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Aerial Shot of Fort McHenryYesterday’s eerily foggy and rainy weather gave way to abundant sunshine this morning, and the Baltimore Block was there to greet the day in fashion.  Done up in our finest new clothes, we cleared the cobwebs off our lonely bicycles and made our way to the Abbey Burger Bistro for some early morning footie.  The Bistro, which is home to both the Charm City Gooners and one of the most extensive burger menus in town (plus some of the more intriguing milkshakes including the Berger Shake – ingredients = berger cookies, vanilla ice cream, stoli vanilla and godiva liquer), was surprisingly full for the 830 AM kickoff, and the Arsenal supporters left happy after a convincing 3 x 0 victory over an ambitious Aston Villa side who is poised to qualify for next year’s UEFA Champions League. (more…)

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Away Game in Towson

A sliver of life shone through today’s numbing rain. Towson cheered as the Harlem Globetrotters played a razzle-dazzle exhibition game of basketball. The 80 year-old team played in fits and starts between screwball skits in which the “ref” and “coach” exchanged mock insults–the ref was accused of wearing a weave, the black-suited coach was forced to wear a pink tutu as a penalty for his team’s “loss.” Apparently, there was score keeping.

Meanwhile, advertising for Campbell’s soup and IHOP inserted itself onto the playing floor at odd junctures. There was bowling with oversized, inflatable soup cans, and a mad race between giant egg, a pancake and a bacon strip. The announcer read off Web sites and promised the crowd that a ‘trotters ticket stub would garner a free kid’s meal at the pancake place.

Fun facts about the famous team!

  1. The Harlem Globetrotters were assembled in the 1920s in Chicago, by a Jew from London who borrowed the name of New York’s black cultural center to popularize the team.
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Sweet on Seton

A rowhouse on Paca street in Seton Hill

A rowhouse on Paca street in Seton Hill

I have a crush on Seton Hill.

One minute I was waiting for a slow light to change by a WIC center at the grim intersection of Eutaw and Madison. The next, I was in a village-like pocket of federal-style rowhouses–like falling down a rabbit hole quietly lodged below Druid Hill Avenue. Maybe I was dizzy on car fumes from nearby Martin Luther King Boulevard.

Foxy rolled with abandon in the grassy triangle between St. Mary’s street and Paca, while I marveled at the neat, tall rowhouses. There was an old church–St. Mary’s Chapel–and a caretaker cottage at the corner of the commons.

Per Live Baltimore, Seton Hill was founded as a plantation in 1680, and later served as the site of Maryland’s first college, St. Mary’s Seminary, established by a French priest in the 18th century. Later, Haitian French refugees escaping a Spanish takeover settled here and the area was Francophone for some time thereafter. (more…)

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