|Our first-born, Christmas 1984|
We ended up living in three different places that year as I had seen a guy waving a handgun in the parking lot of our apartment complex. We were in a suburb of Baltimore transitioning from a Jewish to an African-American neighborhood. We shopped at Shapiro's and were in a distinct minority in our apartment complex that was mostly African-American. We got along great with our neighbors, but I didn't like the handgun.
We spent that summer renting the upstairs of a beautiful ancient house on Old Court Road, out in the woods, with an address of Granite, Maryland - named for an abandoned quarry. The owner was one of my wife's school-teacher friends who spent most of the summer away except for the few weekends he spent at home. When he wasn't home, we had the use of the whole house and when he was home, we pretty much stayed upstairs and even left when he had his parties as we had inadvertently come across his cannabis supply. We didn't turn him in. We didn't with the guy and the handgun either.
|M's place in Granite, Maryland on Old Court Road|
|With no fireplace, I had to improvise|
|Still, it was a regular bacchanalia of Christmas excess|
|The Book of the Movie|
So yeah, on modern commentary we still have the NSA to worry about, more so than we did back then. I want to forget all about CIA-Cheney torture and a lot of other things to enjoy what good we can. I love Christmas. It just breaks my heart a little every year.
Peace on Earth, Good Will to All.