By Greg Carpenter

My daughter and I did some great Baltimore traditions this weekend.  Saturday, we went to Hampden and checked out all of the shops.  I thought it would be a normal shopping trip.  But it quickly made me realize how many traditions we have in Baltimore.  As we browsed, I’d tell her stories of some of the things we’d come across.  We saw Natty Boh crates and signs.  We’d dig further and see Utz Chip cans, Greenspring dairy items, even Orioles and Colts items from the 60’s and 70’s.  At one point, she saw this big box playing music.  She said, ‘dad what is that?’  I said that was a restaurant’s I-pod back in the 70’s.  It was a working  jukebox.  She punched a few buttons and “Grease” from Frankie Valle came on.  It was great.  You forget how much things have changed in the last 20 years or so.  These stores in Hampden made me think of what’s coming in the next 20 to 30 years.  Will we look back on Under Armor with the same nostalgia.  Probably.  But there’s something about the Natty Boh and old roller skates with the rubber knob in the front that really felt special.  It was fun to teach my daughter about those things.  Then, to follow it up Sunday with the St Patrick’s Day parade.  We have a great town.  We have to keep the spirit of Charm City alive.


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