Monthly Archives: July 2009

Random economic updates

I spoke to a career counselor last week; she was friendly, courteous and professional (a welcome change from my previous encounters with her industry) but, sadly, less than helpful (“have you considered health care or education?”).

 

I’ve had a few job interviews lately, but no job offers. A professor of mine said that a “trained monkey could do retail,” and I guess I’m up against a lot of unemployed monkeys.

 

I attended Artscape last weekend; it’s a fun little diversion that tries to be all things to all people: part art festival, part craft fair, part kiddie land and part carnival all combined into one weekend long event with varying degrees of ultra-compartmentalized success.

 

As far as this weekend, my schedule is still open. I need to get out of this apartment, but I don’t have the money to go anywhere (or DO anything once I get there). Ain’t unemployment just grand?

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July 4th – part 2

6:12pm – broke down and decided to fight my way into Harbor Place to find something relatively cheap to eat. Food court was packed, and there were no open seats to eat at (open tables, yes; open chairs, no).

 

7:15pm – finally make my way out of the food court and find a seat at the other Inner Harbor amphitheatre (between the visitors’ center & the science center, and directly behind the “main” stage).

 

7:169:04pm – band plays behind me, but otherwise nothing exciting to report. I count 25 cops walking up and down the Inner Harbor promenade. I consider asking one of them how to get back into my apartment.

 

9:05pm – fireworks begin in Dundalk (a town just east just east of Baltimore ), and I finally remember why I actually came to downtown today

 

9:33pm – fireworks show for Baltimore (“sponsored in part by CricKet Communications”)

 

9:45pm – fireworks end, people begin making their way out of Inner Harbor , a pre-recorded announcement plays that light rail will run until 11pm.

 

9:55pm – people are still streaming out of Inner Harbor as if the show ended 2 minutes ago

 

10:06pm – notice a voice message from my mom (sent at 1:17pm) saying that if I called her back “within the next hour” she could pick me up for the weekend and return me in time for the mgt office to open on Tuesday). The crowd coming off the promenade is still strong as ever (in fact, they’re probably still streaming out of there as you read this)

 

11:37pm – after being turned away from a number of hotels (it is a holiday weekend after all), I finally find a hotel willing to rent me a room for a somewhat reasonable rate.

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July 4th – part 1

10:47am – leave apartment to catch Metro to downtown.

 

10:48:36am – realize left keys inside apt, and that leasing office is closed is until Tuesday.

 

11:17am – arrive at Shot Tower station and head over to Fell’s Point to catch water taxi to Fort McHenry .

 

11:27am – approached by my first beggar of the day, he had a sob story about needing my spare change to get a cab to see his wife because AAA hadn’t arrived to pick him up…  Blah, blah, blah, I have a boat to catch.

 

12:35pm – arrive at Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine. A few hundred people are already gathered in the sprawling field outside the fort, and a sizable crowd has assembled to watch a fife and drum corps march through the entrance to the historic shrine.

 

(I don’t have any good notes from inside the fort, but I’ll try to write up something to post here for the weekend)

 

2:17pm – return to water taxi stand

            2:31pm – first water taxi arrives, but it quickly fills up.

            3:01pm – second, slightly smaller, water taxi arrives, and I among the limited

group allowed to board

 

3:35pm – after several intermediary stops, we finally arrive back at Fell’s Point

 

4:15pm – after walking the length of South Broadway, I make my way back to Inner Harbor . I’m getting hungry, but I know I don’t have enough money to get a sandwich to tide me over until dinner. Fortunately, some restaurant chain hired people to give out chips\salsa as part of a promotion.

 

4:30pm – I take an open seat in the Harbor Place amphitheatre to eat my chips\salsa and watch tourists make calls on “world’s largest cell phone’ -sponsored by CricKet Communications”

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