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Monthly Archive for November, 2010

Upgrades to YMCA Camp Mason

Located in northern New Jersey, Camp Mason is one of many YMCA camps that caters to summer programs for kids, team-building weekends, and corporate retreats. I hadn’t been up to visit in more than a decade, so a lot has changed. When the dam broke a few years back, the decision had to be made […]

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Quote #8 – Cruelty of Realists

Whether ironic or appropriate (depending on your point of view), what happens typically departs from the viewpoint of both optimists and pessimists. Ideas often lie unused because people do not want to use them. The fact that something is possible does not mean that it will happen. This appears to be the case in financial […]

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Splitting Wood for YMCA

When it comes to splitting wood, there are two schools of thought. This first is the old school method, with an ax. 100% shoulder building goodness, albeit with slightly modernized tools, and a surefire recipe for aches and pains in the morning. The preferred way is with a gas-powered wood splitter, affectionately referred to as […]

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Jammin’ Joe’s BBQ

On the way down to Old Rag you pass Jammin’ Joe’s BBQ. It’s right on the side of Lee Highway and you can smell the trailer-based smoker going even as you hurtle past it with the windows up. That smell of wood smoke and slowly cooked meats is enough to make you want to pull […]

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After tucking into my sleeping bag after dark in a winterized bunk house, I heard some light scuffling and the sound of something small but hard hitting the the wood floor. Being dark, I couldn’t discern the source of the noise. Eventually it ceased and I nodded off. When I woke in the morning, I […]

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Not Even Close

Parking isn’t part of the curriculum at RIT, apparently. When other cars park right on the line, things get pushed… but this isn’t even close.

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To those who have chosen to serve, thank you. Today and every day. While we remain largely unaware of what you’ve had to face in the line of duty, you are not forgotten. We appreciate each and every one of you, who tirelessly made sacrifices so that we could sleep soundly and continue to pursue […]

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Quote #7 – Fear

Insightful, precautionary, and simply put: I understand the root of your fear. We were all afraid. Nine years ago, when the towers fell, and the Pentagon collapsed, we were terrified. At first, we didn’t know what was going on, or how long it would go on for. We had no sense of what was safe. […]

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Gyros at Hickory Ridge Grill

Per my roommate’s recommendation, I discovered that Hickory Ridge Grill prepares a mighty fine gyro. One of the best I’ve ever had in fact, second only to those at Chris’ Charcoal Pit (and that’s a tall order, folks). The assembly of a gyro (pronounced “yee-roe”, please) isn’t too complicated and doesn’t take long, but the […]

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If you’re short a friend to watch out for you at the bar, going the cash route isn’t such a bad idea. Except that there’s an ATM at most every watering hole. Recommendation: When the ATM fee accounts for more than 5% of your remaining account balance, it might be time to call it a […]

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I signed up for BGE’s PeakRewards A/C Program this summer. When there is a high demand for power in the region, the electric company can selectively disable my air conditioner’s compressor. In exchange, they deduct $25 from my bill during each of the four summer months. There’s a program for water heaters as well, but […]

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