Annapolis During Commissioning Week

New residents have popped up all around my neighborhood along with out-of-state license plates on unfamiliar cars and congratulatory banners and signs posted on house railings and atop porticoes. It is after all, commissioning week, time to brace myself for the thundering sounds overhead of the Blue Angels. The noise makes my dog Grace,a golden retriever, very frightened. I am not a fan of the air shows. Nor am I a fan of the loud parties that may take place in my neighborhood this week. I remember last year, my daughter was trying to study for finals and they kept her awake. We had to move her to another part of the house to sleep.
What is fun is the idea of graduation and the contagious enthusiasm of all the proud parents.  Find out what it takes to get into the USNA. Fortunate for us, living downtown we don’t have to drive. I can walk to work. So there are no worries of getting stuck in traffic, we just have to make certain that we’ve got all our grocery supplies.
And there is of course the envy I feel in not being in a position to rent my home. Or maybe position is just not the right word when the chosen word really should be “inclination.” Yes, I am not inclined to move everything out of my closets and removing objects so as to be as free from decorative objects that might break. Where would I put the stuff? I suppose the basement or the attic, but then there would be all the work of putting everything back into place. No I’ve acted out the scenario in my mind many times and I am not going to be renting my house any time soon. But if you are tempted to make several thousand dollars, if you live downtown that is, tax free because my neighbors tell me you can rent your house two weeks out of the year without paying taxes .

Published by Nadja Maril

Nadja Maril is a communications professional who has over 10 years experience as a magazine editor. A writer and journalist, Maril is the author of several books including: "American Lighting 1840-1940", "Antique Lamp Buyer's Guide", "Me, Molly Midnight; the Artist's Cat", and "Runaway, Molly Midnight; the Artist's Cat". Her short stories and essays have been published in several small online journals including Lunch Ticket, Change Seven, Scarlet Leaf Review and Defunkt Magazine. She has an MFA in creative writing from Stonecoast at the University of Southern Maine. Former Editor-in-Chief of What's Up ? Publishing, former Editor of Chesapeake Taste Magazine a regional lifestyle magazine based in Annapolis, and former Lighting Editor of Victorian Homes Magazine, Maril has written hundreds of newspaper and magazines articles on a variety of subjects..

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