law? That's my problem with the city police.
BCPD: they are slow to investigate, quick to accuse, and they never know anything about the people they protect or the laws they enforce...Western District.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Imagine this: you decide to to become a police officer at the tender age of 21. Some of the benefits you plan to enjoy include: steady pay increases, moving up in the ranks, and stacking your pension in order to retire at 41 with at least a $100,000 lump sum payment. All of this will allow you to move to Florida and spend your days on the sandy beach with your family.
Then, someone changes their mind and decides to make you work harder and longer in the present only to gain half of that pension in the future.Baltimore City's Fire and Police Retirement System is currently one of the most generous contributory retirement plans that exists. Fire and Police staff, at any age, can retire with 20 years of service, or at the age of 50 with 10 years of service.
There is also a seperate account, called the DROP (Deferred Retirement Option Plan), that allows Fire and Police to contribute earnings which gain interest for a term of three years of their service. Fire and Police can sit back and watch this account grow with thousands of dollars until they are ready to retire.
On July 1st, this all might be taken away.What are Baltimore City Police Officers saying about it?"Oh, it's about to get real ugly!" says one officer.Coming Up: What will happen on July 1st and what citizens think about a shortage of officers in the city...
Monday, May 17, 2010
Time to break out the newspapers, mallets, and beers. Time to crack those legs and get moving towards your favorite crab shack in town. Time to snap open your wallets and count those nickels and dimes for an order of a dozen of your favorite sea creature. (or one BUSHEL, if you're really hungry). Time to dig deep through the guts, the mush, the dead man, and mustard, and find the hidden treasure that reminds you every time of why you risk the smell of your hands to have this one thing when summer hits:
Everyone knows that Baltimore is notorious for it's wonderful crab addiction. So if you plan to visit this the city known for getting it's fix from the bay, or if you are already conveniently located here for the summer, here are a few tips that I found from the website of one Baltimore's most superb crab shacks, O'brycki's (and a few comments of my own in bold):
You can find more of O'brycki's instructions here. Warning: they get a little proper towards the end. My edited version: dig those fingers in that shell and FEAST!!!
- Break off the claws. (good for soup!)
- Lift apron and grip shell. (there's a name for that sharp thing in the middle?!)
- Peel off shell. (here comes the good part!!!)
- Clean out "mustard" (yellow fat which can be eaten) and "devil" (cellulose-like gills, don't eat. (Contrary to popular belief, you will not die if you eat the dead-man (or devil). However, the yellow fat (or mustard) is the devil...don't eat it, it's GROSS!!)
I also found this fun video of a Marylander who has their own special way of eating crabs. ENJOY!!!