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Love Song for the Capital Weather Gang

0 Written by: | Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 3:45pm

800px-Derecho_and_portajohn-1-1Courtesy of  LWON or lastwordonnothing.com - The latest snowstorm was only somewhere around 5 inches, depending where in the yard I stuck my ruler, and as usual the Capital Weather Gang had nailed it.  I’d written them asking if I could interview them for this post, but at the time they didn’t answer, so intent they were on predicting the upcoming storm down to the last flake, path, county, minute, percentage, and error bar.  This time they’d said 5 to 9 inches – the National Weather Service was going with 8 to 12 but eventually came down – unless the dry, cold air got here faster than the models showed, which it did.  The Weather Gang are open about their passion for snow, but they earnestly consider all scenarios and their pronouncements are such that one can have faith in them.  I take the Weather Gang as my personal savior.

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Reader Review: The Grand Prix Delivers a Fine Finish

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Sep 03, 2013 12:05pm

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One devoted reader emailed me over the weekend to tell me how much he and his family enjoyed the Grand Prix.  I invited him to share his experience with you. His enthusiastic first-person account of a day at the races will have you marking your calendar for 2014!

It also gives me the opportunity to introduce a reader-driven column that I have wanted to publish on the Baltimore Fishbowl for some time.  It is called “Rant or Rave” and it will give our readers the chance to let the Baltimore Fishbowl audience know about a local place or thing that is spectacularly wonderful or awful.  Please don’t abuse the opportunity with shameless plugs or angry diatribes.  (Not that anyone in the Baltimore Fishbowl would ever resort to such behavior!) If you have a rant or rave you care to share, email me at suzy@baltimorefishbowl.com. -SD

On Saturday our little family (my wife, our two daughters, a friend and I) went downtown to check out the American LeMans Series portion of the Baltimore Grand Prix.  Race organizers had been promising a lot: a full day of auto racing through the streets of downtown, a festival of entertainment in the race village, and a rock concert by the band “Live” to top it off at the end of the day.  And they did not disappoint.  (Full disclosure: fast cars and loud music are two of my great passions!)  We all agreed the day’s events were extremely well-organized and well worth the nearly $90 price of admission.

The “ALMS” races, as they are called, promise to be among the most frenetic in all of automobile racing: three different classes of cars race each other on the same track at the same time.  It is literally three races in one.  The “slower” class of cars are stock BMW’s and Porsches, plenty loud and fast enough to stand alone as an enjoyable car race to see in person.  But, then, pile on a second class of Ferraris and Saleen style cars, together with a third class of rocket-fast LeMans style cars, and you have a schmorgasbord of high octane racing to please even the most discerning of race fans.  With so many different types of racers sharing the track, it was no surprise that a multi-car crash delayed the race for a half hour on the race’s very first lap! Read More →

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