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Scams: Dr. Ubakassi of West Africa

I can’t believe stuff like this is making it through Gmail’s spam filter, but it seems somewhat appropriate for Halloween… Are you disappointed in your life?? Have you failed in all worlds of life? Am called Dr. Ubakassi, A Love...

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ads: stock up!

I get way more e-mail than I need. This is likely a very common modern lament, but I can’t bring myself to unsubscribe from them all. It feels really weird when I don’t get any e-mails for a while. I...

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day off: ain’t doin’ nuthin

Just three days after the 30th anniversary of Ferris Bueller’s actual day off, I had my own day off from work. I may have tied it to National Cancer Survivors Day, but it was really just a matter of having...

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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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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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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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metro: it is dark… again

Harkening back to a few years ago, a quick snap from Wednesday afternoon when… something was up with the power near Navy Yard. I saw the lights flicker in the office and thought I heard the HVAC reset, but no...

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42: ***Spotless

After almost–but not quite–20 years in DC, I sometimes think it would be nice if I could opt for a form of selective amnesia. I never watched “Eternal Sunshine” but I more or less guessed the plot and I was...

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quips: -tion…

Sometimes the silly quips about dating you trade back and forth in your youth end up still applying to your life in later years.