April 19th, 2009

green little review

Poem for Sunday

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I was awoken by our neighbor doing something to his motorcycle that involved revving the engine and hammering at 6:30 in the freakin' morning. This was not the most auspicious start to the day, and I am a bit bleary-eyed now. But we had a very lovely afternoon after retrieving Daniel from volunteering at Hebrew school and Adam from a sleepover party, since we went to Privateer Day at Fells Point in Baltimore. It was quite warm (nearly 80 degrees) and fairly crowded in Broadway Square where the vendors were, but it was beautiful by the water, where several ships were docked, including the visiting galleon Lioness and the schooners Lady Maryland and Pride of Baltimore. There were many, many costumed pirate reenactors, as well as toy and weapon sellers, a parrot rescue organization, chantey singers, jewelry and craft designers, and lots of happy people eating ice cream and drinking lemonade -- the rum on display was for show, with the real stuff indoors at the local pubs.

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Adam was pretty fried after getting no sleep at his slumber party, so we came home for dinner after walking around in some of the shops in Fells Point, which in my youth had practical nautical equipment but nowadays has fancy replicas and upscale home furnishings and clothing. In the evening I folded laundry and we watched HBO's Grey Gardens, which I wasn't sure I would like because I love the original documentary upon which it is based, but Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore both gave terrific performances (much better than Jeanne Tripplehorn's Jackie Onassis, who had a better New England accent but nothing else reminiscent of Jacqueline Bouvier, Little Edie's cousin). And the Nationals managed to lose a game in extra innings that they led until the ninth, after starting off with a grand slam. Go Orioles!