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February 16, 2010

I'm baaack ... and boy do I miss Argentina

I could live in Buenos Aires. And after spending a week in the warm, sunny South American city (dodging not one but two back-to-back Baltimore blizzards), I want to go back. Now.

Returning to 30-some inches of snow was a shock to the system. Two things flashed across my mind as we pulled into Baltimore:

'Are the roads really that bad?' (they were), and 'Is that mound of snow really our car?' (It was) ...

Weather aside, I'm incredibly thankful for all the folks who stepped up last minute and wrote enough guest blogs to cover me while I was on vacation. They didn't just come up with good stuff -- they did it for free. To all the guest posters, I can't thank you enough.

Without getting into many details, Amie and I had some of the best meals of our lives in Buenos Aires. I'm planning on blogging about a couple of the bars we hit up, including the Buller Brewing Company, which is one of the few brewpubs in Buenos Aires.

How was the beer in Argentina? Well, let's just say I savored the Clipper City Loose Cannon I had when we got back to Baltimore. But the wine ... oh my, the wine.

OK, first thing's first -- I've got to tend to the 1,500 unread emails in my inbox (I'm not kidding) and the 10 voicemails. I don't know if you've heard or not, but we're bringing back the Live! weekend section as a tabloid on Fridays. That means my nightlife column, now called Midnight Sun, will be back in full force.

Thanks for sticking around while I was gone, gang. All jokes aside, it's good to be back.

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 11:32 AM | | Comments (5)
Categories: Random stuff


"Free"??? What's this "free" blogging you're talking about, bub? The contract explicitly states "Will Blog For Beer".......

"Free"??? What's this "free" blogging you're talking about, bub?

I was told that a star in the Andromeda galaxy would be named after me.

I don't mind blogging for free but I do however mind blogging for a dude sipping wine in Argentina while I'm accidentally bumping my nards into parking meters and getting smacked in the face with packs of ice from the roof of the Midtown Yatch Club. Falling ice cicles- a smokers nightmare. Sam you gotta be the luckiest man on earth to choose that vacation schedule.

Can you give me some winning lottery numbers for blogging?

For my troubles I learned that at least a handful of people disliked the Field House as much as I do.

You can't buy that kind of comfort, man.

@Owl Meat -- it's the second star to the right.

@Alexander D. Mitchell IV -- You blogged and I drank the beer. What's the problem?

@Tif -- We had amazing weather karma, as Amie put it. I just cashed in my last few winning lottery numbers to pay for the private jet to Buenos Aires. It was sooooo worth it.

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About Erik Maza
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.

Midnight Sun covers Baltimore music, live entertainment, and nightlife news. On the blog, you'll find, among other things, concert announcements, breaking news, bars closings and openings, up-to-date coverage of crime in nightlife, new music, round-the-clock coverage of Virgin Mobile FreeFest, handy guides on bars staying open past 2 a.m. on New Year's Eve and those that carry Natty Boh on draft. Recurring features include seven-day nightlife guides, Concert News, guest reviews of bars and concerts, Wednesday Corkboard, and photo galleries, as well as reader-submitted photos. Thanks for reading.

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