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Big City Lights

hour drive to and from Philadelphia was becoming a real drag. When a convention was in the City, as it almost always was, I realized there were as many people staying in the hotel as live in St. Michaels. Even though we have only lived on the Eastern Shore for eight years, it is rare to venture out without running into an acquaintance. In the City, I would walk for blocks and not see a person I knew to say hello to. I was alone in a crowd. I began to think that this Big City hustle ain’t what it’s all cracked up to be. I started to mentally segment the trip home on a sliding stress scale. Center City to Middletown, Delaware, was an Interstate, whiteknuckle raceway. While I drove well over the speed limit, I was constantly watching side and rearview mirrors for charging cars and trucks changing lanes and cutting through traffic like a slalom race just to be first to the next exit. Once through Middletown, I could feel my pulse ease off. Crossing the Delaware-Maryland

convention town, the hotels fill up quickly and are often booked well in advance, so I wound up sampling several venues. The Hotel Palomar was by far the friendliest. The doorman knew my name on the second visit. The Doubletree had the best parking rate, and the Westin had a bed that was so comfortable I didn’t want to get up in the morning. After a month, however, routine began to set in and I started to see the City in a slightly different light. Instead of dining out after long business meetings, I picked up a salad, some cheese and a baguette at DiBruno Brothers’ gourmet foods and ate alone in my hotel room. I noticed that at 6 p.m. the store was full of singles carrying individual servings of fine food to the cashier. Pat and I would spend an hour on the phone, and I was in bed early. The business side of this adventure was taking the fun out of the weekly trips. The two-and-a-half-

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November 2014 ttimes web magazine  

November 2014 Tidewater Times

November 2014 ttimes web magazine  

November 2014 Tidewater Times