Sunday, October 10, 2004

Oh say can you trespass...

During the War of 1812, Francis Scott Key watched the Battle of Baltimore at Fort McHenry. He was so moved, he composed a little poem that was later set to music and titled "The Star Spangled Banner." Perhaps you've heard it? So today we jumped on a water taxi (I love cities on the water!) and went out as far as we could. From there, we walked about a mile or so (uphill even) to visit Fort McHenry. Upon arriving, we were distracted by the 24 foot tall statue of Orpheus. Wearing only fig leaf. After the requisite punchlines we jumped off the beaten path, cut across the grass to the walking path, and took in the sights. Cannons, barracks, and ramparts, oh my. It was a good way to spend the afternoon. So we walked toward the visitor's center on our way back out. And the funniest thing happened. As we entered the visitor's center, we saw it. The sign. "Admission: $5." Oops! And that's how it happened. That's how we trespassed at one of America's historic landmarks. Who said work conferences are dull, or that computer geeks are well-behaved.

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