Monday, October 8, 2007

Weekend Review

Monday, October 8, 2007
This weekend was an eventful and enjoyable one. Lots to share, so I'll get right to it.



A friend and I decided against going into the office on Friday. In stead, on Friday morning, we schlepped down to Baltimore's Penn Station (pictured above) and took the commuter train to Washington's Union Station. A hour later, we arrived in Foggy Bottom bright eyed and bushy tailed and walked to Georgetown. We did a lot of walking. Miles and miles of walking. In 90+ degree weather. It was hot. We stopped at the usual stores (J. Crew, Banana Republic, Club Monaco, Urban Outfitters) and a few smaller, lesser know shops including one that sold nothing but British labels. We had a late lunch at this Italian spot that served $5 sangria and martinis during happy hour. Jackpot!

After drinking ourselves into a barely functional stupor, we stumbled back to the Metro station and headed back to Baltimore for the evening.


Saturday, for me, is reserved for college football. It's what I do. Much of Saturday morning was spent pre-gaming for the Maryland-Georgia Tech game in College Park. I was fortunate enough to get tickets on the 42-yard line on the 200-level at Byrd Stadium on Saturday afternoon. I tailgated in the Comcast Center garage and stumbled along Terrapin Trail to the stadium. After watching the Terps beat the Yellow Jackets 28-26, I went home. This is when things got interesting.

I got a call around 5pm. It was Riley, my suspect real estate developer friend from New York. He asked what I was doing, if I had plans and if I wanted to go grab some beers. I wasn't really doing anything, so I He suggested that we go to this bar called Brewer's Art, which isn't too far from me. Brewer's isn't gay per se, but happens to be in gay friendly neighborhood. I thought it was kinda odd that he'd recommend that place, but whatever. He then asked if I had another place in mind because Brewer's might be crowded on a Saturday night.

He may have staggered me last time, but I was ready for him on Saturday.

I suggested a bar called The Drinkery. Unlike Brewer's, this place is gay. There's no mistaking that. I men, it's not a leather bar or something like that, but it's a gay bar. To my surprise, he agreed to go. We sat and drank and talked (I had two of the STRONGEST drinks in my life...we'll get to that later).

Somehow we started talking about movies and I mentioned this awesome movie I rented on Netflix. He asked if I still had the DVD at home and suggested that we go back to my place to watch it. I declined. I know that I wouldn't have been able to focus on watching the movie. He asked why and I just said...perhaps its best that you just go home.

I'm really not sure why I didn't have him over.

Anyway, later that night I was so fucked up that I just passed out and woke up at 2:36am on the floor and stayed there.


Sunday started off with a bang. Literally.

I was sound asleep on a friend's sofa when at 7:30AM, I was awakened by the loudest sound I've ever heard in my entire life. I damn near jumped through the roof. I thought the city was under attack...seriously. I ran to the window to see what was going on below. 17 floors below smoke clouds were billowing up. I was actually kinda cool to see, but not at 7:30 on a Sunday morning.

I later learned that to make way for a $400 million inpatient hospital high-rise tower, Mercy Medical Center imploded a goddamn 10-story garage in the middle of downtown Baltimore (click here for You Tube video).

After the dust settled, street sweepers were out cleaning up the dirt and debris off the streets and workers were hosing down all the buildings and lights and mailboxes and stuff in the immediate area.

After putting my heart back in my chest, I went back to sleep and woke up in the afternoon.

My friend and I decided to go for a run through downtown. We ran from City Center to Fells Point through Little Italy and Harbor East. Our run just kinda ended as we literally ran into several festivals downtown. The annual 'Taste of Fells Point' festival in Fells Point, some 'Beer Garden' festival on Harbor Point and the Columbus Day festival in Little Italy were all going on at the same time (I didn't even know Columbus Day is such a big deal. I'm the office today.)

One thing I really enjoyed was watching all the people who were out. There were so many different types of people just walking. It was very entertaining. The most entertaining moment had to be right after Virgin Mobile bus started blasting 'Crank Dat' by Soulja Boy. Every Becky, Suzie and Lindsay immediately put down the knock-off Gucci shades they were about to purchase and put their all into what in their minds was the Superman dance. They get an 'C' for effort but a 'A' for keeping me entertained.

On our way back to her apartment, we stopped into City Sports (I know they have stores in Boston, NYC, Philly, Baltimore and DC, but I dunno if they are anywhere else) because she saw a North Face jacket in the window she wanted. I bought a 'City Sports - Baltimore' tee-shirt. We decided that all that walking and running made us hungry, so we walked back to the Fells Point Festival to get food, then we stopped at this Italian dessert place to get cannolli, so basically the run turned into a food extravaganza.

I went home to watch the Ravens play the 49ers. Ravens won 9-7.

All in all it was a good weekend. Now, it's Monday.


The Captain said...

I don't think our beloved President Bush would allow another U.S. attack. Therefore, you should have no fear...

Mr. Jones said...

So, the first was allowed?

D.LavarJames said...

Y does the captain insist on being where he's not wanted??

N E Who, U done had a second chance with ya boy, and u still havn't found anything out? UGGGHHHHHH!!1 LOL j/k

bLaQ~n~MiLD said...

Ummmmmmmmm... who turns away a boy that just wants to 'watch a good awesome movie'...? Didn't understand that move at all.

@Captain- choose your words more carefully before I'm left to clean up your mess! LoL


Ailed LittleKnight said...

Bush doesn't care, he only has one more year left in office! After doing 7 already!!! This time he won't be reading to kids, he will be in Iraq reading to Osama Bin Laden. He's over there in the kids section of the Iraq Barnes & Noble! lol

WhozHe said...

So what's up with you and your boy? Afraid he was going to talk all through the movie? Or were you scurred of something else? Don't be scurred.

Kensilo said...

Glad you had a good weekend. huumm... not intertested in the Riley?? I had planned on attending some of the festivals in B-more but never got the chance to go. LOL @ the demolition of the parking garage!

Dayne Avery said...

Good weekend. Now what about the dude who wanted you to sleep over? Where was he in all of this?

Darius T. Williams said...

Well, that's definitely a weekend wrap up. You did a lot - including your impromptu 3-day weekend.

Mr. Jones said...

D.Lavar - No clue. I'm being a punk.

Blaq - I dunno. I don't wanna mess up a good friendship I guess.

Ailed - Not in an Iraqi Barnes and Noble tho.

Whozhe - Good question.

Ken - At least you knew about them. If I knew several festivals were going on, I wouldn't have shown up in Nike Dri-fit. Sweaty is not sexy.

Dayne - I guess he was at home. We've only talked via e-mail since then.

Darius - I did. Now I'm tired. :-(

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