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Hey, all. I need to cover a few days with this post. Of course, we just came out on the other side of July 4th weekend. For those of you that don't know, July 4th celebration commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. It rained on and off on the 4th, but the rain stopped for long enough intervals for people, here in Chesapeake Harbor Marina, to grill their food and enjoy eating outdoors. By the time the fireworks started, the skies had cleared up. I grilled a couple of NY striploins, for Dan and I, on the boat. We didn't get to any of the July 4th parties that we were invited to because Dan's eye, the one that was operated on, was still bothering him. He still doesn't have vision in that eye.
The day before, Dan ordered pizza from 'Roccos.' Good stuff. It was a real nice treat and, for those of you, here in the marina that didn't know, Roccos will deliver right to the boat.
Yesterday, Elizabeth invited me to go to church with her and I jumped at the chance. Hadn't been to a church in a while, and it was a great feeling to be able to dedicate some time to think about the people that have passed on. We ended up going to St. John Neumann, in Annapolis. While Elizabeth went up for communion, I thought about my father, and about Elizabeth's parents, who have all gone on to their 'great reward.' I thought about all the destruction and negativity going on in many places in the United States, and sent out as much positive energy as I could muster, to help steer things away from negativity. Hopefully, if there were enough of us thinking the same thing, maybe we'll see some more love, instead of so much anger and hate. All of my hearfelt wishes go out to all Americans :)
After church, Elizabeth drove us over to Londontown Gardens, in Edgewater, where we caught the last bit of an outdoor music concert. It was a lot of fun. I can now safely say that I've had the best hotdog of my life. I hummed and hawed over what to have, because the grill, as you can see in the picture, was loaded with stuff, but I hadn't had a hotdog in a dog's age, so I went with that, instead. For me, hotdogs are usually the kind of food (debatable where some can be called food) that I eat because it's fast and easy to eat. But these dogs were outta' site and I went back for a second.
***** Update- I forgot to ask the names of the man and woman who were working the grill, and who makes the the hotdogs, so I emailed the company, and this is the response I got....
Thank you once again for the compliments. We like to think that what we sell is of the highest quality that we can get and those hot dogs definitely get their share of praise. They are Hebrew National Hot Dogs. They are the quarter lb. size. I think that the extra size and the fact that we cook them with the meat and spices on the grill really make them taste great.
It was great to meet you at the concert. I hope that the rest of your trip will be filled with lots more great food and fun. I was one of the two that you met. My name is Larry and my helper’s name is Brittany.
I took a couple of photos of Elizabeth and thought, hmmm, I posted the video of her coming to get me, in the rain, with her umbrella, and her face isn't visible. So why not continue the mystery. So, from now on, I'll only show her in pictures without a face shot. Elizabeth the mystery woman. I won't even have to mention her name anymore, you'll know who she is. And she'll be in quite a few more photos, I imagine, because we'll be here for another month, I think. She thinks thinks this whole idea of mine is hilarious.
A word about Maryland, from Wikipedia:
The Province of Maryland had been a British colony since 1632, when George Calvert, 1st Baron Baltimore received a charter and grant from King Charles I of England and first created a haven for English Catholics in the New World, with his son, Cecil, equipping and sending over the first colonists to the Chesapeake Bay region. The first signs of rebellion against the mother country occurred in 1765, when the tax collector Zachariah Hood was injured while landing at the Annapolis dock, arguably the first violent resistance to British taxation in the colonies. After a decade of bitter argument and internal division,Maryland declared its independence as a free state from Great Britain in 1776, along with the other Thirteen colonies. Four Marylanders - Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, and Charles Carroll of Carrollton signed the Declaration of Independence on its behalf.
Although no major Battles of the American Revolutionary War occurred in Maryland itself (although the British Royal Navyfleet passed through and up the Bay to land troops at the "Head of Elk"), this did not prevent the state's soldiers from distinguishing themselves through their service. General George Washington counted the "Maryland Line" regiment who fought in the Continental Army as among his finest soldiers, and Maryland is still known as "The Old Line State" today.
During the war itself, Baltimore served as the temporary capital of the colonies when the Second Continental Congress met there during December 1776 to February 1777, after Philadelphia had been threatened with occupation by the British. Towards the end of the struggle, from November 26, 1783 to June 3, 1784, the state's capital Annapolis, briefly served as the capital of the fledgling confederation of the United States of America, and it was in the Old Senate Chamber of the Maryland State House on State Circle in Annapolis that George Washington famously resigned his commission as commander in chief of the Continental Army on December 23, 1783. It was also there that the Treaty of Paris, which ended the Revolutionary War, was ratified by the Confederation Congress on January 14, 1784.
Like other states, Maryland was bitterly divided by the war; many Loyalists refused to join the Revolution, and saw their lands and estates confiscated as a consequence. TheBarons Baltimore, who before the war had exercised almost feudal power in Maryland, were among the biggest losers. Almost the entire political elite of the province was overthrown, replaced by an entirely new political class, loyal to a new national political structure.