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Color Me A Dinosaur

Color Me A Dinosaur

January 15, 2010

First, Pluto got a demotion. Then, surfing the FM dial, I heard a Styx song on the oldies station. And just yesterday, park-side, a nanny chided me: “Star fish? No, kids call those sea stars nowadays.” Oh, really?

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See Dick And Jane Streets

See Dick And Jane Streets

January 7, 2010

Could you be described as a first grader? The parent thereof? A map geek? A goofball? Someone who, when visiting the souvenir shop, compulsively searches for their name in the rack of miniature license plates? If so, read this article!

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Imperative Happiness

Imperative Happiness

November 17, 2009

A great antidote to unhappiness is the occasional chit-chat with someone older and wiser – who’s seen it all before and knows a simple way to make everything better. But what to do when things go awry, it’s half past midnight, and your therapeutic elder is snoozing?!

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The Steeps Of San Francisco

The Steeps Of San Francisco

November 10, 2009

Ask a San Franciscan about the City’s steepest streets, and four out of five times, he’ll say something like “Great for scaring the bejeezus out of tourists!”

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Wild Coincidence

Wild Coincidence

October 30, 2009

On politics, we may not see eye to eye, but I’m still a fan of the Governator. What’s not to love? Arnie knows how to handle a knife. The Terminator kicks ass. And, above all, his pickup lines can’t be beat! My personal favorite is six words of pure captivation:

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The Hungry Midwest

The Hungry Midwest

October 20, 2009

Say what you may about Midwesterners, but one thing is for certain: they love to eat. With that in mind, I proudly unveil the first in a series of zooms of the McDistance Map – the Midwest United States as visualized by the distance to the nearest McDonald’s:

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Of Mason And Dixon

Of Mason And Dixon

October 7, 2009

The six formative years that I spent in the Southern U.S. gave me many things: a deep understanding of cockroaches, impeccable water skills, and a year-round tan. And, last but not least, the precious, lingering gift of the word y’all.

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Where The Buffalo Roamed

Where The Buffalo Roamed

September 22, 2009

This summer, cruising down the I-5 through California’s Central Valley to the Los Angeles Basin, I unwittingly stumbled upon a most exasperating development: the country strip mall.

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