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August 14, 2008

My review: Boomer's on the Hill

Here's a link to my official dead-tree review of Boomer's on the Hill.

It came out today.

One of the things I talk about in the piece is the appearance of recently rehabbed bars.

Remember Charlotte's on Light Street, or The Vine or even Taps now?

It seems as though new bar owners focus on the interior of their bar much more than the exterior. But if it doesn't look friendly from the outside, people probably aren't going to come in. 

Also, I'd like to thank my fiance Amie for recommending the word "meh" in the lead. I think it makes the story.

(Photo by me) 

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 3:49 PM | | Comments (12)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


Congrats on your engagement Sam!

WOW, fiancee!! I think that fiance is the boy and fiancee is the girl - wacky Frogs. I am also recently engaged (June 14) and my fiance hates the word fiance/e and tried to come up with something else. "Betrothed" sounds kind of goth, I like it but it didn't stick - and you have to say it with 3 syllables "bee-tro-thed." "Future wife/husband" is too wordy. But I digress, best wishes on your engagement!

Maybe they need the services of someone like the legendary salesman Elmer Wheeler, whose motto was "Don't sell the steak, sell the sizzle"



Major props to your use of the word "meh" in your review which appeared in the newspaper of record for Baltimore. I don't understand the big deal though, it's a perfectly cromulent word.

You have really embiggened our vocab.

re: "fiance". we skipped the whole word and just went right to "husband" and "wife". those are the terms that should theorectically be used the longest, so you might as well practice.

Thanks for the kind comments, guys.


Hadn't previously seen this word before.
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The Unword Dictionary:

And for the benefit of those who like to make fashion statements.

Also a favorite utterance of The Simpsons.

By the way any updates of the still missing Homer?

Even tho Boomer's doesn't have good signage on the outside of the bar, I thought they did a lot of work to the outside. I think that bar used to be the Friendship Inn. Anyways they tore down the formstone and did make some other modifications to the outside which definitely helps make it more inviting than before. They've done much more than Taps. I wish they would give that outside a new paint job.

Has anyone seen all of the work happening to the outside of TAPS?
I saw new windows going in over the weekend, and some new paint! They may have gotten the message.

Breaking News: "meh" is officially a word! According to the AP it's being added to the dictionary!


Popularized by the television show The Simpsons, specifically in the episode titled “Homer's Triple Bypass".

Full entry of definition and use at wiktionary

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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