5/23/2010 2 Comments
Even after living in Baltimore for the last however many years, I've discovered quite a bit about the city since my last post. A few weeks ago I ate my first crepe in my entire life. I had it at Sofi's Crepes and in the first few bites learned why everyone raves about Sofi's so much. I am still thinking about the Florentine Crepe that I had.
Also, I found out that MICA students are hilarious. Seriously. The same night I had my big crepe fulfillment, I went to "HYPERTRASH" at the Windup Space after a friend had invited me to check it out as it was his student's thesis exhibit. I went expecting not to laugh at all. Honestly. And, of course, it had its dry parts (wasn't a huge fan of the stripping portions) but overall, really really good. The Chat Roulette part was out of control and I left with a muscle in my stomach feeling tired and achy after having laughed so much. Never a bad thing.
There have been other observations, too, of course, but the one that stands out the most recently is pretty disappointing. In fact, my feet are STILL hurting from the discovery, or lack thereof! Well, more from the blisters from wearing the wrong shoes. It's gross, I know, but a painful reality. It started a few days ago as I looked for a place where I could buy either a photo album or a frame that would display multiple photos of sorts within walking distance of my office. I work close to M&T Bank Stadium, just a few blocks northwest of the Inner Harbor. Before spending nearly a half an hour of walking around in shoes that were definitely not suitable for a 30-minute-long stroll, I called the Galleria at the Harbor to see if any of the dozens of stores there had the items that met my criteria: a photo album and/or a frame that displayed multiple photos. The girl on the phone was extremely nice, and quickly responded, "No, but we get questions like this all the time." I said that maybe I ought to whip up a quick business plan and get something going soon. She laughed and I went on my way, hoping that maybe I'd find something. A few people thought that a camera store might be closeby (which ended up not being the case) and after doing a computer search, I saw that a Walgreens wasn't too far off, so I headed up to Light and Fayette with a glimmer of hope. But when I walked to the back of the store and saw a few shoddy looking single sized frames on a tilted, half-broken shelf, I knew it was time to go back and face reality -- it would take driving out of the city to get what I needed when that shouldn't have been the case at all.
As much as I love Baltimore, it just seems like common sense that somewhere like the Inner Harbor that attracts so many tourists and locals and somewhere with dozens -- if not hundreds -- of businesses standing tall and wide that SOMEWHERE within walking distance would be a gift shop/photo place/a decent place to find something to display some sort of memory, whether that be a photo taken downtown or at some other place. Speaking of common sense, anyone who wears dress shoes to work should know better (I'm cursing myself as I type this) than to go walking around for a while if the shoes pinch your toes to begin with -- always keep sneakers at your desk!
Carrie Oleynik is a writer based in Baltimore, Md.
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