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Monthly Archive for January, 2011

Downtown Charleston Pictorial

Charleston is a port town in South Carolina that reminds me a lot of Annapolis. From the historic buildings to the sea wall to monuments to the people, it feels familiar but with a little added southern charm. The palmettos do remind me of Beverly Hills, however.

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Observation #50 – Trains

I live a few miles from a set of train tracks used by CSX, MARC, and Amtrak. I enjoy the late night blast of the horn, making me feel like I’m in the mid-west plains of Iowa. I find the low rumble of the cars moving down the tracks at night to have a soothing […]

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Cuba de Ayer in Burtonsville

Cuba de Ayer is off Old Columbia Pike in Burtonsville, just west of Route 29. That’s technically northern Montgomery County, but close enough to the other counties to give it a go. I had a bad experience at Cuba Libre a few years back. It was probably a fluke, but I was put off by […]

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At some point, we have somehow drifted away from capitalism; the government pandering to the financial markets being but one example. A society that welcomes, or at least tolerates, creation destruction has to be in place for revolutionary products to emerge. [...] A country should worry about the loss of jobs, but not the loss […]

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2010 Visitor Trends

Some trending data from 2010, as provided by Google Analytics. Most Popular Pages These results don’t surprise me, since each of the pages (with the exception of the main page) addresses a fairly specific topic in depth for which there isn’t a lot of other data available (even years later). To me, this suggests that […]

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Let There Be Heat

When troubleshooting lack of heat being produced by a natural gas furnace, the home repair books tend to gloss over the flame sensor (and more importantly, the fact that it needs to be cleaned). And thus a megillah begins… A few years ago in the coldest part of winter, I woke up to a cold […]

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Quote #10 – Absolutely True

During the retelling of a childhood memory (which itself was poignant, moving, personal, and horrible all at once), Tony Porter shares this little gem about growing up male. We don’t talk about that, as men; you only tell your dearest, closest friends, sworn to secrecy for life the first time you had sex. For everybody […]

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Lots and Lots of Noodles

Noodles & Company has decent noodles, which is fitting considering the name of the place. You place your order and pay, similar to Chipotle, but then you go fill your drink and take a seat. Your food is brought out a few minutes on real dishware, well presented. It’s fast food, but it doesn’t feel […]

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