|At some point during the cobbling together of this
someone requested a file name for November’s content. After a cursory
review of the articles my response was call it “The War Years.” Whether
by intent or fortune this author and our merry band of stringers seemed
to have wandered into pubs that have a profound connection to the armed
conflicts that have defined this nation. It seems that guns, guts and
glory have always been the convenient forte of the fourth estate.
Contained within these pages are the memories and stories of those who
have fought, and in many instances given the last full measure on
behalf of country. Framed in perfect settings of wood and stone, and
accented with the trophies and artistic depictions of battle, these
stories take on a lore and grandeur that soften the suffering and
hardships of battle. But in many other locations throughout this land
are much simpler rooms that serve as the final post for those that
truly understand the brutality, bloodshed and tragedy of war. To these
veterans and legionnaires we raise our glasses.
Next month our reporters take on rough seas and salt water. Our roving
scribes will be anchored in bars from the beaches of California to the
rugged coastline of Maine. As for me, the only salt that I’ll taste
will be on the rim of a Margarita glass from the relative calm of
Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Till then we wish you a great November and a
very Happy Thanksgiving!