Thursday, December 19: After I finish visiting the National Aquarium, I walk back around Baltimore’s Inner Harbor in the dark. I love how the harbor looks at night, with the reflections in the water and the buildings and street lamps all aglow.
Strangely enough, there don’t seem to be many Christmas decorations here, despite it being only a week before Christmas.
I stop in at the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. for an appetizer of Cajun shrimp and a Blue Moon. The Cajun shrimp and the dipping bread are delicious!! As is the Blue Moon. I seem to have the restaurant all to myself tonight.
The waitress tells me that when I want her to come by my table, to flip the sign on the table that says “Stop Forrest Stop.” When all is well, I should flip to “Run Forrest Run.”
The waitress says in order for me to become a true Bubba Gump patron, I must pass a quiz. It’s so pathetic how bad my memory can be sometimes.
She asks first: “Who plays Forrest Gump in the movie?” Of course I know who it is, but for some reason, his name has slipped out of my slippery mind. She says, his initials are T.H. I say, “Snap! Of course, Tom Hanks!”
Second question: “Who is Forrest’s girlfriend in the movie?” Blank mind again! She says, “Rhymes with Penny.” Oh… Jenny!
Third: “Who are Forrest’s two best friends?” Duh. I can’t seem to remember anything about this movie. I guess it has been too many years since I’ve seen it. She has to tell me: “Captain Dan and… Bubba!” Well, of course. Here I am in the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, after all.
Finally: “Which war is being fought in the movie?” Finally, one question I get: the Vietnam War.
I don’t think I passed the quiz, so I’m doomed to be excluded as a patron from the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. 😦
When I walk back to my car in the parking garage, I take one parting shot of downtown Baltimore, and I quite like how it turns out.
I’ve been parked for about 7 hours, and the parking fee? $20! I’m telling you, things have really gotten expensive in the USA in my absence. 😦