My older son, Joe, drove the entire household to the historic center of Annapolis, Maryland this morning. Annapolis is the state capital and the county seat of Anne Arundel County, the county we live in. Traveling from Joe’s house to downtown Annapolis takes about 30 minutes, more or less, depending on traffic.
Parking spots were almost nonexistent in the Main Street area. In fact, Joe had to move the van after two hours and couldn’t find another spot. He ended up at the United States Naval Academy campus the second time, which is where he should’ve parked to begin with. After all, everyone above the age of nine in this household has a military ID card.
We started on Dock Street and walked to the edge of the water facing Annapolis harbor. We probably spent 30 minutes watching sailboats and other water craft moving around the harbor. After that, at least an hour passed as we went in and out of some stores along Main Street.
One of the shops we went into had all kinds of military paraphernalia, mostly Navy. After all, Annapolis is a Navy city, historically speaking. I think my daughter-in-law, Cathy, was the only one who actually bought anything there.
We ended up at Buddy’s Crabs & Ribs on Main Street for lunch, just before Joe had to go move the van. The appetizer was oysters. Joe had lobster and I didn’t see what his wife, Diann, was eating. Cathy had shrimp and Josie, my wife, and I had seafood gumbo. The children had mini pizzas and fries.
Ezra, the youngest of my grandsons, ate anything that was offered to him. He’s not too picky considering he’s only 14 months old. After lunch and on our way home, we made two stops.
Third Eye Comics is actually two stores. One’s a comic book store and the other’s a game store. This was the first time I had ever entered a real comic book store, and it was pretty big. When I bought comic books in the 1960s and 1970s, they were just another category of products in whatever store I bought them in.
The regular comic books were priced at $3.99 and the thicker ones at $9.99. Unlike the comic books I collected with newspaper print on the inner pages, these comic books had glossy pages, almost as glossy as the covers. Joshua, my oldest grandson, and Cathy bought some items, although I really didn’t pay attention to what they were.
The other stop was a CVS store closer to home. Joshua had to get his second vaccine dose. I stayed in the van, in relaxed air-conditioned comfort. We were home by 3:30 in the afternoon.