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  1. Jul 29, 2017 - "Nationals Acquire Howie Kendrick from Phillies" by Daniel Rapaport on si.com Aug 15, 2017 - "Howie Kendrick Hits Two Home Runs for Nationals against Former Team" on csnmidatlantic.com Kendrick has homered in 3 of his last 4 at-bats, including a walk-off, 11th-inning, Grand Slam on Sunday against San Francisco. Gio Gonzalez lowered his ERA to 1.79 tonight - the best ERA in the major leagues. There's something to be said for depth.
  2. Solar Eclipse, August 21 2017

    Check the weather forecast - may want to stay up towards Kentucky and be flexible.
  3. In case this is gibberish to you, the Māori are the indigenous people of New Zealand - if you ever make it to Rotorua, you should try to see the New Zealand Māori Arts & Crafts Institute. .
  4. Would you consider Honeysuckle "Fine Dining," and how much Nordic influence did you notice there?
  5. I suspect what it means is that they average *less* than 20% pre-tax, and that you would be considered a generous diner. There won't be anything stopping people from slipping a $10 in the check holder, so if people wanted to leave more, I would suggest they bring cash, because they may not have a place to leave a credit card tip. I still wish there was a way to leave line cooks, dishwashers, and AGMs a tip - they work harder than servers, and are paid less.
  6. It's unbelievable that Guidry made only $47K in 1978. The figurative definition of "standing in someone's shadow" - I suspect that many people have never heard of Ed Figueroa (click on the quoted link above and look at his stats that year). Talk about a well-known pitching staff: Catfish Hunter, Goose Gossage, Sparky Lyle, Don Gullett, Andy Messersmith, and Ken Holtzman!
  7. Please do not ever underestimate the importance of posts such as this. Thank you for writing it, Keith. Are these two restaurants copies of each other, or two different concepts?
  8. Thanks, Jay - while looking at the RG's thread, I also noticed that Bottom of the Bay Seafood (in Laurel, Howard County) has been open since 1972.
  9. [I apologize for the difficulty you had. I remind people of this every few years: Laurel is the one place that's my gadfly. Four counties converge here: Montgomery, Prince Georges, Anne Arundel, and Howard (if I recall, the latter three intersect at one point, in the middle of the Patuxent). I lived in Laurel a long time ago, and remember driving out to try to find this point, but don't quite remember why I couldn't get to it. Anyway, Howard and Anne Arundel Counties are in the Baltimore Forum, and Montgomery and Prince Georges Counties are in the Washington DC Forum, so Laurel gets divided up - geographically, most of it falls within Prince Georges County, so most of it will be in Washington, DC, but places like RG's - on Route 1 north of the Howard County line, are more like Savage or Jessup, and fall under the Baltimore jurisdiction. I realize this isn't pretty, but the Forums are divided by county, not city. Another guideline: Any Maryland counties touching the Chesapeake Bay (which include Calvert and St. Mary's Counties) fall within Baltimore. I know some people don't like these guidelines, but as long as you know they exist, you can at least work with them. Good news: I'm paying someone to comb through the Dining Guides, and making sure things are current (adding maps for every restaurant, too) - the Baltimore Suburbs quite possibly need more work than any other Dining Guide we have, so that will be fairly high on the list. Given that (in theory) this Guide extends all the way up to Talbot and Cecil Counties, it covers an enormous expanse of territory. If you think about it, Maryland may be the most strangely shaped state in the entire nation, so it's going to be problematic. I want Baltimore to have its own forum and identity (instead of being lumped in with Washington, DC), and I've gone against the grain for over twelve years trying to make it viable.]
  10. Thank goodness it's just a bone bruise, and not a ligament or tendon tear. Still, bone bruises can *hurt like hell* - I fell on my knee in January (wet kitchen floor), and I was howling for about ten minutes on the ground - I thought *sure* I had cracked my kneecap, but I guess I didn't. The pain died down in about two weeks.
  11. People don't remember how great Don Mattingly was for awhile - I was actually going to make an investment, and buy about 50 of his rookie cards (I am glad I didn't make that mistake, since the baseball card market completely collapsed). Without looking at any statistics, I have a vague recollection of him having a ton of RBIs, and I remember a good friend of mine commenting on how he always led the league in doubles, too. What happened to him? I guess I could read his Wikipedia entry, but he seemed like a sure-fire Hall of Fame player, and then ... fizzle. I did see that he had *six* Grand Slams in one season (1987), and took note that Willie Randolph was on first base every single time. --- ETA - I couldn't help but see some statistics as I was tagging this post, and he has a .307 career batting average - why isn't he in the Hall? I see that the Yankees won the World Series the year before his rookie season, and the year after he retired, but never during his career - is this why?