Once again Uncle Jack is spending a morning doing what he does best these days---waiting for somebody to deliver something. Last Wednesday it was his new 52" Samsung flat screen high definition TV and today---you guessed it---it's his new 52" Samsung flat screen high definition TV. It's not snowing, the streets are clear of ice and the delivery is scheduled for the morning so Uncle Jack is preternaturally calm as he awaits the Best Buy Geeks and their precious cargo. Pictures at 11? Who knows, it could happen.
He and Mrs. U.J. visited Federal Hill for the first time yesterday. This is a very old neighborhood overlooking the Inner Harbor and adjacent to downtown which mostly escaped the ravages of urban renewal and is now undergoing gentrification. Hundreds of old rowhouses have been purchased for virtually nothing by urban pioneers and rehabbed into liveable dwellings in what is rapidly becoming a chic address.
Naturally Federal Hill has not escaped the attention of megabucks developers who are trying hard to turn it into something that nobody who lives there wants it to become but it looks like some of their most egregious plans have been put on hold for a while. A recession is not all bad.
Uncle Jack and Mrs. U.J. were on an errand and didn't get to see all of Federal Hill but most of what they saw was charming. They made a quick stop at the fabled Cross Street Market which is a smaller but higher quality version of the sprawling Lexington indoor market downtown. Mrs. U.J. picked up a nice rockfish fillet from an immaculate Vietnamese fish store and a couple of home-made bratwurst from an equally appealing deli. They will eat well this week if not entirely healthily. (Anybody know a source for organic bratwurst?)
And now, the happy ending. The Geeks (two affable and efficient young men) finally arrived at 1:30, paused to bite the heads off a couple of chickens for lunch, and then proceeded to unpack and assemble Uncle Jack's new "Home Theater". (That's what they called it and he can see why). Stay tuned for further adventures of Uncle Jack and his 52" Samsung flat panel high definition TV as he explores the mysteries of the many-buttoned Comcast remote control. It could be humorous.