Monday, March 13, 2023

Greetings from Marcus Hook

Our original plan for Sunday was go to Longwood Gardens, but some of us weren't feeling well from something we ate, some of us needed to get home for work, some of us were unhappy about how cold it was, and all of us were a little tired from all the walking Saturday plus Daylight Savings Time, so instead we walked to a nearby Wawa to grab food for breakfast -- mostly sandwiches and yogurt to go with the free beverages at the hotel -- before the St. Patrick's Day Parade trapped us in the parking lot. We then packed, said goodbye to the two friends driving north, and headed in the other direction out of Philadelphia. 

We stopped to see the Plank House in Marcus Hook, which is undergoing repair so sadly we couldn't go inside, but we got to see Edward Teach's flag flying over his onetime girlfriend's house and the nearby statue of Mickey Vernon, from Marcus Hook but known mostly for his career on the Washington Senators. Then we continued into Maryland, dropped one friend at the Metro, said goodbye to another at our house, and spent the afternoon watching the NCAA Selection Sunday show and Oscars preshows (Maryland's men and women both got good placements, though the Maryland men will have to get past Alabama to advance). 

We just finished watching the Oscars, about which I have some mixed feelings. I think Everything Everywhere All At Once is one of the most creative movies I've seen, the performances are wonderful, and I couldn't be happier for Ke Huy Quan and Michelle Yeoh, both of whom were very articulate about the importance for Asian people and immigrants of seeing people who look like them. But as much as I like Jamie Lee Curtis and the Bollywood Best Song, I was unhappy both Angela Bassett and Rihanna didn't win after Viola Davis wasn't even nominated. I'm thrilled about Women Talking getting the screenplay award, at least! 

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