AIIGH! I just lost about a huge post!! I knew that would happen someday, I'm on library computers, the server was to busy, and I couldn't get back to it. BORkjfoiwe9!!!
Well, maybe later. No, I guess I'll try to recreate it.
Baltimore is excellent. I can't say I was precisely shocked, as John Waters promised, but it was excellent.
My first stop was at the American Visionary Art Museum. Probably my favorite art museum ever. It's not huge, but it has some good shit, full of fantastic sights and ideas. It was very inspiring, actually.
And here was the section in my original blog where I told you all about my shrine ideas. Well, you missed out. Now it seems it is not the time to tell you, so I'll keep mum. You'll just have to be surprised and shocked with the rest of the world when I unveil my art.
I wandered the streets for a while, marvelled at cathedrals, and stopped by Edgar Allen Poe's gravesite for a quick memorial and picture. He will always wear Lee Press On's face in my head. Which is a little strange and jarring, but oddly comforting. I saw quite a few traditional Baltimore haunts, which made me long to stay a little longer. Unfortunately, I have little patience, and even less money, making me realize again the skimming nature of this trip. Still, I saw enough to know that I will enjoy a return trip someday in the future when I can enjoy it at my leisure.
A short way away from my car I discovered that I had forgotten a pair of undies that were peeking out of my hoodie pocket. I probably could have run them back to Tach at that point, but instead, I left them right where they were, and got a little Watersian thrill and a strange smile every time I thought of them. It seemed fitting.
I was also reminded of the budget traveler's best trick. If you aren't too terribly scruffy, do make sure to take any shortcuts through hotel lobbies that present themselves to you. Quite often you are rewarded with ice cold lemonade or cookies. It's not much, but it's sneaky and satisfying, and if you keep moving, the hotel detective will never catch you.
I'm in DC now, and though I haven't seen much, I am already impressed. The size of everything... the number of museums... the amount of cars... staggering. I think I'll take it slow today, and just meander a bit. Tomorrow is soon enough for some serious museum hopping.