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A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day...06-27-03..."Oh, The State I'm In!" ~ Pippin's Maryland
Mama_Bear and Pippin

Posted on 06/27/2003 5:28:22 AM PDT by Mama_Bear



A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day
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Fasten your seatbelts and hang on, folks. Pippin is taking us on a whirlwind tour of Maryland.

As we take in the sights and sounds, and the flora and fauna, let's listen to Pippin's own words as she proudly tells us about her 'Finest' state.....

"Maryland is one of the original 13 colonies, having been founded in 1634 by Cecil Calvert, 2nd Lord Baltimore. It was the 7th colony to ratify the constitution, thus becoming our 7th state in 1789."


The Maryland state flag contains the family crests of the Calvert and the Crossland families. The black and gold representing the family of the 2nd Lord Baltimore.

"Maryland is richly steeped in history and is a great place to visit, whether it’s to find the perfect vacation spot or if you are interested in discovering America's roots. As I have said before, Maryland is a diverse state ~ an 'America in miniature'.

We have the beautiful Catoctin Mountains southwest of Baltimore, site of the Camp David Presidential retreat, and we have many lakes and rivers where fishing is the main sport activity. If you like boating, there’s the Chesapeake Bay and it’s tributaries. Every February, in Annapolis, the state capitol, they have a boat show at the Annapolis harbor where the latest in recreational boats are shown."


Annapolis Harbor

Annapolis is also home of the U.S. Naval Academy.
GO NAVY!!


"Like seafood? Maryland is famous for it’s seafood. In Baltimore we have the world’s famous Lexington Market, the oldest continuing marketplace in the country! Lexington Market started out as an open-air market for fishermen and other merchants to display and sell their goods in Baltimore City in 1789."


Lexington Market - of days gone by.


"We have Phillips seafood restaurant, with it’s really out of this world baseball crab cakes located at Lexington Market. Speaking of crab cakes, what about our famous steamed crabs and cold beer!"



"If you are into sports we have Baseball, Football, Soccer, Lacrosse, and even Jousting (I kid you not). Every year, September thru October, we have the Renaissance Festival in southern Anne Arundel County, where there is Jousting and feasting and fun 'Elizabethan style'!"



"We have our baseball team, the "Orioles" and Camden Yards, our new ballpark, built in the early 1990’s on the grounds of the old Camden train station. The main building still stands. This is must see (as well as seeing an Orioles game.) For football lovers, we have Ravens stadium just a mile from Camden Yards. The Ravens were named for Edgar Allen Poe’s poem, “The Raven”."



"Want to spend some time at the ocean? Take a trip across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge to Ocean City. There are condos to rent for the summer and shops to look through as well as the famous boardwalk and fantastic beaches.


Boardwalk Cam - Downtown Ocean City


I hope I’ve managed to whet your appetite and have made you curious enough to come to my state and find out why I’m so proud to be a Marylander. There is so much more to Maryland than meets the eye."





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And, finally........




Now, as we thank our tour guide, Pippin, for introducing us to her beautiful state, why don't we all sing a rousting chorus of......

"Maryland, My Maryland".

Thou wilt not cower in the dust,
Maryland! my Maryland!
Thy gleaming sword shall never rust,
Maryland! my Maryland!
Remember Carroll's sacred trust,
Remember Howard's war-like thrust,
And all thy slumb'rers with the just,
Maryland! my Maryland!



Thank you all for coming. Hope to see you again when we tour another Finest state in this great land of ours. ~Mama_Bear



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1 posted on 06/27/2003 5:28:24 AM PDT by Mama_Bear
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To: ST.LOUIE1; Billie; daisyscarlett; dansangel; dutchess; Mama_Bear; FreeTheHostages; .45MAN; ...

Good morning, everyone. Sorry to have to post and run. I will be back a little later this morning.

If you would like on or off the Finest list, FReepmail me.

2 posted on 06/27/2003 5:29:41 AM PDT by Mama_Bear
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To: Mama_Bear


Good Morning, Again.

3 posted on 06/27/2003 5:37:01 AM PDT by JustAmy (God Bless Our Troops and God Bless America!)
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To: Mama_Bear
Good morning Mama.


4 posted on 06/27/2003 5:38:42 AM PDT by Aeronaut ("The wicked are always surprised to find nobility in the good.")
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To: Mama_Bear; Billie

5 posted on 06/27/2003 5:38:43 AM PDT by The Mayor (I'm moving back to Buffalo.. I have a new job!)
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To: Pippin
Hey ..... I'm coming to Maryland!! You did an outstanding job enticing us to come for a visit.

Thank You!!!
((((( Pip )))))

6 posted on 06/27/2003 5:48:16 AM PDT by JustAmy (God Bless Our Troops and God Bless America!)
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To: Mama_Bear

Thank you for the wonderful presentation.
It reminds me that I still have some states to visit,
if I'm ever to get to all 50.

7 posted on 06/27/2003 5:54:09 AM PDT by JustAmy (God Bless Our Troops and God Bless America!)
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To: JustAmy
Good Morning All..Coffee's on


8 posted on 06/27/2003 5:56:26 AM PDT by GailA (Millington Rally for America after action http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/872519/posts)
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To: GailA
Ahh ..... thank you for that coffee and since I'm starving, I'll have two bisquits.



Now I can wish everyone a Good Morning!

9 posted on 06/27/2003 6:07:29 AM PDT by JustAmy (God Bless Our Troops and God Bless America!)
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To: Mama_Bear
Good morning Mama_Bear!
10 posted on 06/27/2003 6:26:08 AM PDT by Calpernia (Remember the three R's: Respect for self; Respect for others; Responsibility for all your actions.)
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To: Pippin
Morning Pippin,

Love the Oriole!

Click the Oriole

11 posted on 06/27/2003 6:29:57 AM PDT by Calpernia (Remember the three R's: Respect for self; Respect for others; Responsibility for all your actions.)
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To: Mama_Bear; All
Good Morning Everybody.
You Know The Drill
Click the Pics
J

Click here to Contribute to FR: Do It Now! ;-) Click Here to Select Music Click Here to Select More Music I'm testing out a new idea for the coffee and donuts post. Now when you click on the graphics a list should appear in a new window. You may make your own selections of what you want to hear. Let me know if you like it. Thanks.

Coffee & Donuts J

12 posted on 06/27/2003 6:50:49 AM PDT by Fiddlstix (~~~ http://www.ourgangnet.net ~~~~~)
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To: JustAmy; Mama_Bear
Good Morning, Lori! and Amy!

Welcome to Maryland, HON!

13 posted on 06/27/2003 6:51:32 AM PDT by Pippin ( Bush in '04)
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To: Aeronaut
Good Morning, Aeronaut!

Why not fly over to Maryland! :O)

14 posted on 06/27/2003 6:52:22 AM PDT by Pippin ( Bush in '04)
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To: JustAmy
YES!!!!!!
15 posted on 06/27/2003 6:52:46 AM PDT by Pippin ( Bush in '04)
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To: Calpernia
Thanks, Cal!

C'mon over!

16 posted on 06/27/2003 6:53:53 AM PDT by Pippin ( Bush in '04)
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To: Pippin
Hiya Pippin. Good to see you! After I get fueled up I'm heading east.
17 posted on 06/27/2003 6:54:54 AM PDT by Aeronaut ("The wicked are always surprised to find nobility in the good.")
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To: Mama_Bear; sauropod; George From Brooklyn Park; tgslTakoma; MJY1288; beachn4fun; Lil'freeper; ...
Lori, hope you don't mind if I invite a few of my friends from Maryland.

Hey! Y'all! C'mon over here! MARYLAND is being featured :O)

Please ping any Maryland freepers that I forgot.

18 posted on 06/27/2003 6:59:19 AM PDT by Pippin ( Bush in '04)
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To: Aeronaut
Good!

I'll keep the beer cold and the steamed crabs hot! :O)

19 posted on 06/27/2003 7:00:10 AM PDT by Pippin ( Bush in '04)
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To: Pippin
Welcome to Maryland, HON!

Wahooo! Congrats. And what a nice little spin you put on the place!

20 posted on 06/27/2003 7:01:30 AM PDT by Lil'freeper
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To: Lil'freeper
Good Morning!

I try! :O)

21 posted on 06/27/2003 7:02:31 AM PDT by Pippin ( Bush in '04)
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To: Pippin
Maryland Bump
22 posted on 06/27/2003 7:09:52 AM PDT by MJY1288 (The Gifted One is Clueless)
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To: Mama_Bear; Pippin
Good morning, you two! What a pretty and colorful introduction to Maryland today! So how much room do you have, Pip? :) You just might have made Maryland 'the' place for FReepers to visit!

Thank you both for the tour - it truly sounds like a wonderful place to visit.

Lori, I love these state tours you're providing, and the fact that they're not alphabetical means we never know when our 'own' state is up for review! Thanks, Sistah, for your second feature presentation in one week. LOL

Do bluebirds and orioles get along? :)

23 posted on 06/27/2003 7:40:24 AM PDT by Billie
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To: JustAmy
Good morning to FR's Finest resident florist. :)
24 posted on 06/27/2003 7:41:27 AM PDT by Billie
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To: Aeronaut
Hi, there! You keep letting someone beat you to your spot. :)
25 posted on 06/27/2003 7:42:52 AM PDT by Billie
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To: Mama_Bear; Pippin
What a beautiful presentation ((((((((Mama_Bear))))))))))

You illustrated ((((((((Pippin))))))))'s description of her beloved homes state wonderfully.

It's easy to see you are proud of your beloved Maryland, Pippin. Great job in being our tour guide for the day!

Back to w-o-r-k (ugh) then a Dr. appointment later, so I may not be able to get back until this evening. Have a great FRiday! :-)
26 posted on 06/27/2003 7:43:40 AM PDT by dansangel (America - love it, support it or LEAVE it!)
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To: The Mayor
THERE'S that cup!! Hi, Rus - great to see you again. :)
27 posted on 06/27/2003 7:44:11 AM PDT by Billie
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To: Billie
(((((((Billie)))))))

Hit 'n run ***HUGS*** sistah!
28 posted on 06/27/2003 7:44:58 AM PDT by dansangel (America - love it, support it or LEAVE it!)
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To: Billie

How about blue flowers for BillieBlue?

29 posted on 06/27/2003 7:46:00 AM PDT by JustAmy (God Bless Our Troops and God Bless America!)
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To: GailA
Morning, Gail - your post reminds me I have toast in the toaster that I forgot about! Biscuit and gravy it's NOT! :)
30 posted on 06/27/2003 7:46:03 AM PDT by Billie
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To: JustAmy
That is pretty!
31 posted on 06/27/2003 7:47:57 AM PDT by Calpernia (Remember the three R's: Respect for self; Respect for others; Responsibility for all your actions.)
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To: Calpernia
"That is pretty! "

Thank You. I have stolen borrowed some that are not quite as nice.
32 posted on 06/27/2003 7:53:10 AM PDT by JustAmy (God Bless Our Troops and God Bless America!)
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To: Billie
I bet you guessed I would do this :)

Click your bluebird Billie :)

33 posted on 06/27/2003 7:54:43 AM PDT by Calpernia (Remember the three R's: Respect for self; Respect for others; Responsibility for all your actions.)
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To: Calpernia
I thought of you last night (and your chirping birds from the other day) before going to bed, we were flipping the channels between Letterman and Leno, and caught the top three winning teams of a bird calling contest! The third place winners were 3 girls (about to be juniors in high school), and their sound I think was the bluejay. Then they had the second place winners (they were 3 college age boys), and their sound was some exotic bird I'd never heard of, and finally the first place winners were 2 boys (who were going to be high school juniors, too) - again some exotic bird. But with all three teams, if you closed your eyes, it was uncanny how much they sounded like real birds!
34 posted on 06/27/2003 7:55:58 AM PDT by Billie
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To: Mama_Bear; Pippin; Billie; dansangel; dutchess; Aquamarine
Morning FR's Finest... hostesses. And a special good morning to our tour guide, Ms. Pippin.

You've got a nice neighborhood, Pip.

35 posted on 06/27/2003 7:57:55 AM PDT by Diver Dave
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To: Fiddlstix
Well, that's neat, f'stix - I didn't get to click on them yesterday, and the first time I clicked on both the coffee cup and the donuts, I got nothing - then I saw that my Pop-up monitor was blocking your site index. Turned that off, and voila! there it was!
36 posted on 06/27/2003 8:01:23 AM PDT by Billie
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To: dansangel
Thanks, dansy girl! One good hug deserves another!

(((((((((Sistah)))))))))

37 posted on 06/27/2003 8:04:58 AM PDT by Billie
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To: JustAmy
Well, those blue flowers are so pretty! (Cornflower blue? - your text is exactly the same shade of blue, but you always do that!) Thank you, JustFRiend!


38 posted on 06/27/2003 8:07:43 AM PDT by Billie
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To: Calpernia
I bet you guessed I would do this :)

Nope, I didn't! (oh, okay, maybe I did! LOL)

I like it though!

39 posted on 06/27/2003 8:10:57 AM PDT by Billie
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To: Billie
Thanks Billie J
It's an idea I came up with a while back. Now that things are "getting somewhat back to normal" around here, I'll be posting once again. I have some other ideas for graphic posts that I shall be trying out in the near future also.
Take care
God Bless
40 posted on 06/27/2003 8:13:52 AM PDT by Fiddlstix (~~~ http://www.ourgangnet.net ~~~~~)
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To: Diver Dave
Hi, Dave - how 'ya doin'?! In a few minutes......


41 posted on 06/27/2003 8:13:57 AM PDT by Billie
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To: Mama_Bear; Billie; daisyscarlett; dansangel; dutchess; SpookBrat; nicmarlo; LadyX; Pippin
Mornin', everybody ! Happy Friday !

75 degrees as I post this, headin' for around 87 today.


Click for Dallas, Texas Forecast


42 posted on 06/27/2003 8:15:51 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye Dixie Chimps! / Check out my Freeper site !: http://home.attbi.com/~freeper/wsb/index.html)
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To: Mama_Bear; Pippin

43 posted on 06/27/2003 8:18:55 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye Dixie Chimps! / Check out my Freeper site !: http://home.attbi.com/~freeper/wsb/index.html)
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To: JustAmy
Hiya, Amy! Is it toasty enough for you? Just heard on the radio that it is going to go up to a sizzling 107 in Fresno today. Yikes!!

We'll see you tonight at the rally. A little heat isn't going to keep us away. :-)

44 posted on 06/27/2003 8:19:10 AM PDT by Mama_Bear
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To: Aeronaut
G'morning fly-guy. Happy 'TGIF' to you!
45 posted on 06/27/2003 8:21:53 AM PDT by Mama_Bear
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To: Pippin; martin_fierro; Billie
That's a STATE ? We've got COUNTIES that big ! :O)


46 posted on 06/27/2003 8:21:59 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye Dixie Chimps! / Check out my Freeper site !: http://home.attbi.com/~freeper/wsb/index.html)
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To: Pippin; Billie; dutchess; Mama_Bear; WVNan; All
Hello!
47 posted on 06/27/2003 8:23:13 AM PDT by knighthawk (Full of power I'm spreading my wings, facing the storm that is gathering near)
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To: The Mayor
Hello, Mr. Mayor. Thanks for bringing the coffee. Mind if I put a little ice in mine? Going up to over 100 here today!
48 posted on 06/27/2003 8:23:58 AM PDT by Mama_Bear
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To: JustAmy
Amy, Maryland is a great place to visit. As Pippin says, it's so rich in history. I spent six years of my childhood there when my dad was stationed at the Pentagon. One of the things I miss most are fireflies in the summertime.
49 posted on 06/27/2003 8:34:09 AM PDT by Mama_Bear
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To: Mama_Bear; Pippin
Maryland looks wonderful! I think I'll pack Chel and the car and head up that way. Anyone know where I can find a Stuckey's route?


50 posted on 06/27/2003 8:48:24 AM PDT by ru4liberty (I don't know what tomorrow holds, but I know Who holds tomorrow. May His Name ever be praised!)
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