I feel like I’m a whole new person now after spending an afternoon in the “hood.” When I mean the hood, this was one of the worst areas in Baltimore. How did this clean cut, suburb loving girl end up in the hood?
It all started with a birthday invite from a Momo (She would like to be anonymous). She said, yes, we will go somewhere in the inner harbor and maybe the casino after. As I am getting ready, I get a message asking if I wanted to ride with her because the lunch spot is a “little hood.”
Oh no, the moment I made a left turn after I passed the inner harbor, my first reaction was to lock the doors. Then as the GPS kept telling me to go further, I saw graffiti, boarded up windows, and I kept thinking where did I just go?
Once I got to the place, Momo was like if I told you exactly where we were going, I knew you would not come!
Here is what I learned from my few hours in the “hood”…
- All the windows are boarded up and building doors tend to be optional.
- There is a liquor store, some type of fast food and a payday store in a corner. In this case, it was a Chinese restaurant.
- Your car is not safe, anywhere. Momo helped me find a parking spot just a block down from the restaurant, I asked if my car is safe. She said, no, nowhere is safe, but you are parked across from a church, it’s a little safer. Momo uses a club to lock her steering wheel.
- There is a bouncer at a brunch spot. And they search you before you come in at times and when I tried to ask the bouncer to keep an eye on my car…he did not look happy.
- People really do wear sunglasses inside and it’s essential to put them on when you are ready to “bounce.” I tried to put my sunnies on as I walked out, but it was so dark, I couldn’t see the stairs. Obviously, the choice was easy…Try to be cool and trip down the stairs or be just walk normally. I choose to walk normally.
- It’s a day party. I have never been to a place where the women dressed like they were reading for the club in the middle of the day. Every man seemed to have some type of sunglasses on and a backwards cap.