There was a lot of hero worship going on in Highlandtown (a Baltimore neighborhood on the east side) Sunday afternoon. A crowd massed at the corner of Eastern Avenue and Conkling Street to cheer as a bust of their hero was unveiled, to rest forevermore atop an imposing pedestal outside his hometown's newest library. Most, it seemed, were wearing T-shirts adorned with Zappa catch phrases such as "Are you hung up?" "You are what you is" and "The world's most plentiful ingredient is stupidity." Though smaller than the 5,000 people organizers had expected, the audience made up in enthusiasm what it lacked in size.
That, and lots of beer. Lots and lots of beer. Magic Hat seemed to be the brand of choice. How appropos.