Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Thanks for coming and have a safe trip home!

It's been a pleasure to host you all here in Charm City. We hope you enjoyed your stay. Have a safe trip home and we'll see you in Denver.

SLA MD Blog Coordinator

Friday, June 09, 2006

Personal Safety in Baltimore

We have gotten several questions about personal safety in Baltimore.

Baltimore is a big city. Like all other big cities, there are better parts and worse parts. The Inner Harbor area is fairly safe, but there are some common sense precautions everyone should take.
  • Try not to walk alone at night. Try to go in groups.
  • Be vigilant of your surroundings.
  • Do not carry tons of cash with you.
  • If you drive
    • lock your car as soon as you get in and keep the door locked
    • place your valuables including computers, checkbooks, mp3 players out of sight
    • lock your car when you leave it
    • look around your car before you get in when you come back
  • Bring a cell phone
Don't let this scare you. You should be doing this anyway (Thanks, Mom!).

Honfest this Saturday, June 10

Culture Alert: Honfest on Saturday, June 10

Baltimore Remains a Beehive of Kitsch Glam
By Ellen Ryan
Special to The Washington Post
Wednesday, June 7, 2006; Page C02

You will need a free Post password to access this article about the upcoming Honfest. If you have some free time on Saturday it might be worth your while to go out to the Hampden section of Baltimore and see the riotous getups that people put on. They really get in the spirit of the "hons" of Baltimore.

Immortalized by John Waters in his hit musical Hairspray, here's a line from the article. "Saturday, the hon factor will go off the charts with the annual return of HonFest to the streets of Hampden, the most Hon-tense of Baltimore neighborhoods. Some 20,000 revelers are expected to celebrate the mystique of the kind of fun, sassy, melting-pot woman we imagine keeping a kitsch-filled house shaded by aluminum awnings."

Thanks to Chapter President Linda Hutchinson for this tip.
Susan Fingerman

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Can't say this enough: DO NOT TAKE THE WILSON BRIDGE THIS WEEKEND! (June 9-12)

Sorry for the yelling! Please, if you're planning on coming up I-95 from the south any time between Friday and Monday, go around the DC beltway to the west. John Adams provided instructions at the link above. The Wilson Bridge is undergoing construction and there will be back-ups miles long. This press release (pdf) has more information.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Wireless at the Conference

Seen on a Division List -

In the Baltimore Convention Center, Attendees can access wireless internet using their WiFi Internet Café service at the Starbucks located in the Pratt Street Lobby entrance. In addition, they will also have access at the Main and Outdoor Terrace locations on the 300 Level.

FYI...Exhibitors can access wireless internet service in all the Exhibits Halls and the 300 Level meeting rooms. The prices vary, and attendees must provide valid credit card information to access the WiFi Internet Café.

Please understand that SLA HQ is not offering free service.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Local Yoga

Yoga Near the Convention Center

In answer to a recent request, I checked with my local Yoga "maven" and got this reply.

"The best place for Yoga near the convention center is the Fitness Center at the Harbor Court Hotel (550 Light St). The drop-in fee is $5 for Yoga class only. (to use the full fitness center the charge is $10 and includes the Yoga class).

Sat 10th 8-9 a.m.
Monday 12th 6-7 a.m.
Tues 13th 7-8 a.m. and 6-7 p.m.
Wed 14th 6:30-7:30 a.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Thurs 15th 7-8 a.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m.

The Fitness Center is located on the 7th floor and there are lockers available.

There are also Yoga classes at the HarborView condos' fitness center. That would be a taxi ride away. The address is 100 Harbor View Drive, 410-752-3488.

Happy Relaxation. Namaste.
Susan Fingerman

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Dine Arounds - Come Join Us!

There are still spaces available for anyone that would like to join the MD SLA Chapter Hosts for the Tuesday, June 13th dine-around (6:30 pm to 8:30 pm - meet in Hyatt Lobby @ 6:15 pm).

If you are interested in joining us you can either email me now at with your restaurant selection or you can sign up at the MD Chapter's hospitality booth at the Conference. The restaurant selections at this point are Burke's, Tir Na Nog and Uncle Lees. All the restaurants are reasonably priced for the area. You can also email me if you have any questions regarding this event.