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Oakland: the city that told Google to get lost

Tech giants will start subsidized housing projects next.

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Travel

∞ What’s the difference between Holland and The Netherlands?

∞ What’s the difference between Holland and The Netherlands?

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Travel

Another day in Maine

Another day in Maine…

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Travel

me and my Dad

Me and my Dad (by shawnblog)

OK, so it’s Father’s Day. I called my Dad earlier. It’s been a long time since I’ve made a visit and I’m looking forward to doing just that soon (maybe end of summer), but I can’t decide if I want to drive or fly.

I used to love driving up there because I would go see my grandmother (Dad’s Mom) on my way through New York, but she passed away. I have an aunt and cousin there still, but we’ve never been all that close.

Also, I can’t go through NYC without stopping in and spending way too much money. Plus, there are casinos in Connecticut. I haven’t gambled in a long time and I don’t really want to, but driving right by Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods always makes my mind wander.

Anyway, I probably should have taken THIS week off of work to go visit. That part of Maine where my Dad lives in the summer in a bug infested mess. Driving takes like 14 hours, so I need a week off just to recover after driving there and back.

I guess I need to plan a flight for late summer!

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DC

Near Northeast

Near Northeast

One of my customers is opening a new bar in a part of DC that has been less than safe for a long, long time. The level of work underway around here can only be described as immense. I see this being a real hotspot once it’s all done.

In these photos, I’m sitting at the red light at 12th & H St. NE, waiting to turn left. Looking left and right, I can envision the street cars that will run here. I’m sure I’ll hop off just a block from here for Sticky Rice.

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DC

The original 1337

The original 1337

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Design Travel

Middle seat

Middle seat

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Automotive Travel

Jiffy Lube Fail

Jiffy Lube Ocean City, MD

via moi

I’ve heard horror stories about Jiffy Lube, but never had a bad experience with them myself until today. I think (really hope) the oil change was OK, but the usual “jiffy” customer service just wasn’t happening at this location (Ocean City, MD). I’ve been to this one and others on Maryland’s Eastern Shore in the past and always been very impressed with the professionalism and courtesy of the folks working inside.

This one was out of my oil weight and tried (successfully) to sell me on using a different weight and, as you can see in the picture, this all happened after considerable wait time. The convenience factor of Jiffy Lube is the only thing that makes me risk going there. One friend of mine had to get a new engine thanks to a Jiffy Lube mistake!

There’s another place I prefer near home that is:

  1. Faster
  2. Less Expensive
  3. Extremely Service Oriented

Jiffy Lube in Ocean City, MD won’t see me again!

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Corruption DC Government war

CIA Black Helicoptors Today

I’ve heard stories about these on Coast to Coast and read about them a number of times elsewhere. I’ve always thought it plausible that unmarked aircraft runs “black ops” kinds of things (not that I would know anything about this) for CIA, NSA, etc.

I was  flabbergasted today when I saw what I presume to be the same set of two (2) unmarked black helicopters, flying low and in formation headed away, then toward and finally (?) back away from the location of CIA, which is just down a bit and across the Potomac River from my home. It’s times like this when I wish I’d listened to my Dad and taken time to learn more about photography because I’d surely own and maybe even have been carrying a camera capable of getting a good shot of them.

They were more sleek and stealthy looking than any helicopters I’ve ever seen!

So, when I got back from my walk, I had a few work tasks to take care of and I then I decided to find out about these things… and here it is: The TRUTH About Black Helicopters!

I’m glad I was able to gain a better understanding of these. Thank goodness for the Internet tubes and all the great information I can find here!