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Hampden Hon--Baltimore 21211! There is No Place Like it in the World!!
I had dinner with a friend in Hampden (Baltimore 21211) tonight.  Just a regular Wednesday night.  Went to a comfortable, slightly hipster, slightly edgy, slightly down-home kind of restaurant/bar that has great drink specials ($3 shots) and terrific homemade soups (among other things).  It is called Rocket to Venus.  Who walked in, but our very own John Waters looking very dapper in his bright red pants, black and white sweater/jacket and a beret, who quietly walked in and went discreetly towards the back.
There is no place on earth like Hampden.  Hampden exemplifies "quirkiness".  It was once a mill town area and very much blue collar. In the past 20 years or so it has been developing more into a yuppie area, but it is definitely more quirky and blue collar than yuppie.  It is known for its "hon" culture, as in "how you doin', hon?", (There's a Honfest every June which gets bigger and bigger every year where there are beehive hairdo contests).  There are kitchy shops and a big pink flamingo in front of Cafe Hon but they are starting to have more upscale boutiques as well.
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