Joie de Vivre

Hiking/Bowling/Fish Sandwiches

Today, we went for a hike at Rock State Park. It was warm, and the trees are just starting to show their buds and some green.

JD and BD by the rocks

I was climbing around the rocks – there were probably 20 other people up on the overlook. I walked around the far side of one cluster of rocks, thinking it would be a nice secluded corner to sit and take some photos. As I turned around, I realized my mistake. I had walked about 10′ along a ledge that was maybe 2′ wide, and there was nothing below the edge. I was looking down on tree tops, and I could not see the bottom. Beverly had just come around that corner to join me and I said “I made a mistake – please go back.” I’ve had nightmares like this, where I find myself on some precarious ledge at some impossible height. Anyway, I made it off that ledge on wobbly legs. Phew!

We then went bowling – the first time together.

We each won a game, and the nice lady next to us gave me some advice. I’ve only every played duckpins, so this was unfamiliar.

There is a restaurant attached to the bowling alley with pretty terrible fish sandwiches (even for this raccoon).

It was a lovely, eventful day.

Joie de Vivre

Sole of the City 10k, tattoo convention, late night with the devil

What a fantastic day in Baltimore! First thing in the morning, we ran a 10K race through downtown. It was bright and cold. Then, we walked over to the convention center and explored the tattoo convention with my daughter. Lots to look at. It was fun.

This guy has been at most races I’ve done – he runs and juggles. Even during half marathons! I suspect he juggles in his sleep, too.
Us running to the finish line

Finally, we ended our 25 thousand step day with a movie: Late Night with the Devil. It is gloriously set as 1970’s late night TV, and I enjoyed the whole thing. The intro has a recap of late 60’s to early 70’s America, done with a solid 1970’s voice over. It sets the story up in a satisfying way. The filmmakers suggest that what we are going to watch is the original footage coupled with behind the scenes camera work from the Halloween 1977 show.

The premise is that an ailing late night variety show attempts a risky bit of programming on live TV. That was a big draw in the 1970’s.

I made a mental note in the beginning to watch the cuts between the live TV cameras and the backstage, commercial break footage. And I lost track when hell broke lose, which tells me they did a nice job.

Joie de Vivre

Date Night: St. Patricks Weekend

We have decided to start using our weekly date nights to visit all the bookstores we can in Baltimore and nearby.

Tonight, we went to Viva Books Baltimore, which we noticed on last weekend’s 5K run. From their Instagram: “Used and new bookstore in historic Brown’s Arcade at 326 N Charles Street in downtown Baltimore, Maryland.” The proprietor was knowledgable, friendly and looked like he could be Edward Gorey’s unknown brother.

We then ate at Lumbini Restaurant Baltimore and it was fantastic!

We had the Paneer tiki masala and garlic naan, fried momos, veggie samosas, and a mint chai tea that was wonderful.