Saturday, February 8th
Once I arrived in Baltimore, I went to the National
Aquarium. This is an excellent one, probably rivals Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. Went to
the the Baltimore Brewing
Company/DeGroen's Restaurant for lunch. The beer was excellent and the food was good.
The didn't have any pint glasses for sale, which kind of annoyed me. Que sara.
Once John Hudgens got into town, we went to Capital City Brewery for dinner and a
beer. The Inner Harbor is a really cool place to visit, but you do need to watch for the
bums. They aren't threatening, just something you need to be aware of.
Sunday, February 9th
I got up early and decided to go to Fort McHenry.
It was easy to find the bus and pay $1.30 each way to get to the fort. The only people
there at the visitor center were the park ranger and me. His name was Vince, a very lively
fellow who was very enthusiastic about history - a little too much. He showed me around
the visitor center, and then said he had a video he wanted me to watch. I went into the
auditorium, which on the north side had an entrance and exit, the east side had the video
screen, and the south side had a very long curtain. The video started and I was alone in a
place big enough for 100 people. The video provided information on the War of 1812, which
is when the Star-Spangled Banner was written. It was an enjoyable show. At the end of the
video, the big curtain was pulled back by an automatic pulley system. I could then see
Fort McHenry and the flag. At that point, our nations anthem started playing and I
saw a sign that asked everyone to please stand. So here I am, in this large auditorium,
with the Star-Spangled Banner playing, trying to be respectful. Then, after a few seconds
after the music started, the flag outside is lowered (I found out later they were just
changing flags). So the song is playing, Im the only person in a huge place, and now
theres no flag. I stood at attention
and was glad when it was all over. It was very strange.
The conference started at 1 pm. There were some good talks. We went to Boccaccio's for
dinner. A little more upscale than I would normally do, but I had a great time with the
group I went with.
Monday, February 10th
Conference all day, then we had the poster presentation from 5 to 8 pm. We talked to a
lot of people. For dinner, we ate at Legal Seafoods,
then went to the Wharf
Rat for a beer. Got a couple of pint glasses. Good beer. It was the first time I've
eaten at Legal - I would definitely go again!
Tuesday, Feb 11th
Walked around the Inner Harbor
early in the morning, finished the conference, and came home. A good trip. Baltimore is a
city I wouldn't mind returning to.