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I had a pretty busy Saturday before the Fourth of July holiday. I drove my car to the North Linthicum light rail station where I saw this cool looking art truck. Then I took the light rail to the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium where I saw this excellent toy show that was literally a trip down memory lane for me.

As I went back to retrieve my car at the North Linthicum stop I decided to make a short drive to my hometown of Glen Burnie since I was in the area anyway. I went to Ann’s Dari-Creme because the weather has finally gotten hot enough that I felt a craving for a milk shake from that place. It’s a fun place to visit, which you can see in the photos I took for this blog post back in 2015.

The Accuweather app on my smartphone went off notifying me of a major thunderstorm that was passing through the region. The thunderstorm started after I ordered my milkshake and I was drinking it in the car. I decided to just stay in the car consuming my milkshake until the worst of the storm passed.

Afterwards I decided to heat towards Crabtowne USA. I initially thought about eating dinner there then playing its vintage pinball and video arcade games until I saw that the restaurant part was crowded. (I wasn’t surprised since it was the weekend before the Fourth of July.) I decided to just stick with playing the games and I had a great time. So did the kids who were riding the one of the mechanical horses in the next photo.

The crab statue outside the place was all ready for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday with its own little American flag.

The next photo shows what the sky looked like outside of Crabtowne USA, which still showed the effects from that short yet intense thunderstorm which passed through the area.

And then there is the next photo, which reminds me that, yes, I am in Glen Burnie and it provided me with yet another reason why I’m not exactly rushing to move back to that town.

“I Don’t Brake for Protesters”?!? What the ever loving fuck?!? Has this guy ever had an American Government class in high school? Had he even read the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, especially the sections about people having the right to peaceably assemble and allowing the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances?!?

I don’t see this kind of shit in Montgomery County or Prince George’s County. I don’t see this in Baltimore City or Howard County or Annapolis or Crofton. But I go to Glen Burnie and I see this shit and it makes my blood boil. This comes on the heels of seeing Donald Trump Make America Great Again signs on a few front lawns and that barber shop with a Confederate flag and that former Baltimore City police officer’s ill-fated attempt to do a benefit concert in Glen Burnie as Al Jolson in blackface. I wouldn’t be surprised if that asshole “I Don’t Brake for Protesters” pickup truck driver was among those people who were protesting NPR tweeting texts from the Declaration of Independence on July 4.

That truck provided yet another reason why I am pretty grateful that I no longer have to live in Glen Burnie if I don’t want to.

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After I got out of church today I decided to check out the annual ArtsFest that was held today in Riverdale Park, Maryland.

ArtsFest, Riverdale Park, Maryland, May 4, 2014

When I first arrived to the area, I was greeted by a display of classic vintage cars and one classic Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

ArtsFest, Riverdale Park, Maryland, May 4, 2014

ArtsFest, Riverdale Park, Maryland, May 4, 2014

ArtsFest, Riverdale Park, Maryland, May 4, 2014

ArtsFest, Riverdale Park, Maryland, May 4, 2014

ArtsFest, Riverdale Park, Maryland, May 4, 2014

ArtsFest, Riverdale Park, Maryland, May 4, 2014

ArtsFest, Riverdale Park, Maryland, May 4, 2014

ArtsFest, Riverdale Park, Maryland, May 4, 2014

ArtsFest, Riverdale Park, Maryland, May 4, 2014

ArtsFest, Riverdale Park, Maryland, May 4, 2014

ArtsFest, Riverdale Park, Maryland, May 4, 2014

ArtsFest, Riverdale Park, Maryland, May 4, 2014

ArtsFest, Riverdale Park, Maryland, May 4, 2014

ArtsFest, Riverdale Park, Maryland, May 4, 2014

ArtsFest, Riverdale Park, Maryland, May 4, 2014

ArtsFest, Riverdale Park, Maryland, May 4, 2014

ArtsFest, Riverdale Park, Maryland, May 4, 2014

ArtsFest, Riverdale Park, Maryland, May 4, 2014

ArtsFest, Riverdale Park, Maryland, May 4, 2014

There was also this unique one-of-a-kind art car that looked really cool. The owner/artist is known as Clarke Bedford and he has more visually interesting stuff at his website.

ArtsFest, Riverdale Park, Maryland, May 4, 2014

ArtsFest, Riverdale Park, Maryland, May 4, 2014

ArtsFest, Riverdale Park, Maryland, May 4, 2014

ArtsFest, Riverdale Park, Maryland, May 4, 2014

ArtsFest, Riverdale Park, Maryland, May 4, 2014

ArtsFest, Riverdale Park, Maryland, May 4, 2014

ArtsFest, Riverdale Park, Maryland, May 4, 2014

ArtsFest, Riverdale Park, Maryland, May 4, 2014

ArtsFest, Riverdale Park, Maryland, May 4, 2014

At one point one of the owners of one of those classic cars would periodically get in his car, start the engine, then rev up the motor for at least five minutes. He did this at twice while I was at ArtsFest and it’s possible he may have done it more times before I arrived. What was really bad was that it was so obvious that his car didn’t have a muffler installed because it was so noisy that it drowned out the music and people’s conversations in general. I don’t know why he was doing it other than to say “LOOK AT ME! I’M AN ATTENTION-WHORING ASSHOLE IN A VINTAGE CAR WITH A LOUD MOTOR BECAUSE I DON’T HAVE A MUFFLER BECAUSE I THINK THEY ARE FOR EFFEMINATE SISSIES!” I heard several people complain about this guy’s antics. All I can say is that I’m glad he doesn’t live in my neighborhood.

I basically went there to see if a friend of mine was there and, sure enough, she was. Here are a couple of photos of some of her fused glass jewelry and plates. Her name is Tina Van Pelt and she has her own fused glass studio known as Profusions of Glass.

ArtsFest, Riverdale Park, Maryland, May 4, 2014

ArtsFest, Riverdale Park, Maryland, May 4, 2014

One strange highlight of ArtsFest came when I was visiting other tables and came across one table that sold porcelain dolls in their original boxes. Some were marked as Madame Alexander dolls. Each doll was on sale for $20. The woman behind the table claimed that her mother, who recently died, was a doll collector and the items on that table were from her personal collection. The woman also claimed that she did an eBay search where, according to her, these same dolls that she was selling in real life for $20 each were selling on eBay for as much as $150. She was trying to get me to buy one of her dolls for $20 while convincing me that I could sell that same doll later on eBay for $150.

I ended up not buying anything from her table because 1) I’m not into porcelain dolls, 2) I’m trying to watch my money these days, 3) I’m trying to avoid cluttering the house with more stuff, and 4) I call “bullshit” on her claim that I can resell those dolls on eBay for a lot more money than the $20 I would’ve spent. After all, if those dolls were really worth $150 each on eBay, why wasn’t she selling them online herself so she could pocket the $150 profit on each doll instead of selling those dolls on that table at ArtsFest for $20 each?

Come to think of it, I wonder if those dolls in the Madame Alexander boxes were really from the doll company or if they were just some clever bootlegs? I didn’t take any pictures of that table, which I now regret because I could’ve done my own online research to see how much of a bullshitter that woman really was. Oh well.

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