Well, I had spent over an hour composing a long, involved entry about the death penalty and our society's ambivalent attitudes toward forgiveness, then I hit the wrong button and the whole post disappeared into the electronic aether. So now that I've tamped down the impulse to hurl my laptop out the window, I think that instead I'll just put up some pretty pictures of the annual lighting of the Washington Monument in Baltimore last Thursday.
The choir of City College, a citywide high school, kicked off the evening's festivities with a spirited holiday medley.
Bawlmer bard John Waters was on hand to flip the switch. He was joined by Mayor O'Malley and other local dignitaries.
Twinkly! The blue bulbs at the base commemorate city firefighters and police officers who have fallen in the line of duty.
Then the fireworks started poppin'.
George Washington in the rockets' red glare.
For the grand finale, the monument done got blowed up good. Real good.
Stuff like this makes me love living in this town.