The TSA Loves Santa Claus Piñatas!

What I do for a $2.50 treat I did think of a flag… but he’s so cute! If you’ve flown recently, then you’ve seen the new Transportation Safety Administration security guards at airport security checks and you may have wondered how they’re adjusting to their new role. Over the last…

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The Happiest Laid-off Man in America

Time to live my dreams, yet again post-tramitic stress I must think… my new office Yes, you read that right, I’ve been laid off by my Internet company, and I couldn’t be happier. Before you start wondering about my sanity, especially in this job market, let me explain:While I enjoyed…

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Eleven Steps to Self-help Speaking Success

Step right up and dream your dream We are inspiring! my inspiration Mexico’s inspiration National Post, October 22, 2002 Eleven Steps to Self-help Speaking Success By Neil HrabMy head hurts today. I think it has something to do with the series of self-help seminars I attended last week. The speakers…

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Taking Orders at Trios

nutting like slinging hash for Maurad Maurad running the show Heather slinging hash Assan in control Its dinnertime and I am hungry, but too bad, I can’t eat till 10pm, and then I’m restricted to one menu. Now I’m not on some crazy diet, I’m at work, as a waiter…

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Chicken Shack Lunch

Tempt your tummy with a Chicken Shack lunch looks can be deceiving now that’s tasty! Back when I first started at this Internet job, I didn’t have a car, so I would take the Metro to work. Each morning, as I walked from the Braddock Road Metro station I would…

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One day I’ll beat 21

A day of running and biking across DC the bikedc action shot my partners in sweat How did I get myself into this? I’ve been running flat out for about 20 minutes, and now, with a final uphill sprint awaiting me, I’m asking my body to find one last burst…

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The Dupont Circle of Life

Dupont Circle completes the cycle of life and let the show begin! look! gym bunnies now join us in prayer I love Washington DC. It’s such a livable city, with four mild seasons, manageable population density and an amazing number of tress and parks, of which Dupont Circle is my…

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The Future is Automatic

Stop the Box any way you can! 100% human-free 100% humane Walking home from Adams Morgan last week, I encountered another small step in the automated end to human interaction: the Tik Tok Easy Shop, or ‘The Box’ as a community activist calls it. It’s a van-sized vending machine, capable…

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Living in Cell Phone Hell

I love AT&T Wireless Cell Phone Hell! where they should be what I want to do Great! (when it works) How long have you waited on hold when trying to speak with a customer service representative? My record was about 30 minutes while trying to talk to Verizon’s DSL technical…

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Preaching to the Corrupt

Six years on, I get flashbacks from WeeCheng Red Square in Winter Documenti, Pazhalousta Keeping the Peace Do Bribes Buy Mercades? Beauty that Inspires Religion Orthodox Christian Perfection Five years after I started this site while evading police in Moscow, I’m getting a fresh look at Russia’s insanity from my…

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