Thursday, August 14, 2014

Ocean City - Family Friendly?

And here is another reason why I have decided to not take my family vacation to Ocean City any more. 

A bikini-clad female has decided to use her right of free expression to perform a sexually suggestive pole dancing act on the boardwalk.  Ocean City pretends to portray itself as a family friendly destination, but with all the cussing, drugs, inappropriate tattoos, profanity, cussing, drunken and disorderly behavior, smoking on the beach, cussing, stabbings, shootings, smoking, and cussing, and now sexually suggestive pole dancing, I think I've made the correct decision.

What are your thoughts on the changing culture of Ocean City, Maryland?

Here's is proof that Ocean City is cracking down on the Boardwalk.  At least they said, "Please".


Monday, August 11, 2014

National Night Out - A Week Ago

Last Tuesday was National Night Out.  All across the country, local law enforcement offices and fire departments gathered to show off their equipment and discuss crime and fire prevention with residents.  Local politicians like to get in the act as often times it is near an election and they want to keep their names fresh in people's minds.  That is, unless your local politician covers mostly Howard County and just a smidgen of Carroll County.

Carroll County Delegate Susan Krebs was on hand for the event, as always, as was future Maryland State Senator Gail Bates - she's running unopposed.  However, State Delegate Warren Miller was MIA.  I don't think Warren Miller cares about Carroll County.  Neither was Trent Kittleman there, presumably the next new delegate for the area.  Chris Van Hollen?  I know he's been to Carroll County once, but that was years ago.  I'm pretty sure he doesn't care about this part of his district.

There was free food - hot dogs, fries, burgers, and Italian ice from Victor's in Eldersburg, and after the event was nearly over, the unreliable and inconsistent Oscar's Ale House showed up with wings and something, but we were ready to leave.  There were other organizations there peddling their wares.

Eldersburg Sykesville National Night Out
The Carroll County Sheriff's Department was showing off its Crime Response Team armored truck.



The venerable 2012 Sykesville Freedom Pierce Pumper.


Nearby Gamber Volunteer Fire Department was showing off their International Dive Unit truck.


Getting a little artistic here.  Pretty cool, eh?






Monday, August 04, 2014

Walgreens or Washington Nationals?

Guess which W belongs to the retailer that's moving its headquarters to Switzerland in an effort to avoid paying U.S. taxes versus the W for the Montreal Expos.  Oh, wait, Washington Nationals.  Somebody has some 'splainin' to do.




Eldersburg National Night Out on Tuesday August 5th!

This year's National Night Out will be Tuesday August 5th at the Sykesville Freedom Fire Department from 6pm until 9pm. 

If the event if like others, there will be firetrucks on display, perhaps a helicopter, police cars, booths from local business with lots of handouts, and free food samples from many local restaurants.  Local politicians also congregate there, such as Maryland House of Delegates member Susan Krebs and County Commissioner Doug Howard.  I wonder if new delegates Warren Miller and Trent Kittleman and State Senator Gail Bates will be there.  I have yet to meet Delegate Miller and Delegate-elect (hopefully) Kittleman.

According to the Sykesville Freedom Volunteer Fire Department website, you'll also receive a smoke alarm for attending.

Eldersburg Gold's Gym Owner Dies


Eldersburg and the fitness community are mourning the loss of Shawn Madden, owner of the Eldersburg Gold's Gym.  Saddly he was only 45 years old and leaves behind a wife and two young children.  Mr. Madden also owned a Gold's Gym in Shrewsberry, Pennsylvania.

The cause of death has not yet been determined, but Madden collapsed at the gym in his Shrewsberry location

I'm not sure what is going to happen to the two businesses.  Hopefully someone can continue them.  The Eldersburg location seems to be a thriving fitness center.  You may also recall him as a sportscaster on WJZ for a while.

Friday, August 01, 2014

4th of July Recap

No time like August to show off my pictures from Independence Day, or 4th of July as most of you call it.

As I say every year, the parade is where politicians get to pretend that they are in touch with the people, old folks get to show off their restored cars, the military makes a presentation, some high school bands perform and perform really well, some high school bands embarass themselves, and most importantly, fire trucks!!!

The Army presents the colors.  God Bless America, and no one else.


If you ever get a chance to hear the Westminster Municipal Band, you should do it.  They are really good.  They should be.  They've been practicing since 1893.


I love that the Orioles are popular again!  Great to see the person dressed up in the bird costume gliding through the bucolic streets of Northeastern Baltimore County.  Nice custom golf cart, too!



Here is the Republican nominee for District 8, Chrisitian Miele sporting his Ryan Gosling beard.  It looks like he may shave his legs.


WBAL reporter David Collins and his unnamed cameraman in toe interviewing candidates. He's a lot taller than I thought he would be.


Here is Baltimore County Councilman David Marks who represents District 5.  He easily won, as he was unopposed.  He hopes to win the general election, too, as he will be unopposed again.  No Democrat seems to be brave enough to run against a Republican in this part of Baltimore County.


Next up is the youthful looking Kathy Szeliga, the Republican of House District 7.  Check out her official picture on the Maryland General Assembly website.  Looks like a Glamour Shot.


Last, but certainly not least, is Maryland Republican gubernatorial candidate, and hopefully future governor of Maryland Larry Hogan.


And now my favorite part, the fire trucks!

Bel Air VFD Engine 312 2006 Seagrave Marauder II.



Fallston VFD 2013 Pierce Velocity 105' Aerial ladder Truck 1331.


 I love black fire trucks.  Joppa-Magnolia VFD 2012 Ford F-450 Lifeline Unit 894


Not sure of the year, but Joppa-Magnolia VFD  Dodge Ram Unit 842 brush truck.


 Know what's cooler than black fire trucks?  Green fire trucks!  Whiteford VFD 2005 Seagrave Unit 611.


I don't think I've ever seen a Dodge ambulance.  This is a new 2014 Dodge 4x4 Lifeline Medic 692.


 How about this gem?  A 1980's era Baltimore County Police Dodge Diplomat.  Remember dozens of these swarming your neighborhood after a rash of robberies and break-ins?  I have fond memories of this car when we reported my bike getting stolen, my motorcycle getting stolen, our house getting broken into, my neighbor's brother getting drunk and locking himself in their house...  Oh, good times.


Fun With Google Maps

Are you like me and can spend hours scrolling through the map on Google Maps rather than doing anything productive in life?  Okay, maybe not hours, but certainly several minutes at a time.

I love posting Throwback-Thursday pictures on Facebook.  Yesterday I posted a picture of my first plane ride, which was a trip on an American Airlines 727 from Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) to Dallas (DFW) in 1979.  I then went to Google Maps to look at the Philadelphia airport and scroll around the area, because that seemed like the logical next step.  I then found this wonderful gem that can be appreciated by Google Map voyeurs and plane watchers alike.


Commercial planes do not land in such a tight formation. Within a half mile or so, there are three planes landing.  Obviously this is an overlay of several aerial shots from the Google spy satellite.

Do you have any favorite impossibilities seen from Google Maps?

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Eldersburg Wal-Mart For Sale

As you know, the Wal-Mart is moving to the former Carrolltown Mall site to become a Super Wal-Mart.  Many of us who have lived in the South were gravely concerned about what was going to happen to the current site of the existing Wal-Mart.  Let it be known that it is now for sale!

I didn't find a price on this website, but it will be available in the summer of 2015.  The property includes over 103,000 square feet of luxurious suburban cookie cutter retail space on 16 acres.  And apparently our average household income is $110,000 within a 3 mile radius.  Are you doing your part to keep this average up?

What do you say?  Shall we all pitch in and buy it?  I have a great idea for a nail salon!


Jonas Green Park - Where Are the Fish?

Jonas Green Park on the Severn River in Anne Arundel County has been one of our favorite fishing places for a while.  However, this year, it seems as if the fish have gone elsewhere.

My son and I have been there three times, with Tuesday being the most recent time.  My son also went there on Sunday with his friend.

On Sunday, my son and his friend caught maybe 10 fish over 9 hours.  And all were small throwbacks.

On Tuesday, we fished in the evening, so obviously we didn't stay that long, we did stay about 3 hours.  Results?  2 fish.  One small spot fish and one small white perch.  When I say small, I mean bait-sized fish.

Where are all of the fish this year? 

The best thing about fishing yesterday was watching the sun set over the Severn River.  Oh, did I mention that when we left it was 62°?  Are we sure this is July and not October???


Monday, July 28, 2014

Moved in Eldersburg - All About U

I actually posted a month or so ago that All About U Hair Studio closed.  I was incorrect, as noted by the 14 responses to the post.  For that, I sincerely apologize.  I have been on vacation and you know, life gets in the way.

The new location of All About U Hair Studio is 2030 Liberty Road in the Peddler's Square Shopping Center.  You know the one with Smoky's and Dairy Queen (or DQ depending on the day of the week).  The phone number there has not changed, it is still 410-795-9044.

I did get a kick out of the comments.  I'm a bad reporter.  Actually, I'm not a reporter.  I just do this for fun.  I don't get paid for it.  And apparently this hair studio is the best in the area and has the best customer service.  They certainly have a vocal following!  I can appreciate that.

I hope they forgive me and continue to read my blog.  I never knew that so many women read my blog!



Since I'm taking down the previous post, I wanted to carry the comments forward:

Brian said...
All About U moved to 2030 Liberty Rd
Sykesville, Maryland 21784, near Dairy Queen.
Nancy O said...
As the manager of the All About U Hair Studio I can assure you and all who read this that we are not closed and are very much open for business. Our new location is 2030 Liberty Road in the same shopping strip as Smokey's and Dairy Queen. Our numbers have remained the same. 410.795.9044 so if you would have called you would have known we have not closed. If you would please retract this blog, it would be greatly appreciated....and we would love to see you in our new location! Thank you.
Sabrina B said...
All about you Hair Studio has RELOCATED NOT CLOSED. Iam a hair stylist there and have been for the four years they have been open. We are now located at 2030 Liberty Rd next to Food lion and dairy queen in Eldersburg. Please come visit our gorgeous new salon by walking in or making an appointment. Our number remains the same 410-795-9044. Thank you Sabrina Baker.
tish g said...
All About U Hair Studio is not closed, just moved. New location is 2030 liberty rd, the shopping center with dairy queen. We are on the front side facing liberty rd. Open Monday through Friday 9 am to 7 pm, and Saturdays 9 am to 4 pm. Our phone number is the same, (410) 795-9044. Please take down this blog
Lauren Newcomer said...
All About U is NOT closed they just moved down the street to the strip beside Dairy Queen! Same staff, stylists and number. The new salon is beautiful with easy access in and out and plenty of parking.
Nichole Hudson said...
THE SALON IS MOST CERTAINLY OPEN! JUST RELOCATED.

All About U Hair Studio
2030 Liberty Rd
Eldersburg Md
410 795-9044
Same lot as Dairy Queen.

Please take down this blog, it is confusing people.
YumYum said...
I'm in full agreement that this blog needs correcting! ALL ABOUT U HAIR STUDIO moved a few blocks away, next to Dairy Queen over Memorial Day Weekend. It is still beautifying those of us who travel from near and far as regular customers. I bring a friend from Catonsville and sometimes another former Marylander, who currently lives in Virginia, joins us for our appointments! It's that good and worth the travel! Please retract your original note as there is nothing but misinformation in it. Eldersburg will remain just as gorgeous as ever! Kathy "YumYum" Anderson
Dawn said...
All About you Hair Studio is not out of business, it relocated. I am a customer that comes from Mt. Airy. I used to live in Catonsville and have been using the same stylist since she worked in a salon in Catonsville. The salon's new location is 2030 Liberty Rd, Sykesville, near the Dairy Queen. A good reporter would have checked their facts prior to printing such a statement. In addition, a good reporter would have retracted their statement as soon as they found out their facts were incorrect. Please retract your statement as I would hate to lose the best hair stylist due to people not receiving correct information. You should also mention they have the best hair stylist and the best customer service.
Vicki Brown said...
We are open at 2030 Liberty Rd. Same great service, same great stylists. Vicki Brown
Skeh said...
All About U Hair Studio is MOST DEFINATELY OPEN!!!!!! We have not closed we just moved our location, our new location is 2030 Liberty Road in the same shopping center as Dairy Queen, our phone number is 410-795-9044, if yours skeptical or don't believe me and the other comments on this site please give us a call and we will prove to you that our salon is up and running and doing very well!
YumYum said...
Today is the 26th of June. You have had 3 weeks to correct this wrong information. But you haven't! Not very good for folks following your blog. They might even believe that, since you didn't make any effort to check even the most basic of facts about this business, perhaps you're wrong about O'Malley, too! So, when you are blaming yourself when he gets elected, please stop at All About U Hair Studio at 2030 Liberty Road for a new look to cheer you up and maybe some Dairy Queen, too!
YumYum said...

Please correct your blog.

Closed? in Eldersburg - T-Bones & More

Seems like everyone in Eldersburg knows that T-Bone & More is closed.  Their service sucked and their food was terrible, except that no one ever went there.  However, I came across this little gem while looking through some Carroll County licensing reports online.  Perhaps it is not closed after all.

On August 13, 2014, beginning at 10:00 a.m., or as soon thereafter as possible, the Board of 
License Commissioners will meet to discuss in open session any pending or new business in the 
Reagan Room, (Rm. 003) of the Carroll County Office Building, 225 North Center Street, 
Westminster, Maryland 21157.

Case 5766, Class B – Beer, Wine and Liquor license issued to Rachel Jean Louise 
Brodsky and Hossein Kalarestaghi for the use of T-Bone and More, LLC, t/a T-Bone and 
More, 1834 Liberty Road, Eldersburg, MD – Violation Hearing (Temporary Closing)


Is the restaurant temporarily closed or closed-closed?  There is a for lease sign up in front of the store now.  However, the "Now serving beer, wine, and alcohol" sign is still there.  In Eldersburg, beer and wine are different than alcohol.

So does anyone know what's really going on with this place?


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