Baltimore Maryland in the summer is a hot, complex and uniquely beautiful city.
We made it our home for 7 weeks as we upgraded and updated the home automation system of an incredible suburban retreat.
Every time someone asks me how I’ve been or what I’ve been up to I have places to talk about. Traveling this year has exposed me to many new places and adventures. Baltimore Maryland, was a major part of my summer. Seven weeks of heat, south of the Mason Dixon and I’ve changed forever.
In a long journey south with the truck and trailer at the end of July, Derek and I made our way to Maryland without knowing what to expect. With a little practice we figured out how to get the Truck parked in the back of the apartment - access through the spillway was tight. First we mapped out the nearby grocery stores and watering holes. An early favorite was a great Italian place named Bottega. As we explored, I listened to the local radio stations - 92 Q quickly became a favorite. A Hip-Hop and Rap station that seemed to embody the feel of the city. There were real accents and real people making us laugh every morning as we traveled through the tight streets of the city. On weekends we spent our days at a little slice of paradise 20 minutes away at Druid Hill Disc Golf.
Our job site was just outside the highway defining the northern edge of the city. We’d take our exit and only a mile down the road we’d find ourselves transported to a circle of tranquility where deer walked the lawns and landscapers trucks parked on the street.
The first time we made our way to the equipment racks, we were greeted by a spiderwebbed mess of wires attacking the back of the equipment. Lacking labels, organization, or any kind of order, we knew there was a large task in front of us to bring the system up to DC Home Systems standards.
We started by removing all of the Audio and Video equipment in the main racks, exposing a hollow shell and pulling apart the layers of this stinky onion. The job had been touched by so many hands and none of them were loving. We separated all of our incoming wires and toned the necessary ones for distributing signals throughout the house.
Then we added labels and began to rebuild by installing equipment and massaging the wires into their new, orderly homes.