Bohemian Rhapsody, Culture, Featured

Cleavage, Cleavage, Cleavage

15 Written by: | Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 8:00am

Photo via Wikipedia.  Yes, cleavage has its own Wiki page.

My bosom, which played a solid supporting role in the long-running dramas of mating and motherhood, is in genteel retirement these days, appearing mainly as visual balance for the ever-swelling regions below my waist. Actually, my boobs, too, seem to be getting bigger and bigger, in inverse proportion to their practical usefulness. My rapid and seemingly inevitable expansion recalls the plight of Violet Beauregarde at the end of her visit to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. Perhaps the Oompa Loompas can do something for me, since the South Beach Diet and WeightWatchers.com apparently can’t.

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Beaches, Featured, Hot House, Real Estate, Home & Garden

Kitsch At The Beach: Waterfront House, Crazy Decor, Glass Elevator To All Floors

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014 2:12pm


Hot House: 4201 Atlantic Avenue, Ocean City, MD 21842



Single-style waterfront beach house, wood frame with cedar shakes on concrete foundation, circa 2000. Six bedrooms, 4.5 baths over three stories and 5,910 square feet. Gourmet kitchen with s/s appliances, top floor luxury master bedroom suite, hot tub/spa, gas fireplace, elevator. Wrap-around porch with ocean views, patios, central a/c, two car garage, outdoor shower: $3,990,000 Read More →

Featured, Food & Drink

Woody Harrelson comes to Fells Point’s Inn at the Black Olive

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014 2:05pm


Woody Harrelson is in love with Fell’s Point. It all started about three years ago when Harrelson was in town filming the HBO movie, “Game Change” and stayed at the very, very new Inn at the Black Olive. So new, in fact, that there were only a few rooms even finished. Harrelson, a huge proponent of eco-friendly living, was impressed with their commitment to all things organic. While staying at the inn, Woody became friends with owner and operator Dimitris Spiliadis and even after filming wrapped, the two stayed in touch. And a few years later, when the hotel was struggling financially, Harrelson and local banker Jack Dwyer stepped in and bought the place. I’m not sure how often that could happen, but really…in a scrappy, up-and-coming town like Baltimore, it seems that almost anything is possible. Woody and Jack saved the day. Last weekend, to celebrate the new partnership and to raise money and awareness for the fantastic Great Kids Farm, the Inn at the Black Olive hosted a dinner at the Olive Room, located on the fifth floor of the hotel. Guests feasted on Greek specialties like dolmades and other hors d’oeuvres and then four courses and organic wines, beers and more. The blueberry vodka crushes were a big hit…


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Culture, Featured

That New Scarlett Johansson Movie Doesn’t Make Any Sense, Hopkins Doc Says

1 Written by: | Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014 10:10am


So in the new Scarlett Johansson movie Lucy (directed by Luc Besson), Johansson’s character ingests a drug that effectively turns her into a superhero. (This isn’t really a spoiler since it happens in the film’s first 15 minutes. Also, it’s on the movie poster above.) As Morgan Freeman, cast in the role of Explaining Scientist, explains, that’s because while most people only use 10 percent of their brains, Lucy is now running at a much higher capacity. A cool idea… but one that doesn’t make any sense at all, according to Johns Hopkins neurologist Barry Gordon.
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Featured, Money & Power

Should the City Sell Four Parking Garages to Fund Rec Centers?

1 Written by: | Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014 8:29am

parking garages

When Maryland voters first decided to allow slots parlors in the state in 2008, a common argument went something like this: Come on, it’s not like they’re full-blown casinos. When we were asked to turn those slots parlors into full-blown casinos, the argument was: We might as well, we’ve already got slots parlors. So it makes sense to be skeptical when the government asks to do something just this once, for real, I swear.

Right now, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is looking to unload four out of 17 city-owned parking garages to drum up a quick $60 million. It’s money that would be used for more rec center projects like the recently opened Morrell Park Community Center. Those are things we sorely need, it seems. But should we skin the sheep instead of just continuing to shear it? Each of those parking garages brings the city $400,000 a year. Read More →

Featured, Lifeline

Charges Possible Today for Grave-Desecrating Browns Fan

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014 8:02am

Cleveland Browns fan

The Cleveland Browns fan who staged a stupid and disgusting revenge urination at the gravesite of former Ravens owner Art Modell has been identified. Baltimore County police have not released his name and haven’t said how exactly they tracked him down. Perhaps they looked for the one guy who owns Ed Reed and Lyle Alzado jerseys. (If you haven’t seen the guy’s stupid video, know that just before he pees down his pant leg using a homemade catheter, there is a not-all-that-mindblowing costume change.) Read More →

Canton, Featured, Lifeline

Canton Residents Take Security Into Their Own Hands

0 Written by: | Monday, Jul 28, 2014 11:59am


Although violent crime is down across the city, Canton has been the site of numerous break-ins/robberies/thefts in recent months. Many residents are concerned, but fancy security systems are quite pricey. So what’s an anxious Cantonite to do? Why, join the Canton Neighbors Security Camera Group, of course.
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Featured, Lifeline

What Your Baltimore Zip Code Says About You

6 Written by: | Monday, Jul 28, 2014 9:05am


Mt. Washington residents are likely to have an active relationship with their financial advisors, while Hampdenites probably read Vanity Fair and like to go backpacking. Sound reasonable? Those demographic descriptions come right from market research company Nielsen, which does a lot more than just determine how many people watched a particular TV show. As part of their market-research system, they’ve sorted Americans into 66 demographic categories, from “Bohemian Mix” to “New Money” to “Power Couples.”

The ratings are based on data like consumer spending, household composition, and median age. But they also get way more personal, describing hobbies and lifestyle choices and even music preferences. We looked up a bunch of Baltimore-area zip codes to see if their system makes sense; find yours below, and let us know if it rings true!

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Culture, Featured

Four Things You Can No Longer Bring to Maryland State Fair

0 Written by: | Monday, Jul 28, 2014 9:03am

The rides! The quilts! The horses! The blooming onions! The Holstein futurities! The Maryland State Fair is just a few short weeks away, and this year there are some new items they won’t allow in. As announced Friday, fair-goers will no longer be able to bring: Read More →

Culture, Featured, Food & Drink

In Memoriam: Nelson Carey, Grand Cru Owner and Friend to Many

0 Written by: | Friday, Jul 25, 2014 2:10pm

I’ve been having a hard time writing this post. It’s not a eulogy. It’s not an obituary. Fred Rasmussen has written a quite lovely one. Have you read it? Here you go.  Nelson Carey, Grand Cru wine bar owner, dies at 50.

This is just a thank you.

Many considered Nelson a friend, mentor and touchstone and for me he was a little bit of all of those things. I’ve worked at Friends School for about 13 years, so over the years, I’ve visited Grand Cru it feels like hundreds of times after school. I always thought that Nelson was super smart having his bar open before 5:00pm… as a person working in education, I can tell you that many friends of mine who are teachers could use a cocktail around 3:30pm.
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