This post has nothing to do with pop culture, so if you are not interested, just don't read it. It is, however, not the first to go off topic.
On Saturday, I went with Mrs. Bartender, Isaac, Jr., and my parents (let's call them Abraham and Sarah) to Annapolis, my home state's capital. It is actually my second trip there in the past 3 weeks, and I cannot stress enough what a wonderful town it is. It takes me about 45 minutes to get there, but I feel like I am in a new world. The water, the gorgeous state capitol building and other historic buildings, the Academy, the charming shops. To top it off, we had a fantastic dinner at O'Leary's Seafood Restaurant--another plug--so if you want some great fish, you know where to go. It ain't cheap, but it is well worth it.
Of course, as someone who loves to travel, my recent trips to Annapolis got me thinking about visits to most of the nation's other state capitols, and Annapolis is clearly one of the best. There are some competitors--Boston, Austin, and Santa Fe spring to mind--but it is an amazingly charming city. If you live in the DC area, take advantage, and if you don't, you should visit. (This post is not sponsored by the Annapolis Visitors Bureau.)