June 1st, 2008

little review

Poem for Sunday

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The high point of my day was sitting in Oriole Park at Camden Yards along with 85% of the city of Boston, or so it seemed, watching Manny Ramirez hit his 500th home run. I was rooting for the Orioles, though we were with my parents and in-laws, three out of four of whom were rooting for the Red Sox as best antidote to the Yankees; I'm sorry Baltimore didn't win, but glad we were there to see Ramirez hit that milestone though my eardrums may never recover and Adam -- who was also rooting for the Orioles in a section packed with Boston fans -- was really irritated that the home birds were booed repeatedly in their own stadium.

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In general we had a nice afternoon in Baltimore after a morning of thunderstorm and tornado warnings from the National Weather Service. During a lull in the rain, we took the kids to Toys R Us to get special Darkrai Pokemon downloads for their Nintendo DS games -- there was some sort of special event to get the Pokemon via wi-fi at the store. at a special event. It was still drizzling a bit when we got to Baltimore, so we went to the Maryland Science Center and watched the Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure in IMAX 3D, which was terrific -- the story of a Dolichorhynchops trying to survive enormous predators in the North American inland sea of the Cretaceous period. We also had ice cream at Harborplace and saw the four-masted topsail schooner Juan Sebastian de Elcano, visiting the Inner Harbor from Spain. Ship photos later...Sunday is the Washington Folk Festival and Ocean Orchestra is kicking off the festivities!