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Monthly Archive for May, 2011

I jumped out of this plane last Saturday afternoon. Include the pilot, the thing seats five. For my run, it was still fairly cramped with just me and my instructor. After a brief taxiing we took off, climbing quickly from the runway at Ridgely Airpark and into the clouds. It took about ten minutes to […]

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Video of Warrior Dash 2011 Course

After I completed the 2011 Warrior Dash in Maryland, I saw a guy with a head-mounted video camera. As it turns out, he filmed his entire run through the Mechanicsville course. He sped it up a little bit in post, so the video is less than 15 minutes (per YouTube’s rule). No sound, but all […]

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Warrior Dash 2011 in Maryland

The mud at Budds Creek smells like crap. Literally. It’s nauseating and when you take a dive and end up covered in the stuff from the neck down, the only thing to do is flail your arms and keep running. I’ve got to hand it to the designers, the 2011 Warrior Dash in Maryland was […]

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Amazon recently started using LaserShip to deliver DVDs to customers, resulting in absurdly fast delivery to Prime members. Electing for standard two-day shipping, I received my last order 19 hours after placing it. On Thursday I placed an order around 10pm. Around 2am Friday I received a notification from Amazon saying that my order had […]

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I have mixed feelings about big chain restaurants. While I certainly patronize my fair share, I try to highlight the little guys, Mom and Pop, and hole in the wall places that frequently go overlooked. But sometimes you’ve got to give credit to a fantastic sandwich. May I present the Ultimate Grilled Cheese Sandwich ($9.29) […]

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Open Faced Roast Beef at Smokey’s

Originally the plan was to go to BBQ Dave’s to see what he had on the smoker, but just before leaving the sky opened up. Thanks, tornado-watch-related weather. Instead we rode over to Uncle Grube’s and Smokey’s Pit Beef BBQ, to see what it was all about. They had a lunch special, Open Faced Road […]

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I found some chicken-scratch notes while cleaning up the living room, some of which date back to November 2009. It seems that I take notice of ways in which smaller cities are inherently different than the bigger ones. Compton, Illinois: Heartbreakers Gentleman’s Club sits on RT-30 across from a weigh station somewhere between Shabbona and […]

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A Tale of Two Appetizers

I’ve been eating out a lot lately, both socially with friends and for business meetings. I’ve been cutting down on my portions too, so I tend to nibble on appetizers when they look appealing. Granted, sometimes the appetizer intended for four becomes a meal for one. Some are better than others. Which one will rule? […]

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