Walking in the Footsteps of Giants
Catonsville is ever-evolving and never changing.
As is true in every small town, progress in Catonsville has a way of evolving in a self-referencing manner. New replaces old, and then is supplanted by newer, but each incarnation seems to only emphasize the depth of the well from which it sprung.
For example, there has been a strong and pleasantly fattening history of ice cream shops in our town. My memory stretches back to childhood ice cream soda extravaganzas at the counter of Moss's drugstore. These memories were succeeded by the pubescent-defining moments I spent at Father's Gay Nineties. The fact that my thirteen year old self never once stopped to contemplate the word "gay" in the name only emphasizes the defining role this ice cream mecca played in my life.
And now we have You Scream, Ice Cream. I encourage everyone to patronize this establishment as it deserves to earn its star in the Catonsville ice cream firmament. Harkening back to the giants that dominated our town in years past, You Scream, Ice Cream gives great service at great prices. Every time I leave their tiny Frederick Road storefront with ice cream in hand, I remember back to my nights at Father's and days at Moss's. The only thing missing from You Scream, Ice Cream is a rowboat filled with ice cream and some brothel-red velvet wall coverings (if you are not familiar with this reference please turn to the Catonsvillian next to you and ask them to fill you in on the décor of Father's Gay Nineties).
Here are a few other examples of the ever-evolving but always the same tiny little world we live in:
Parent- Baltimore Colts Marching Band; Offspring- Purple Fridays
Parent- parties in God's Country; Offspring- parties at the Barn
Parent- Field's Candy Shop; Offspring- Ken's Old Fashioned Candy Shop
Parent- fireworks at Catonsville High School; Offspring-....ok, that hasn't changed at all.
Reader, reader, pumpkin eater, stop pretending to work and join me in this pleasant diversion. Please tell me in the comments your ideas about the same game but different name that is Catonsville. Or, tell me about things in Catonsville that are simply irreplaceable (really, what could ever replace Westview Drive In?). And feel free to be as obscure as you like; after all, obscure references are the building blocks of most Catonsville conversations.