Here's a gorgeous pic from Wikipedia:
Last night I wrapped up the drama of getting old housemate's stuff out and getting the bedroom spackled and vacuumed in time to make it out to a Baltimore event: the Lighting of the Monument. I'm not one for standing around in the cold for parades and firework shows, but this was pretty awesome. I grabbed a few friends and hit up a great pre-party at Live Baltimore's downtown office for free snacks and hot chocolate (and $1 for Flying Dog beers or to spike your hot cocoa), walked 3 blocks up to the Monument (collecting a free 7-11 reusable shopping bag along the way. Who knew "the sev" was so community minded and green?), and got a great spot near the show. Despite sound issues that left most of the crowd questioning "What are they saying?", and a stage not set high enough for mortals to see the dancing Santas and whatever else was up there (but the babies hoisted on shoulders looked like they would have a great view), it was an awesome show. A bit TOO awesome, if you ask me. Multiple color lasers? Check. Extended firework show? Check. Creepy intense rock versions of Christmas songs? Super weird. Maybe it was our angle, but the music and the explosions felt more like the apocalypse than Christmas.
Here are some choice "OMG they're blowing up the Monument!" pics, which are sadly from my iPhone, as I suck at toting my actual camera around:
The bluish strings of lights are the Holiday lights that warranted the ocassion. Not too impressive, but the fact that they are LEDs are!
So much smoke!
Busy weekend approaches. Interviews for new housemates, holiday parties, and other fun stuff.
Hiked back towards downtown after the show for a Downtown Partnership after-party with wonderfully free wine and food. The food buffet from Lebanese Taverna reminded me that I should eat there for dinner. (Hey, if these organizations/restaurants fed and boozed me for free, they totally get a shout-out on the blog. Keep that in mind, businesses!) Great night with new and old friends!