Saturday, June 17, 2017

Hugh's Whirlwind Baltimore, Annapolis -Birthday Tour! (and 2 Great Movies)

Sterling, Sean, Hugh, Tom and Rob
Our friend Hugh visited from Atlanta and stayed with us for an extended weekend. Over the course of 4 days he Marched with us in the Washington, DC Equality March (which we blogged about), and we toured him around Baltimore and Annapolis.  We also did a good amount of dog walking and our 3 kids loved him!
Hugh celebrating Mexican-style, and Sean
Wonder Woman at Papermoon
Hugh and Rob at Papermoon Diner
  2 GREAT MOVIES - We also saw 2 great movies.  WONDER WOMAN was outstanding (A+). Best Superhero movie ever (we all loved it). We also rented Dr. Strange which was very good (B+)

How a Baltimore Hon says "Toilets"
We celebrated his birthday with Sterling and Sean at a Mexican dinner, complete with singing waiters and waitresses. Then toured Baltimore and enjoyed the Italian Festival in Little Italy (and great Italian cookies from Vaccaro's Bakery), saw the Inner Harbor and some hot volleyball players and the science museum, went to Baltimore's quirky Paper Moon Diner filled with toys, mannequins and more all attached to the walls and ceilings, visited the Fells Point and Federal Hill neighborhoods, Edgar Allen Poe's gravesite, the Lexington Market (in existence since 1872 as one of Baltimore's oldest functioning market), and had fun at the HonFest in the Hampden area of Baltimore. 

2 Baltimore Hons in Cafe Hon

Hugh and Rob at HonFest

Hugh outside of Cafe Hon

Hugh at HonFest

Baltimore's Inner Harbor volleyball game
WHAT IS HONFEST?  HonFest is an annual festival held in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. HonFest takes its name from the word "hon" short for "honey" a term of endearment and greeting often used in "Baltimorese."
Baltimore Hons
Hugh and Rob at the Inner Harbor
A volleyball player we admired in several ways. :)
A Baltimore Hon has beehive hair, jeweled cat eye glasses, heavy lipstick, faux animal print and a house coat.  Hon culture was created  from the 1950s to the 1970s when many working class migrants moved to Baltimore and put on events and festivals to celebrate their origins and arrival in America. Out of these various cultures was the birth a new language: Bawlamerese.

Franklin, Tyler and Dolly loved Hugh!

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next