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bigger fish to bigger ponds

I drove past the Edgar Poe grave Sunday night, since yesterday was the 200th anniversary of his birth. There were only a couple of people there, but apparently by midnight there were several dozen. They go there every year to see the 'Poe Toaster', the guy who since the late 60's has snuck up to the grave late at night and put half a bottle of Hennesy and 3 roses on his grave. I didn't see him, since he comes later than I wanted to stick around in that area (watchers have been mugged before while waiting around), but it was lit rather dimly and the graveyard is small enough that you can get a rather good view. My cameraphone doesn't do dim, so I've got nothing but blur to show about that.

It snowed the past few days, which my dog seemed to like, moreso than I did. My truck windows froze shut and inhibited my drive-through coffee upload a little. I might get one of those remote starters, if it's not difficult to bring it to my next vehicle when the time comes. It sucks getting into an icebox every morning.

I finally got rid of my fishtank, which I've had since early grad school. My ghost knife fish and pleco with it, along with copious accessories. Thank you craigslist. $50 cash is an order of magnitude less than I invested in it, but it had become a liability of precious kitchen counter space, my money, and my feng shui was all kagoo. So a young guy and his teeny girlfriend came by a couple days ago to take it, and as I expected they couldn't lift it without scaring me that he'd drop it and spill 15 gallons of AW HELL NAW all over my carpet. I siphoned it to a couple gallons and off he went, giving me ample space to lay out my new steamer and slow-cooker. Ahhhhh.




When I filled out my absentee ballot, one of the Indian post-docs who witnessed it asked me who I voted for; I told him I'd tell him after the inauguration. I since decided I won't tell him or anyone else, likely, because it doesn't matter. Hail to the chief, baby.

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(Anonymous)
Jan. 20th, 2009 10:22 pm (UTC)
Poe Toaster
Not true. No one has ever been mugged while waiting for the Poe Toaster. The Poe Grave is in the middle of the University of Maryland campus and across the street is the Veteran's hospital and across from that is the University of Maryland Hospital. Every 5 minutes or so you'll see the campus police driving by. That is perhaps the safest place to be day or night.
floyd_mephit
Jan. 21st, 2009 12:12 am (UTC)
Re: Poe Toaster
The veracity of the mugging is apparently in question, as I can't access the police blotter on the date it was allegedly reported.

As for your other statements: I, of course, know where the grave is, as I have visited it. I, of course, know the University of Maryland campus layout, as I am employed there. The grave is not in the middle of the campus, but near the northeast corner. The areas near hospitals are not bastions of safety, by a longshot. Why do you think the police drive by every five minutes or so? It's not for their own benefit. This city is dangerous, especially at night. The area right around Westminster hall is well-enough lit, moreso than pretty much all the areas around it; that's fine until a visitor leaves that part of the block and goes outside of the floodlights to their car or to walk home.


By the way, anonymous comments don't jive with me, they strike me as cowardly. Livejournal is free, so get an account if you want to make comments here.
silversledge
Jan. 21st, 2009 01:05 am (UTC)
I've never been out to the gravesite before, but I've been on campus. Other than the crackheads trying to wash my windshields and muggings all day long, it seems like a swell place.

Jokes aside, senor anonymous should clean his glasses once in a while and take a look around.
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