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August 6, 2008

Playing the Baltimore Sun card

As a reporter, I've got this ID badge that lets people know I'm legit.

But in my line of work, I've got to be careful when I use it.

I'm not allowed to use it for personal benefit, of course, or to call people out when I'm reviewing a bar.

I don't even wear it when I'm reviewing a bar, because I go in anonymously.

But I've been temped to use it a few times ...

  • Standing at the empty indoor bar at MEX with money in my hand while five bartenders stood at the opposite end, stared at me and ignored me.

Each time I've really wanted to whip out this card and be like, DO YOU KNOW WHO YOU'RE TALKING TO? DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM? I'M KIND OF A BIG DEAL. BOOYA!

But I'm afraid if I did that, not only would I get fired, but something like this would happen.

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 11:46 AM | | Comments (3)
Categories: Random stuff


I wear a t-shirt around Federal Hill that says "I am Sam Sessa, I demand your attention." So far, so good.

Based on the posts today you would think it's Sam Sessa Appreciation Day.


I guess it is better than playing the race card. If you do want to do that, there are two cheap ones on ebay:

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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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