20 July 2012

How Do You Describe Annapolis?

The UrbanDictionary.com definition of Annapolis is as follows:

"Perhaps the classiest of preppy hometowns. Big homes with rolling lawns, or even better, no lawn in the historic district, are arguably the most coveted properties on the east coast. Kids are raised with a crab net in one hand and a lax stick in the other. Best of all, only the insiders know about Annapolis and it's prestige can only be realized through the insider's reaction. If a kid reveals he's from Annapolis, check your friends' reactions. Someone is bound to know just how privileged he is. And if you don't...well, maybe you should. But we don't like to brag, that's not how its done in the South.

frat boy #1: Who's that girl shotgunning beers?
frat boy #2: What?
frat boy #1: The hot one, in the polo.
frat boy #2: Oh some laxer, I heard she's from Annapolis.
frat boy #1: Damn.

The example at the end especially made me laugh. This post also made me think...how does one describe such a unique town? Walking around downtown, you might see a group of preppy girls, some lacrosse players, midshipmen, dog walkers, and middle-aged yacht owners. If you look closer, you might see some scattered hipsters, Johnnies, a longboarding crew, and coffee shop hermits.

There are certainly some characters in the town of Annapolis that defy its classic, long-standing reputation of WASPy prestige--it's almost like there are two sides to the Annapolitan image. Or maybe many; who am I to say?

The point is, the contrast and diversity of people in Annapolis add to its charm and make it that much more welcoming and unique. That, and our abundance of blue crabs and attractive lacrosse players...I mean, what more could you want? ;)


The Annapolitan