Worked through lunch; stopped for an after-work snack

Calamari, Oysters Rockefeller, Long Island Iced Teas
Calamari, Oysters Rockefeller, Long Island Iced Teas

Some days, when I work downtown on Pratt Street instead of in Owings, Mills Jacob meets me at Big Red.

Red-Buoyant 1978

The sculpture in front of 100 E. Pratt Street is actually Red Buoyant 1978 and it’s a painted aluminum piece by Baltimore resident and sculptor, Mary Ann Mears. (Here’s a fun fact: Baltimore commissioned a second Red Buoyant in 1984 and sent it to Kawasaki, Japan—Baltimore’s sister city.)

Seeing me, Jacob said, “You ok? You look tired.”

I was—so instead of walking home we jumped on the Charm City Circulator and got off at the corner of Pleasant and Charles Streets.

We headed to the Enoch Pratt library; Jacob had reserved some art books and I needed to have the folks there resurrect my library card. (Library cards expire. Who knew?)

Then we headed to Mick O’Shea’s for snacks and Long Island Iced Teas. We each had two LITs and shared a plate of Oysters Rockefeller and an order of Fried Calamari.

Everything was wonderful, including the slowly building roar of the patrons’ conversations and laughter as happy hour ramped up to full-bore. Total damage: $42. Such a deal—we walked the 3 blocks home, enjoyed the late Spring breeze, and commented about how much fun it is to live in an urban center.

By Stephen Brockelman

As a Sr. Writer at T. Rowe Price, I work with a group of the best copywriters around. We belong to the broader creative team within Enterprise Creative, a part of Corporate Marketing Services. _____________________________________________ A long and winding road: My path to T. Rowe Price was more twisted than Fidelity’s green line. With scholarship in hand, I left Kansas at 18 to study theatre in New York. When my soap opera paychecks stopped coming from CBS and started coming from the show’s sponsor, Proctor & Gamble, I discovered the power of advertising and switched careers. Over the years I’ve owned an ad agency in San Francisco; worked for Norman Lear on All in the Family, Good Times, Sanford and Son, and the rest of his hit shows; and as a member of Directors Guild of America, I directed Desi Arnaz in his last television appearance— we remained friends until his death. In 1988 I began freelancing full time didn’t look back. In January 2012 my rep at Boss Group called and said, “I know you don’t want to commute and writing for the financial industry isn’t high on your wish list, but I have a gig with T. Rowe Price in Owings Mills…” I was a contractor for eight months, drank the corporate Kool-Aid, became a TRP associate that August, and today I find myself smiling more often than not.

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