Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Fall Classic Begins!

(image credit, wikipedia)

Game 1 of the World Series between the Philadelphia Phillies vs the New York Yankees begins tonight up in the Big Apple. The Evil Empire against the defending champion Fightin' Phils. I'm from Philadelphia, so I cannot hide my enthusiasm for this one.

Let's go PHILLIES!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

MARC Back on Track After Morning Problems

Here's a summary of some of the problems here this morning, late trains here, cancelled trains there. All kinds of messed up commutes this morning.  How did everything turn out?

Camden Line: Northbound trains are experiencing 15-20 minute delays though the Muirkirk/Laurel area due to signal problems.

Penn Line Update #6: Due to its severe delay, train 407 is cancelled and will depart from Baltimore as on time train 417 (8:10am), Southbound trains 513 (7:15 am) and 415 (7:40am) will operate on time making the normal stops. Northbound Express train 406 ( 7:21am) is cancelled the next northbound train will be train 408 (7:40am)

Penn Line Update #5: Due to the severe overcrowding of train 509 it will discharge passengers only from BWI station and points south. The next southbound train will train 411 expected to depart Baltimore on time (7:00 am) , again with expectations of crowded conditions. Updates to follow.

Penn Line Update #4: Train 407 will be delayed for an uncertain amount of time due to mechanical problem. The next southbound train will be train 509 maiking its normal stops. Expect overcrowded conditions. Updates to follow .

Penn Line Update #3: Train 400 enroute to Baltimore is cancelled today, train 402 (6:45 dep Wash) will make all train 400's stops to Baltimore.

Penn Line: Update #2: Train 401 departed Baltimore 30 minutes late. Due to this severe delay train 400 (5:54am dep Wash) will be cancelled, train 402 (6:45am dep Wash) will make all stops north to Baltimore.

Penn Line Update #1: Train 401 is expected to depart Baltimore approximately 30 minutes late. Updates to follow.

Penn Line: Train 401 is experiencing mechanical problems in Baltimore, expected delay approximately 15 minutes. Updates to follow.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Hooked It

(photo credit The Baltimore Sun)

You have to give the Ravens a whole lot of credit, they fought their hardest to get even within a snowball's chance in hell of winning today's game. For the most part the Ravens just got out-Favred, but battled their way all the way to the end.

Hauschka hooked it, that's all that can be said, tough break, but that's the way football is; nothing is certain in this game.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Praising Crema Coffee Company

(flickr photo mddailyrecord11)

My new favorite place has to be the revamped Hollywood Diner at 400 E. Saratoga Street.  It was reopened by Crema Coffee Company which has two other locations at UB.  This adds a nice spot downtown close to City Hall which is a true welcome for those of us that live nearby. Sitting along Saratoga it sits on the way from the parking lots under the JFX and the City Hall buildings down Holliday Street.

Though you won't find a true diner short-order menu, the new Hollywood Diner has a decent selection of sandwiches, soups, salads, bagels, and of course coffee. To tell you the truth, I've really only stopped in there in the mornings to get coffee, but there seems to be a decent following so far.

Their hours are pretty standard, 7am-5pm Monday-Friday, with Sunday morning hours from 8am-12pm (only May-Dec) to catch the crowds going to and from the Baltimore Farmers Market (brilliant!). They even have hours from 9pm-2am on Friday and Saturday to entice the club going folks to stop in an sober up. (This is actually one gripe I have, as I live nearby, I'd rather have the club goers go home at 2am and not stick around being loud).

One major problem I have seen though is that still the place is Cash Only. They have yet to hook up a Credit/Debit reader. I feel this has a serious effect on patronage, because being cash only in the 21st century is tough to pull off.

In any case, rock on Crema Coffee Company, and thanks for bringing some new life downtown. My suggestion to you all, stop in, get a coffee and a sandwich; but don't forget to bring cash!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Another Jones Falls Mill to be Remade

Here's a good article from the Sun paper about the proposed renovation of Mt Vernon Mill No.1 into mixed use apartment/office space. This follows on the heals of Clipper Mill and other mill rehabs that have been done in the past couple years.

The nice thing about these from a historical preservation standpoint is that it lets us connect back to the rich history of Baltimore. If these building were left to languish or were knocked down completely, we'd lose it.

Historic mill project planned in Baltimore --

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Sunday, October 4, 2009

Thank You O's

(photo credit, The Baltimore Sun)

With one last victory the Orioles are done for the season. One we would probably hope to forget, but there were many times that you entertained us, and we thank you! When you thumped the Yankees 10-5 on the first day of the season, and made C.C. Sabathia's Yankees debut a short one, we cheered! We had hoped it would have been much better after that, but unfortunately it wasn't your year. Sure it was a downer for most of the season after June, but you brought up a lot of young players and gave them their MLB debut. Thank you for bring up Matt Wieters, and Nolan Reimhold, and Brad Bergeson, young players we know will make a difference in the future with you.

We also thank you for bringing back Baltimore to your jerseys, by returning it to its rightful place on your road jerseys. That made us feel good about ourselves when we watched you on the road either following you at the stadium, or on tv. I am sure the birds and ornithologists thank you for making the Oriole bird on your hat more ornithologically correct this year. I know we didn't notice it, but they did.

Thank you for keeping the ticket prices down, having great giveaways and promotions, giving us more bobble heads, and having an amazing stadium right in the heart of this city. You entertained us on Sunday afternoons and balmy evenings all through out the summer. You let us forget about the worries of the world, and simply enjoy the American pass-time. Thanks for the smell of the grass, the crack of the bats, and the cheers of the crowd. Even when the outcome of the game wasn't great, the experience was always great.

Lastly, thank you, so much, for not losing 100 games this season. I'm not sure that would have been a milestone any one of us wanted to go through. With your backs against the wall, you won your last four games, and staved off that mark, and we thank you for that!

Enjoy the off season Orioles. We'll see you in April where we'll have a clean slate again!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Unlucky 13

(image credit, The Baltimore Sun)

A season that couldn't get any worse is tetering on getting worse. With last night's loss the Orioles sit at 60-98, two losses shy of 100 on the season.  Last night was also the 13th straight loss for the Birds.  They will have to go at least 3-1 in their last four games to avoid hitting the 100-loss mark. What started off as a promosing season, has now turned into a demoralizing tale spin that can't wait to hit the end.