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Went for a tour of the State House, in Annapolis, yesterday. It was quite a thrill to be in the same room where George Washington resigned his commission, and returned to public life. This is the oldest State Capitol in continuous legislative use in the United States, dating to 1772. It also has the largest wooden dome, constructed without nails, in the U.S.
I'm leaving for Toronto, tomorrow, and I have to say that I had a fabulous time, here in Maryland. Granted, I didn't spend any time in any of the major cities, so my perspective is based on what I saw in Annapolis, and it's outer counties. It occurred to me, earlier on during my stay here, that there was a familiarity about Maryland, that I couldn't quite put my finger on. Then I realized that this place is just like Canada, more specifically, like Toronto, where people are extremely friendly and polite. A couple of weeks ago, I was standing in front of the propane fill station, at Truevalue, and I sneezed. Some young guy, just passing by, called out, "bless you." Fine, for those of you who think of that saying as a silly superstition, you've got a point, but the politeness and humanity of it is clear. The young man's intention was to have a positive exchange with a stranger. Unfortunately, in many places that I've been, in the U.S., I'm the only one saying please and thank you. Here, you hear it all the time.
After taking the yacht to Solomons Island, I came back to Eastport, a 'suburb' of Annapolis, and have been here for about a week, so I've been in Maryland for almost 2 months, and I've come to know the area fairly well. The people here are calm and composed. They acknowledge each other with smiles all the time. In fact, standing in front of cafes, for example, I'd be watching cars go by, and people who I've never seen before nod as they drive past. Hard to remember that violent riots took place not too far from here.
Annapolis reminds me of Charleston, and many of the other 'historically significant' cities. The people in Annapolis seem to be proud of the part Maryland played in the history of the U.S. and they behave accordingly. They dress well, and they keep themselves in shape. I suppose it helps to have the Naval Academy here, and midshipmen walking around, everywhere you look.