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Monthly Archive for January, 2009

My New Travel Agent

My buddy’s wife recently acquired round trip tickets from Reagan to Nice for $349, with a quick layover in New York. That’s a round trip to France for less than $400. Perhaps ticket costs have dropped considerably since the last time I looked or maybe there were some unbookable flights, but it still seems like […]

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I Miss VHS

For all of its flaws and with all of the advances of DVD, I think VHS had a few notable benefits. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t miss futzing around with the tracking on an old tape. Or fishing the magnetic tape out of the VCR once it got frayed and ruined. What I miss […]

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A Building in Brooklyn Park

There’s something about this building that struck me as odd. It sits alongside Maryland Route 2 in Brooklyn Park; the exact location is tagged on Flickr. I spontaneously decided to make this into a little contest, just now. So I’ve got a $10 gift card to Costco (which I believe you can use without having […]

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The World Has Changed

Last week, the world as I once knew it underwent an irrevocable change. A major paradigm shift took place right around me, from which I’ll never view things quite the same way again. I found out that some people sneeze through their nose. Their nose! Can you believe it? As a lifelong mouth sneezer, I […]

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I like that the White House has a blog. I like knowing what’s going on without having to watch hours of C-SPAN. Seriously, who has time for that? I really like that there’s an RSS feed for it. It would be a lot better if it were a full text feed, however. So this morning […]

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A Trip to The Bangkok Oriental

Last night we went out to The Bangkok Oriental to celebrate my parent’s anniversary. It’s one of our local favorites, known for its savory and spicy Thai dishes. We usually go there for lunch, but tonight we ventured out for dinner. The restaurant itself is cozy but not cramped, perfectly lit for quiet conversation. There’s […]

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Looking at Storm Doors

So I picked up a cheap self-adhesive door sweep from Home Depot today. I was skeptical since it’s definitely below the recommended temperature for the adhesive to adhere properly. But I didn’t feel like drilling holes in the door today, so I stuck it on the door. Lo and behold, it came unattached before my […]

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Saturday Morning Musings

I got my DTV coupons in the mail and headed over to Amazon and what do you know, most of them are sold out. Figures. I discovered that my front door isn’t snug against the frame and it is letting a cold draft in. The entryway has always been a colder than the rest of […]

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More Inauguration Musings

From CNN’s Inuguration Activities, things you can’t bring along (according to the U.S. Secret Service) include “firearms, ammunition, explosives, weapons of any kind, aerosols, supports for signs and placards, packages, coolers, thermal or glass containers, backpacks, bags exceeding size restrictions, laser pointers, animals other than helper/guide dogs, structures, bicycles and any other items determined to […]

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One Room at a Time

They say that unpacking is best done one room at a time. I think cleaning is the same way, so this weekend I attacked the living room. Violently. Besides dust bunnies, I found some neat things. In the course of moving a couch (in order to make room for three plants to be near the […]

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Fresh Ink

Can you believe it’s 2009 already? I rang in the new year with a small group of 80′s themed dressed individuals at Gallery Imperato in South Baltimore. I went as Danny Noonan from Caddyshack. In addition to enjoying the change of scenery — the gallery is located in an old historic foundry — we got […]

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