41 Hours

Sep. 2nd, 2008 03:52 pm
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That's how long we spent in Maryland. (Note: this post contains no nut jokes.) The only two bummers of our weekend in Maryland were a) it was too brief and b) some jerk stole the Obama '08 magnet off of my car in the parking lot at the Maryland You-know-what Festival. It was, of course, wonderful to be in the sixteenth century and to see BeerPam, the Captain, [livejournal.com profile] pyratelady, [livejournal.com profile] skivee, [livejournal.com profile] terribleturnip[livejournal.com profile] thatliardiego, and all the rest of the fine folks there. We caught a lot of Pyrates sets, watched the end-of-day London Broil show, went to the pubsing that Dinty emceed with aplomb, and spent the rest of the time eating and shopping and talking to people. One pleasant surprise was seeing Lady Merilee Effingham there. We asked her to tell us a gruesome story and what did she choose to relate but "The Juniper Tree," which coincidentally is the same fairytale that my unindicted co-conspirator John Kessel used as the basis for his story (of the same name) set on the moon.

Other high points: supper at a great Mexican/Spanish restaurant in Annapolis, Jalapeno's (no, I don't know how to put a tilde in here and I'm not going to waste time trying to figure it out). And hearing a preview of "White Squall" from Dinty on Monday.

Senior Citizens' Day is known by other appellations at the festival, but the audiences I saw were (mostly) not duds, and it was pretty heartwarming to see a big crowd of older folks getting into the spirit of things, laughing at the jokes and having fun. (And when the pub crowd was less than enthusiastic, it was also pretty heartwarming to see Skivee's brother down front, exhorting them to sing along.) [livejournal.com profile] barbmg and I overheard a little old man outside the gate, talking in a heavy accent on his cellphone, carefully explaining to someone that he was at "that festival where people dress up." Good times.

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