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Huh?

January 8, 2010 Leave a comment

Ladies and gentlemen… fresh from the honeymoon island of Jeju, South Korea… I present to you… RAPE HONEY!

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There’s Only One

November 11, 2009 Leave a comment

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I’ve been going to New York city at least twice a year since I was a wee boy.  I didn’t appreciate much back then, especially not much of what it meant for me – a kid from the DC ‘burbs – to be in glorious New York.  However, I did get a feeling from the city – an intense buzz I would say is akin to watching the lions get fed at a zoo.  Truly.  I don’t know how old I was, but I distinctly recall sensing that I was in middle of something startlingly different from my own life, something important, something great.

Not too long ago, I was in New York city, and sure enough, after 18 months NY-free, the feeling came flooding back.  Not only had my body not forgotten it, but it hadn’t lost one ounce of its intensity.  Now, I’m not saying New York is my favorite city – it’s not.  Nor do I think I could ever live there.  But, what is abundantly clear to me, is that New York is the greatest city in the world.  I’m not trying to be a douche, but I’ve been to great cities all over the world.  Seoul, Tokyo, Barcelona, London, Paris, Hanoi, and I’m not even going to mention all of the big American guys… all of these grand metropolises, and none can come close to conjuring up the vivid electricity I feel in the Big Apple.

To all my friends now making their lives in ‘the city’: I admire you, I wish you the best of luck, and I humbly ask in advance that you retain a couch so that I may come and get my fix from time to time.

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Ballmer

October 9, 2009 Leave a comment

Baltimore

Living in the DC area exposes one to a variety of accents.  We get a little New York, a lot of deep south, and a good mix in between.  Unfortunately this mix includes a disproportionate amount of Baltimore.  I say this without reservation: the Baltimore accent is the grossest accent I’ve ever heard.  I’m not sure I can describe it, at least with the amount of clarity that it deserves.  I suppose I could say that it’s a fusion of rural Pennsylvania, booze, and high cholesterol.  It’s the type of accent you would imagine all overweight, female phone operators might have.  Now, I’m not making any statement of the people of Baltimore themselves.  I just think that they have one of the most truly unfortunate accents in the known universe.

Here is the best that youtube has to offer.

p.s. – If anyone can find a ‘natural’ Baltimorian letting it rip, please, PLEASE send me the link.

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Washington D.C.

October 6, 2009 Leave a comment

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Washington D.C. is a cool place, and don’t let anyone ever tell you otherwise.  It is a place filled with interesting, smart, and generally friendly people.  There may not be the thriving art scene of, say, New York, San Francisco, or Chicago, but come on, there’s only 800,000 people!  Furthermore, there’s an implicit trade off to be made when comparing DC to large cities such as the three above.  They are just that – large, both in size and stature.  DC has small buildings – maybe only 5 or 6 stories – many of which are old.  Thus, as a city, it has a very lived-in, cozy feel.  It’s an attractive city, with an attractive subway system, and, dare I say, attractive people.  Of course, you really have to get away from ‘The Mall’ and all the known and discovered DC to really know what I’m talking about.  But the great part is, that’s not really hard to do.  Just get off at the right Metro stop and spend 40 minutes walking around.  No neighborhood in the city is so big that you can’t get a feel for it in an hour, at most.  Some would say that’s confining, but I don’t think so.  It’s true that the city won’t give you the urban rush that the big boys will, .  Few people know, though they assume – in my opinion – that DC is like a little brother, thirsting to catch up.  It’s not.  It’s a city completely at home with its being, and in that, I find it to be a very comfortable place to be.  Here’s my message: to anyone who visited the city on a school trip in elementary school… come back.  Let me show you the more humble, better parts of the city.  To this day, I’ve never escorted an out-of-towner through DC that left unimpressed.  We’ll drive by the White House and all that, sure, but then we’ll head up to Dupont and some unrivaled people watching.  Or we could shoot over to Georgetown get some shopping done, and maybe walk along the canal.  Or perhaps we could walk down embassy row and bump into some diplomats.  Or maybe bump around Chinatown and grab some lo mein.  There’s always the option of hitting up Ben’s Chilli Bowl where we could happen upon Bill Cosby, who would of course be eating for free.  Whatever the case, we would have to end our day in Adams Morgan, where hopefully we’d be eating a slice of pizza bigger than our heads.  I’ve probably left out some great adventures as well.  In any case, if all else fails and you’re really bored, there’s always Baltimore just up 95, where you could easily stave yourself over with famous Maryland crabcakes and crack cocaine…

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Vietnam – Saigon, Nha Trang, Hanoi

October 5, 2009 Leave a comment

At the very tail end of my time in Korea, I took a fantastic, life-altering trip to Vietnam.  Let me first say that South East Asia is THE place you want to be as a young person and a traveller.  It’s exciting, it’s cheap, the people are friendly, the food is unbeatable… just go there.

Anyway, Vietnam won me over and then some.  I’ve never been in a place that made me so excited to wake up in the morning.  Every morning I felt as if I stood on the border of a day that could have very well changed the way I felt about people, the world, food, and even myself.  It was a heady feeling to say the least.  Ironically – considering its checkered history as a tourist destination – I found Vietnam to be an incredibly romantic place.  I felt as if I was a character in some novel by an author with a really exotic name, and that’s not my imagination speaking.  Vietnam is just inspirational like that.

Obviously these pictures will not do it justice, none really could.  Regardless, here’s a bit of this marvelous country through my lens…

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