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Random shots from Baltimore/D.C.

I've been making trips to Baltimore-D.C. a lot lately and had a handful of random photos from trips there.

First, there were the chocolate sculptures of the Lincoln Memorial and U.S. Capitol I saw at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel while attending the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting (i.e. conference) earlier this month.

If he wasn't behind glass, ole' Abe would be missing his head. The same goes for the Capitol's dome. : )
And while we're in the area, let's not forgot to honor Natty Bo', otherwise known as National Bohemian Brewery, formerly brewed in Baltimore (now brewed in Eden, NC, but consumed a' plenty in Maryland with crabs). The former brewery is now a mixed-used complex of shops and housing. If I end up moving to Baltimore, I'll make sure to make an empty-can sculpture of some sort, maybe a motif of crab shells and Old Bay cans would be in order. : )
Lastly, I leave you with a non-food item which is fascinating nonetheless: it's a urinal. Yes, that's right .. a urinal. I heard a story on NPR about how an overworked janitor at Amsterdam's airport was always dealing with .. ahem .. "spillage" around urinals. Taking some clever inspiration from psychology, he took a Sharpie and drew "flies" in the urinal's center, to encourage better "aim." Sure enough, "spillage" was reduced other time, as guys subconsciously like to pee on flies, cigarette butts .. you name it! Anyway, I went into a restroom in a posh D.C. hotel and not only was the urinal waterless, there was a SHELL in the urinal's center!

"Is that trash or worse?" you ask.
No, it's a faux-shell to encourage better hygiene!


  1. Good luck in DC! Sounds like some very cool things are happening (this comment is mostly about your job, not so much about the urinal, but yes about the chocolate Lincoln)

  2. so is ol' Abe life-size?

    the Cool Springs Marriott has bees painted on the urinals, and coffee stands in the halls for reloading.

  3. Bon Voyage! Sorry to see you go, but I am looking forward to good eats in the District! Good luck with the new job!


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