When I first started going out to bars and clubs I would see people dancing and thought that’s something that I would like to do, but just didn’t have the self confidence to get up there on the floor. So, I made the decision that I was going to learn how to dance and after looking through the Yellow Pages, I found a dance studio up on Harford Road and as I made the appointment..

Hitching a Free Ride

I saw recently on the news where local authorities were troubled by some Baltimore youth hitching a ride by hanging on to the back of a bus. I remember back in the 60’s when it was a regular thing to be sitting in the back of the bus and glancing out the back window seeing a couple of heads pop up of guys hanging onto the back of the bus catching a free ride. In..

No More Plastic Bags in Baltimore,.. a Band Aid on a Deeper Issue.

Baltimore Mayor Jack Young signed a bill doing away with the use of plastic bags in Baltimore, otherwise known as Baltimore Tree Ornaments. While I have no issue in trying to keep some of those ubiquitous plastic bags from winding up in rivers and trees, especially after a heavy rain, I wonder how much of a difference it will make as it seems that the mentality of many of the people in Baltimore is the..

Playoffs??

If you’re an NFL sports fan, you most likely remember this famous short rant by Jim Mora after a loss by the Indy Colts.. Considering that it has received over 2 million views on YouTube, Jim will forever have his speech about the playoffs memorialized there. For those NFL fans who reside in Baltimore, this has indeed been a surprising and satisfying season as very few could have predicted the season that the Baltimore Raven’s..

Out With The Old, In With the New

Another New Year’s Eve has come and gone, and I hardly noticed as I was in bed by about 11:30, as I just couldn’t hang until midnight. Not that it really mattered as it just doesn’t seem to be a big deal any longer. When I was a youngster we use to celebrate New Year’s by going outside with a pot and a pan or some other metal device and would bang them together. Some..

In Baltimore…Nothing Changes on New Year’s Day

As the ball gets ready to drop up in Times Square to ring in another New Year, in Baltimore, when in comes to violence and murder, nothing changes on New Year’s Day, for no matter how many ‘Candle Light Marches’, no matter how many times we have political leaders in Baltimore come out with statements like, “the killing has to stop” or “the level of violence in Baltimore is unacceptable” or “us killing us equals..

To the Kids of Baltimore…From Santa

“It was with heartfelt sadness that we came to the decision to bypass Baltimore this year because after much forethought Mrs.Claus and I decided that it was just too dangerous for Santa and his reindeer to venture into some Baltimore neighborhoods at night as we also read the news up here at the North Pole and are aware of all the violence there. Besides, with so many houses in Baltimore falling down, it would be..

White Christmas in Baltimore? Just a Dream

After riding around for the last couple of weeks and listening off and on to mostly dead people singing about ‘Dreaming of a White Christmas’, I thought I would check to see when we had a truly ‘White Christmas’ and found that it was back in 1966! In fact, history says that we have about a 10% chance of a White Christmas in Baltimore. Even Allegheny County in Western Maryland only has about a 28%..

The Acropolis

My brother sent me a link the other day with a story about the closing of the Acropolis Restaurant in Greektown after 30 some years in business. It brought back memories of another Acropolis in Fells Point back when disco was hot, and it was a place that you could go to dance or just hang out and have a drink and watch others do their thing. I spent some time at the Acropolis back..

Hair On The Range

One of the funniest and most politically incorrect movies made back during the early 70’s was ‘Blazing Saddles’. It had many hilarious scenes but one that I particularly liked and is relevant to this true story was when ‘Mongo’ the big dumb guy played by Alex Karris sticks his head down into the fire to light his cigar. Well, back in the 70’s when we lived on McHenry Street in Baltimore we had a friend..