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fitness: Day One

Some people go all fitness-crazy in January. I am clearly not one of those people… Honestly, yesterday was Day One, but if I’d said it on April Fools Day, who would have believed me? Then again, who believes me now?...

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recipe: Mini Cheesecake

Size matters not. Look at my cheesecake. Judge it by its size, do you? Hmm? It is no secret that I love cheesecake. I suspect this love started when I was young and neighborhood bistros ruled the planet. When I...

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food: Chef Michel Richard at Medium Rare

“This is my friend Michel.” …cut to Brian quietly freaking out. So, yeah, that happened. I already posted the photo to every. single. place. imaginable… but it also needed to be here. I figured it to be the usual epic...

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video: Mad Men, Season 7, Part 2

Because even though Archer is back and House of Cards is next weekend, I need me some Don… Using “Love Hangover”? Brilliant. Welcome back, my SCDP-brethren! And seriously, Roger… those sideburns? Seriously?

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work: What… Do I do?

I’m the best there is at what I do. But what I do best doesn’t matter much outside this place. With all apologies to Stevie Wonder and Chris Claremont… Recently, a very good friend who works for a very good...

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home: snow day = chores?

In which I break the habits of a lifetime and use a snow day to do chores… Past Brian is looking at Present Brian today like “What gives, man?” OPM called it, federal offices closed, it’s an official snow day–sort...

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work: that trainer needs re-training

A while back, I said/decided/whatever that I wasn’t going to write about work. Mostly because… it’s work, but also that I am way too easy to find on the internet. However, if you recognize yourself as one of the people...

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nouveau water: it can fix anything!

I realize that the Washington Post Express is a free daily paper, so it really must rely on ads for upkeep, but seeing a full-page ad like this makes me hope that someone there at least felt a little bad...

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dreams: I’ll be on my suit and tie…

I had a very strange dream last night. I was maybe back in school, or maybe just a chaperone for a school band event, but my high school band director (as he looks today)1 was there and I kept running...

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personal: my weird brain

We’re all slaves to it, but none of us can really explain why it does what it does… unless you’re a neuroscientist, in which case… wow. But just this past week, I was reminded yet again that my brain just...

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photo: gambling gnomes?

I’ve heard of garden gnomes getting up to some strange things in backyards, but nothing prepared me for finding telltale signs of a gnome gambling ring in the planters on my patio… Having a ground floor patio in a multi-story...

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in DC: National Tree Equality…

Last week I made my annual (freezing) pilgrimage downtown to get a glance at the National Christmas Tree. This year, at least, I was smart enough to stop in for a few drinks first… for medicinal purposes, naturally! This year’s...

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in DC: TIVA-DC Peer Awards

Break out your best red carpet–I mean photowall–outfits as TIVA-DC presents the Peer Awards, the most comprehensive film, video and Internet competition for media professionals in the mid-Atlantic region next Saturday, November 8th, 2014, 6-10pm at the National Press Club....

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politics: what women want

Seen on the front page of this week’s Washington Examiner. Headlines/covers like this crack me up. I imagine there have been a great many GOP conventions with sessions and workshops described exactly like this. “What [Women, Minority, Gay, etc.] Voters...

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wishes: Somewhere that’s green…

I absolutely hate moving, but while looking over a friend’s shoulder at craigslist apartment rental ads this weekend, I noticed the following house for rent that made me think, “Hm… maybe moving wouldn’t be so bad!” At $2,999, it’s a...