Alex Pline talks parking, transportation, and biking in Annapolis (E-31)

You have never been to Annapolis if you haven’t bitched about the parking. Maybe it was the lack of it. Maybe it was the $40 ticket you got for overstaying your welcome. Today, we speak with Alex Pline, a member of the City’s Transportation Board who peels back the onion a little bit for us.

The City’s new parking overlords highly respected parking partner, SP+, has come out with some new recommendations that have both irked and pleased the residents–and generally pissed off the businesses. There will be a formal meeting to discuss this and the public is invited— Tuesday, march 28th at 7pm at City Hall. But Alex tackles some of the issues here.

After a beer or two, we come back to discuss his other passion–bicycling. What does the City, County and State need to do to make bicycling safer? What do drivers need to do? What do bicyclists need to do? And what happened to the Annapolis Bicycle Plan anyway?  And for those wondering–yes, he did ride his bike to and from our session!

You can follow Alex on Twitter (and everyone really should) at @AlexPline (easy enough)

A special thanks to our sponsors this week including… Union Jacks, Zachary’s Jewelers, the Chesapeake Bay Trust, and Anne Arundel Medical Center’s Denim & Diamonds And a special thanks again to Gavin Buckley for the pre-show plug!

Nourishment for this episode provided by Flying Dog and Fordham breweries and the Ebb Tide Tavern for their awesome cheeseburgers–best in Annapolis!

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Coming up — Next week we talk pot!  We will be talking to the organizers of the National Cannabis Festival which will be held on April 22nd in DC. We will hit on all you need to know as the weed becomes legal in Maryland.And then, Maryland Comptroller, Peter Franchot who pulls no punches wth the legislature comes at them again on The Crabs. He also divulges a crazy loophole that the state lawmakers refuse to close. Looking ahead–Travis Pastrana, Congressmen Anthony Brown and John Sarbanes, St. John’s College President Chris Nelson, and much more!

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CRABCAKE: Annapolis Film Festival, The Other Kids (March 2017)

This is a Crabcake from The Maryland Crabs!  What is a Crabcake? Well, it’s a very short snippet of something you need to know. It might be 5 minutes long..or it might be 20.  In any event, enjoy your Maryland Crabcake!

WARNING: Apparently there was a lot of noise on the line from Verizon that makes this Crabcake difficult to listen to at times. #Sorry



  • Maryland Hall, Friday, March 31, 10:00am (Private Screening For Students)
  • Maryland Hall, Saturday, April 1, 11:00am
  • Tickets and Passes: CLICK HERE

The Other Kids is a bold hybrid of fiction and non-fiction in which real teens collaborated with the filmmaker to tell their own gripping, personal stories. Real kids are telling their real stories and they are woven into a riveting 94 minutes.

In this Crabcake, we spoke with producer Chris Brown on a really crappy connection that I did not realize until after we were done–sorry. The story of this film’s concept is unique in that it is the story of real-life teens acted by the very same real-life teens. Angst, anger, resentment, stress, it all comes out in a story that will span all ages–despite being written by teens.

The Other Kids (website)

The Other Kids (Facebook)

@OtherKidsMovie (Twitter)


CRABCAKE: Annapolis Film Festival, SuperGirl (March 2017)

This is a Crabcake from The Maryland Crabs!  What is a Crabcake? Well, it’s a very short snippet of something you need to know. It might be 5 minutes long..or it might be 20.  In any event, enjoy your Maryland Crabcake!



  • Asbury United Methodist Church, Friday, March 31, 5:30pm
  • Francis Scott Key Auditorium, Sunday, April 2, 2:45pm
  • Tickets and Passes: CLICK HERE

SUPERGIRL follows 11-year-old powerlifter Naomi Kutin’s unique coming-of-age story as she fights to hold on to her title while navigating the perils of adolescence — from strict religious obligations to cyber-bullying. With a passionate family supporting her each step of the way, Naomi must learn to accept herself and discover she is as strong inside as she is outside.

In this Crabcake, we hopped on the phone with Jessie Auritt who wrote, directed and produced the film. Jessie tells us about how she decided on creating this story along with how she embedded herself in the lives of the Kutins in New Jersey. She followed Naomi for several years and sheds some insight on what the teen is up to today and what the future holds!

SuperGirl (Facebook)

SuperGirl (Website)

@SuperGirlDoc (Twitter)


CRABCAKE: Annapolis Film Festival 2017, Before The West Coast (March 2017)

This is a Crabcake from The Maryland Crabs!  What is a Crabcake? Well, it’s a very short snippet of something you need to know. It might be 5 minutes long..or it might be 20.  In any event, enjoy your Maryland Crabcake!



  • Maryland Hall, Friday, March 31, 2:30pm
  • United Asbury Methodist Church, Saturday, April 1, 3:00pm
  • Tickets and Passes: CLICK HERE

A federal court ruling in 1967 brought all-black St. Augustine High School into Louisiana’s all-white Catholic high school sports association. Newly appointed Head Football Coach Otis Washington would face relentless adversity in the years that followed — a playoff berth lost on a coin toss, discriminatory officiating, unfavorable rulings from the school board, and a championship game defeat — while cultivating an innovative offensive style of play still used today.

In this Crabcake, we hopped on the phone with Oyd Craddock who wrote, directed and produced the film. Oyd also played on that magical team that won the championship in 1975.  We talk about the film and what made him decide to tell this story. We discuss the racial biases and attacks endured..and the determination shown by a coach and a team.


CRABCAKE: Annapolis Film Festival, The Night Watchmen (March 2017)

This is a Crabcake from The Maryland Crabs!  What is a Crabcake? Well, it’s a very short snippet of something you need to know. It might be 5 minutes long..or it might be 20.  In any event, enjoy your Maryland Crabcake!

WARNING: Around 8:00, Zu Coffee makes some kind of really loud drink and the levels go crazy. It is only for about :30. #Sorry



  • Annapolis Elementary, Friday, March 31, 9:30pm
  • Tickets and Passes: CLICK HERE

Three inept night watchmen, aided by a young rookie and a fearless tabloid journalist, fight an epic battle for their lives against a horde of hungry vampires.

In this Crabcake, we met with Ken Arnold at Zu Coffee in Annapolis. He is a local man who wrote and produced the film. We discussed the film itself, what the future holds for him, and what it was like to film most of it right here in Annapolis in the old Capital newspaper building.

The Night Watchmen (website)

@TNWMovie (twitter)