Day 263 Not Generic

August 29, 2015

(If we live with an open and grateful attitude, every day will bring a gift. This is one of 365 gifts during the year I turned 70.)

Outside the Papermoon Diner in Baltimore
How do you show foreign visitors quirky Baltimore? It’s not difficult for David and me because quirky is a magnet that pulls us toward it.

Today we showed our Belarus visitors, Regina and Kate, the Bromo Tower and its inside-the-clock view. Then we had lunch at the Papermoon Diner, walked around Hampden, stopped in at Gallery 788, and saw Loring Cornish’s glass houses and then his gallery in Fells Point. On a previous night we showed them the outside of AVAM, the American Visionary Art Museum. Of course there is much more of quirky Baltimore than we have time to show them...such as Graffiti Alley, many murals in the city, and John Wilkes Booth’s grave site in Green Mount Cemetery which is adorned with many Lincoln pennies.

David and I enjoy introducing visitors to parts of Baltimore that are not always part of a standard tour because, to us, it is the real Baltimore…quirky people, places and things. All visitors see the tourist harbor scene, which we love too, but we like to unfold other layers that define the real city. This includes boarded houses and beggars at traffic lights who walk among the cars waiting for the light to change—even a few panhandlers who hold blank pieces of cardboard without a message, a new generic approach to asking for handouts. People who get our tour will go home scratching their heads but understanding that Baltimore is anything but generic.

My gift today is sharing quirky.

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